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School Clothes Planning
I am a planner. I plan everything. Right down to the most minute detail…it’s actually kind of OCD ridiculous! In my planning process, I also research and try to create themes, etc. So about a year and a half before my eldest started Kindergarten, I started planning. I asked myself questions like “Am I going to red-shirt him since his birthday is so close to the cutoff?” and “Are we going to settle for the school by our house or are we going to appeal for a spot in a ‘better’ school?” and “What is he going to wear?” Seriously.
As I researched the local schools, it quickly came to my attention that “uniforms” are common in this area. I am not used to that at all because where I grew up we were able to wear whatever we wanted as long as it wasn’t provocative or otherwise deemed inappropriate. In fact, I have very fond memories of expressing my individuality through the style of clothes I chose to wear. So imagine my dismay upon learning of the uniform requirements that my own child would face. That was one of the factors that led me to initially attempt an out of district transfer request. That did not pan out, but I will save that story for another day. Ultimately we resigned ourselves to being relegated to the ranks of those that wear uniforms. And not the cute hoity-toity custom private school uniforms. No, the dress code is polo shirts and solid khaki and/or navy slacks. Uck.
I decided to make the uniform situation work for us by thinking outside the box. Sure, we could have simply ordered the standard outfits from the catalog the school provides or gone the easy route with French Toast everything. But no, that is not our style. Oh, and did I mention how I detest pique polo shirts? I think they are the worst, particularly as part of a sloppily put together school uniform. God forbid the pique polo and standard issue slacks are ill fitting…I just cannot bear the thought! But what’s the alternative? Think J.Crew, Mini Boden, Hanna Andersson, Tea Collection, etc. However, our budget doesn’t support that kind of shopping for the everyday essentials. We’re more the Gymboree, Kohls & Old Navy set. But really we pretty much shop at Target and Amazon for just about everything these days! So that is where this shopping trip will take us today!