The shops seem to think that children only grow out of school uniform to fit in with their Back to School promotions. Have you tried finding uniform out of season at the supermarket or other budget clothing store? You’ll be hard pressed to find any in your size.
I spent months trying to get school trousers at the store where I do my big shop. I am a lazy shopper and I can’t be bothered with going shopping for the sake of it, so I look to buy when I am in store for something else. It saves time and it saves petrol, assuming you can find what you are looking for that is.
Eventually I got the school trousers and then I started looking for school shirts. I went to a different store for some reason so I tried there . No joy. I tried at my normal store a few times and nothing. Today they had lots for girls and lots of long-sleeved shirts for boys (in May!), but no short-sleeved white boys school shirts. Ridiculous!
It wasn’t just my regular supermarket. I thought I’d have a look in the local Matalan as I was just around the corner. They had the school shirts, but only for 3 year olds(!) and 13 year olds. There were loads of those sizes, but none of others.
My son tends to grow out of stuff around the time of his birthday. As this doesn’t happen to fit in with Back to School time, we seem to miss out. I think I’m either going to have to stock up in September and hang onto the stuff for 6-8 months or I’m going to have to shop at school suppliers shops or similar. That’s where I had to go to get a school shirt today. Downside to that is increased cost – about twice the price – and confusing sizes (who knows the collar size of a 8-year-old?).