Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) - From striped to plaid to florescent, every kid wants to get the back to school gear that rocks. But before you head out looking for the best bargains there's something all parents should keep in mind, the dress code.
"I think the most important thing is that students need to dress comfortable, they need to be ready to learn," says Christy McGee with School District 51.
McGee says, "It may be slotted as a back to school fashion item but it may not actually fit the guidelines in the parent student handbook."
She says the dress code is mostly common sense, but there are a few things to watch for. "No gang paraphernalia, no drug paraphernalia," says McGee.
That also includes clothes with alcohol or tobacco ads on them. And like McGee said before, just because you see it on the mannequin doesn't mean it'll work in class. "No hats in school is another common one," she says.
Insane clown Posse t–shirts are also not allowed in school. Neither are spaghetti-strapped tank tops or tube tops.
One thing that is 'in' right now are the prices. "Parents should really be looking for those sales and promotions to help save a little bit of money because they're everywhere right now," says Jammie McCloud with the Mesa Mall.
McCloud says many stores are getting ready for cold weather, something Grand Junction doesn't usually see until late in the season. "Right now stores are starting to clearance out their summer merchandise and a lot of these items are great for back to school," says McCloud.
Clothes shopping is also just like grocery shopping, don't forget the coupons. McCloud says the mall offers special deals that can be picked up at Guest Services. "We have all kinds of deals and coupons in our savings guide that parents can take advantage of," she says.
Another good tip to keep those new duds from wandering off is to write your information on the inside of them. "So make sure names are in the jackets so that they don't get tossed in the lost and found because we always have a bunch of lost and found jackets at the end of the semester," says McGee.
When in doubt about what's appropriate for your kids to wear, err on the side of caution and it'll keep your kids looking like scholars all year long.