Let’s talk school run style. Well, we’ll start with school mornings in general. I’m not a fan, in all honesty. I’m really not an early bird, the boys just mess about eating their breakfast and getting dressed, they argue; but I do like being on time. I get anxious if we’re even running one minute late. So I’m the school run mum that just jumps out of bed and chucks my clothes on, ties my hair back, and doesn’t put any makeup on. I’m only a special occasion wearer of makeup to be honest!
I know we’re all different, and some parents go straight to work from school so they may need to make a bit more effort. But if you’re like me, then you want to be comfortable but still look a bit stylish too. I wouldn’t call myself a style icon (ha!) but I do like wearing bright colours; which thinking about it, is a bit strange for somebody who likes to blend into the background! I also like at least two of my garments to match, or complement each other, colour wise – so maybe I do make a little more effort than it first seems!
The end of August seems to be the time when most people are running around, getting those last bits of uniform, ready for the little cherubs to return back to school. Until Jacob started primary school last year, I never realised actually how much was needed; trousers, t-shirts, jumpers, socks, shoes, coat, bags, PE kit (including shorts, tracksuit bottoms, t-shirt, jumper, trainers)… And with multiples of each, it can get expensive, right? He likes to get dirty (nothing wrong with that!) so I think we must have gone through at least 15 polo shirts through the school year; this year I decided to stock up with a pack every time I go to the store!
I actually purchased his uniform from multiple stores last year to try and get the best value. Obviously style, colour, and fit is important too. This year, Debenhams asked me if I would like to purchase some school uniform for Jacob from their online store. I didn’t realise just how much choice there was! They currently have 25% off on their spectacular event too, so there’s even better value for money right there.
Start the new term in style with our collection of clothing, school bags and PE kits. You’ll find a full range of sizes, including generous fit, for everything from girls’ school coats and skirts to trousers and shirts for boys. And with weatherproof jackets and scuff-resistant shoes for both, they’ll be top of the class with our A+ range.
Summer; the time for lots of family trips with the kids, and making sure your bag is well stocked to keep everyone going throughout the day. Of course, the boys always want to take their own bags for their drinks and any toys that may just fancy a trip too…
Also, the time for getting ready to go back to school. Uniforms, shoes, and of course a backpack for their bits & bobs. Come September, Noah will be going to preschool for fifteen hours; including a full day on a Friday so he’ll need to be well stocked then with a change of clothes or two (got to love toilet training!), and a packed lunch.
Fortunately we are already sorted for both of the above with Noah, as the lovely people at Trunki sent him one of their brand new Toddlepak Backpacks to try out!
After dropping 4 dress sizes since last year, I have had to constantly replace my wardrobe. Throughout my journey it has always been from shopping in charity shops, or in the sales; so I’m not spending lots of money just to replace my clothes in another few months. Now I am almost at target and pretty much comfortable with the clothes size I currently am, I have actually started buying full priced clothes!
I do like to be season savvy though and have a few pieces that can take me from one season to another. When JD Williams asked me if I would like to choose a couple of items from their website, I couldn’t wait to get looking! I do love virtual shopping, but usually I will fill my basket and then abandon it when it gets into the £100’s – oops. JD Williams has lots of great value items of clothing and footwear though, so as easy as it would be to spend a lot, it is also just as easy to find something to suit a smaller budget. Read more
As an adult, I don’t really like to wear clothes that make me stand out too much, so I guess I dress my boys in them instead – I love to see colour on children, they are born for it! I’m always on the lookout for brightly coloured t-shirts for the boys to jazz up jeans or shorts, and I love a funky print too. So when Tiger Prints offered us a choice of t-shirt to review from their website, I was eager to find something that Jacob would love. Read more