I know we haven't even started the summer holidays yet but already the shops are filling up with lots of Back to School items for September.
I thought I would take a look at school uniform and what the shops have to offer when it comes to the essential uniform shopping.
This year I am very lucky to any need to buy one set of uniform even though there are still three children in full time education.
The list is endless and as a guide here is a list of what I would usually buy per child for a new school year if the children were in need of everything.
2 school jumpers/cardigans and/or one blazer if needed
4 polo shirts or smart shirts
2-3 pairs of trousers or skirts
PE shorts, PE t-shirt, PE joggers, plimsolls (trainers for outdoors) PE bag/gym bag
Pencil case and stationery (for the older ones)
Tights and socks
Clothing and kit labels
We currently need trousers and skirts for Thing 3 and new socks for all of them! Thing 4 and 5 need some new clothes too but as their school is non school uniform I can shop anywhere for their back to school clothing.
We also need new school shoes, school bags, lunch boxes and stationery as well as name labels for EVERYTHING which will be covered in more detailed blog posts very soon.
Alongside this Thing 3 also need polo shirts but these have the school logo on and have to be bought from a local school uniform stockist.
I try and find somewhere that can cater for all of the children. There is nothing worse than having to drag them around 20 different shops to get everything that you need but I know when shopping for a six year old and fifteen year old at the same time this isn't always going to be possible.
Here is a quick round up of a few key school uniform items from various stores with prices too.
Marks and Spencer
Marks and Spencer are currently offering free delivery on school uniform and luring me in with statements such as 'stain and weatherproof' 'non-iron' and 'scuff resistant'. Their uniform sizing runs from 2-3 years right through to 17-18 years with slim fit, regular fit and plus fit as well as four different trousers lengths too. This is fab as it can hopefully cater to all my children's needs once we get there.
This 2 pack of boys slim leg trousers ranges from £11-£17 for a 2 pack and comes in four colours. Crease resistant, stain resistant and with an adjustable waistband too.