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Back to school with French Toast schoolwear

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There is a lot of uncertainty about how the start of school will look for 2020 - 2021. That said, if your child's school has a uniform or dress code, it's wise to get ready with at least one outfit that fulfills the school's requirements. Even if the school is starting with some level of NTI, it's not unreasonable that they may expect children to be in their dress code or uniform clothes for NTI days that involves Zoom or other videoconferencing.

On the other hand, of course you don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on school uniforms right now only to find that they might not be worn often. This is why it could be a good idea to start with just one or two changes of schoolwear now, and if you need more later you can purchase these at a later date. If your child's school has a straightforward dress code such as polo neck top and khaki pants, that's great: these pieces work well even in a non-dress-code setting. So even if the school relaxes their dress code during any NTI days they might have, your child can still wear these items elsewhere out and about.

My favorite dress code and uniform store

I like French Toast children's clothing because of the affordable pricing and high quality of this US brand. I've shopped there before, even though my kids don't have a dress code or uniform. This is because many of the pieces (e.g. khaki or navy pants) are great for mixing and matching with items they may already have.

Items you won't find anywhere else

I particularly like the girl's boot-cut pull-on pant, which has just the right combination of formality and trendiness, while also making life easy for kindergartners who struggle with buttons or zippers, or those of any age who just don't have a lot of warning before needing the bathroom. This boot-cut pant looks exactly like the regular button-and-zipper pants from the front, but the back is elastic. The pants therefore can simply be pulled up or down just like P.E. pants or leggings, but with a formal and trendy look. No buttons or zippers are needed, although the pants look exactly like they have them. It comes in a choice of four different colors. There is also a corresponding pull-on pant for boys with a straight leg style.

Among other styles of pants from French Toast, I love that many of these come with reinforced knees that stand up better to playground wear and tear than any other pant I've tried. The reinforced knee is not at all visible from the outside - no-one will ever know it's there. It's a lining that's on the inside just at the knees, and it's helped my child get lots of extra wear from these pants compared to other brands.

You'll also have no trouble getting unusual colors of polo tops beyond the typical light blue, red, and navy. So even if your school wants colors like gold, purple, or lime, you're covered.

More formal attire is also easy to find for those who attend schools with specific uniforms. Plaid patterns, different styles of shirt and blouse, neckties, blazers and more can all be found at French Toast.

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Sizing from toddler to high schoolers

French Toast caters to children of all ages, from toddlers to high school and beyond. Some items are even available in adult sizes also. Besides standard sizing, some items are available in husky and plus sizes too. My only criticism of French Toast is that a slender or slim child doesn't have as many options as standard sized and larger sized counterparts.

Ensure you can get the size and styles you need

Regardless of where you decide to purchase your child's schoolwear, you'll want to make sure you get the items you need in time. You don't want your child to be one of the few who are missing a uniform and have to wear something else on their first day back. Of course, older children who are growing more slowly might be able to start the semester in the clothes they were wearing back in the spring, but this may not be the case for younger elementary school aged kids.

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