The Truth About School Uniforms

  1. LAR Family says:

    I totally agree; these uniforms are very well made and hold up to weekly washings. They’re also easy to return–you can take them back to any Sears store. 

  2. NancyB says:

    We didn’t have Uniforms in our public schools but Lands End was always the first choice for clothing for my son.  The style, the fit, the wearability was perfect for someone (me) who like to buy classic, never go out of style, clothing for my son.  Khakis shorts and pants, polos and button downs was the standard attire my son wore to school without a uniform.  I think he just got used to it (but probably resented that I didn’t allow sweatpants or gym shorts through 12 years of school!).

  3. Mary Elizabeth says:

    So this Standard School Attire is pretty liberal as far as uniforms go. Your daughter is wearing a pink dress with ruffles. I think it makes sense. Not sure why anyone would be against SSA. Don’t get it.  I think the stuff they sell — for girls mostly — is just hideous! Been in a Kohl’s or Target lately? Ick. Tacky sayings, garish colors, cheap materials, tired peace sign crap, tight jeans. I’m sure you would dress your kids very nicely, but some people don’t have the sense to put some age appropriate clothing on their kids.

    My kids wear uniforms (cute plaid skirts, sweater vests, blouses) and I love it! 

    • Mary says:

      Kohls, Penneys and Target girls departments all look like the Disney Channel threw up. I hate it. I’ve been going to more expensive stores for my eight year old just to avoid those looks. We don’t have uniforms so I don’t need such basic looks. I’ve been hitting sales at Crazy 8 and Gymboree just to find cute classy girl clothing.

      I love Lands End though!

      • suburbanturmoil says:

         Ha! As I said to the above commenter- Try Hanna Andersson. I buy my daughter 3 or 4 dresses there a year which are pretty reasonably priced, especially during sale times, and she often wears them for 3 or 4 years, first as a long dress, then as a regular dress, then as a tunic dress over loose leggings– AND they’re her favorite outfits because they’re so comfy. They never fade or pill- can’t say enough good things about them. But uh, Lands’ End has my HEART when it comes to school uniforms. 🙂  And winter coats, too!

    • suburbanturmoil says:

       I think my primary complaint is that it’s not really cost effective, especially for my daughter. She would never wear the stuff she has to wear to school, so now we have to buy her two totally separate wardrobes. And yes, I had some serious heart pangs about not getting to dress her in cute little-girl dresses every day in kindergarten and first grade. I agree about the girls’ clothing sold in most stores, but I’m addicted to Hanna Andersson (which actually has great prices and their dresses are loose-fitting and flowy and last YEARS) and I hate that she has to save her “cute” stuff for weekends and days off. Boo.

  4. Melissa says:

    I’m kind of a freak – I like uniforms. When I was in high school there were rumors from time to time that they were going to make us a uniform school, and all the other teenagers were wailing and pulling out their hair over it, but I wouldn’t have minded! 

    I don’t like the way kids’ clothing is going. Kids should dress like kids, not miniature thugs and hookers. 

    • suburbanturmoil says:

       What bugs me is that our district implemented SSA, then later let schools vote on whether they wanted to keep it. The high schools, whose students, I have to admit, dressed FAR more appropriately when they were forced to wear SSA, voted to get rid of it. And our elementary school, which is composed of kids with parents who would absolutely make sure their kids are dressed age-appropriately, voted to keep it! AAAARRRGGGH.

    • jackie says:

      i know you r but wat am i

  5. Sturgmom says:

    Another plus for LE uniforms:  My boys ALWAYS wear out the knees on their khaki uniform pants and LE will send you replacement pairs FOR FREE, plus you can ship the old ones back FOR FREE.  LOVE!!!

  6. brittany says:

    why should kids have to wear standered attire kids want to be theirself not what you want them to be they dont want to grow up spending there money on stupid stuff like school clothes  when they can be using there money on something important like bills or stuff for people in the hospital but you people dont care do you no you dont so do us a favor and think about the kids for one take away the school clothes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Leah says:

    I really appreciate your review. I’m wondering if you are still having this experience with Land’s End? My school is starting uniforms this year. Two of my children will be starting in Kindergarten. As a teacher, I’m thrilled. As a parent, I’ll miss being able to make my kids look ubber-cute. I have heard that the quality in the past 9 months has significantly changed due to outsourcing of manufacturing. Do you happen you have any opinions on this?

    • suburbanturmoil says:

      In the last nine months, I’ve bought khaki pants and shorts from Lands End, as well as a few collared shirts and dresses for my daughter (I’m still a HUGE fan of those ruffled-collar knit polo shirts and dresses). Everything has held up great! The only school uniform items I’ve been dissatisfied with from Lands End are their knit skorts. They looked old and started pilling after just a few washings.

  8. Nicki says:

    I read this 2 years ago and saved it somehow in my colander of a brain for when my daughter was ready for Kindergarten. Now here she is, starting next month and Land’s End is having a 30% off sale on uniforms! Thanks for helping me stay on budget and get quality clothes! 🙂

  9. Paula says:

    Great info! Much appreciated!!

  10. NicoleminCT says:

    I used to love lands end. I have 2 daughters and spend usually around $500 on the shirts and dresses. The last 2 years their quality has slipped. I compared the material of the older uniform mesh dresses and shirts to the ones I purchased in the last 2 years and they have slipped. Sad, since it’s the only place online that puts my kids’ school logo on shirts and polo dresses.

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