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UNIFORM question. How many of each item to buy??

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212VIP Tue 30-Jul-13 09:19:16


DC1 is starting primary school in September.
About to start the uniform purchasing but just really thought I'd see how many of each item every one buys.

Was thinking:
5 shirts
5 trousers
3 jumpers
Big pile of grey socks

Is this right, or overkill??

Many thanks

Pyrrah Sun 11-Aug-13 00:05:15

DD had:

5 pinafores
4 x summer dresses
6 polos
4 cardigans
1,000,000 pairs of grey tights
6 pairs of summer socks
1 pair of black Clarks shoes (patent leather wear better than normal)
1 pair of Wellies
1 pair of black plimsolls
2 x pe tops
2 x pe bottoms
1 x woolly hat
1 x sun hat
1 x bookbag
1 x pe bag
Large pack of nametapes.

Plus labelled bottle of sunscreen and bag with spare knickers/tights/socks and nappy sacs for wet ones.

Winter coat, raincoat and summer-weight coats are also handy - some schools don't care if they turn up in pink coats with flowers on, some want regulation navy - especially if worn on trips -, best to check

I thought I could get away with only 2 cardigans, but they were made out of sweatshirt material and it was impossible to get any marks out without going through the wash. Knitted type cardigans you can take a wet-wipe to the odd mark.

unlucky83 Sat 10-Aug-13 22:06:45

It does all depend on how many times a week you do washing ...
I have a large load washing machine - so try and stick to approx 5 big loads once a week ...
And as things wear out/get ruined I often get the next size up ... so if I don't get more than one day out of something DD might end up wearing something a bit baggy at the end of one week ...but at least clean ...
(I'm probably scarred by the time my washing machine broke down and it took over a week to fix...nearest laundrette is 7 miles family near by ... too embarrassed to ask neighbours/friends...I would have been handwashing uniform!)

Think you have a DS so not much help - but I love the stretchy trousers for girls in Asda - struggled to get trousers to fit DD1 before I discovered them (and she managed to split the seams on a pair of M&S ones on the second wear) Asda was the only place that did that type at the time -as 'smart price' - but now I see them everywhere. They did used to stop doing them at age 9 or something (but now do up to 16) ... DD1 moved onto a similar type from M&S ... in my experience the Asda ones wore as well if not better than the M&S ones...(could pass on some of the Asda ones to DD2 - the M&S ones are too bobbled).
DD1 has Asda trousers for secondary too...the M&S ones are just not as good a fit -but I would say these haven't worn as well -and they don't stock their entire range throughout the year so I couldn't just get a bigger size ...they do have them again now and so I am getting the size she needs now and some one size bigger ....

my2bundles Sat 10-Aug-13 20:54:29

add to above, Ive been doing this 15 years and still dont understand why more than this is needed.

my2bundles Sat 10-Aug-13 20:53:31

2 of everything, 1 to wear 1 to wash. 1 pair of school shoes and 1 PE kit. i dont understand the need for more.

Jinty64 Sat 10-Aug-13 17:11:34

I work full time and ds3 (7) goes to after school club until 6pm so he is wearing each set of clothes all day through three meals and two (at least) snacks so we have five of everything and I wash at the weekend.

I prefer to buy quality as I think it looks better and lasts longer. Last year ds had 3 pairs of M&S trousers (lasted all year and passed onto a friends son looking as good as new) 1 pair ASDA and 1 pair Tesco trousers which I binned. To be fair the ASDA ones lasted fairly well but had paint on them.

I bought some school logo t-shirts and some plain white from Vertbaudet that washed very well and stayed quite white. M&S gym shoes lasted all year.

212VIP Sat 10-Aug-13 09:59:00

Thanks everyone. This has been really useful. Ordered the emblem stuff online just need to but the basics.


Any recommendations for cost vs quality?

spiderlight Sat 03-Aug-13 17:01:26

Five white polo shirts, washed/boiled/bleached/napalmed at weekend.
Three sets of trousers and jumpers, clean every day with a wash on Wednesday.
Two sets of PE kit. Spare socks kept in the PE bag, which stays at school, to change if he gets wet feet on the walk round in the morning.

All from Tesco this year: last year I bought 'naice' M&S and Next trousers but the hems on the M&S ones came down within two or three wears and the Next ones were all through at the knee by Christmas and had to be replaced. The Tesco replacement ones were still as good as new at the end of the school year.

Xihha Sat 03-Aug-13 01:23:47

in reception ds had 5 jumpers, 5 polo shirts, 5 pairs of trousers, 1 PE kit, 1 pair of shoes and a mountain of socks (identical as I swear he used to eat 1 out of each pair) oh and 2 school fleeces and 2 logoed rain coats... he's one of those children who sees mud or a puddle and has to roll in it, he also had spare pants in his PE kit for the same reason.

DD's starting reception in September, she's got 5 tops, 5 pairs of tights, 3 pairs of knee high socks 2 pinafores and 2 jumpers, 1 pair of school shoes and 1 each of school fleece, blazer, coat, hat and PE kit, ideally I would of liked a few more pinafores and jumpers but her uniforms just too expensive, they have lunch aprons though and painting aprons with elasticated sleeves so I'm hoping she'll be ok.

olibeansmummy Fri 02-Aug-13 22:12:14

Oh sorry forgot to add, his polo shirts are red so no need for a separate white load smile. Also I've got 8 pairs of grey socks.

olibeansmummy Fri 02-Aug-13 22:10:38

Ds us starting in sept and has 3 logoed sweatshirts, 3 logoed polo shirts, 3 pairs of trousers, 2 pairs if shorts, 1 logoed pe t shirt, 2 pairs of pe shorts ( because they came in a pack of 2 not because he needs 2), 1 pair of pumps, 1 pair of shoes and 1 logoed school coat. As you can see the amount of logoed stuff has stopped me buying more, but he'll have a clean uniform on on Mon, Tue and Wed then I'll wash them in Wed ready for Thurs and Fri.

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Wed 31-Jul-13 17:44:09

My DD needs a new polo shirt each day so I'd say at least 5 (I have more than this as they are dead cheap from supermarket). I also got 5 skirts or pinafores but found they were generally OK for 2 days so 3 would be fine. Similarly my DD probably only need 2-3 cardigans but you may need more jumpers since they might take the brunt of spillages over the polo shirt. I'd buy tons of matching pairs of socks. Nothing worse than searching for the clean washing trying to put together a matching pair.

BornToFolk Wed 31-Jul-13 16:30:47

Sounds right to me. DS only had two jumpers through Reception which was fine but three would have been better!

The amount of clothes needed was definitely seasonable. He needed clean trousers every day during winter as he got them covered (and I mean, literally covered) in mud playing football. He only needed 2 or maybe 3 polo shirts a week though as they were under his jumper. But in spring/summer term he needed a clean polo shirt every day but his shorts stayed cleaner so he only needed 2 pairs.

A lot of it depends on how much washing you do/want to do. I preferred to have lots of polo shirts so I only had to do one white wash a week, but fewer jumpers was fine as I usually do a mid-week dark wash.

Definitely only one pair of school shoes, plus wellies for playing outside.

jamtoast12 Wed 31-Jul-13 16:13:12

Dds both have

4 polo tops
2 pinafores
1 skirt
2 cardys
4 pairs tights and 5 pairs of knee socks

I wash most days so this is sometime more than I need too! I can often get a couple of days out of the cardys and dresses.

PolterGoose Wed 31-Jul-13 09:42:54

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Whathaveiforgottentoday Wed 31-Jul-13 09:38:27

My dd always needed more jumpers as she used to wipe her nose on them in the winter! I had 4 of each but as I work I'm not so organised witnwashing. Others cope with 2 dresses, blouses, jumpers. Only 1 pair of shoes and pe kit. Our PE kits only come home every 6 weeks so no point having spares.

MrButtercat Wed 31-Jul-13 08:08:23

9 year old twin boys have 5 polos each,4 trousers and 4 school logo sweatshirts.Smaller twin inherits the bigger twin's clothes.

8 year old dd has 4 pinafores,1skirt and 1 pair of trousers.4 short sleeve blouses,2 long and 4 cardigans.She likes variety(thankfully the culottes were a one hit wonder). grin

I can't stand school clothes stress so would rather buy a lot to avoid running out.All are mucky kids and I size up from M&S so it lasts all year.They have 1 pair of Startrites a year,again bought to last size wise.

AaDB Tue 30-Jul-13 21:45:12

Sounds about right. My ds always had a growth spurt around Easter. I don't spend a lot on uniform because it all had to be replaced. As PE and games kits are kept in school, I always forget to change the plimsolls for a budget size. blush

I always buy new vests, undies and socks.

Phoebe47 Tue 30-Jul-13 21:04:43

DD2 (Reception age) has two pinafores three white polo shirts, two school sweatshirts and loads of white socks. She wears tights in the winter and these have to be grey (she has three pairs). DD1 is in juniors has the same except she wears skirts. DS - top infants - has two sweatshirts and three pairs of trousers plus three polo shirts and loads of grey socks. It's his trousers that get messy. Three school dresses for the girls in summer and three pairs of shorts for DS. I wash midweek and again at the weekend.

Fuzzymum1 Tue 30-Jul-13 11:47:24

I have three polos, three jumpers and three torusers. He has a full set clean each day and I was monday and tuesdays on a wednesday and then he wears them on thursday and friday before I was the whole lot at the weekend.

unlucky83 Tue 30-Jul-13 10:53:08

I do washing once a week - so 6 polos, 6 trousers and 6 jumpers (girl) and two summer dresses -agree with keeping one polo for 'best' and not getting too stressed by marks on the others (with DD1 I was constantly struggling to get rid of stains -DD2 I'm much less fussy...also IME they get pen and glue on them on school as well )
I don't make her get changed after school - so it gets lunch and dinner dribbles...
Did have skirts and pinafores for DD1 but she ended up just wearing DD2 has handed down ones but also doesn't want to wear them
Pinafores - reduce stains on white polos (WHY WHITE for 4 yos???) but unless they can take them on and off themselves their teacher needs to help them get ready for gym (true for tights too) - DD2 hated not being independent.
As they get older they need slightly less (DD1 started secondary last year - had a favourite pair of school trousers and just wore them for a week!!)
Uniform is so cheap these days (unless you have to get from a special shop) that you may as well -and not get stressed about having to get a pair of trousers dry for the next day...(do try and get 2 days wear out but doesn't always work)
Never used to get dresses -weather in Uk so bad they only get to wear them a few times a year - but then realised that's one thing rather than two to wash.
Socks - I get patterned ones that are school colours (Red & Navy) or plain black - white socks for children may as well be disposable!
I sew a small coloured dots on the band of new plain socks (only takes 5 mins if that) - so I can match them up easily and know who they belong too without checking out the size - and if they are the next size up etc. (DD2 has just gone from pink dots to green thought I'd got rid of all the pink ones but one turned up the other day) Latest ones I bought for DD2 had the size marked in band - a really good idea but I still dotted them -thought if I got others that were similar I would then have to actually read the size.

Eglute Tue 30-Jul-13 10:23:42

3 trousers
5 polos
2 jumpers
7 pairs of socks

AnythingNotEverything Tue 30-Jul-13 10:17:48

It really depends how mucky your child tends to get, and whether you wash midweek.

We always had 5 shirts, 2 trousers and 2 jumpers. Jumpers were school issue and embroidered and I wash most days anyway, so trousers were often drying on the radiator overnight.

YY to multiple identical pairs of socks. Buy loads and you'll never worry about odd socks again.

HorryIsUpduffed Tue 30-Jul-13 10:15:56

Oh yes, also wellies to live at school. And don't get a coat that can't be machine washed. Needs to be at least showerproof and have a hood.

Ten million pairs of gloves on elastic through the coat arms. They need to be washable too.

HorryIsUpduffed Tue 30-Jul-13 10:13:45

My R boy needed a clean top layer every day - in winter the jumper, in summer the polo shirt.

His trousers were muddy/dusty/sticky nearly every day too. In shorts season he needed only two pairs a week.

Why do boys wear their food? confused

He had eight polo shirts and three jumpers. He will have similar in Y1.

He had two or three pairs of trousers, which was not enough. He will have more next term.

Eight squillion socks sounds about right grin

justanuthermanicmumsday Tue 30-Jul-13 10:10:12

I think i buy too much based on your recommendations. i have 5 of everything except shoes pe kit and swim kit. 2 pairs of shoes so one can get an airing.

2 pairs pe kit
1 swimsuit

Explains why I'm drowning with washing

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