Fashion Friday | Catholic School Uniform Shopping #CartersOshKosh #Kidsentials

back to school shopping tipsGuys, can you believe it? Summer is coming to an end and we have to think about back to school shopping!! This time last year, I had no clue what we were doing, but now entering our second year in the Catholic system, I know exactly what we need! Last weekend, the four of us went shopping to get Little Monkey’s wardrobe Catholic School ready and we have a few tips to share when it comes to shopping for school uniforms.

Disclosure : This post is part of the and Carter’s | OshKosh and #CartersOshKosh #Kidsentials sponsored program. I received compensation but, as always, opinions are totally mine! 


I know some families go a bit crazy with back to school shopping but we decided to take a couple steps to evaluate exactly what was needed and what could be re-used. I did purge a fair bit of worn out items and stained white pieces, but noticed that we had quite a collection of navy blue clothes that were still in great condition, most of which actually came from Carter’s | OshKosh B’gosh. You may recall that Little Monkey once modeled for them and that were huge fans of this brand that specializes in young children’s apparel (newborns to size 14). Carter’s | OshKosh offers one-stop-shopping, with head-to-toe dressing and mix and match options, making back to school shopping easy! We found everything we needed, including shoes and hair clips!!


If your child is entering the Catholic School system and has white and/or navy blue uniform requirements, here are some tips to keep in mind.

  • Buy navy blue items as much as possible. I was shocked when the bright white shirts came home stained with paint marks. Smocks aren’t easily available in Little Monkey’s classroom is what I learned!
  • Stock up on layers – think leggings, boleros, tights. This is especially important if you have a girl who loves to wear dresses in the winter months!
  • Keep in mind that a majority of the school year is during the colder months and so long thick pants and long sleeve dresses are beauty finds!
  • Ignore the skirts that come with built in shorts or rompers. We found these to be frustrating during the winter months when we’d have to layer tights underneath.. made bathroom runs difficult for the kindergarten kids. Instead opt for regular skirts and ensure they wear pants underneath. We especially love the sparkly navy blue ones we found this year!!
  • Avoid 100% cotton items…unless you love ironing! I love the shirts and dresses that are a mix of cotton and spandex as the items stretch (increasing life span) and are wrinkle free, ensuring that I’m not THAT lazy parent who sends her kids to school in wrinkled clothing!
  • Send your LEAST favourite uniform pieces in a Ziploc bag during the first day of school. These will be kept at school for emergency situations, like peeing accidentally! I’m quite certain Little Monkey ‘accidentally’ peed in the playground one day because she wanted to wear the sparkly white t shirt that were left at school!
  • Buy indoor and outdoor shoes. Teachers may insist on keeping kids’ indoor shoes at school for the year and of course you’ll want to send them to school in good running shoes or boots. Also, kids’ feet grow quickly and you should know what to look for when buying shoes for them (click here for our tips).
  • Be adventurous! You can buy items like this AWESOME dress as it meets the guidelines of white and navy blue without being boring!!

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As you get ready for the new school year, remember that Carter’s | OshKosh is a great spot when it comes to shopping as they offer classics at amazing values for style-conscious families. If you’re planning to shop at Carter’s | OshKosh, be sure to enter the #CartersOshKosh #Kidsentials contest for a chance to win 1 of 6 $500 Carter’s | OshKosh gift cards. There’s a new winner every month!

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What are your favourite #CartersOshKosh #Kidsentials? Share with us! Happy back to school shopping!!!


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  • Wendy S
    August 28, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Someone said it! I hate those skirts with built in shorts for my daughter too.Once they get older it’s a great idea but for JK/SK it just means additional frustrations. Don’t know if your daughter is like mine but she gets angry when she forgets about the need to put the zip down and then it’s meltdown central.

  • AD
    August 31, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    I am so grateful I am past the phase of uniform shopping; the boys handle it themselves now. Good luck!

  • kristen visser
    September 1, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I went to a uniform school back then you couldn’t find the selection they have now in the stores. really comes in handy for families these days. My oldest is starting school next week. She is going to a public school but my best friend actually came over a few days ago with a Oshkosh bag FULL of clothes for my oldest 🙂 so now she is all set for school and will be stylin in Carter’s | OshKosh 🙂

  • Brandee H
    September 11, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I wouldn’t have thought to go there for uniform clothes! Great tip. I love Carters pants for my son. He is tall and lean. They are the only ones which don’t seem to fall off every time he takes a step! And so comfy!

    • Yashy
      September 11, 2016 at 12:47 pm

      Yes I agree… we have skinny kids here too and the pants with the adjustable elastic bands at the waist are a fab!!

  • Laurie P
    September 11, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I wasn’t aware they sold uniform clothing! impressive!

  • Laurie P
    September 14, 2016 at 10:53 am

    we’re heading here tonight to check out the shoes…..looking for something slip on for school!

    • Yashy
      September 18, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      Oh nice! Did you find some good options?

  • Angela Duku
    December 23, 2019 at 11:59 am

    It’s nice for stores to sell uniform for a cheaper price!

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