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What to wear when dropping off?

futurereject37futurereject37 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
What did you guys wear when moving your kids in for the first time? Should I be dressing causally or fancy?

Replies to: What to wear when dropping off?

  • ChoatieMomChoatieMom Registered User Posts: 3,625 Senior Member
    edited September 4
    We always dressed extremely casually as opening days were usually hot and humid or rainy and, except for freshman year when the seniors did all of the move-in, we were put to work. There were no events for parents that day except an optional stop by the tent reception after Last Hugs. There were some parents at the reception who were overdressed (I'm guessing freshman parents), but as the years went on, we and our friends ended up in shorts/skorts/jeans and tee-shirts at move-in even though jeans are not accepted student dress. Sometimes, we changed to khakis and maybe a clean shirt later so we smelled better at the reception. Pearls are not required.
  • queenmotherqueenmother Registered User Posts: 165 Junior Member
    You are going to be moving boxes, luggage and maybe moving furniture around. Wear what makes you comfortable for those tasks. I wore jeans.
  • judbeeskijudbeeski Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    edited September 4
    Casually. Comfortably You're mainly there as a moving service at this point in the process. We usually go for above total slob level so as not to embarrass the kids more than usual. This year it's jeans instead of shorts, most likely.

    I sincerely wish you an easy move in and drop off. :)

    P.S. I confess I'm shaking my head, laughing just a wee bit right now. See "Prep School Parents," Class of 2021 thread. Please forgive me though. I'm a jaded old bag after more drop offs than I can recall in my life.
  • dowzerwdowzerw Registered User Posts: 2,213 Senior Member
    Don't go in sweat pants and ripped tshirts. "Casual" is relative if you are talking prep school. Just being honest here.
    Try "better casual".
  • futurereject37futurereject37 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    Thanks everyone, that's exactly what we were looking for!
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 27,117 Super Moderator
    Don't go in sweat pants and ripped tshirts. "Casual" is relative if you are talking prep school. Just being honest here. Try "better casual".
    Also being honest, we're talking about schlepping boxes and suitcases. Nobody will care what you wear. I would certainly avoid slovenly and I would also avoid 5 inch stilettos. Anything in between, IMO, is fair game.
  • payn4wardpayn4ward Registered User Posts: 2,788 Senior Member
    Last weekend's move-in for us was chilly and rainy, so take a packable rainjacket and an umbrella for variable weather.
    Last year it was super warm I think.
    I checked the weather beforehand and changed my shoes - from silver flip flops to closed toed comfortable shoes for carrying boxes and suitcases.
    When visiting school, I usually wear light grey poly slacks or black jeans, ankle boots or comfy pumps, and a light jacket or sweater. A scarf would have been nice last weekend. It was cold.
    Getting into the heated seat of a rental car felt great after getting wet and cold. I thought I should get one of those and realized oh, I moved and live in Texas. :)) I should get chilled seat/seat backs not seat warmers. :D
  • london203london203 Registered User Posts: 1,295 Senior Member
    Casual. Unless you have staff moving your child in. Inevitably "Junior" will be on the 3rd floor without an elevator option. Shorts/t-shirt/sneakers wins the day. If there is a reception for parents, you can change. But you will look ridiculous hauling boxes in heels or a jacket/tie. The preppiest of people are often the scruffiest ones. :D

    Except the full-tennis mom. She has a reputation to uphold. The rest of us are just there to get a job done. Hard work is much more impressive than what you wear. I will say, if you do drop off day right, you will have earned your cocktails! RHIP.
  • SevenDadSevenDad Registered User Posts: 3,828 Senior Member
    edited September 5
    Late to the party, but my standard move-in attire over the years was cargo shorts (standard dad-wear!) and a polo or untucked beat up oxford of some kind. I may have worn jeans to one or more, but have definitely monitored weather to make that call. As noted by others, you are essentially schlepping boxes...so why would one wear anything nicer (unless one is, like tennis mom, above schlepping anything of the sort)?
  • twinsmamatwinsmama Registered User Posts: 1,294 Senior Member
    I dressed better than usual this year and barely had to work at all. My kids and a kind faculty member moved everything for my daughter while my back was turned talking to another facility member, and my son did most of his own moving with a little help from dormmates. I mostly held the elevator. Didn't even break a sweat. I hope I can get away with the same when move-out time comes!
  • ChoatieMomChoatieMom Registered User Posts: 3,625 Senior Member
    Move out? Who helps with move out? Let your kid handle that with All Campus Storage and then just do a drive-by pickup or, better, let your kid navigate the bus/train/flight home (if you aren't picking up by helicopter). We never saw the campus at the end of the year, too busy planning what to wear at next year's move in.
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