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To think actually most children don't have plain black or brown t shirts?

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TennesseeDays Mon 25-Apr-16 16:52:49

DC are both in a school production next week.

School aren't asking us to make elaborate costumes, (which I am very grateful for!) Instead, they are making a big point about making things easier, so parents have been asked to provide a few "simple things that most children will already have at home".

DC1 needs plain black leggings and a plain black t shirt, DC2 needs plain black leggings and a plain brown t shirt. Brown, what child has a plain brown t shirt!

AIBU to think that those are actually quite unusual colours for plain t shirts? I am struggling to even find any in the shops.
I don't mind making a bit of effort for a costume, but I find it a bit galling that I am having to trawl the shops, and will probably end up having to buy plain white t shirts and dye them, while school has assumed everyone would have these things readily to hand.

Hands up if your child has a plain brown t shirt and where on earth did you get it from

TrainBridge Mon 25-Apr-16 16:56:26

eBay is your friend - search for child plain T-shirt brown and you will find. Same for leggings. We've had to provide black, brown, white and orange over the last few years and there's always some available. Most of the sellers seem to seek a rainbow of colours so if you buy everything from one you save on postage.

SweepTheHalls Mon 25-Apr-16 16:57:05


Lindy2 Mon 25-Apr-16 16:58:52

You can get all sorts of colour t shirts on ebay for about £1.50 each.

originalusernamefail Mon 25-Apr-16 16:58:58

Do you have any black/ brown with a print that can be turned inside out?

TrainBridge Mon 25-Apr-16 16:59:14

Cinnamon12345 Mon 25-Apr-16 16:59:14

My daughter wore her black shirts inside out for that type of thing

AdvocateNotAdvocat Mon 25-Apr-16 16:59:24

Or use non plain one inside out.

NotMeNotYouNotAnyone Mon 25-Apr-16 16:59:27

Amazon fruits of the loom is awesome for plain t shirts and very cheap

GardeningWithDynamite Mon 25-Apr-16 17:00:11

Second Amazon



WhatKatyDidnt Mon 25-Apr-16 17:00:12

Primark sell plain black kids t shirts.
But agreed - not a typical component of a child's wardrobe!

AdvocateNotAdvocat Mon 25-Apr-16 17:00:16

Cross post with Cinnamon

GardeningWithDynamite Mon 25-Apr-16 17:01:01

And no, my DC never have the right colour of plain whatever-it-is either.

They were doing tie dying the other week.

TheBestChocolateIsFree Mon 25-Apr-16 17:01:35

H&M is good for black. For brown I think my local market stall would provide, but I agree it's annoying and you wouldn't want to reuse the brown one.

whippetlove Mon 25-Apr-16 17:02:21

Yes yes to amazon.

Primary asked us to bring in green leggings and plain t-shirt 'most people would have at home'.


TheBestChocolateIsFree Mon 25-Apr-16 17:02:54

Brown Dylon probably costs as much as an eBay t shirt, so I'd be tempted to try dying a white one with tea bags.

TennesseeDays Mon 25-Apr-16 17:03:21

Ooh, thank you for that ebay link! That's great.

No they don't even have any non-plain ones to turn inside out, that would have been a good solution though.

Technoremix Mon 25-Apr-16 17:03:27

Mine gave both colours but not completely plain, you could just turn ones with a design inside out?

YouMakeMyDreams Mon 25-Apr-16 17:03:40

I hate those letters. Your child will have the at home. Even plain white in the middle of winter for a nursery sized child is hard with little notice and nothing available online to be delivered in time.

t1mum Mon 25-Apr-16 17:04:42

haha - I remember mine always being asked to come in with a plain yellow t-shirt that they would have lying around at home!

Agree, H&M is your friend for this or Amazon/ebay.

Technoremix Mon 25-Apr-16 17:04:47

Sorry, crosposted!

MistressMerryWeather Mon 25-Apr-16 17:05:00

Be careful if you end up buying on ebay, some of the cheaper clothing comes from China and can take weeks and weeks to be delivered.

But you're right, who would have a plain brown T-shirt?

NewLife4Me Mon 25-Apr-16 17:06:37

I think plain black is pretty standard, my dc always had/have them boys and girls alike.
None of them suit brown really, but paler browns my eldest usually has one or two.

DesertOrDessert Mon 25-Apr-16 17:12:57

Yes, we have a brown tee-shirt. Bought because DS1 was a brown crayon in the school assembly. Got it from over the road in a random polyester filled market stall.

manicinsomniac Mon 25-Apr-16 17:15:22

They may not be what all kids have lying around at home (mine have loads of black but not brown) but they are at least cheap and easy to get hold of which is why teachers tend to go that way rather than ask parents to buy expensive stuff or make things.

I teach drama and have sent out a costume list just today which includes plain teeshirts of various colours (including brown!) as the base for quite a few of the costumes. (wondered if this thread was about me for a sec but this production is weeks away! grin )

I can't insist that parents provide the costumes and just ask parents to email requesting me to get the costume for them if they're struggling. That's fine but what I often find surprising is just how easy and cheap it is for me to get the items which a parent has told me they are unable to do. Though I do source almost everything through ebay and amazon - for parents who don't or can't do online shopping (doubt that applies to any in my school though obviously could be wrong) I can see it could genuinely be difficult.

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