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School Uniform (A bit late I know!)

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Karenhibbert2 Wed 24-Aug-16 12:46:14

My DD is due to start reception in September (I had to leave it as late as possible to buy uniform as she was No.1 on the waiting list at the school she went to as a Pre-Schooler)

So I managed to get all the uniform in time except a Summer dress (as the weather is really hot, I think this is needed for start of term), she is a picky little so and so and won't wear anything with a zip or belt and must only have flower buttons on it! (I've had to buy Pinafores that go over the head with no buttons or zips!)

I have search high and low for navy gingham dresses without zips and belts and only flower buttons (these have been out of stock at debenhams) but have had no success and I am about to have a bloody melt down.

Any ideas Ladies!!

Seeline Wed 24-Aug-16 12:47:25

Have you tried all the supermarkets - they usually have a good range, but it might be a bit late in the year.

SecretSpy Wed 24-Aug-16 12:50:15

Are they allowed to wear summer dresses in Sept? Our school only 'allows' them in the summer term regardless of weather. (but if it's really hot I let DD wear it anyway, it's school uniform! I'm such a rebel)

CMOTDibbler Wed 24-Aug-16 12:51:20

EBay is your friend - theres quite a few flower button ones

Lancelottie Wed 24-Aug-16 12:55:18

Buy any dress, add flower buttons? Hobbycraft do loads.

Karenhibbert2 Wed 24-Aug-16 12:56:38

In warm weather they can wear Summer Dresses, I have tried all the supermarkets, out of stock.

I will ebay as this is the last resort. Otherwise Nanny might have to make one (she don't know this yet!) grin

Karenhibbert2 Wed 24-Aug-16 12:59:01

Lancelottie good idea! Think I will go down this road first as there are lots in supermarket's with "normal" buttons.

Bloody Kids, Pain in the @rse but love em.

Lancelottie Wed 24-Aug-16 13:02:07

smile DD when aged 5 had a uniform dress to which we had 'secretly' added a ladybird button. She loved the feeling of (ever so slight) rebellion.

BusStopBetty Wed 24-Aug-16 13:11:54

Asda has these ones. Just remove the belt.,default,pd.html#choice:colour

BusStopBetty Wed 24-Aug-16 13:12:40

It's free delivery to store.

RaisingSteam Wed 24-Aug-16 13:21:11

Ebay is great for buttons, just a pound or so and they come in the post, no dragging into town and parking for a tiny purchase. Next are good for uniform as well, they have stock all year and next day delivery.

Draylon Thu 01-Sep-16 22:31:32

Can I throw a damp towel in?

Sometimes, our 'picky little so and so's', even at 4/5, don't need indulging. "Won't wear anything with a zip and a belt, and must only have flower buttons on it" hmm

Unless you're HS, or Montessori, or otherwise, really, these things are 'indulgences'. We all want it to be all-OK on Day One at Big School. But- do we really do our DC favours when we indulge their sometimes a bit 'special-snowflake' demands? A month in, will she only agree to take home green books?

Of course she won't be allowed to demand this (apart from SEN). She might fuss, but you'll find yourself at odds with school if you insist (I know you won't!). If you're encouraging 'whatever you want, darling!', and the school are insisting on a degree of conformity, you have a problem.

Most DC readily adapt, understand the mores, the norms, meet the criteria. Without sacrificing their individuality. As a mum, maybe you might start now seeing as it's all the school thing, just saying No to special buttons, for instance (tho I understand why you want to!)?- Might assist in the whole 'this is school, this is what you have to do, it's not really that big a deal!' idea?

Hope it all goes well!

MiniMum97 Thu 01-Sep-16 22:37:56

I'm with Draylon. I would tell her to wear whatever is appropriate that you can find reasonably easily. What is she going to be like when she is a Teenager! You are making a very big and painful rod for yourself.

nat73 Sat 03-Sep-16 13:26:15

John Lewis. I think they do the gingham dresses and the buttons are flower shaped but it has a belt. I would ditto that you are creating a bit of a fussy monster .;-)

alltouchedout Sat 03-Sep-16 13:33:12

Tell her it's a uniform and it comes how it comes, so she's going to have to manage without flower buttons? She's going to find school very difficult if you allow her to expect to be pandered to and indulged all the time.

SisterViktorine Sat 03-Sep-16 13:37:59

How does she even know about all these options? Just buy a school dress and say 'look, here is your school dress, isn't it lovely' and move on.

FannyAnne01 Sat 03-Sep-16 13:42:44

Marks and Spencers summer dress have 5 flower buttons down the front, no zip or belt and come in a pack of 2 for £10. We get these every summer in blue from there and they are available to order online and collect in store.

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