When you have children of a school age, you make that dreaded shop, once a year (twice if they happen to grow!) and purchase a ton of school uniform. I'm always on the look out for the best prices, the discounts and the multi-buys whilst also looking for great quality clothes, built to stand the test of time and rough and tumble.
Whilst this shopping can be quite stressful and an added expense every year, I actually love that the kids wear a uniform to school. Most families buy and wear what the school tells them but we're lucky our school doesn't require the kids to wear the school badge on their uniform unless they want to. I know that can be an added expense for parents who have children in schools who make it mandatory!
The reasons I love the kids having a uniform is because it makes them part of a community and offers them a sense of belonging to the school. It makes them look really smart and saves so much time in the morning when you don't have to pick out something for them to wear. It keeps their good clothes good and can help stop bullying in terms of what clothes kids wear or what characters they like. My two have worn uniforms since they started nursery and I wouldn't have it any other way. Of course, washing and drying 5 sets of everything for 2 children can be a bit of a nightmare...
In time, a few of us will have jobs that require certain clothes while some don printed t-shirts as a uniform, or perhaps to promote charitable causes on the street. I have the option of wearing a uniform at my work and I choose to do so because, again, it keeps my good clothes good and makes me identifiable in the work place.
Aside from the practical uses of wearing a uniform, there are some interesting facts around wearing a uniform detailed in the infographic from 4imprint below, which helps to deconstruct the idea of a uniform. How interesting that different colours of uniform affect our perception of the roles they fit and the people wearing them.
Do you like your children wearing a uniform to school or would you prefer them to wear their own clothes?