School is in session and both my girls wear uniforms in the classroom. And while I thought I would hate the hall monitoring fashion police, I actually love just how much school uniforms have simplified our lives.
The mornings are easier because we always know what we’re going to wear, and I spend less money on their clothing in general because once we purchase our uniforms in the fall, we’re less tempted to impulse buy each and every time we go to the store.
So yes, uniforms are “easy”, but if you have a large family such as myself (two girls, two boys) there are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned to get the most wear out of our pieces:
1. Stock up on hard to find items such as tights and belts. Depending on if my girls are wearing a pair of pants or a skirt to school, their uniform must include a belt or a pair of tights. My girls also put holes in their tights after just a few wears, and can for some reason never find their belt. I’ve come to buying tights and belts in almost comical amounts - as certain times of the year they are almost impossible to find in the stores.
2. Unisex shirts. I have two girls and two boys. School shirts do come in gender specific cuts, and also unisex cuts. Even though my girls are in school and my boys are still at home - I always buy the unisex shirts. Next year when my son starts kindergarten - I’ll be passing my daughters unisex shirts down to him.
3. A pair of school shoes for every occasion. While my kids can wear any closed toe shoe they want - every back to school season I let them pick out a new pair that will be THE ONE pair they wear every day. A pair that is acceptable on the playground, perfect for PE, and can easily be put on (and taken off) on their own.
4. Let them personalized with accessories. Uniforms can be a drag for the fashion conscious 3rd grader- and that’s why I let my girls have (reasonable) free reign over their backpacks, lunch boxes, and hair accessories.
How about you - do your children wear uniforms to school? Have any tips for keeping back to school fashion simple?
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