Wednesday, 30 July 2008

The Great School Uniform Expedition!

This is Emily 2 years ago on her first day of school in her brand new shiny uniform! Now, correct me if I'm wrong but, it doesn't seem like an extraordinary uniform does it, something completely off the wall? And you'd think that you'd be able to find such a uniform for a 6 year old girl (6 year olds are considered school age aren't they?!)

Ha! Think again!

OK, so it's 5 weeks until they go back but those 5 weeks are fairly busy so yesterday I took advantage of having a spare hour (which turned into 3!) to go and get the rest of Emily's uniform for the new term. So, here is my rundown of exactly what the retailers in our country seem to think about our school uniform needs:

Tesco: Fine if you're child's 4-5 or 9-10. Obviously we don't send them to school between them ages. Oh, and only if their uniform's black.

Asda: Good for the undies, just not for stuff to go over the undies, especially if you're child wears navy blue (and this is an Asda in the middle of a town where ALL the primary schools wear navy!)

Adams: OK if your child goes to school on a catwalk. Swing style cardies for 6 years olds? Please!

M&S: OK if you can get the 2nd mortgage to pay for it!

BHS: OK if your child goes to school in the 1950s!

Next: Good if you have a child that is in fact 16 but wears age 6 and you don't need the skirts to actually cover their bum! Oh, and aslong as they wear black!

And the winner is...SAINSBURYS! God bless Jamie and his little shop! Lots of navy blue, cheaper than the other shops and 3 for 2! Yay!

So, after 3 hours and 7 shops, I finally found her uniform! Can't wait til next year!


Marie said...

PMSL @ BHS and the 1950s comment. That made me spit tea!! :)

Bless ickle 4 year old Emily! So cute.

I think I'm scuppered though, we don't have a Sainsburys! God help me!


Jaime said...

oh my goodness that is quite the scavenger hunt!!

so... how do uniforms work in the UK? does each school just pick a color & then each store has acceptable uniform clothes?

Lou said...

Marie - Sorry about the tea stain!

Jaime - Schools tend to be either red, blue, green and normally grey mixed in. So, most schools advertise as doing all the colours, but very rarely actually stock them!!

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