The Big Boy starts school next week, and needs uniforms. We have decided to send him to the private school that my husband teaches at, but it means they are a little more particular about uniforms than I want to be!
He is required to have two different uniforms: day uniform and sports uniform. (After grade three he'll also need a formal uniform.) Different shirt, different shorts, different shoes. At least the hat and socks are the same. He will also be required to have a house (sporting team) shirt, and a school swimming costume. This year he can wear his sports uniform all day on the days it is required, but from next year he will need to take it with him and change in and out of it.
Until I actually read the list, I had assumed we would need two day shirts, one sports shirt, three pairs of shorts (interchangeable between day and sports uniforms), a pair of shoes, six pairs of socks, and a hat. According to my mum, whose seventh child starts high school this year, two sets of uniforms bought on the bigger side should last two years. No-one wore hand-me down uniforms because she always bought just enough that they'd be worn out before we grew out of them. However, because we need so many uniforms The Big Boy is not going to wear them out before he's grown out of them. Hopefully they will still be in good enough condition that The Small Boy will be able to use them.
We have been given some secondhand uniforms, which was kind and generous of the family who was passing them on. They fit him nicely now, but I anticipate we will be replacing them before the end of the year. And the quality of the sewing doesn't give me a lot of confidence in their durability. Mum used to make all of our uniforms, but most schools, including ours, require school logos or specific detailing which means that me sewing uniforms is pretty much out of the question.
He needs to have a pair of black 'academic' shoes, and plain white joggers. We needed to make a decision whether we should buy expensive shoes, or cheap shoes. We settled on cheaper black shoes - $25 as opposed to $100 - and mid-range joggers, because plain white are hard to find. I'm willing to go by trial and error as to whether we should by cheap shoes or expensive shoes, and whether it's better to wear out or grow out of shoes first. I'm not a big fan of hand-me-down shoes.
But at least we only need one hat!