A School Uniform Guide

I’m very excited today to be able to present my first guest editorial:

Believe it or not, it’s already August and that means the school year will be gearing up soon for your children!

If you’re a parent whose children have been to school for a couple of years already then you are probably familiar with the routine by now: school supplies, school uniforms, working up a schedule, and getting in sync with the return to school. But if your child is about to start school for the first time this September then there will be a few things that you’ll have to get used to!


A lot of your school shopping and preparation will come pretty naturally. If you head to Staples, for example, for school supplies your options will be pretty clear: you’ll need pencils, pens, folders, paper, notebooks, etc. This depends of course on your child’s age: for young children, like ours, many of these supplies are already there at the school, & very good they are too!

Where things can get tricky the first time around are with the school uniforms.

On the one hand, shopping for school uniforms has been made relatively easy for parents, in that standard uniform attire is available at Marks and Spencer. On the other hand, when you’re essentially piecing together a brand new wardrobe of pre-approved clothing for your child, it can be easy to forget a few things! So here’s a quick guide for what you’ll need for your child’s school uniform.

  • Shorts & Skirts – Generally, you can purchase multi-packs of standard coloured shorts and skirts, but you may also be able to give your child options depending on school requirements. Cargo shorts and shorts and skirts with pleats can offer some variety.
  • Shirts – A few cotton polos and a few long-sleeved cotton button down shirts should do the trick, in standard colours. Of course, there are specific polo styles for girls and boys. Do yourself a favour as a mum and go for the non-iron fabrics!
  • Trousers – Generally there are a few different fit and fabric options, so determine what’s most comfortable for your son or daughter.
  • Jumpers – Outerwear tends to involve more colour options, so let your child pick a few favourites. A sleeveless sweater for a boy, or tasteful cardigan for a girl can also be appropriate.
  • Athletic Clothing – Standard athletic shirts and shorts are generally included in uniform collections, and be sure to buy some comfortable trainers for your child’s athletic activity as well.
  • Pinafores – For your little girl, a few pinafores can also offer some outfit variety. These too come in various styles to give your child a bit of style flexibility.
  • Blazers – Generally, blazers are options for older children, but at certain schools a blazer might not be a bad idea for your little one.

Of course, other clothing items like socks, underwear, etc. will also be necessary. But as far as standard uniform items, the above listed types of clothing should serve as an adequate guide!

There seems to be a lot more to this ‘going to school’ business that you’d think: I hope this helps!

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