Friday, September 30, 2016

French Toast to Ship Internationally


French Toast - America's Most Popular School Uniforms for Less!


Heads up to our readers outside the US -
French Toast now offers international shipping.

Regular readers of this blog will recognize the brand French Toast as a US based children's school uniform and fashion retailer. You can order direct online and find their clothing in many US retail stores. International purchases are managed through Borderfree. They are sent to the Borderfree shipping hub in the United States and then Borderfree ships the order to its international destination.

You can read more about their company background the types of items they carry in their school uniform collection in our French Toast retail roundup post. Uniform Mom is an affilaite partner with French Toast, so you can also check out some of their products that have been reviewed or featured:

Monday, August 22, 2016

Retail Round Up: Under Armour

As more and more public schools adopt a uniform dress code, retailers are smart to design products that meet widely used uniform standards. Children's clothing retailers must compete in this market or be left out of game in the battle for a piece of the family back to school budget. I was surprised, but not shocked to learn that Under Armour has entered the school uniform market this fall.

Shop Under Armour School Uniforms – It's A Whole New Class.While no longer true with most modern school uniform brands, school uniform fabrics have historically had reputation of being hot and itchy. For this reason, today's athleisure loving generation of uniform kids who are already fans of the UA brand will be anxious to try the new school uniform items. Under Amour isn't a typical clothing retailer. It was founded in 1996 by Kevin Plank, a student at the University of Maryland.  He was a football player that hated changing his sweat soaked t-shirt that he wore under his uniform. He set out to find something better.  As the story goes, he designed the first Under Armoue HeatGear(r) T-shirt with moisture-wicking performance fibers, to keep cool and dry in the hottest conditions. Students wearing hot and itchy school uniforms (true or not) long for clothes to keep them cool and dry. Enter Under Armour as the new player in the school uniform market. 

The boys line includes a simple 4 item line up of shorts, chinos, short sleeve polos and long sleeve polos.  The girls line up includes the same items plus a skort.  Keeping it simple, they offer the same colors in both the boys and the girls collections. The tops are offered in white, navy, red and light blue.  The bottoms come in khaki and navy. Sizes include preschool, boys, husky, girls and plus. They also offer shoes, backpacks and lunch boxes for both boys and girls. Check out the full collection of School Uniforms from Under Armour.



Under Armour Boys' UA Uniform Long Sleeve Polo
    Under Armour Boys' UA Uniform Long Sleeve Polo
  • Super-durable, lightweight fabric keeps you cool 
  • Moisture Transport System wicks sweat & dries fast
  • Stain-resistant construction that won't shrink or fade
  • Small UA brand logo at the bottom hem so you can tuck it in for dress code
  • Cuffed sleeves & drop-tail hem. 
  • Polyester. Imported

Under Armour Boys' UA Uniform Chino Pants
    Under Armour Boys' UA Uniform Chino Pants
  • Soft, stretchy, breathable fabric delivers all-day, total comfort
  • Moisture Transport System wicks sweat & dries fast
  • Adjustable waistband with hidden hook & eye closure for a perfect fit
  • Flat-front pockets with hidden zipper & back-button pockets
  • Stain-resistant construction keeps them lasting longer
  • Straight leg27" inseam (size 12)
  • Cotton/Polyester/Spandex. 
  • Imported

Under Armour Girls' UA Uniform Skort

    Under Armour Girls' UA Uniform Skort
  • Soft, stretchy, breathable fabric delivers all-day, total comfort
  • Moisture Transport System wicks sweat & dries fast
  • Flat front waistband that's adjustable with side zipper
  • Stain-resistant construction keeps them lasting longer
  • Flat pleats around the whole skirt
  • Hem hits the top of the knee
  • Light loose bike short underneath skirt 
  • Cotton/Polyester/Spandex
  • Imported

Parents will not be excited to learn that their retail prices are the most expensive in the Uniform Mom price lists when compared to regular retail prices of competing brands. Because they are a new entrant in the market, we will have wait  to see if the items will be included in sales, discount promotions or available through their outlet stores.

While I haven't yet had the chance, I look forward to checking them out in person.  If you (or your child) has tried out any of the items from the Under Armour School Uniform collection, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

French Toast Two Tab Scooter and Polo from Rainbow Shops

Recently I introduced Rainbow Shops as a re-seller of French Toast and Lee brand school uniform items. They gifted me some items to try for purposes of this review. I selected several French Toast brand items for my daughter that we haven't reviewed here previously.

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The first item is the French Toast girls two-tab scooter. This item is a uniform staple offered by many brands. The French Toast scooter is made of 100% machine washable polyester so no ironing is not needed. Yeah, score one for Mom. It has an adjustable waist. I've learned the hard way that an adjustable waist is much preferred to an elastic waist. It had pleats on the front side of the skirt and solid fabric on the back. The details is the 2 silver buckles on the left hip. The closure is on the side with knit shorts built in. The side zipper might be too much for the youngest girls, but works fine for those well beyond the potty training years with strong manual dexterity skills. Th length of the skirt hits above the knee. French Toast offers this skirt in 6 colors and Rainbow Shops offers the most popular options black, navy and khaki in girls sizes 2T all the way through girls size 14. It retails for $12.99 and can be found 25% off via Rainbow Shops.

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The next item we tried is the girls long sleeve interlock knit polo shirt. This is a classic uniform wardrobe staple.  The temperatures are warn now during back to school season, but temperatures will drop soon enough.  You'll want to snag at least one or two long sleeve polos early in the season while they are easy to find.  The French Toast interlock polo is available in 6 colors at Rainbow Shops and in sizes ranging from toddler through girls plus size 18-20.  The sleeves on this polo are hemmed but not banded.  Right now the sleeves are too long on my daughter, but you might be able to notice in this picture, we simply folded up the sleeve.  The collar and placket are standard, but the subtle flower shaped buttons offer a cute feminine detail.  I've found that the French Toast polos wash up easily and hold their shape.  My daughter is required to wear white tops so I bleach out any stains to keep it looking fresh through the school year.  It retails for $11.99 but is currently on sale for 25% off, or $8.99 which is right in the Uniform Mom target price range sweet spot for polo shirts. Got boys? Here's the link to the boys long sleeve French Toast polo instead.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Celebrate National Thrift Day with Schoola



Today is National Thrift Day and Schoola is celebrating with a $5 sale! Thousands of newly marked down items now for only $5. Get them before they’re gone. Shop the $5 Price Drop Sale at Schoola.com.


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Monday, August 15, 2016

Stick To Me Identification Labels, a Review

I've tried quite a few brands of name labels, and I continue to be amazed at the creativity and differences between the companies.  I recently had a chance to try Stick To Me brand labels.  It is a small company based in Quebec, Canada.  Each order is custom made, shipped free worldwide, and packed to minimize waste and impact to the environment (shown on the right). One of the things that make these labels unique is the artwork that decorates each collection. I like that each collection includes a variety of shapes and colors.


I personally illustrated the colourful, lively collections. I love drawing images inspired by my children’s universe. I’ve used state-of-the-art technology with superior quality inks to reproduce my drawings with precision. I hope my designs will draw you into my imaginary world and will bring you as much joy as they did me when I created them. 
Annie Nadeau, Owner of Stick To Me
I ordered the Cosmos Collection which includes 200 labels:

  • 120 small labels that are water and heat resistant so they are safe to use in the washing machine, dishwasher and dryer.  They are suitable for use on items such as baby bottles, thermos, or water bottles.  These labels are also intended for use on the care tag of clothing items. 
  • 16 larger rectangle shaped labels that would be great for use on the pencil box, tube of sunscreen or other school and camp supplies.
  • 32 small rectangle shaped labels that work great on smaller school supplies.  These also come with the matching transparent protective film for extra protection from wear. 
  • 8 triangle shaped labels for general use.  The cute shape would be perfect to label notebooks and book covers.
  • 24 round shoe labels with the transparent protective film to protect them from scuffing and perspiration.  I love these for school shoes, gym shoes, dance shoes, soccer cleats, rain boots, snow boots, flip flops and any shoes that might be toted around in their backpack. 
  • And as an add on item, we got 25 iron on labels which can be used on clothing items by applying them directly to the fabric with an iron. I always recommend labeling clothing items that might be taken on and off during the day such as hats, sweaters, hoodies, and jackets.

With Stick to Me, you cannot split an order with 2 or more names; however, I ordered this set for use by my niece and nephew personalizing the label with only with their last name and choosing a gender neutral design. Smart!

I am a fan of Stick To Me!  Their website makes ordering easy, The product is high quality and functions as designed.   And the price is very reasonable at $21.95 with free shipping.

If your school is interested to partner with Stick To Me for a fundraiser. They do all the work such as order taking, deliveries and the school or PTA collects a commission on every sale.  You can contact Annie for more information.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Fun Fund: Girls Uniform Polo Short Sleeve Skater Dress


I recently wrote about how I've been seeing new skater skirt styles in the school uniform collection's this season. Here is the dress version of that trend.

This Girls Uniform Polo Short Sleeve Skater Dress skater style polo dress from the Children's Place is made of 97% cotton/3% spandex piqué. I like the longer length that is designed to fit above the knee. I would still have my young daughter wear bike shorts underneath, but that's just me. I think it is a missed opportunity that they do not offer this dress is navy.  It is currently only available only in hunter green and red which will not work for as many girls that wear uniforms to school.  It retails for $19.95.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Marks and Spencer's launch autism-friendly school uniform collection

The National Autistic Society in the UK teamed up with Marks & Spencer, a UK retailer, to support the development of their brand new ‘Easy Dressing’ school uniform collection. According to reports, the idea came out of a product development campaign called ‘Inventors Wanted’. M&S received suggestions asking them to do more for people who struggle with clothing – especially children on the autism spectrum.

The easy dressing line includes 3 basic items. The first is a pull-up trouser so kids don't have to fuss with zippers and buttons. There is no back pocket and the care label is sewn inside the pocket. The second item is a no iron shirt that has been modified removing the top 4 buttons and replacing them with soft velcro. Again, less buttons less fussing. The last item is the basic polo where they made similar modifications swapping buttons for velcro.

These modifications are brilliant.  They make it so much easier for students with sensory issues to focus on school work instead of the itchy tags.  It makes it easier for these parents to get these kids off to school each day so getting dressed is simpler.  If you are interested to try these items for your child, I have good news.  Marks and Spencer offers shipping to the US. And in case you would need to make a return, return shipping is to a US based address. M&S will also be donating 10% from every item sold to The National Autistic Society.