My daughter is starting school in September. Repeat, my daughter is starting school in September.
Must. Not. Freak. Out! We have had a bit of a bumpy road towards finding out which school she was
going to go to but now we are all sorted, the excitement has begun. Every day she asks about when
she’s heading to the ‘very big girl school’, which makes me happy and nervous in equal measure. I’m not
going to lie, the most exciting part for me so far (other than obviously finding a school I’m very happy
with her going to) is buying the uniform!
School uniform brings me right back to my school days and I used to get so excited at the beginning of a
new school year when I had some brand new uniform bits to wear. There’s something so smart about a
uniform and I’ve always been a fan. We picked up some essentials from M&S and I was super impressed
with their range and the quality.
I got her two polos, two skirts, a pinafore, a cardi, a pack of frilled socks and a pack of knee high socks
for under £50. I also picked her up a knitted pinafore, trousers, cycling shorts for PE and plain white
socks on a separate occasion. M&S have all the main colours needed for most schools and also two or
three colourways in things like trousers, skirts and pinafores too.
Everything fitted well (with room to grow) and I love the feel of it all. It feels super comfy, hard wearing
and easy to wash. Hello being stain and weatherproof, and crease resistant. Very helpful when you have
a four year old who likes to play outside as much as possible.
M&S asked us to share a ‘life isn’t uniform’ story to give all of us parents the opportunity to know we’re
not alone in the reality of parenting and childhood! Kids can be pretty unpredictable and life is full of
funny moments and mishaps as a parent.
So here is ours…
One afternoon I was with the kids in one of our local coffee shops, in a shopping centre, and we were
about to leave. I was busy getting L into his buggy and packing up all our stuff when my darling daughter
must have spotted a school jumper that had been left behind. Her brother was being a bit of a handful
so I decided to get him a drink and a snack out of the changing bag which gave Little I ample time to put
the jumper on and to appear next to the buggy nonchalantly.
We walked through the shopping centre for about 2 minutes before I realised what she was wearing!
She found the whole thing absolutely hilarious as I tried to figure out where she had found it. Eventually
she told me she had picked it up in the coffee shop and we had to run back to hand it in to some very
bemused staff who didn’t really understand what I was trying to tell them. ‘Your child wanted to wear
someone else’s school jumper and you didn’t notice her put it on?’. Nope.
In her defence she is VERY excited about starting school.
And in my defence, the jumper was a VERY similar colour to what she was wearing!
We’ve also been sharing out story along with others over on the M&S website – come check it out here. Have you got any funny ‘life isn’t uniform’ stories to share? If so, head on over to M&S’ social channels
to share your stories . Let me know if you do!
*This post is in collaboration with M&S and we have been compensated for our work. All words and opinions are 100% our own and 100% honest, as always.