School Uniform Essentials, Tips, Tricks and My One-Stop Shop

I get so excited about the long summer holidays, in my mind they still (as they used to when I was a child) go on and on but in reality they fly by!! We’ve had the most wonderful summer with two weeks in Wales, followed by two weeks in Spain but we’re now home and with only a week and a half to go before school stats, I’m so glad I sorted out the girls’ school uniform before we went away.

School uniform essentials from Marks & Spencer

It’s a big year in our house, as Poppy starts Reception and Lili goes into the ‘Juniors’ this September. They both say that they’re excited and scared in equal measure but I know they’ll both bounce in on that first day with enthusiasm and ready to get going. They both love school (or nursery in Poppy’s case) and have missed their friends over the summer break.

School uniform essentials from Marks & Spencer

Both girls needed new uniforms, Poppy will need the school’s Infant uniform which consists of; a white shirt, a navy pinafore dress and a navy cardigan, as well as shoes and a PE kit. She won’t need a backpack or any stationary as the Infants are given a school ‘book bag’ and are not allowed to take their own pens or pencils.

School uniform essentials from Marks & Spencer

Lili’s going into the ‘Juniors’, which means she’ll need a new uniform too. It’s similar to the Infants uniform but with a pleated navy skirt instead of a pinafore dress. Excitingly, she will now need a backpack and her own stationary. Yes, we can finally go stationary shopping!! I don’t know who’s more excited, me or her.

School uniform essentials from Marks & Spencer

My go-to, one-stop shop for all things ‘school uniform’ has always been Marks & Spencer. It’s also where my mum got all our school uniform essentials when my brother and I were younger. For me Marks & Spencer’s quality is tried and tested, I know the clothes will wash well and last the year. Their school clothes all have clever little innovations like; stay put hems, stain and weather-proof finishes and StayNew technology. I’m also a big fan of their crease resistant finishes, which means less time at the ironing board for me! Lastly, I know that I can throw everything into the tumble dryer and they’ll all come out looking like new.

School uniform essentials from Marks & Spencer

This year Marks & Spencer have made more improvements to their Back To School range with; soft elastic waistbands on all trousers and skirts and hidden labels in their shirts and polo shirts for extra comfort.

I’ve always got Lili’s school shoes from Marks & Spencer, literally every pair she’s had have been from M&S. I like the quality, and feel they offer really good value for money. This year they’ve launched a brand new measuring and fitting service in store (selected bigger stores only), along with a wider range of widths and half-sizes, which now makes them a real player in the school shoes arena. They also have a clever little measuring chart that you can print off online, if you can’t make it into a store.

School uniform essentials from Marks & Spencer

As for backpacks Lili was delighted with this metallic number that’s both ‘cool and fashionable’ (her words) and big enough to carry all her new stationary and books.

School uniform essentials from Marks & Spencer

Thanks to Marks & Spencer we are totally ready for the new school year and have everything from; uniforms, PE kits, shoes, bags, socks and underwear. My list has all been completely ticked off!

School uniform essentials from Marks & Spencer

I wonder how I’ll feel this year as I send not one but two of my girls off to school? I wasn’t prepared for how emotional I was when Lili started Reception, it completely took me by surprise. Poppy is a different character though and I know she’s more than ready for full time school – plus I know that she’s got her big sister there to keep an eye on her.

Who am I kidding? I’ll be in bits, I know it!!

School uniform essentials from Marks & Spencer

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  1. August 30, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Poppy looks so grown up in her uniform! I bet she’s super excited.
    M&S is my go to for uniform staples for sure, it lasts so well and is great quality xx

  2. September 1, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    We always use M&S for our school uniform too! With three girls it’s fab having good quality clothes so they can be passed down through the years from one to the next. Didn’t know they did school shoes though – I’ll remember that next time! I hope they both have a fab first day and settle in well in their new classes 🙂

  3. September 4, 2017 / 11:27 am

    Oh they look way too grow up how is this happening again? My littlest is off to school first day tomorrow too. I can’t believe September is here and our summer is now truly over for us all. Your girls are just beautiful look like the picture perfect duo for school here too. I love it. Girl uniforms are so fun there are so much more choices!

  4. September 4, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    That top photo is just so blooming gorgeous, they both look so grown up and those shoes 🙂