I was walking my youngest daughter out of the school gate last week, and the Head Teacher overheard my conversation with A. ‘…it’s the law’ I was explaining to her, as we went to collect her scooter, and head home. I saw the Head raise an eyebrow at me, so I explained what in my opinion is …the law of school. She totally agreed with me, and chuckled as Ava looked on incredulously at the exchange.
Well what I was explaining to A, was that I believe there are laws of school, and one of those laws, is new school shoes for September. You never do look quite as smart ever again as you do that first week back, all shiny and pristine, and there is something really exciting about it. Crisp white shirts and non grubby socks, the pleats and creases in your skirt or trousers look perfect. The shoes with no scuffs, they gleam in late summer sunshine.
We’ve actually done all of our school uniform shopping already. I like to not have to rush about during the summer holidays if I can, so try to do it all beforehand if I can. So we headed down to our local Debenhams, which I haven’t ever bought uniform from before actually. It was a really quick and easy shopping session, as they held lots of stock, and we left with everything we needed in one trip.
School shoes were first on the list. I wanted to get some thing quick and easy to get on and off, after making the wrong decision to buy lace ups for our then 6-year-old last year.
Miss A (7) quickly decided on these pretty ballerina pumps -£16. Designed with slip resistant, flexible soles that are described as offering full foot movement during development. Cleverly they are finished with a stay fresh and scuff resistant technology, making them great for wearing everyday.
We also grabbed new school shirts for both girls. I’ve started to buy short sleeves girl’s blouses now, as both girls seem to prefer them. These are easy iron, machine washable, and can be dried in the tumble drier. They are a good price from £6 for two in a pack, up to £12 for the largest ones. I already have pinafores for A as she wears Nias old ones, so I just needed to get her some new skirts. We opted for kilt style, as I know these are the ones she prefers, as they are slightly shorter, and not too flared. They have an adjustable waist, which even as a teen is really handy to make the waist smaller. They seem really made made, as did the blouses. Made from durable easy-iron stain and water-repellent fabric, each pair is finished with permanent pleats.
We couldn’t resist a few more school essentials, so also got a colouring book and some scented pencils, ideal for A to bring into school with her to use when its wet playtime in class.
Overall I was impressed with the range of school clothing, especially as I’d never shopped at Debenhams for it before. There was lots of sizes available, I think my only disappointment was that the shoes only seemed to go up to size 6, which as Nia is an 8 already (takes after me) we couldn’t get any.
So pleased we don’t need to do anymore uniform shopping, roll on the summer holidays!