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Buying a school uniform

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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
both my girls start school in the summer, registering them on monday!, was wondering where is the best place to get the uniform, been into bhs they seem to have a good range, sizes need to start from age 4 as one of them is quite small, when is the best time to start shopping for them, also how many of each will I need, I am in scotland (think english schools go back a bit later)

what about adams range love the pinny are they any good?
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6y, 10m agoPosted 6 years, 10 months ago
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#1
M&S start at age 3 and i like their uniforms. They are on 3 for 2 at the moment too and another offer starts this sat for 12.5% off a spend over £35. (check if the 3 for 2 end before though as they may not run together i haven't checked)

I bought about 7 pinnies, 4 shirts, 3 polo shirts, 2 skirts and one pair of trousers.
BTW M&S school shoes are fab as they are scratch resistant permair, as long as your daughters feet aren't too narrow dont bother with clarks as they scratch straight away!
#2
i buy all the trousers skirts etc from marks then i buy 2 t-shirts each and 2 jumpers each from the school itself,yes they are more expensive but they wash really well and can get a couple of years use out of them,all the cheaper jumpers i have used look tatty and discoloured after a wash or 2.marks do 3 for 2 on school wear,they recently sold of school stuff for a pound each and 3 for 2 worth keeping an eye on their site
#3
BabySmurfette
M&S start at age 3 and i like their uniforms. They are on 3 for 2 at the moment too and another offer starts this sat for 12.5% off a spend over £35. (check if the 3 for 2 end before though as they may not run together i haven't checked)

I bought about 7 pinnies, 4 shirts, 3 polo shirts, 2 skirts and one pair of trousers.
BTW M&S school shoes are fab as they are scratch resistant permair, as long as your daughters feet aren't too narrow dont bother with clarks as they scratch straight away!


thanks will have a look in marks, both of my girls have very narrow feet usually a d or e fit so have no option but to go to clarks for their shoes, they seem to do ok with them I like the patent ones as the restorer is great hardly even notice if they scrape them
#4
asda are doing 2 '2 packs' of polo necks for £3 or £2 each and same with shirts think there £4 for 2 2 packs. picked some up yesterday
#5
xxjadexx
asda are doing 2 '2 packs' of polo necks for £3 or £2 each and same with shirts think there £4 for 2 2 packs. picked some up yesterday


are they any good though, dont want to be buying more in 2 weeks, will be expensive enough with the 2 of them going at the one time:-D
#6
edjaned
i buy all the trousers skirts etc from marks then i buy 2 t-shirts each and 2 jumpers each from the school itself,yes they are more expensive but they wash really well and can get a couple of years use out of them,all the cheaper jumpers i have used look tatty and discoloured after a wash or 2.marks do 3 for 2 on school wear,they recently sold of school stuff for a pound each and 3 for 2 worth keeping an eye on their site


plan on buying them one each of the school cardi's and just buying another plain one as a spare can get them washed & dried pretty quick anyway, reviews online for marks stuff not coming up very good though
#7
yer they last very well i find better then there more expensive ones. and id rather pay that then more expensive considering they get them so dirty at school. and they start from age 3.
#8
xxjadexx
yer they last very well i find better then there more expensive ones. and id rather pay that then more expensive considering they get them so dirty at school.


thats a good point didnt think of that, they do come in quite messy from nursery sometimes, suppose school might be worse:thumbsup: going to be strange seeing them in a uniform all the time, I always think they look rather dull
#9
i have bought asda school uniform before and never again, the trouser hem falls down after a week or 2 the polo's don't keep a very good shape and the plain white t-shirt for PE was wonkey!! I stick to M&S now there cheaper range is ok too.
#10
And when it comes to name labelling look out for a company called easy2name - have been very impressed with their stuff - they do "school starter" kits with sew-ons, stick ons etc. Only iron-on labels we've ever used that actually stay on!!

BTW My 16 year old has worn asda trousers throughout school (he needs the elasticated waist as VERY skinny) - have had a couple of hems down, but easily remedied (with iron-on hem - you can tell my sewing not up to much!) and generally think that for what you pay they aren't bad quality at all.

Next clearance also often have school uniform in the bigger and smaller ages if you have one near you
#11
the t shirts and shirts in asda are great, and because they are so cheap you don't have to worry when they come home covered in paint that doesn't wash off, wouldn't touch the trousers with a barge pole, complete waste of time, don't know about skirts pinafores.
Adams trousers are as useless as asdas the tshirts in adams are a nightmare, can't get them to look ironed no matter how hard I try. BHS is great for trousers, never tried marks, tesco are cheap and their shirts are good, only get trousers from bhs now so can't comment on anyone elses.
My best advice would be buy cheap blouses from asda or tesco as it's these that get ruined but buy skirts, pinafores or trousers from BHS.
#12
make sure you buy before july, sells out really quickly, especially once the schools finish for summer.
#13
tracyhay
plan on buying them one each of the school cardi's and just buying another plain one as a spare can get them washed & dried pretty quick anyway, reviews online for marks stuff not coming up very good though


i find the polo shirts in marks tend to be small sizes and i wasnt impressed with them last year,but i always get their trousers form there,i have bought from tesco,asda,matalan b4 and the hems always come down and the ones from marks u dont have to iron
i have 4 in school so i know how expensive it is to keep replacing parts of their uniform :thumbsup:
#14
juiceblaster
the t shirts and shirts in asda are great, and because they are so cheap you don't have to worry when they come home covered in paint that doesn't wash off, wouldn't touch the trousers with a barge pole, complete waste of time, don't know about skirts pinafores.
Adams trousers are as useless as asdas the tshirts in adams are a nightmare, can't get them to look ironed no matter how hard I try. BHS is great for trousers, never tried marks, tesco are cheap and their shirts are good, only get trousers from bhs now so can't comment on anyone elses.
My best advice would be buy cheap blouses from asda or tesco as it's these that get ruined but buy skirts, pinafores or trousers from BHS.


thats a good idea just to buy the cheap t shirts, was looking in bhs today had skirts & trousers with the adjustable waist which is great, love adams pinny though its so cute bit pricy @ £12 though:w00t:, the thing I found with the bhs pinny they looked really short, not keen on that on a 4 & 5 yr old

edjaned
i find the polo shirts in marks tend to be small sizes and i wasnt impressed with them last year,but i always get their trousers form there,i have bought from tesco,asda,matalan b4 and the hems always come down and the ones from marks u dont have to ironi have 4 in school so i know how expensive it is to keep replacing parts of their uniform :thumbsup:


good point no time for ironing:thumbsup:
#15
the markies pinnies are £11 but work out ok on the 3 for 2, i buy the nice straight one - no ironing pleats!
John Lewis do good cardis as do Next.
#16
Would go for the marks and spencers, i have had there school clothes for the last few years. Made the fatal mistake at buying the Asda ones in September, cannot get the stains out of my sons. Not even soaking in bleach, i am sure it is the fabric. Never had a problem with the marks ones. I have just ordered for my kids for next year on the 3for2. So i do not leave it to late this time.
#17
my tip would be to buy short sleeved blouses rather than the long sleeved ones, no dirty cuffs !! i got a pack of 5 recently from catalogue, (very.co.uk ) for £8 and they have been great....


PS also i wouldnt go to mad with stuff until you know what they like, i have 4 girls and each one liked different things ie one loved pinafores, one skirts, another trousers, same with cardies and jumpers/sweatshirts, even tights n socks....they all had their prefrences !!!
#18
BabySmurfette
the markies pinnies are £11 but work out ok on the 3 for 2, i buy the nice straight one - no ironing pleats!
John Lewis do good cardis as do Next.


thanks didnt think of next

sim11
Would go for the marks and spencers, i have had there school clothes for the last few years. Made the fatal mistake at buying the Asda ones in September, cannot get the stains out of my sons. Not even soaking in bleach, i am sure it is the fabric. Never had a problem with the marks ones. I have just ordered for my kids for next year on the 3for2. So i do not leave it to late this time.


thanks, concerned about some of the reviews online for marks though not exactly 5*
#19
lola
my tip would be to buy short sleeved blouses rather than the long sleeved ones, no dirty cuffs !! i got a pack of 5 recently from catalogue, (very.co.uk ) for £8 and they have been great....


thanks for that, they have good reviews as well & they come in the blue (not sure which she needs yet) :thumbsup:

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