Friday, October 15, 2010

Review: French Toast School Uniforms, With a Giveaway of Two Tops and Two Bottoms

(Disclosure info: For this review I was given four pieces of children's clothing plus four more for a giveaway, but not otherwise compensated, nor told what to write.)


My mother used to teach at a school that required uniforms. And you can tell the uniforms were chosen by someone who lacked children or common sense or both, because these uniforms:
  1. cost $50 per jumper, and that didn't even include the shirt, which was $30, and
  2. were dry-clean only

DRY-CLEAN ONLY! THIRTY DOLLARS FOR A PLAIN WHITE SHORT-SLEEVED SHIRT! And please keep in mind that children need either five outfits for a schoolweek or else they need someone to do laundry DRY-CLEANING for them several times a week.

I am in favor of school uniforms: they appeal to me because they're easy, because I enjoy buying little stacks of duplicates of things, because I love mix-and-matching, and because I think they're adorable. But if I had to pay $80 for ONE DAY'S OUTFIT, and it would need to be DRY-CLEANED at the end of that day, I think I might go slap out of my mind.

So before I review some school uniforms that are NOT dry-clean only and NOT priced all krazy, I would like to turn to the camera and speak sternly to those in charge of choosing uniforms for a school: for the love of all that is good, CHOOSE SENSIBLY. It is not necessary to spend a BAZILLION DOLLARS to get wonderful school uniforms for children to dribble ketchup down the fronts of. An expensive uniform looks THE SAME as the less expensive ones, and no one looking at your school's students on the playground will think, "Ooo, those uniforms are the EIGHTY DOLLAR ones---it MUST be a good school!"

My mom is the one who first noticed French Toast: she was looking for a school uniform for a doll (don't ask), and she got pages of school uniform sites---and this is when she realized that the kids from her school could have ALL ALONG been buying their uniforms cheaper, because other sites had the SAME PLAID and the SAME JUMPERS but for WAY LESS and also MACHINE-WASH. Those are my all-caps but they were also my mom's, when she was telling me about it. And that was my motivation for doing this review unpaid: my mom and I BOTH wanted to know how these uniforms compared the the ones she was familiar with.

French Toast sent me two tops and two bottoms of my choice, so I chose to dress the twins, who just started school this year. Because the only thing cuter than school uniforms is LITTLE TWINS in school uniforms. I chose:
  • Plaid Two-Tab Scooter in navy-red plaid (item 1397B, $11.98 in size 5)
  • Sweater With Ribbon Trim in navy (item 1390B, $12.98 in size 5)
  • Adjustable Waist Pants in khaki (item 1219A, $14.98 in size 5)
  • V-Neck Pullover Sweater in navy (item 1028A, $11.50 in size 5)

That dressed both twins in not even 2/3rds the cost of one school uniform at my mom's school. And I could have dressed them for even less if I'd taken advantage of the clearance section where there were, for example, skirts for $6. Or if I'd chosen regular short-sleeved shirts for $6/$7/$8 instead of zooming right in on the more-expensive sweaters.

I was going for "Casual pose from children's clothing catalog,"
but I think maybe what I got was "That poor girl is about to fall out of the tree
and her brother isn't even going to notice."



The clothes seem GREAT. The sweaters are the perfect weight: Elizabeth's is a nice lightweight sweater (like the weight of sweaters used in twinsets) that could go over a blouse (ooo, like with a peter pan collar!), and Edward's is heavier but not too hot to wear over his shirt. The scooter feels like nice quality and looked even prettier than on the site. I was really happy with all the clothes. And they are MACHINE-WASHABLE.



My kids' schools don't require uniforms, but I plan to place an order anyway: these are excellent school clothes, uniform requirement or no. And the clincher was that after their modeling session, both twins wanted to wear the outfits to school today.

Who wouldn't?


The Giveaway
French Toast is giving away two tops and two bottoms of YOUR choice. They have sizes 2T - 20, and regular khakis and solid skirts and plain polos as well as school plaids, so that's a lot of choice. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post by Saturday, October 23rd. Entrants must have a U.S. mailing address and be at least 18 years old.

54 comments:

marilyn c. cole said...

AHHHHHHH I AM DYING OF CUTE. Gah, Swistle, this is the most adorable. The fall leaves!?! Her headband and white tights?!?! Cutest smiles ever?!?!!!

(I don't need to be in the contest, since I have no little ones yet, but I had to point this out.)

(Also, yes, agreed about the peter pan collar.)

Sally said...

Good lord, you are right. There is NOTHING cuter than little twins in school uniforms. I have little twins and although they are too little for school, I'd love to dress them up like that.

Bitts said...

Swistle! Those twins are the cutest! I could just eat them with a SPOON! I hope my daughter's hair looks like that when she is Elizabeth's age. Right now it is a mess because she got the scissors. :(

Anyway, I am 100% in favor of uniforms! And would love to win some!

And boo-hiss dry cleaning!!

Guinevere said...

Adorable!

Dry clean clothing for kids is just ridiculous, especially if they're school uniforms.

Marie Green said...

Well, your twins get the cutest twins in the world award, I'm afraid. I would love to win, b/c I too love the school-uniform look. I know of people that buy their kids "uniforms" even though our schools around here don't require it, because it's simply easier when getting everyone dressed in the morning. And judging by the way I've cringed yet allowed my own 7 year olds to leave the house lately, I think I agree.

StephLove said...

Cute kids, cute clothes.

jen(melty) said...

That is so cuute! I love to buy uniform shirts for the boys and my daughter has 2 uniform dresses/jumpers that I love.

Elizabeth said...

OMG. Cutest things ever. Even if I don't win this, I have already decided my children MUST HAVE that ribbon sweater and that plaid skirt and that navy sweater.
And I never thought of looking for uniform clothes but these are just the sort of things I love to dress my kids in, so thank you for doing this!

LiciaLee said...

They are too adorable. I love the skirt! :D

Dr. Maureen said...

Wow, I wore a school uniform for eight years and I have to say that I never once thought about whether they were supposed to be dry cleaned or not. But in my defense, I was a schoolchild at the time. Dry clean only? For serious? They be crazy.

At any rate, I have several nephews and one niece in Catholic school, so I would like to win on their behalf.

d e v a n said...

Oh man. those are some seriously adorable kids and outfits!

Brenna said...

They look like good quality clothes, uniform requirement or not. (I wish my kids wore uniforms. I hate the fashion parade, especially now that I have 6th grader.)

Erica said...

What in the world was your mom's school thinking? That's just plain old crazy, right there.

Your kids are so stinkin' cute, Swistle. And I adore that outfit on Elizabeth. It doesn't shout UNIFORM! to me. It looks crisp and preppy and sassy.

We're planning on sending Maddie to a "uniform" school so this site is definitely going in the bookmarks.

Linda said...

Good choices - the kids look adorable!

We have uniforms and I LOVE IT. Ours is a very liberal policy - tan/black/blue on the bottom and any solid color shirt with a collar (polo shirt, turtleneck, oxford, etc). LOVE.

My friend's kids go to a school where they have to buy their uniforms from ONE PARTICULAR (EXPENSIVE) store. I scoffed, "How would they know? Can't you just buy from wherever?" and she said, "No, the store puts its tags on the OUTSIDE of the clothes so the teachers/administrators can MAKE SURE WE BOUGHT THEM AT THE MONOPOLY STORE."

Alicia said...

OH MY, dying of the cute.

Your kids are totally adorable!

Sam said...

So cute! I'm not interested in having twins, but admiring them-oh my!! I want to dress them & give them back. Excellent pics btw. Now I want to wake up Egg & make him cute!

Susan said...

I absolutely love the look. I wonder how many people will read this and buy their kids school uniforms for public school use? LOTS, is my guess!

Omaha Mama said...

Our neighbor's son goes to a school where they are REQUIRED to only buy from one shop. Where shirts are $40. Sheesh.

Those pictures are excellent, my goodness the cuteness. Well done you.

Tabathia said...

I love the french toast cardigan twofer
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

wisdomandpeace said...

The twins look too cute for words! My daughter has to wear a uniform to school, so I am definitely entering the contest. :)

ssm said...

Oh, those are nice! My son is starting at a school with uniforms on Monday and I wish I'd known about French Toast. The uniform company they suggest has a white polo for $25 (not that I went with it, but still! French Toast is cheaper than even the clearance knock off I found!). Very happy to know about them.

Mimi said...

You kids are so darn cute! And those outfits are so adorable.

clueless but hopeful mama said...

SO cute!

I will be checking out their website. Zoe's uniforms are in heavy rotation and BOY HOWDY it'd be nice to not have to wash them midway through the week!

C C Donna said...

Oh my goodness, those children and their uniforms are sooo cute! (very preppy) I am a big fan of plaid. Perhaps uniforms for public schools would be a good idea. It would cut out the clothing competition.

Julie said...

So adorable, and definitely working as school cute, uniform requirements or not. Love.

Lisa P. said...

Those are cute clothes!

Jodie said...

OOH my kids don't wear uniforms, but those really don't look like uniforms, they look like cute clothes! Plus I love basic navy/khaki pants.

Plus you have really cute kids!

Jen said...

love uniforms and I homeschol! They are great for field trps

sherrypg said...

Those kids are adorable in those clothes!

Beth A. said...

Oh, thank you for that web site! My daughter has to wear uniforms and all of the long-sleeve uniform shirts have disappeared from Target. And the prices are great too - she'll be thrilled to get a couple jumpers.

Beth said...

i would love to win this for my daughter. she goes to a non uniform school, but how CUTE

bethawolfe at yahoo dot com

Leeann said...

My son went to a preschool that had crazy expensive uniform shirts. Just ridiculous. It really pissed me off to pay more for his clothes at size 4T than I was paying for my own adult clothes!

That being said, my two older kids attend a uniform school and I buy their shirts for 8 dollars each from the used shirt closet. That is a deal for me.. I let the other saps pay 30 dollars per shirt! But I would love to cash in on the pants. My super skinny son desperately needs those cinch waist pants!

melanie said...

we bought some french toast clothes 3 years ago that have handed down very well...we'd love a few more things!

melanie(dot)myatt(at)gmail(dot)com

Bailey said...

I am speechless from teh cute. I have totally checked out the French Toast site before but didn't buy them out because my daughter doesn't need school uniforms and she loves her pink fluffy skirts. However, I just showed her the pictures of the twins and she pronounced them "sweet" so she may be coming around.

Jeanne said...

These outfits (and the children!) are really cute! My daughter's school doesn't require uniforms, but she does have so "uniform" plaid skirts that I bought just because I like the way they look.

Tracy said...

The tree-pose is adorable, and what you wrote is hilarious!

My kids do wear uniforms to school, and while they need to get the monogrammed sweaters from Schoolbelles, they are allowed pants, polos and blouses from other companies.

(The jumper my daughter has was expensive, but not Dry Clean Only. Luckily, her sister will wear it in a few years)

Lauren @ Hobo Mama said...

We're planning to homeschool, and yet one of the things giving me pause is: No cute school uniforms! It hadn't occurred to me I could still have the uniforms anyway! :) I love the Zipper Front Sweater for boys, and the Pullover Sweater. Oh, the cute!

mail {at} HoboMama.com

may said...

SO cute! And holy cow, they're getting so big!! Your pictures are adorable, and I love the one where they're holding hands. Dying of the cuteness!

Snoopyfan said...

So cute! I am sure my daughter would love to pick out any of those to wear to school even though she doesn't wear a uniform.

Christy said...

I too am for school uniforms. The cuteness and machine-washable-ness is a huge plus too. My son is not even a year old yet, but how cute are those twee sweaters?

melissa said...

Sometimes I do think the uniform thing would be nice. I think it would make getting my kindergartner ready in the morning easier and on the surface I feel like it would be cheaper. As long as we're not talking about $80 jumpers! WHAT?? In reality I would probably still buy her all of the cute 'non-uniform' clothes for wear on the weekends. *sigh* I can't pass up cute kid clothes!

Bring A. Torch said...

Just had to say, the kids look awesome! Love your daughter's Mary Janes! (I don't need to be in contest.)

Alyssa said...

They are just so cute! My boys don't have to wear uniforms either, but I do love to dress them in matching outfits!

Kristi said...

So cute! I love school uniforms too :-)

SallyG said...

Wow - those are so CUTE. I mean, of course, the kids - but as accentuated by the uniforms. And super bonus points for teh cheap and teh machine washableness.

the folkemers said...

SO. ADORABLE. Now I am wondering how I can get my 2 year old into a day-care that wears uniforms...

kakaty said...

Those pics are so CUTE! And now I want a plaid scooter for my daughter. And it checked out the FT website and I also want twill blazer because a little kid in a blazer? ADORABLE!!

kate AT kakakakaty DOT com

Buttercup said...

I wonder if anyone would notice if I started wearing school uniforms to work every day in lieu of suits...

Anonymous said...

Tien said...

Love the pictures and the funny caption. My daughter wears uniforms for her school, and while I thought I would not like the idea of having to wear uniforms, it turns out I love it. They are so cute and we save so much time in the morning getting ready for school.

mytien_le AT yahoo DOT com

Hope T. said...

My boys each have a French Toast uniform polo and they really like them. I could use a couple more so I don't have to wash so often.

lee said...

i wish they made those uniforms in women's sizes, so i could wear them instead of trying to put outfits together every morning!

Shannon said...

I LOVE school uniforms - it has made mornings with my fashionista so much easier!!

Jess said...

my kids wear uniforms and it is the best thing that ever happened to me. Mornings are so much easier! I really hope I win, my daughter just keeps on growing for some reason....

Blondie said...

My kids wear uniforms to school, but thank goodness they don't have to be a particular brand (khaki pants and either a navy or white polo)!

Would love to win... also must check out French Toast's website.