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clothes once they start school and have uniform

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hana Wed 31-May-06 14:11:48

wasn't sure where to put this?
dd1 starts school in sept and will wear a uniform. I usually buy her things ahead in the sales and am just wondering should I cut back on what she needs? will she need fewer clothes because of the uniform 5days a week? or am I stating the complete obvious
I don't want her to go to school yet, she 's my baby!!!
thanks v much

FioFio Wed 31-May-06 14:12:13

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foxinsocks Wed 31-May-06 14:13:18

yes, she'll need less (we have found so)

I've lost the thread we had where we all posted about our kids starting school in September. It can't have been in education.

foxinsocks Wed 31-May-06 14:14:05

but strangely, she's been going through shoes quicker (not necessarily getting bigger feet but just trashing them in the school playground!)

LIZS Wed 31-May-06 14:14:25

I've found they do wear less "own clothes" but have yet to cut down as like you we buy ahead ! Have hardly bought dd anything this year.

hana Wed 31-May-06 14:16:09

have also found that dd's summer things still fit from last year
only new things will be white shirts and grey skirts !! but lucky me, and lucky dd2 who will pick up the slack I'm sure

Bink Wed 31-May-06 14:25:41

Yes, need lots fewer clothes. Also, as far as home clothes go, I'd go for scruffier all round - noticeable how much they always want to pick the "comfy" stuff for weekends.

KristinaM Wed 31-May-06 14:30:07

depends if you want her to change clothes when she gets in from school

I dont unless its for soemthing really messy. Like painting or playing in the mud. otherwise I end up washing two outfits a day instead of one

if school uniform is a skirt she may want to wear trousers all the rest of the time

KristinaM Wed 31-May-06 14:33:29

shoudl add that we have cheap school uniform ( out of asda) so have several sets. guess its different if you have expensive stuff

hana Wed 31-May-06 14:43:15

so would 5 shirts, 3 or 4 trousers cover it? maybe all this is with a school pack that I'll get before she starts?

MrsBadgerAvecUneVoiture Wed 31-May-06 14:50:29

Depends how often you do laundry - if you can guarantee quick turnaround on shirts, 3 or 4 might do it; if you'll only wash them at weekends, def 5 and maybe extra in case they don't dry / you're away for the weekend etc.
Skirts IME stay clean much longer than trousers as no knees to get grubby, but 3 should still be plenty.
Sweatshirts seem to get filthy v fast (much faster than jumpers, don't know quite how...) so 3 of those not a bad idea either.

foxinsocks Wed 31-May-06 14:55:50

we only had 3 polo shirts but she wore pinafores in winter (aswell as trousers) and the pinnies protect the shirts a bit more. I think in all we got for dd, 3 polo shirts, 2 cardigans, 2 sweatshirts (shared with ds), 2 pinafores, 2 trousers (because one pair was a size bigger than the other), a fleece and a coat. For summer, she has 3 dresses - 2 blue and 1 red check.

For ds (starting in September) - I've got him 2 pairs of grey shorts, 2 pairs of trousers, a fleece and a coat (not bought yet) and he'll have dd's 3 polo shirts from last year (and he already shares the sweatshirts).

KristinaM Wed 31-May-06 23:27:04

IME it is a major hassle not to have enough school uniform. in case your child appears at breakfast in something filthy which they assured you last night was clean. you end up dabbing things with a damp cloth & yelling at your child while they whine at you .

so if your child's uniform is a standard colour ( like grey, black or navy) then buy several sets from a cheap if the school list has one of the expensive cardigans with an emroidered crest at £12, you can probably get away with ony one of these and 2 ordinary grey ones from asda at £4 each

you shoudl also know that the usual chain stores eg BHS, M&S asda tesco etc only have a good supply of uniform in the summer, so you might need to buy 2 sizes then. I think that specialist shops have it all year but its more £££££

Mrs badger - sweatshirts get dirtier than jumpers coz kids use them to wipe their faces and hands after lunch. school jumpers are too scratchy

Skribble Wed 31-May-06 23:28:57

In the summer my kids change most nights as they are out playing colder months not so much as they will often not change, depends if you want them too.

Feistybird Wed 31-May-06 23:32:37

Yes, you need less....and you buy less... then you're hit with the holidays and half mast trousers.

Having uniforms, they just never seem to get the wear out of 'normal' clothes anymore.

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