Friday, September 4, 2015

Weekend Report Card for September 4, 2015

 
Each week in the Weekend Report Card post, we rundown the current deals and coupons offered at major children's retailers on school wear and other wardrobe essentials. Be sure to check back each Friday for the latest updates.

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French Toast
Cookies Kids
Children's Place
Crazy 8
GAP
Gymboree
Hartstrings
Office Depot
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Schoolwear from Primary.com

Primary.com gifted me several clothing items to evaluate so I could share my opinion of the items with you. All opinions are my own.



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I recently read about a new children's clothing retailer that was created by Moms.  The idea is to keep things simple and stick with what works.  From what I have seen so far, Primary.com is doing just that in a very cheerful way.

The idea behind Primary.com is that kids tend to favor a few key pieces of clothing in their wardrobe that they wear over and over.  The moms at Primary.com make sure you can find that item again in the next size up when your little one outgrows it.  All of their items are basics in solid colors.  For girls, think of quality tees, shorts, sundresses, tunics and leggings, hoodies, and cardigans in solid colors.  For boys, think basic shorts, pants, hoodies, tshirts, and polos.  The styles are classic and they are only offered online only.  The prices are kept simple too. Everything under $25 bucks!

Intrigued?  I was too.  I contacted Primary.com and asked to check out their school wear items.  I received a cheerfully decorated jiffy-bag package.  Each items was individually wrapped.  I unpacked everything to take a look.

First, I fell in love with the simplicity.  Everything tagless and kid friendly, even the laundry instructions are simple.  The stamped label in each item has a different cute critter representing each size.

I also love the sizing options because they carry more options than most children's retailers. I recall the big difference in the length between a size 6x and a 7 on girls pants.  Now I'm again noticing a big difference in tops and shirts that jump from a 7-8 to a 10-12.  At Primary.com, most basic items are offered in all sizes giving more options when your child is between sizes. When you click to select a size, the image updates to show the item on a model that age.  It provides the height and weight of the model so you can compare with your child.  My daughter is the same height and weight as the model wearing the size 8 and 9 items.  I love that the site gives that extra visual to help you decide what size to order.

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They offer a basic polo for $16. The cotton is 100% super soft pima cotton jersey and the weight of the fabric is just right, not thin or chintzy. For girls it is offered in white, navy, lilac and sky (blue). The boys polo is offered in four additional colors. We tried a basic white one that works for many school dress codes. It is not a traditional interlock polo because it has a relaxed soft collar made from the same cotton as the shirt itself. At my daughter's school, the uniform dress code is basic and broadly defined. It calls for a "white collar long or short sleeve shirt".  The Primary brand polo will work just fine for us, but might not make the cut at schools with a stricter interpretation of what makes a polo shirt a polo.

They also sent girls basics of leggings and undershorts (like bike shorts).  While either could be worn by themselves as bottoms, they pair nicely in a uniform wardrobe under skirts and jumpers. Reviews on the site indicate the shorts and leggings are running small and we agree with the recommendation to order them a size up.  These leggings are made from a blend with 7% spandex, which is higher percentage than other brands at major retailers.  This makes them fit snuggly and would be great for girls with very thin legs.  My daughter, with her athletic legs, would recommend two sizes up since she hates tight fitting leggings.

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The girls cardi, or cardigan sweater, is offered in three colors, white, pink and heather gray. The fabric is a blend of 70% cotton and 30% bamboo (note the heather gray version is different; it is a poly blend). I haven't given it too many turns through the washing machine yet, but so far, it is holding up beautifully.  This sweater is unique in that it is the first cardigan that I've come across that contains bamboo. It is very soft.  It costs $24.  I am a big fan of this sweater!  I would order one for myself if it came  in my size.

Based on the selection of items I've seen, I'm a big fan of Primary.com.  I wish the site would have been around when my daughter was a toddler.  If your kids do not have a uniform dress code, you will be sure to find many great items to assemble an entire wardrobe for the school year.  The site offers quality basics for a reasonable price.  Works for me!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

School Uniforms in the News - Back to School 2015 edition


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.

Features:

  • The true value of school uniform CWB - Childrenswear Buyer Magazine: ow.ly/2buJfy
  • Parents dig deep into pockets as kids head back to class ow.ly/2buvxL

Assistance Efforts:

Enforcement Issues:

US School Boards Discuss School Uniforms:

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Weekend Report Card for August 21, 2015



Each week in the Weekend Report Card post, we rundown the current deals and coupons offered at major children's retailers on school wear and other wardrobe essentials. Be sure to check back each Friday for the latest updates.

Heads up Connecticut, your tax holiday continues through August 22nd on clothing and footwear over $100.

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French Toast
Cookies Kids
Office Depot
Children's Place
Crazy 8
    GAP
    Gymboree
    Hartstrings
    Target
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    Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    2015 Back to School Event Giveaway (ends 9/31)

    The 2015 Back 2 School Event is LIVE!!

    Andersons Angels, This Mama's Life, and The More The Merrier (me) are all ready for school to start! To celebrate, they have teamed up with the best group of awesome bloggers and fantastic sponsors to bring you great products to help you get back into the school year swing of things! ONE WINNER will walk away with this whole prize package! The Prize Package includes items from these sponsors:
    2015 Back 2 School Sponsors

    Little Passports - $15.95 ARV
    BIC - $30 ARV
    Juice In The Box - $23.98 ARV
    French Toast - $42.94 ARV
    Blum Gear - $32.57 ARV
    Mabels Labels - $42 ARV
    Crunch Pak - $15 ARV
    Snyder of Berlin - $30 ARV
    Crispy Green - $15 ARV
    Office Depot - $15.95 ARV
    ThinkBoard Pack - $25 ARV
    These are great items that will surely help your students head back into the classroom! Are you ready to enter? It’s simple! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools Form below. There are plenty of entry options, and the more you do, the better your chances of winning are!

    The 2015 Back 2 School Event is open to all legal residents of the United States who are 18-years-old or older. This event will run from 12:00am EST Monday, August 17, 2015 through 11:59pm EST Monday, August 31, 2015. Best Of Luck!
    Disclaimer: The More The Merrier, Andersons Angels, This Mama's Life, and all the participating blogs are not responsible for the fulfillment of the prizes. The sponsors will send the prizes directly to the winner. We are also not responsible for any unfortunate accidents that may result from the use of any of these products.

    What's New at French Toast for Back to School 2015

    Big news from French Toast.

    They have relaunched their Active and Casual line of clothing. Matthew Buesing advised that "You will find this line to be very school-centric as well as versatile for any occasion in a child’s life. It is a great complement and natural extension to our school uniforms. Leveraging our past success as leaders in school wear, we now provide a uniform for a kid’s life.”

    French Toast can now become a one stop shop.  You can order all of the school wear for the kids and pick up some weekend wear too.  The kids will love to wear these fashionable items and you save time and money shopping with a brand you know and trust to hold up wash after wash. 
    “French Toast has a 30 year heritage in the classroom. However, we are evolving the product line to be a part of a kid’s life at different times of the day. Once you combine style with our 50 wash tested durability and features like Power Knees™, you have a versatile product that moms love and kids want to wear." 
    French Toast’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kevin Mitchael

    Here are a few of the new items you'll find available online:

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    Short Sleeve V-Neck Tee


    New for girls is a Short Sleeve V-Neck Tee shirt in a variety of fun colors. They also come in a Long Sleeve V-Neck Tee for when the weather turns cooler. The short sleeve is 5.98 and the long sleeve is 6.98.

    Polyester blend jersey
    Tag-free
    V-neck, Decorative ruching at neck
    Rounded hem
    Machine washable, Imported


    Short Sleeve Graphic Tee


    Girls will love this Short Sleeve Graphic Tee featuring a cute cat. It is nicely priced at $7.98.

    Cotton blend jersey
    Tag-free Crew neck
    Screenprint with glitter
    Machine washable, Imported



    Football Graphic Tee

    I love this Football Graphic Tee. Pair this with a pair of jeans and your ready for the weekend.  It retails for $8.98:

    Polyester blend jersey
    Tag-free Crew neck
    Screenprint with glitter
    Rounded hem
    Machine washable, Imported



    Long Sleeve Striped Hangdown Polo

    For boys, one of my favorite items is this Long Sleeve Striped Hangdown Polo.  It retails for $14.98.

    100% thermal cotton sleeves
    Cotton blend pique top
    Tag-free
    3-button placket
    Machine washable, Imported



    Long Sleeve Contrast Henley

    This Long Sleeve Contrast Henley is made from a soft cotton and a cool color contrast, this is a perfect everyday top he just won't stop wearing. It retails for $9.98.

    100% cotton with cotton chambray placket
    Tag-free
    Crew neck with 3-button placket
    Machine washable, Imported

    Long Sleeve Chambray Pocket Shirt



    This Long Sleeve Chambray Pocket Shirt is a fun plaid with contrasting solid pockets that make it a hit at $16.98.

    100% cotton chambray
    Front button closure with 2 front pockets
    Machine washable, Imported