12 school uniform hacks, tricks and tips for new school parents

If your child is starting school this September, make sure you read our school uniform hacks with tips and tricks to help you save money and time when it comes to kitting out your kids.

School uniform can be expensive and it all adds up for parents. Supermarkets and big department stores often run offers throughout the school year to make it cheaper. However, for the real bargains, check if your school or the PTA hold second hand uniform sales or sell on old uniform, meaning you can buy the more expensive items like logo-ed jumpers much more cheaply. It’s also an idea to check in charity shops near the school.

To make life easier for your child when getting changed for PE, look for uniform with easy fastenings - you can buy shirts which have Velcro in place of the top button, and ones where the sleeve cuff buttons are attached to elastic.

To make life easier for parents, look out for uniform that come with a non-iron coating. Alternatively, shake uniform out as soon as it's washed and hang it straight up to avoid creases.

Back to school shoe shopping might be the most stressful thing ever, but did you know Clarks allow you to pre-book appointments online (look here for more details)? This way you don’t have to wait at the back of a queue of hundreds of other frazzled parents, in a shop full of hundreds of noisy and impatient children.

When it comes to girls shoes, a great school uniform hack is to buy patent which is actually more durable than leather and much easier to keep clean.

Make sure you pick shoes with Velcro fastenings over laces and buckles, especially when your child is in Reception. This will make it easier for your child – and more likely their teacher – to quickly take off and put on when necessary.

Check if your child definitely has to wear white socks, which are notoriously difficult to keep white. See if you can replace them with a darker colour, especially grey, navy or black, which will wash with no problems.

Another of our really useful school uniform hacks is to always buy the same style of socks, this makes it much easier when pairing them up and finding a matching pair in the morning.

While it varies per school, if your child is allowed to wear a pinafore then pick this over a skirt when they are young – it keeps the shirt tucked in and will act as a bid for paint and food – meaning you don’t always have to wash their top, too.

While some parents may like the nostalgia of sewing in name labels, if you want to take the easier option you can stamp their name in or buy stick-in labels instead.

Check you have enough of everything – shirts, pants, socks, tights and especially hairbands. They will go through these faster than you think, and it will make your life a lot easier if you are not washing everything overnight.

And our final point in the list of school uniform hacks is to invest in heavy-duty stain remover as they will often come home completely covered. Look out for something that shifts paint, glue, food and white board pen remover. Good luck!

Do you have any school uniform hacks and tricks to make life easier? Leave a comment and let us know - and then head over and read our tips for parents on starting school

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