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    Default School uniforms -help/advice needed

    DS starts kindy next year (public) he'll be 4 in april. Its 5 days a fortnight.
    I was talking to DH about the uniforms and we both grew up in 4-5 children households with hand me downs and never having enough of the 'proper' school uniforms. Money is fine, i just don't like to pay more for things i can get cheaper.
    The polo short sleeve tops are $31.50 and the stubbies cargo shorts are $30.00, unisex shorts are $21.00 i think these are pricey.
    i pickd upa pair of the stubbies shorts from target for $16

    So of course i'm definately going to get the shirts and anything else with a logo that is essential. Just wondering about shorts/pants etc. Does it really matter if i bought a bigw or target branded item of almost comparable quality? DH doesn't want other mums etc to think we can't afford the 'school' shorts/pants. also the stubbies shorts in size 4 are like 3/4 shorts they are so long.
    also how many shirts do you recommend?
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    LOL, I guess it depends where you live and what school you are going to (ie snob factor ). At my childrens school most children wear the logo top, but most don't wear the plain bottom you can buy from the school, and get it from Target etc. I do have some plain, no logo polos for the kids in case I haven't got the washing done in time .

    You could always buy one school shop uniform and scope it out, then purchase more as you need it. I try to have a weeks worth of uniforms, so I don't have to worry about washing being done on time (but I'm not very organised in the washing dept!). When my son was in Kindy I had 2 tops and 2 shorts for the beginning of the year, but added to it as the year went on. Our schools uniform top changes as they go into "big" school, so I did't want to buy too many....

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    My ds goes to Kinder at a private school and there is no official uniform although they can wear the school jumper if they want and some of the kids wear the school tracksuit pants. I bought 5+ pairs of Target tracksuit pants for the same cost as 1 pair of the official school tracksuit pants, but I must say I was VERY disappointed with the Target tracksuit pants as there were holes in the knees within 2 wears for a couple of the pants and within a month or so in the others.

    Shorts he wears black cargo like shorts that I got from Target or Best & Less. The issue I had was that I realised in late Feb that he needed more pairs of shorts and it was nearly impossible to find any. I've just bought him 3 new pairs this week to get him through Term 4 as he's grown out of some of the ones he wore in Term 1.

    He has heaps of polo t-shirts - short & long from Target. They were so cheap and quite durable. I would recommend having some without logos (if that's ok from Kinder perspective) as in Winter the jumper will hardly come off and it's fine for your ds to go in unbranded tops once or twice a week.

    So, in summary I try & have 5 - 6 of everything to make it easier during the week. The only exception is his 'official' jumper - he has 2 - I bought one 2nd hand. If possible I try & get 2 days wear out of each jumper, particularly as they are line dry, not that great in the dryer.

    I'm dreading uniform shopping for next year when he has to have all the school branded everything.

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    Almost all of the kids in DS1s kindy class wore the full school uniform ie bought from the school. I bought him 2 sets of everything which is what most of the other kids have (just one jumped though). I'm lucky that DS2 is off to kindy next year so I just need to replace the polo shirts, everything else is in great condition

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    I teach this age group at a public school with a well followed dress code. 99% of our kids come in a uniform.
    All in my class have the school top, some have school bottoms but most have the big w/ Kmart etc bottoms. I think the uniforms are costly enough and when my bubba starts school they will have school top and cheap bottoms!!

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    At our school most will have the full uniform. Everyone has the polo with the logo and I have seen the odd child with the best & less/big w shorts but you can tell and they are the odd ones out as they aren't the same.

    I wont buy the best & less etc for my girls because I don't want them to be the odd ones out. I have picked up 2nd hand though at only $3 each in good condition and no one would know.

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    At our school. Everyone has the school polo shirt ( well I haven't noticed anyone without it) but the bottoms have to be black. most actually don't get the school bottoms for the kids as you can get the same thing in BIg W and Target for a lot less. The jumper a lot also just wear the green jumper from Big W rather than getting the school one.

    The dress is obviously bought at the school shop! There is a wide variety of green hats at the school as well.

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    I bought most of DD's uniforms 2nd hand. As shes in prep, and is tiny, the smaller size she needs 2nd hand barely were worn as kids grow so fast.

    She now has a few new skorts and a few new sports polo's, but the majority of her uniforms will always be 2nd hand if i can find them in decent condition.

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    My ds goes to a school where the kids wear the uniform 100 percent but my ds wears the school tops and his school cargo shorts come from big w. You can't tell the difference....as far as I know other mums do this too.

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    My kids' school is pretty laid back, as long as they wear the right colour bottoms they are fine, and lots wear non-logo polos every day. They just have to have a logo one for excursions etc. So my kids have one logo polo each and one non-logo one, plus a couple of checkered dresses from target, and various bottoms from target (netball skorts, tracksuit pants etc).

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