Where to find school uniforms for cheap: Polos under $5, shorts for $8
An increasing number of schools are requiring students to wear school uniforms. According to the latest statistics from the National Center of Education Statistics, about one in five schools require school uniforms, up from 12 percent in 1999-2000.
There’s been lots of research and debate over the benefits of school uniforms: In one study, a researcher found that schools with uniform policies increased attendance and graduation rates. Another found no correlation between uniforms and school safety or academic achievement. (Here’s where you can read more about the great debate over school uniforms).
Since school uniform codes vary, be sure to carefully check out the requirements at your kids’ schools before buying. We’ve rounded up a few places where you can find some great staples for school uniforms — and at wallet-friendly prices.
Old Navy: All school uniforms are majorly on sale right now. (Plus, until July 29, you can get 25 percent off when you enter the keyword ‘mystery’ at check-out). Polos start at $5 and you can find khakis starting at $10 and backpacks for $9. Even if your kid’s school doesn’t require uniforms, some of these deals are great school-year staples — like this girl’s jumper for $12 that comes in navy, gray or black. We also love these preppy sweater vests, also for $12. For boys, you can find a 4-pack of pique polos for $20. (Get up to 5 percent Cash Back at Old Navy)
Wal-Mart: Uniform pieces start at just $4.50. For boys, you can find four packs of school-approved, short-sleeved polos for $19 and a two-pack of twill pants for $22. For girls, we found a two-pack of Bermuda shorts that come in navy, khaki, black or gray for $16 and a two-pack of pleated jumpers for $14. (Get up to 2 percent cash back at Wal-Mart)
J.Crew: We found some quality pieces over at J.Crew that fit the school uniform dress code. In fact, the retailer has a school uniform shop. We love these classic oxford button-down shirts for girls that come in a soft blue, pink or white for $42.50 each. For school’s with looser dress codes, these peplum sweaters are adorable. (Get up to 3 percent Cash Back at J.Crew)
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