Ok, I feel I need to weigh in here. My son is attending a public school. I had no intentions of sending him to PS and planned to HS. Well, circumstances changed and I enrolled him a week prior to school starting. In my area, kids aren't placed necessarily by address, but by "cluster" which is based on address. There are several schools in a cluster. Most of the public schools require a uniform: khaki or navy bottoms, and white or a certain color top. One of the schools requires a much stricter uniform, more in line with a private school.
Now, we are low income. I had none of these types of clothing to send his first day. By the time I knew what color his school "allows", there were around 3 days till the first day of school. I ended up only being able to purchase one white polo type shirt, and picked up khaki pants from the thrift store. My son had one outfit for school. ONE. that's all I could afford. I should mention here that he has TONS of clothing that I have picked up here and there. Plenty, to be honest. He has enough that he would have no repeats for a few weeks. Even a somewhat liberal uniform makes it difficult on low income parents. Please don't say it makes it easier, because in my experience, it most certainly has not. I have had to BEG for clothes for my son. I do not do that. I have had to get from the school clothing bank, yet it's also ONLY white. hmmmm.... wouldn't having only white make him stand out more?? At least his teacher helped us out the one day he stained his only white shirt. She sent home three colored shirts. Please do not say it's easier. I have stressed more over this than any other aspect of either of my children's educations, and I have a special needs child. I didn't stress over her placement as much as I have over a stupid shirt.