For shoes I was lucky enough to get two bargain pairs of Clarks shoes when our local Brantano was closing down last month, so she’s got those to work through until it gets really cold and then she’ll be in some from Jakes Shoes – you get 10% off your first order if you sign up to their mailing list by the way! I want to know that she’s not going to be getting wet feet from puddle jumping in normal shoes and obviously want her feet to stay warm too. I used to love Dr Martens boots when I was younger – I had some holographic ones and some purple leather ones and wore them with EVERYTHING! I used to have them with laces but felt that in reception she doesn’t need to be faffing with those so got her some chelsea style boots with an inside zip and an elasticated ankle for a snug fit. With a leather upper and a rubber sole they’ll last till she grows out of them, unlike so many other brands! I got them in a size up because I’m sure in the six months between now and her needing them she’ll have (another) growth spurt and I am hoping that Arlo will be able to wear them when his feet are the same size too! Anyway, them being a tad too big hasn’t stopped her from trying them on!
In a bid to pick up some tips and be a bit more prepared I asked some parent bloggers what their uniform related tips were, so here’s what they have to say!
I buy from Tesco during the grocery shop as their uniform is so well priced. I’ve been buying plain v neck jumpers and the boys polo shirts for my daughter, so I can reuse them for my son when he starts school! (The girls ones are frilly!) lyliarose.com/blog
Try local Facebook forsale pages and car boots as people are often happy to sell or even give away old uniform…just check condition first. Www.mummyest2014.wordpress.com
We rotate three polo shirts, 4 pairs of joggers and 2 school jumpers with no major issues so long as I remember to do a mid week wash. http://www.ourbucketlistlives.co.uk/
I always buy cheap polo tops as no matter how much you pay, white ones never stay white. This way I don’t mind replacing them when they get stained/go grubby. Stocking up during sales is always a good idea. The Sainsbury’s 25% is good and also Aldi are offering a complete uniform for a fiver Twinderelmo.co.uk [BARGAIN!!]
If you have a slim Child, NEXT do a great silm fit range. It saves my son looking like he’s wearing clowns trousers! Http://blog.bay-bee.co.uk
Our school has a great thrift shop! You can find some uniform that looks like it’s never been worn and it’s a great saving. It’s a good place to find ‘spares’ in the inevitable event that blazers get covered in yoghurt! http://edinburghwithkids.com [Hoping Athena’s school has something like this!]
I always buy a few larger sizes during the summer months when shops are well stocked to accommodate for growth spurts during the year too. http://cupoftoast.co.uk