Showing posts with label Skort. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Skort. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Classic Girl's Back to School Look for from Gymboree

Here are a few classic pieces from the girls school uniform collection that you can find in-stores or online at Gymboree.  When you combine all of these pieces together, they work for most school uniform dress policies.  Girls that are not required to wear uniform can still enjoy these items in the non-traditional uniform colors or by wearing them as separates with items from other collections.  Gymboree may not be the first retailer you think of when shopping for school uniforms, but they do stock the uniform collection year round.  The uniform collection is frequently on sale during the back to school shopping season and at several other points during the year.
Uniform Cardigan

The Uniform Cardigan is a must have.  If the school is air conditioned, these sweaters take off the chill in the early fall.  And they add a layer of warmth that can be worn over other items later in the season.  In the winter, they look adorable over a simple turtleneck.  It also pairs nicely over a jumper or the polo dress.  Shown here in navy, it is also available in white. My daughter always got great use of her white cardigans all summer long as she wore them over her brightly colored sundresses.

Uniform Skort



The Uniform Skort is another must have for any uniform girl.  The built in shorts underneath make it easy to play on the playground and sit modestly for circle time.  It is longer in length than the uniform skirt hitting above the knee. It is shown here in red, but of course, it is also available in navy.






I love the button-up  girls uniform shirt at the Gymboree, but all of those buttons can be a bit much for tiny fingers.  The Uniform Pique Polo Shirt is easy to pull over the head when getting dressed in the morning.  The collar, placket and detail on the shoulder of the sleeve make this top cute, stylish and simple.



Streamer Pony Holder


When my daughter was younger, I loved to shop at Gymboree for hair accessories for her.  Well, all of their accessories are awesome.  We still have a Streamer Hair Pony like this one that I purchased years ago.  It was her favorite hair tie and she wore it every PE day.  Super girly and cute.  It is hard to find hair accessories in colors to match school uniforms, so I always snatch these up during Back to School season.






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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

School Uniform Knit Skort from Lands' End, a Review

Girls Knit Skort-Classic Navy


I recently purchased a Lands' End school uniform knit skort for my daughter.  It was a weeknight emergency trip to our local Sears store.

At the end of last school year, I washed and sorted all my daughter's school uniforms. Most items were still in good condition and still fit fine, so I hung them in the closet for use again this fall.  With the exception of some school supplies and new shoes, we didn't do any back to school shopping for clothing.  During the first week of school, we quickly realized that she had outgrown almost everything over the summer. A few polo tops still fit, but all of her school uniform skorts, shorts and pants were too tight. I guess we didn't notice because she hasn't grown in height. Instead, she filled out - gaining inches in her waist and hips.

My daughter has worn it to school a few times already and I've washed it a few times.  It has a simple pull-on elastic waist, not the hidden adjustable elastic feature that I love so much. Normally, she needs the adjustable waist, but this skirt fits just fine. The length hits just above the knee.  The knit is soft and comfortable.  It has hidden cotton shorts built-in so its is great for the playground at recess.  It is available in navy, charcoal gray and khaki. In comes in little girl sizes and big girl regular and plus sizes. There is also a version of this skort for women for $25.

Luck for us, Lands's End was having a 30% off sale in early September and we got this new skort at a great price. The regular retail price is $20. Uniform Mom research on scooters recommends you look for skorts and skirts priced between 10 to 15 US dollars. You can snag this skirts at a great price if you catch a sale at 30% off or greater. Uniform Mom recommends this classic knit scooter as a wardrobe staple of great quality at a fair price.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Cherokee Girls Pleated Scooter, a Review

One of our favorite scooters is this Girls Pleated Scooter by Cherokee.  I was reviewing old posts over the holiday break and I couldn't believe I hadn't written about it yet.  I think we got ours from the uniform exchange program second-hand several years ago.  But it is such a classic that you can still find it at Target online.

The reasons we love it-


  • The box pleats are classic without being too traditional.  


  • It is a scooter with shorts built in for modesty.  It has a side zipper closure. They can be a bit tricky for the youngest students, but my daughter doesn't mind it.


  • The fabric has held up very well over time. it comes in both navy or khaki.  As I mentioned above, I think we got this scooter second hand and my daughter has been wearing it for 3 years.  It still looks great.  The material is listed as a 60/40 cotton poly twill blend with a peached fabric treatment.  The label says to machine wash in cold water and tumble dry on low heat.  I throw this skirt in a load with all of our workout wear then hang it on a hanger to dry. No ironing needed. 


  • Did I mention the adjustable waist? This is why my daughter has been able to wear it for so long. While she's gotten taller and stronger, she hasn't grown more than an inch or so in the waist since Kindergarten. We adjust the waist a button or two each season. 


  • This scooter has an above the knee length which is another reason it has stayed in the active wardrobe rotation for so long. Many skorts that would otherwise still fit became too short as my daughter has grown taller.  Those were taken out of rotation and passed along to the uniform exchange program. Because this one was designed to hit above the knee, it is still long enough for her to wear and pass the fingertip test.


  • The classic styling, the longer length, and the quality fabric make this scooter a winner. When my daughter does finally outgrow this one, I'm sure we'll order another one.

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    Featured Basic: Cotton Jersey Uniform Pleated Skort

    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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    from: Crazy 8

    If your daughter doesn't care for the cotton twill fabrics used in many skirts and pants, she could try this Uniform Pleated Skort from Crazy 8. It is available only in gray. It is a pull on skort made with 100 cotton jersey but has the button tab details and side pleats like traditional uniform skorts. The length is the above the knee which most young girls prefer with the built in shorts underneath that most Mom's prefer. It is machine washable. It currently retails for $14.99.  Now through 4/23/15, you can get it 30% off.

    Has your daughter tried this skort? Share your opinion of it in the comments section below.

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Lands' End new Ponte School Uniform items- knit skort and blouse, a Review #Sponsored

    I'm working with Lands' End as a Brand Ambassador during the 2014 Back to School season. They gifted me school uniforms for me to evaluate so I could share my opinion of the items with you. All opinions are my own.
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    Girls' Button-front Ponté Skort - Classic Navy, 10
    Girls' Button-front Ponté Skort
    Loyal readers of this blog know that I'm a huge fan of skorts  for young ladies. I am also a huge fan of Lands' end ponté. So when I learned that they had a new ponté skort this fall, I was excited for my daughter to try the School Uniform Girls' Button-front Ponté Skort.
    I love that the ponté knit is machine washable, and holds its color. It is made from 74% polyester/22% rayon/4% spandex. It is offered in classic navy or khaki and has hidden knit shorts for coverage underneath.  It has a simple elastic waistband and the length of the skirt hits "above the knee".  It comes in little girls sizes 4-7 and big girl sizes 7-16 and retails for $32.

    If you prefer a pleated skirt, check out the other new ponté item, the School Uniform Girls' Pleated Ponté Skirt or the School Uniform Girls' Ponté Pleated Jumper.


    
    
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    The skirt pairs nicely with a classic, crisp blouse. This Girls' Short Sleeve Peter Pan Broadcloth Blouse contains a bit of shaping so it's not boxy, and it has the more feminine peter pan style collar. This blouses can work alone or under a jumper. Layer a sweater over top to get the most use from a short sleeve blouse year round. Add a coordinating crisscross tie, even if it is not required as part of the uniform dress code.  It adds a finished look. 

    The blouse is machine washable.  Because it resists wrinkles, you can get away without ironing if you grab it straight from the dryer, otherwise, it needs only a light touch up with the iron. The other feature important to uniform kids is that it is long enough in length to tuck in, and stay tucked in.

     
    Girls' Short Sleeve Peter Pan Broadcloth Blouse - Light Sea Blue
    Girls' Short Sleeve Peter Pan
    Broadcloth Blouse


    FEATURES

    • Broadcloth provides a smooth look all day.
    • Fabric wicks moisture, resists wrinkles.
    • 55% cotton/45% polyester blend
    • Pretty, rounded collar
    • Gentle shaping
    • Available in white or light sea blue (shown to the right).
    • Offered  in Little Girl (4-7), Big Girls (7-16) and Adult sizes.

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    These two school uniform wardrobe pieces make a great outfit together.  They also mix and match nicely with other uniform items. The quality of Lands' End brand is evident wash after wash.  It is more likely that your child will outgrow these items before they wear them out.  You can then pass them along to a younger child or the school's uniform exchange program.



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    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Schoolbelles Side Pleat Skort, a Review

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    The folks at Schoolbelles asked me to take a look one of the items from their regular uniform line of clothing. They sent me a gift of a skort as the basis for this review. No additional compensation was received.

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    This skirt is a winner. The Side Pleat Skort with Knit Shorts from Schoolbelles has slight a-line shape which is flattering to most body types. It has two side pleats on the front  and 2 on the back. It has an elastic-back waistband to grow with your daughter and knit shorts built in for comfort and discretion. It has a side zip closure on the left side and a pocket on the right side.

    My daughter is just growing into a size 7. Parents of girls her age know that there is a big jump in length between 6/6x and 7 sizing with most retailers; 2 and a half inches difference for this particular item. This size 7 skort is hitting her just at the knee now and it will sit just above the knee as she grows into it. The classic length is a welcome change from the mid-thigh skorts that are currently popular at national retailers.

    This skirt is available in navy in girls' sizes 4 - 20. They also offer it in X sizes 6x - 20x which is similar to plus sizing. And they offer PT, or PreTeen sizing, which is recommended for tall girls with a narrow waist that need a longer skort length.

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    We took this skort to play in a local park.  Because of the built in knit shorts, it is "playground friendly". As you can see, my daughter had total freedom of movement to climb all over the equipment.

    One of the features I admire about the Schoolbelles brand is their "180 School Days - Durability Guarantee". Because they are one of the few uniform suppliers that operates its own sewing factory in Cleveland, OH, they can better control quality and inventory levels year round. For families and schools looking for "Made in America" school uniforms, Schoolbelles is a great choice with a full line of school uniforms in plaids and basic solids.

    The fabric in this skirt is a blend of 65% polyester and 35% cotton twill. The fabric is durable and the quality of the workmanship is noticeable in the details. The pleats are stitched down, so they will stay crisp wash after wash.  It also has a 2 inch hem which could be adjusted, if needed.


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    To launder the skirt, they recommend a machine wash and you simply hang it up to dry.  It retails for $39.95 in regular sizes and $43.95 in preteen sizes. While the price point is higher than you'll see at national retailers for similar style items, the quality makes this brand of uniform clothing a solid value that will stand up to the 180 school days guarantee. I bet that this skort will become a staple in my daughter's wardrobe that will last her through the next 2 years. Schoolbelle's also offers a value line of uniform items at a lower price point that works well with most standard dress codes and includes most uniform basics.

    Schoolbelles is based in Cleveland with store locations across the mid-west. They were recently featured in the Retail Round Up Series.  Those living near one of their store locations should definitely visit to check out the additional quality items in their inventory. The rest of us can visit their website and order online.  Their website is currently being redesigned and will launch with a new look and feel later this year.  If you're ready to browse their offering online today, I recommend clicking on General Catalog (the navy bar) from the left hand sidebar or to browse items from their list of Full Line catalogs.

    Schoolbelles is having a sale beginning today, Wednesday, April 16th through Saturday, April 26th. You can shop online, in-store or by phone at 1-888-637-3037.  To keep in touch and learn about their future sale notifications, Like their Facebook page and join their mailing list.

    Thursday, October 17, 2013

    Pass the Fingertip Test

    During the development of a schools uniform dress code, there is typically some back and forth that leads to an common understanding of the policy between the school board and the larger community of parents and students.  Once the policy is adopted, enforcement can be a constant battle for school administrators everywhere.  Recent articles included in the "in the news" series show many examples of battles between administrators and students, and in some cases, a larger group in the community.

    A policy with clearly stated expectations and guidelines makes it easier for parents to understand so they can guide the student's choices when shopping.  Consistent enforcement by different teachers make clear examples of what's acceptable and what's not acceptable.

    The length of a girls hemline for shorts, scooters, and dresses is a huge area for consternation.  Many schools have tried to set a simple easy to understand rule of thumb which is commonly referred to as "the fingertip test".   A young lady passes the fingertip test when the length of the skirt is below the fingertips of the student while standing with her arms extended straight down.  The same test works for jumpers, scooters and shorts. Maybe its a backlash to the mid-thigh trend we've been seeing for the past few seasons, but this fall, I noticed a trend of several retailers offering new longer lengths. Lands End's fall school uniform catalog features girls skirts in 3 lengths: above the knee, top of the knee and below the knee.  The French Toast fall catalog page on girls skirts feature both "the long and short of it" featuring two knee length skirts and one long skirt.  This can make shopping easier if your school has adopted the fingertip test as a rule of thumb to guide enforcement.

    Below are some examples of new longer skirts:


    Girls' Plus Solid Pleated Skirt (Below The Knee) - Gray, 14
    Lands' End
     Girls' Plus Solid Pleated Skirt (Below The Knee)

    French Toast
    Kick Pleat Skirt
    Little Girls' Solid A-line Skirt (Below The Knee) - Classic Navy, 6
    Lands' End
    Little Girls' Solid A-line Skirt (Below The Knee)
    French Toast
    Knee Length Straight Skirt

    Little Girls' Box Pleat Skirt (Below The Knee)
    Lands' End
    Little Girls' Box Pleat Skirt (Below The Knee)

    What do you think of these knee length and longer styles?

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    Lands' End Uniform Girls Solid A-line Skirt, a review

    Girls' Solid A-line Skirt (Below The Knee) - Classic Navy, 14
    I noticed this little skirt online during the clearance sales.  I was placing an order for something else and added this in as an add on to reach the $50 threshold for free shipping. I prefer to get scooters for my daughter with the built in knit shorts, so at $9.99- the price on this was too good to pass up.  

    It is navy with an adjustable waist and a side zipper. It has a cute detail of the 2 button tabs and a pleat on one side. It also has a pocket only one one side.  The length on this skirt hits my daughter right above the knee.  I've washed it several times already and the polyester/rayon blend resists wrinkles and looks great right out of the dryer. She likes it; in fact, this is the skirt she choose to wear on the first day of school this year.

    This solid a-line skirt I got is still available at that clearance price in slim and plus sizes (see details below).This season, Lands' End is offering quite a few styles of skirts in a longer length. This little girl's skirt is now also available in a below the knee length.
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    Monday, August 5, 2013

    Best Bet in Girls Scooters for School

    Some brands call them scooters: while others call them skorts; I just call them convenient. I have stated here before, I prefer the convenience of skirts with the knit shorts built in underneath for my daughter.



    The image below shows the regular retail price at each of the major retailers. Regular retail prices for the girls scooter range from $8 to $35. Based on my review, the target price is to find scooters for under $12-15. When you are watching the Back to School ads or out shopping and you find one at or below that target price, make the purchase with confidence that you've found a good sale price.



    Regular Retail Price

    Legend of Retailers

    C8
    Crazy 8’s
    FT
    French Toast
    LE
    Lands’ End
    CP
    Children’s Place
    Gap
    Gap
    ON
    Old Navy
    CWO
    Children’s Wear Outlet
    Gym
    Gymboree
    T
    Target
    CK
    Cookies Kids
    JCP
    JCPenney
    WM
    Walmart

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    Updated: This post was reviewed and updated in June 2014 to update links and ensure pricing is still accurate for the 2014 Back to School Season.
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    Best Bets on a Budget


    • Walmart George Girls Wrap Scooter iconicon $8.97 icon
    • Colors: Navy, Black or Khaki.
      60% cotton/40% polyester. Machine wash cold. Imported.
    • CookiesKids Genuine Tabbed Scooter icon$9.99
    • Shell: 60% Cotton, 40% Polyester.
      Lining: 65% Polyester, 35% Cotton.
      Machine Wash Cold. Made in China.
    • JCPenney Izod Pleated Scooter Skirt $10
      French Toast
      Two Tab Scooter

      Colors: Navy or Khaki.
    • Machine Wash Cold. Imported.
      • French Toast Two Tab Scooter $11.98
        Colors: Black, Burgundy, Green,  Navy, Heather Grey, or Khaki.
        100% polyester. Imported. Machine wash.
      There are quiet a few additional options that retail just under the $15 price point:

      iconBest Bets for Plus Size

      • JCPenney IZOD Pleated Scooter Skirt Plus $12
      • Colors: Navy or Khaki.
        Machine Wash Cold. Imported.
      • French Toast has a wide selection of  Plus size Scooters.  Regular prices range from $12.98 to 20.98.

      Best for those looking to stand out from Classmates

      • JCPenney IZOD Corduroy Scooter Skirt - Girls $10

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