Altering that school uniform

It's August. Argh. The back-to-school readiness cannot be put off much longer. Here's one aspect of it I hadn't thought of, but that makes a good Monday Consult subject: Getting your school uniforms in shape.

The folks at Angie's List have several tips for those of you who'll need to make sure school uniforms fit just right before classes start:

Check specifications: "It’s important to check with the school to find out exactly what the uniform policy entails. You want to make sure all the alterations follow those guidelines."

Start early: "One of the common complaints we see on Angie’s List in the alterations category is that clothes are not altered in time. Don’t wait until a week before school starts to get those clothes fitted properly because they might have a back to school rush. Keep in mind shops may also be busy this time of year with wedding alterations."

Rely on professionals: "If you’re not a savvy seamstress, you run the risk of ruining those newly purchased clothes. Instead, have the alterations done at a reputable company."

Shop around: "Prices are fairly consistent across the board, but it's quality that makes the difference. Look for company recommendations from family and friends or check out independent ratings."

Trust is a must: "Alteration companies rarely offer refunds to unhappy customers. It is up to you to find a place that you trust to leave your clothes, whether it’s for one day or one week."

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