The countdown to the new school year is on. More and more schools are moving to uniforms and we thought that we would pass on our tips on uniform shopping. Before I start listing the retailers that carry uniform lines, I want to share my non-retail tips. Many schools have resale closets or uniform exchange days where you can go purchase or exchange for gently used uniforms. This is a great starting point and money saver. You can also connect with a family with older children that would be willing to pass on their uniforms as they outgrow them.
Lands End in Sears at Carolina Place Mall – Lands End is owned by Sears. They have a fabulous selection of uniform clothes that hold up great for siblings. Their selection in the store starts at size 4. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, you can order online/catalog and receive FREE shipping. Lands End can be one stop shopping for all you uniform pieces including socks, tights, backpacks, lunch boxes and rain gear. They also carry a small selection of their shoes.
Target – has a great uniform line at inexpensive prices. Their inventory seems to decrease substantially after back-to-school, especially on shorts. So you may want to load up now. They have a full selection of both khaki and navy apparel.
Old Navy – also has an impressive uniform line at bargain prices. The cut on their shorts is the cutest but you have to iron their button down shirts. They have the overall selection and pricepoint.
Costco – For a short time Costco carries the Nautica uniform line. All their pieces are under $10. They have white, navy and pale blue shirts for boys and girls. Skorts and long pants for girls and shorts and long pants for boys. Sizes ran from 5and I think the largest size I saw was a 14. I love the boys shorts. They launder well and I don’t have to iron them.
Flynn & O’Hara (near Park Road Shopping Center)- for parochial school students. They have all the appropriate school plaids and uniforms for all the Catholic schools in the area.
Educational Outfitters (across from Costco on Tyvola) – also good for Catholic students. They have great hoody sweatshirts that aren’t always available at Flynn & O’Hara. Also carry the basics for other schools.
Gap – Much the same as Old Navy, little higher quality but also higher price point.
Belk – Has a very large selection and if you need slim or husky you may have good luck here.
JC Penney – Also a very large selection of the IZOD line as well as their own line. Good prices and they have very good coupons.
Many, many choices for the uniform shopper and don’t forget tax free weekend is coming up!
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