Parent Guide to Elementary Age Clothing

In this guide, we’ll go over standard outfit regulations in elementary schools and what is and isn’t ok for elementary schoolers to wear.

Elementary schoolers have an interesting fashion sense. While some may be comfortable in their well-ironed polo t-shirt for picture day, others are just as satisfied to go as Spiderman. As a parent, it can be a hassle to understand what kids want to wear and what they should wear. 

If you’ve ever walked into your child’s school and seen the other kids dressed differently from your own, you know what we’re talking about. It’s not so much about interrupting their freedom as it is about what’s appropriate, comfortable, and simple enough for them to manage. 

In this guide, we’ll go over standard outfit regulations in elementary schools and what is and isn’t ok for elementary schoolers to wear. 

Clothes That Make Dressing Easier

Once your child hits elementary school age, the dressing process needs to be streamlined. Suppose you need to spend thirty minutes every morning hunting down your child’s feet to put socks on them. They’d miss their bus just about every morning. 

Elementary school marks an age where children can start dressing themselves. Studies show that after the age of five, most kids can put clothes on and take them off without the aid of an adult. To streamline this process, you should buy clothes for your children that make it easy to dress. 

For example, pulling a shirt or a top over the head is something many children struggle with. Buying clothes that button or zip in the front is easier to maneuver and doesn’t involve temporary blindness from a sweater caught around the cranium. 

If you want to buy a pullover, then get one with a large neck opening until the child is near the end of elementary school. Other items that can help are clothes with large buttons, zippers with oversized grips like rings, elastic waistlines, clear markings for the front and back, and plenty of easily accessible pockets. 

Prioritize Comfort

A child who doesn’t like their clothes is almost always uncomfortable. Whether they’re too tight or too itchy, children usually complain about physical distaste instead of aesthetic value. That’s why as long as your kid is comfortable, they’ll love their clothes. 

The first thing to keep in mind is the weather. During the winter and fall, keeping children appropriately bundled is essential. Check the temperature. When it drops below 50℉, it’s time for the child to wear a jacket. When it’s between 30℉ and 40℉, then it must be a winter jacket. 

You’ll also have to keep in mind that their school is warmer than outside. These layers need to be easily removable when it comes time for them to sit down and learn. Choose jackets with big buttons or zippers like we mentioned in the section above. 

Kids are constantly losing small things. Buying mittens, hats, and scarfs that can be easily inserted into jacket pockets or buttoned to the sleeves is a big plus. 

Be careful because if you bundle the child too much, it will restrict their movement. The second biggest preference for children this age is being able to move freely. If they have an oversized, bulky coat that prevents them from running around, they will get singled out or excluded. 

Keep them away from small arm, leg, and neck holes. Also, anything that is too tight. When buying new clothes, have the child move around in it for a couple of minutes to see if they can move freely. 

Elementary Standard Dress Code

Most schools will have a dress code that all students are expected to follow. This can vary depending on private vs. public school and whether or not the school has a uniform. We used this school’s code as an example because we feel it serves as a good representation of common regulations. 

The first thing they mention is hygiene. Keeping clothes clean and the child at a presentable smell is essential. Shoes are also important. Most schools recommend sneakers, but dress shoes are also acceptable. Avoid any slippers or informal footwear. 

Most schools also ban hats and sunglasses from inside the building. Also, avoid clothing that has derogatory phrases and curse words. Some schools will also insist children don’t wear torn or frayed clothing, regardless of if it was intended for that purpose or not. 

Shorts should be no more than three inches from the knee, and the same goes for skirts. Tank, tube, and halter tops are not allowed, also midriffs. 


You can check your child’s school’s dress code for more information. Always ask your kids if they’re comfortable before they leave the house. Eventually, they’ll make their own fashion decisions, so enjoy this time while it lasts! 


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