One of the major arguments made in Britain for having school uniforms is that it simplifies life. It is supposed to remove the hassle of choosing school clothes every day and hide distinctions between those who can afford the latest fads and those who can’t. But, as the London schoolwear supplier Uniform4kids explains, getting hold of school uniforms, with all their countless component parts can be a real problem for parents using the traditional process.

At primary school, you may be blessed enough just to be given a dress code for your little terrors, likely to be grey trousers, a generic white polo shirt and maybe a school sweatshirt with a logo. Even before they move to secondary school though, when potential combinations of blazers, school sweatshirts and scarves can make you want to tear your hair out, there can be Brownie or Cub uniforms to think about, ballet outfits to buy and the six different kinds of sports shoes which your child’s school deem to be crucial.

There was a movement over the last twenty years for some schools to move towards more comfortable school uniforms with sweatshirts and polo shirts being the order of the day and school ties and blazers being rejected. However, these days, it is not just the more upmarket schools who have returned to more traditional outfits. Many schools struggling with discipline issues or low morale have felt that it sets the right tone for children to turn up to school each day in a collar, jacket and tie.

The cost of all of these outfits can be steep, especially if every time your 14-year-old goes up a shoe size he needs new football boots and trainers as well as new school shoes. Those schools which insist on items with logos specific to their school also prevent the clued-up shopper from stocking up on school clothes at the local supermarket, a recent phenomena in the school uniform world. If you also have a child who is particularly small or large for their age, there can be real headaches, although this situation is improving.

Unsurprisingly, the internet is increasingly coming to the rescue for harried, time-pressed parents without the patience to spend hours trawling the local department store with a sullen teenager. A number of sites now provide school uniforms on-line with not just school clothes but sports items and scout or guide uniforms available too. All can be tried on in the comfort of your own home. One London schoolwear supplier reckons they now do the majority of their business on-line as parents forgo the traditional routes of buying uniforms. Looking at the range available on-line, one can definitely see the attraction.

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