The best places to buy school uniforms for kids on a budget

Kate Mendonca
Shopping Editor
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As a child I wore a uniform for nearly my entire time in school, and now that I’m an adult I can look back and think about how lucky I was to not have to worry about what to wear in the mornings. As a kid that certainly wasn’t my attitude, but now I can appreciate the simplicity that a closet full of identical pieces brings to getting dressed every day.

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Despite the ease that they bring, one of the major downsides to a wardrobe full of school uniforms can be the cost, especially when buying directly from school uniform manufacturers. Luckily there are plenty of accessible retailers that stock similar styles, often at a fraction of the cost of the official providers.

If you’re also looking to stock up on school-approved pieces that won’t break the bank, have a look through our list of the best retailers to pick up those khakis and button-downs that the kids will be wearing from now until June 2020.


George Girls’ Uniform Polo. Image via Walmart.

With an entire collection dedicated to school uniforms, the George line of kids’ basics is one of the most affordable options out there. Prices start at just $5, so it’s easy to mix and match their classic tops and bottoms for a school wardrobe at a wallet-friendly price.

SHOP IT: Walmart, $5

Old Navy

Straight Built-In Flex Uniform Pants for Boys. Image via Old Navy.

Another affordable option with a wide range of school uniform pieces is Old Navy. Their selection of tops and bottoms come in a huge range to choose from, so no matter your school colours, they have you covered.

SHOP IT: Old Navy, $8 (originally $25)

The Children’s Place

Girls Uniform Pleated Skort. Image via The Children's Place.

For all your school uniform needs, the Children’s Place also features a huge selection of pieces that meet uniform guidelines. Choose from classic polos and button-downs to pleated skirts and dresses to make uniform shopping a cinch.

SHOP IT: The Children’s Place, $10 (originally $25)


2-pack Easy-iron Shirts. Image via H&M.

If you didn’t know that H&M carried uniforms, now you can stock up on kids’ school clothes along with their other trendy and affordable pieces. With styles that range from casual (tees and track pants) to formal (blazers and dress shirts), H&M has options for every dress code.

SHOP IT: H&M, $30

Joe Fresh

Kid Girls' Uniform Cardigan. Image via Joe Fresh.

Available to shop at many Loblaws locations, it doesn’t get much more convenient than shopping Joe Fresh for back to school. With prices that all fall under $20, these back to school basics are a must for any school uniform.

SHOP IT: Joe Fresh, $19

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