Top tips for buying school uniform
A new school or new term can be exciting, but also a little daunting, for both parents and children, not least because of the potential for back to school shopping headaches! Easy for us to say, but don't leave buying school uniform to the last minute. The summer holidays usually fly past and before you know it, the annual rush to kit your child out for the return to school has begun. Preparation is key, so kit them out in plenty of time, and you can sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of the summer holidays.
1. Always try and buy school uniform early
Not wanting to sound like a broken record, but Back to School is our busiest time so I'd urge you to buy early to avoid disappointment. Ideally try and shop before the end of July or in early August. I know parents fear summer holiday growth spurts, but when you shop in our schoolwear departments our Partners can advise on buying to allow for this.
To make things easier, we stock more school uniform than ever before, so you can get everything in one shop. You'll find the entire range of
general school uniforms and sportswear, together with shoes, bags and stationery.
2. Know what you need
It's worth checking whether your child's school has a uniform list, so you know exactly what they'll need. We now sell school-specific clothing for over 300 schools exclusively online. Each school has a handy PDF check list so you can make sure you've got the complete uniform.
You can still visit our shops to try sample sizes on, if you wish. Then one of our Partners can help you order your uniform online, or you can order it online in the comfort of your home.
For other schools which have a more general uniform without logos, I'd recommend the following minimum quantities as a rule of thumb: 3 shirts or blouses to allow one on, one in the wash and a spare, 2 sweatshirts or jumpers, 2 trousers/skirts. Take a look at our sizing guide for sizing and further tips.
3. Try to buy most of your uniform together
This idea might seem like a big task, as it's an expensive business and it's often the last thing your children want to do, but it means you can try everything on together to make sure jackets and coats fit over the rest of the uniform, and trousers sit well with shoes.
4. Label everything
Things are easily left on the bus, lost on playing fields, or mistakenly taken from coat pegs. Cash's name tapes offer a choice of fonts and finishes, and can be discreetly sewn into clothing, bags and pencil cases. Use them in school shoes too!
And don't forget, unlike some competitors, we stock school uniform all year round. If you do have an emergency and need your uniform quickly, why not try our 'click and collect' service? Place your order online before 7pm, and you'll be able to collect it free of charge from any of our shops after 2pm the following day - emergency over!