Saturday, February 28, 2015

FeaturedBasic: Girls Uniform High-Low Hoodie

The Featured Basic Series shares basic uniform pieces for boys and girls that comply with uniform dress codes at many public, private, charter and parochial schools.

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Uniform Hi-Low Hoodie

My daughter is obsessed with the current Hi-Low trend in girls clothing. These items are cut to intentionally hang lower in the back than the front. We recently picked up a Hi-Low dress and a hi-low t-shirt for her weekend wardrobe. Children's Place has added a Uniform Hi-Low Hoodie to their girls school uniform collection. The hoodie is offered in basic navy and fuchsia.  Reviewers describe it as a thin extra layer that would be good indoors, but not warm enough to serve as a spring jacket. I think this item will be a hit with many school aged girls.

What do you think of the Hi-Low trend?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Weekend Shopping Guide for February 27, 2014



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Lands' End (School Uniforms)
French Toast (Shop Online)
Cookies (Shop Online)
Children's Place
Children's Wear Outlet
Crazy 8
GAP
Gymboree
Zulily
Various Shoe Stores
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Friday's Fun Find: Ribbon Star Hair Clip



Gymboree has always been one of my favorite children's stores to find accessories, and I just love this new Ribbon Star Hair Clip.

 I find it difficult to find cute hair accessories for my daughter that match her school uniform colors. Navy and white are the only acceptable colors for uniform at her school, and while the dress code doesn't expressly prohibit hair accessories of other colors, it just looks really cute when her hair is styled with a cute matching accessory. This style hair clip also comes in solid pink, navy, white or mint green.

What are your favorite places to find coordinating hair accessories to coordinate with your daughter's school uniform?


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fleece Lined Tights Paired with School Uniform

Jeez, it sure is cold outside.  The cold temps and the strong wind gusts we've been experiencing this year are brutal.  Especially if you're wearing a skirt, right?

I've mentioned before that our daughter's normal winter wardrobe routine consists of PE clothes on two days, khakis and polo on two days, then she alternates between a few skirts and a dress on the 5th day of the week. At morning drop off, the outside temperature today was 14 degrees! And that didn't even account for the wind chill.  It's just our luck that all her school pants were in the laundry this morning and it wasn't a PE day.  That meant, the only clean clothing option for her was to put on a skirt.  Brrrr.  Thankfully, she has a few pairs of fleece lined tights to match her school uniform.

She is happy to put on a skirt even when its so cold outside because she loves those tights.  She tells me that they keep her plenty warm. They can be a bit tough to find in navy, but we now have several pairs. One footless pair  in a smooth cotton, another footless pair in a cotton cable-knit pattern, and one footed pair in a smooth cotton.  I think I picked up all of them at Sears. And while the tag doesn't specify, I think they are Joe Boxer brand tights.  They run big.  The girls size 4-7 still fits my daughter comfortably when she's wearing a solid size 7 on most brands, sometimes an 8.  We also have the next size up, which is the 8-10.  They are still really big on her; bunching at the ankles.

Fleece Lined Footless Extra Warm Tights for Girls by Leg Impressions
Fleece Lined Footless Extra Warm
Tights for Girls

by Leg Impressions via Amazon
The only thing I don't like about them is the shade of navy. They don't seem to match the same shade of navy in any of her skirts which include options from various brands.  The tights are a brighter hue of navy. While I wouldn't try to pull off the navy on navy matching with any of my outfits for work, I am willing to overlook this color mismatch on her with her school uniform.  Hey - It saves me from having to do the mid week load of laundry. And my daughter is still too young to understand the subtlety of this fashion faux pas.

Does your daughter wear the fleece lined tights with her school uniform? I found this pair on Amazon by Leg Impressions of Fleece Lined Footless Extra Warm Tights for Girls.  It looks like they have all the basic school uniform colors.

If your daughter has a pair, where did you get them? How does she like them?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gazelle, a safe place to trade in your old devices #Ad



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Like many of you, I tend to upgrade my phone and tablet every 2 years. When I first learned of Gazelle, I had a few old ones collecting dust sitting in a basket at my house. I heard that they were a credible company where individuals can sell their old devices for a decent rate. After reading reviews from sources I found credible, I decided to give it a try.

I visited their website where they walked me through the process. I told them what type of phone I had and its condition. They made me a fair offer and provided me instructions on how to wipe my device and package it for mailing. They even shipped me a cleverly designed box to use for free. I followed the instructions and mailed it off. A few days letter, I got an email that they had receive my package. Within another day or so, I got another email confirming that they found my device to be in the condition I reported. Since I had opted to receive payment in the form of an Amazon gift card, the email contained instruction on how to redeem the payment. 

It was stupidly simple! After using their service successfully, I then sold them another old phone. Then again last year after my latest upgrade, I sold them two more devices. All were simple and fair transactions. I was able to turn those old devices that were useless to me into real money I could use towards stuff I actually wanted on Amazon. 

One of the other things I like about Gazelle is that they don't send me a bunch of marketing emails all the time. I get an occasional email when a new device hits the market to see if you are planning to upgrade again, but they don't flood your inbox with messages every week. Its refreshing. If you have an old device laying around, I'd recommend you check out their site to see what your device might be worth. 

And if you looking for a previously owned device to replace one that has been lost, stolen or destroyed, check out their resell site. Gazelle has you covered with 'like new' devices at an affordable price that are all put through an industry-leading 30-point inspection to make sure that all features are fully functional and offers you the peace of mind of a 30-day risk-free return period, all with no contracts or strings attached.

Monday, February 23, 2015

School Uniforms in the News - early February 2015

Below are articles that feature school uniforms from all over the world! They are complied from my twitter stream. Follow me at @NavyPlaid to get updates on these types of headlines as they are published.

Headlines:

School Uniform Debate

Assistance Efforts:

Enforcement Issues:

US School Boards Discuss School Uniforms:

International News:

Industry News:

  • Congrats to Northern Ireland family business KK Schoolwear celebrating 60 years ow.ly/Im1xi
  • Kathryn Shuttleworth announced as the new managing director of school uniform supplier David Lukeow.ly/Im0qX
  • Schoolwear stores transition from Brick and Mortar to online ow.ly/IlZUA

(photo used with permission from Microsoft Press)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Weekend Shopping Guide for February 20, 2015


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Each week, this post reviews the sales, discounts and coupons available at the major school clothing retailers for best deals of kids clothing, shoes and accessories.  The best sales going on this week are highlighted below in BOLD.

Lands' End (School Uniforms)
French Toast
Children's Place
Crazy 8
Cookies (Shop Online)
    Children's Wear Outlet
    GAP

    Gymboree

    Hanna Anderson
    Hartstring
    Zulily

    Shoe Stores

    LogoSportswear

    This information is shared for informational purposes only. Please verify details of any offer mentioned here directly with the retailers.

    (Photo used with permission from Microsoft)