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Fizzypop001 Thu 20-Jun-13 00:03:05

Looked at asda but ended up buying it from sainsburys

BlackeyedSusan Wed 19-Jun-13 23:44:48

asda polo shirts have done really well. on the second child now, trousers too.

BabiesAreLikeBuses Wed 19-Jun-13 19:32:18

nohalfmeasures at least you get the option to wear trousers in winter! My ds (5) is in grey shorts year round with long grey socks - and yes it is a state school. They are very specific about uniform. I had to google 'box pleats' to sort dds uniform!

mrsmortis Wed 19-Jun-13 14:03:56

Clarks for shoes. If you can get to a Clarks Factory Shop (we use the one at Freeport) it's worth it. Or there is a Startrite factory shop in Norwich. Avoid buckles/laces unless you are sure that your DC will be able to cope with them. My DD's school is OK with lights which is just as well as the only pair of shoes that fit DD and which she could do up herself have lights in the heels. Her school also ask that she have a pair of wellies at school as they go out every day unless it is absolutely pouring down. I just picked up a cheap pair from a supermarket (I can't remember which one)

My DD is very skinny (9th centile in weight but 50th in height) and I could not find skirts that she could keep up. In the end I bought a two pack from Sainsburys and my mother in law shortened the elastic in them as she was the only girl in her class in trousers full time and it was upsetting her to be different.

noramum Wed 19-Jun-13 12:31:36

DD wears M&S. It is also the most practical shop for me as I work and can order online and pick up next to my office.

Sainsbury is nice but as I can't order and the next large one is 40 min drive away to unreliable.

I don't like the jersey pinofortes, they bobbles and looked like a potato sack after one term. I only kept it for PE days.

As I work and only wash twice each week I have one set per day.

Pyrrah Wed 19-Jun-13 11:26:13

Clarkes or Startrite for shoes.

Have found that patent leather actually looks better after a term than normal. DD grows very slowly and only gets through 2 pairs of shoes in a year - current ones have been going since September last year and still look great.

Also, seems that schools are fine with coloured lights and the odd diamante - have gone with 'if it's in the school uniform section then it is acceptable for school'. I believe that there are some schools that specify exact style and manufacturer though!

Wish schools would put full details of what is acceptable on the uniform lists. Rang DD's new school yesterday as they put 'black skirts or trousers' and I wanted to finish up the 6 charcoal grey pinafores that she has. Turned out that grey was fine, and pinafores were fine, and that the blue or black shorts for PE actually meant black leggings...

Buy more than you think you will need of things - I started out with 2 cardigans, 3 polos and 3 pinafores. I now have 4 cardigans, 9 polos, 5 pinafores and 4 summer dresses.

Jersey pinafores are easier for the little ones to pull on, and some stores do a pinafore/shirt in one that just pulls over the head.

Was amazed how much uniform has changed since I was a child - socks for the summer with frills to match the summer dresses, pretty sparkly things on the pinafores, uniform-coordinated hair accessories etc.

Fizzypop001 Tue 18-Jun-13 23:42:12

Thanks everyone

nohalfmeasures Tue 18-Jun-13 22:39:35

M&S chino trousers slim fit. My boys find the nylon things very cold in winter.We have a local lady who does great invisible mending if the knees go through. In summer they wear navy chino shorts from M&S.

Tesco polo shirts are great but are designed for a wider frame so often the smaller size is needed.
Tesco PE shorts

HorryIsUpduffed Tue 18-Jun-13 22:29:45

Oh, and my DS doesn't stay in shoe sizes long enough to wear them out hmm so we haven't always spent £40 a pair. We have the problem that he is a D/E fitting and most brands don't go that narrow. Also he has long feet so we are approaching laces long before he will be coordinated enough to tie them.

HorryIsUpduffed Tue 18-Jun-13 22:27:52

A warning: boys tend to wear their lunch. Buy enough for a daily change - so if you only do laundry once a week, you need five sets.

I've liked our M&S but the polo shirts don't come up particularly big so unless your DS is tiny you'll probably find the sizing actually ok. They need a certain amount of space in them to facilitate easy changing for PE.

mummy1973 Tue 18-Jun-13 22:26:13

m&s for trousers. Next ended in holes in knees. Clark's for shoes defo smile

ShadeofViolet Tue 18-Jun-13 22:25:16

I buy my polo shirts / shirts from Sainsbury's
Dresses/trousers from M&S
Shoes from Kickers.

Fizzypop001 Tue 18-Jun-13 22:23:36

Thanks really hard when its your first time

loubielou31 Tue 18-Jun-13 22:21:51

Yes to Sainbury's uniform. We've had it for a year and it's washed really nicely. (actually the pinafore dress was from Marks' but that's because I liked the shape better)
School shoes from Clarks and they have lasted nicely too. DD though who doesn't play football or drag her shoes on the floor in the way a lot of the boys in her class do.

BabiesAreLikeBuses Tue 18-Jun-13 22:21:27

Clarks for shoes. Have lasted all year. M&s for pe pumps - cheaper and easy to put on

Fizzypop001 Tue 18-Jun-13 22:14:44

Can anyone tell me about shoes as well new to all this thanks for replys

Startail Tue 18-Jun-13 22:12:07

White girls blouses are good.
Unfortunately DD prefers expensive fitted M&S ones.

Pancakeflipper Tue 18-Jun-13 22:07:39

Prefer M&S for polo shirts, less starchy when washed ( but that was last year so quality may have changed).
Trousers M&S because we need skinny long ones.

Fizzypop001 Tue 18-Jun-13 22:04:36

Where do you get your shoes from good quality ones looking for pairs now

Fizzypop001 Tue 18-Jun-13 22:02:14

I got 6 polo shirts from sainsburys and their trousers too 4 pairs just wanted to see how people rated sainsburys uniform i went to m&s couldnt find my sons size

Pyrrah Tue 18-Jun-13 21:59:31

Sainsbury's for polo shirts.
BHS for pinafores and summer dresses.
Mothercare for tights

ChilliJo Tue 18-Jun-13 21:51:09

DC1 is in reception. I got him 4 Sainsburys polo shirts and 3 pairs of M&S trousers at the beginning of September (he's a skinny thing and Sainsburys trousers, even on tightest adjustable waist setting, just fell off him) and they are all still in use. The polo shirts are looking a bit sorry for themselves but for a fiver (2 x 2 packs at £3 each bought in the Tu 25% offer), I can't complain.

2 of the 3 pairs of trousers, barring a big growth spurt (I bought too big) will be fine for the start of Year 1. They were £8 each iirc. Great quality.

The only thing I'll do differently next year is get 6 instead of 4 polos as now the jumper is off more often than not, they don't last more than a day and I'm not able to do my weekly whites wash on the weekend. shock grin

Fizzypop001 Tue 18-Jun-13 21:37:35

Are sainsburys uniform any good and if not where do you buy your unifotrm from

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