Our kids are in uniforms 5 days of the week. We buy them twice a year through the school, and that's it. Once a year, I stock up on 'weekend clothing' when I am in the USA, and maybe buy a few smaller things the rest of the year.
Besides the uniforms, the kids must wear certain undergarments. The school doesn't tell you this, you just are expected to know. Yeah for my smart mommy friends who constantly share such gems with me!
- The boys need to wear white t-shirts or singlets.
- The girls need to wear white t-shirts or singlets on top and white cotton 'shorts' over their underwear.
- They also need a lot of white socks, or with some school black or gray socks too.
- All black dress shoes, and all white sports shoes.
We buy basic calf length white socks for both kids at Marks & Spencers - either in HK or online since they deliver to HK for a flat rate of 15 GBP we can do one order every year of things we may need (towels, sheets, some children's activity books, etc...) I also saw that Tesco online has good white school socks now too and delivers to HK.
For the other items, we go to our local wet market, as pictured above. This is the only place I have found the long white socks my son likes and the white cotton shorts for under my daughter's skirts.
And yes, while the uniforms last, the socks do not. They get holes, lose their elasticity, or just plain get lost! The socks from the wet market seem to get holes, while the ones we order are very well made, but more cotton, so eventually lose their elasticity. But the main reason we buy socks a couple times a year - is due to growing feet!
Other locations to shop in Hong Kong
For undergarments: Bossini, Giordano, Chicks, Jusco, WingOn and other major shops in Hong Kong.
For shoes: Dr Kongs always has acceptable shoes for HK schools, they are well made too. New Balance in Tung Chung sometimes has 100% white sneakers/trainers, local malls in housing estates also have shops with less expensive school shoes.
Many kindergartens require 'kung fu' white cotton shoes for indoor use, wet markets are your best bet.