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We got our uniforms at Target. They don't cost more than a regular wardrobe. I found that we saved money with uniforms, because I could buy about 6 outfits that would last the whole year. With uniforms you pretty much know you're gonna wear the same colors every day. When I buy a regular wardrobe, I buy twice as many outfits, because you can easily tell when you wear the same thing every week.42244
My son was at a school that had uniforms. I liked them in ways, and I didn't like them in ways. I liked them because there was no issues about what to wear. We just had to decide red, white, or blue polo shirt and either navy or khaki pants.
You can still tell the children whose families may be struggling financially. For instance, there was one boy that wore his mother's shirts, had a little bit of scalloping of the collar and was way too big for him (kindergartener). So you can still tell. Another thing I found, the uniforms do not hold up as well as jeans. My boy was rough and tumble and he would end up getting holes in the knees, in which holes aren't allowed in the clothes. So we would end up buying more clothes than if we had been wearing jeans in the first place. You also had to have jeans for home and have them change clothes because you don't want them playing in their uniforms because they don't hold up well.42245
We probably should be differenticating between single source uniforms that are all the same, and really strict dress codes which are "uniforms" that aren't truly uniform as they are manufactured with different qualities. In my experience, the single source uniforms tend to be pricier, but they definately seem to hold up to wear and tear.42246
I am a single mother with three children. I don't mind the uniform policy, but the school my children go to has such a strict uniform policy, that they require you to order THEIR embroidered shirt and pants (at $12 to $15 a piece) from their website. If your children don't wear their embroidered shirts and pants, they cannot attend the school. Plus, I just recently found out that your child can't wear a winter coat or jacket to school unless it is navy blue or khaki colored! Again......I have THREE children and ONE income.....do the math.42247
I really don't like them. My daughter attends a school similar to the one that one of the women talked about. I don't have to order them from their website or have a certain type of coat but there are restrictions. Only khaki or navy pants, light blue, navy, burgundy or white tops but must have the name of the school on them, khaki or navy skorts, khaki or navy dress, white blouse but must have name written out entirely on the upper left chest or the initials on the collar. My child is hard to fit in pants as she is tall and very thin (8 years old and only 48 lbs and eats like a horse) and she hates dresses and skirts so many times it is hard for me. I would really rather just wear what you want. Also you figure the cost of the uniforms you also need to buy two sets of clothes each year which can get costly.42249
In this I agree completely. No matter whether you have uniforms or not there will always be a bully or bullies in the school for some reason. My daughter was a victim beginning of last school year and her best friend is a constant victim and this is in a school with uniforms.
As for cost it is expensive as I am buying two wardrobes and sometimes half way through the year I need to buy more clothes for school either due to her outgrowing them which happens often lengthwise or the fact that my daughter loves to play with the boys and comes home filty some days and some things you just cannot get out. She started 9/3 and I"ve already used a half bottle of stain remover on her shirts and had to wash them two or three times to get them clean.42250
At my child's old school, girls wore stilletos and thigh high boots under their uniforms, so it did not seem to eliminate the sex factor. Also, you could still tell who the "haves" were by their designer shoes and hair clips.42252
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