Sunday, February 10, 2013

Our Kindergarten Wardrobe

Microsoft Clip Art MC900445730|Before I set out shopping for "uniforms" for my daughter's first year at public school, I came across a few articles that offered advice on back to school shopping for uniform kids. Since most of us do laundry weekly, they pointed out that you only need a weeks worth of clothes for each child.  I also learned you have to take into account the number of PE days your child has each week and to factor in a backup outfit (to leave in the school cubby or backpack, just in case of "an accident" or a mishap in art class or in the cafeteria). Next you have to account for the seasonal weather changes in your region. And finally, add in shoes and accessories.

My daughter's school dress code is a full page of do and don't but it boils down to navy bottoms and a white shirt with a collar. No collar needed on PE days. I learned from a neighborhood Mom that for us PE is twice a week.
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I printed out a copy of the school's uniform policy and made a list of the following items on my phone so I could checked things off as I found pieces for her new school wardrobe.
  • 2 pair of shorts
  • 2 pair of pants
  • 2 scooters
  • 2 pair of leggings (Yoga Pants and basic leggings)
  • 2 short sleeve t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeve t-shirts
  • 2 short sleeve polos
  • 2 long sleeve polos
  • 2 sweaters (a cardigan and a v-neck varsity)
  • 1 dress
  • PE shoes
  • navy or black shoes
  • a belt
  • bike shorts (for under the dress)
  • cuff socks, knee socks and tights

While it was still warm, she could wear the shorts and t-shirts on PE days. The two other days she could wear skirts with short sleeve polos and a dress on another day to round out the week. As the summer turn to fall, we could stick with that routine but switch to knee socks instead of cuff socks. As fall turned to winter, we could change to long sleeve t-shirts and yoga pants or leggings for PE days. On non-PE days, she could switch up to long sleeve polos with pants or the skirts with tights. The sweaters could be used over the short sleeve shirts when she got cold due to the air conditioning inside during warm months and as another layer of warmth in the coldest months.

Before I got started shopping, I went through her closet and dresser and crossed off items that we already owned that complied with the uniform dress code. She already had a few t-shirts and navy yoga pants that could be used on PE days. She also had a navy active skort and a few pairs of tights.

This Pinterest board, Kindergarten Wardrobe Items, shows many of the item I found, and some I've purchased since. I couldn't find images for everything. And some items pinned in the wrong color, but you get the idea. In future posts, I'll share with you what I spent, what worked, what didn't and why.

(photo used with permission from Microsoft)

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