14 Aug 2015

Getting Ready For School


In about three weeks Becky will be starting primary school, and we’ve been slowly getting ready and prepared for the big day.

Most of the school uniform is bought, name labels and stickers have been ordered, and Becky’s excitement levels are rising by the day – bless her!

It’s actually been a lot of fun buying Becky’s school uniform and associated paraphernalia. Her school’s colour scheme is grey, white and red, and I just love the cute little dresses, shirts and skirt combos, especially the checked summer dresses that they are allowed to wear.

Before I bought everything, I spent a bit of time looking around all the high street shops and comparing, not so much prices, but the quality of the garments, and having looked around M&S, Matalan, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Next and Asda, I ended up buying the majority of Becky’s basics in Sainsbury’s, as I preferred the quality and the fabrics of their garments to everywhere else.

Sainsbury’s Tu range has lovely soft but thick jersey dresses, which I much prefer to the stiff – and in my opinion rather horrible - polyester garments of other brands, so I stocked up on a number of cute pinafore dresses and some lovely pleated jersey skirts – Becky refuses to wear trousers, has done so since she was really little, so dresses and skirts are our main option.

We also stocked up on those checked summer dresses, which I feel have got the nicest cuts around, with extremely cute heart buttons, as well as plenty of white polo shirts for underneath.

We also found a beautiful red winter coat, which I immediately snapped up. I just love all the pieces, and at £4 per summer dress, £5 per pack of 5 polo shirts and £8 for two jersey dresses and two skirts, it is an absolute bargain, with the added bonus that all are machine washable and tumble dryer safe, as well as being Teflon coated and stain resistant, so Becky should get quite a bit of wear out of it. I think the Sainsbury’s range has come out on top in various high street schoolwear tests that I have seen, and so far I’m really pleased with the garments. I will report back once we’ve put the clothes through their paces and several washes to see how we’re faring with them.

Footwear-wise, I always thought I would just go to Clarks and buy Becky’s shoes there, as I’ve only ever bought her branded footwear from either Clarks and Charles Clinkard, but when I looked at their ranges, I actually didn’t like any of their styles. Most were either boring (I know, I know, it’s schoolwear, hardly fashion, but I want Becky to like her outfits) or clunky and heavy, and I just wasn’t keen.

By coincidence I found a lovely pair of patent leather shoes at M&S, which I bought, and on one of my many trips to Sainsbury’s, I also came across another cute pair of coated leather shoes, too, so I popped them in my shopping trolley, and Becky now has two pairs to alternate between. And at £22 for the M&S ones and £15 for the Sainsbury’s ones, they are a fab price, too, considering they are both 100 per cent leather and coated and padded etc.


For all the other, branded stuff with Becky’s school logo on, I went to the specialist schoolwear shop associated with our school and bought several cardies, jumpers, T-shirts, PE kits, a book bag and a PE bag, so I think we’re pretty much set up. Just need a few more tights and socks, and Becky is ready to go.

Well, she might be ready, but I will still need to get used to the idea that my baby daughter will shortly be a proper little schoolgirl *sob*.

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10 comments

  1. Aww look at her!! How cute is she! Bet shes super exited to start big girl school! Such a great read and thanks for sharing! Suz x Beauisblue.com

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    1. Thank you! Yes, she's super excited and can't wait. Not so sure I'm quite so ready for my little girl to start school though, but I'll just have to go with the flow! :-)

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  2. She looks beautiful! My daughter also starts Primary School now in Sept. but unlike you I haven't bought all the stuff yet hehe.
    Our colours are gray, white and blue. I'v got 2 blue summer dresses, a blue cardigan and she has a couple of tights that still fit, but apart from that once we get paid it's shopping time! :D

    #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. It's hard to know how much you'll need, isn't it? I bought quite a few of the basics, but only about two cardies and two jumpers embossed with the school logo. Hopefully these will last her a while! Good luck with getting everything ready and your daughter's school start, too!

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  3. I'm like you, organised and have everything ready and labelled. I really struggled buying school trousers for N. Both sizings - because everything came up really massive because most is dual sized so age 5-6, because he's already at the top end of age 4-5 which wouldn't last past September, until I managed to find some age 5 cuts in M&S and Next. I hated the Sainsbury's trousers, and Tesco, Matalan, BHS because they just felt horrible. I'm presuming they would wash and get softer, but I'd have had to have washed them lots before he would even wear them. Very disappointing in the quality of most of them we've tried until finding the ones we got.

    Shoes I spend a fortune because Clarks don't suit N's feet, so went to our usual independent shop who only sell the brands that suit the child's foot shape. I like Hush Puppies for him, but he said another pair felt nicer on...of course, they were the ones that cost £50. but at least they're dual size 10-10.5 so should last for a long time, and at their school they only wear school shoes inside. For playtimes it's trainers or wellies, so I know they shouldn't get wrecked.

    Hope the school start goes well. It feels like there's tonnes of us bloggers with kids starting this September. #sharewithme

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    1. It's so tricky with the sizing, isn't it? I really struggle, too, as Becky is really petite and slender, so some of the initial clothes that I bought in size 4-5 with the mentality that she will grow into were much too big for her. The Sainsbury's range is ok for her, size wise, but some of the branded schoolwear from the specialist shop was huge, so I had to downsize to sizes 3-4. Becky's is terrible for scuffing her shoes, I spent fortunes in Clarks buying nice new ones, and on the same day I buy them they are already scuffed. So I'm glad I managed to find some cheaper alternatives where it doesn't so much matter if she does. I think at her school they wear school shoes all the times, apart from PE and outside play, where they were wellies. Good luck with the school start and hope you get everything bought and organised.

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  4. Aw she looks so cute! I've just been to get my 4 years old's uniform and went for Sainsbury's too - she wore them at preschool and they lasted really well. I just needed some new polo shirts as I could not get all the pain stains out! The little checked dresses are the cutest ever and Ava loves wearing hers. I hope Becky enjoys wearing hers as much as Ava does! And thanks for the reminder about name labels - I'd forgotten I needed to label all the new bits! Becky #sharewithme

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    1. Ha, you're welcome! I'm terrible with sewing, can't even sew buttons, let alone name labels, and my handwriting is also rubbish for those pens, so I ordered these cute ones from eBay to just iron in, and some lovely ones with fairies on for her shoes. Just need to find the time to iron them all on, and we should be ready to go. Good luck with Ava's start, hope she enjoys big girls school! :-)

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  5. Good luck with the new school year. She looks so happy in her new dress! Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

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  6. Ahhh so cute, so many of us have little ones starting next week. It's all coming so quickly I can't believe it. Good luck. She looks ready and adorable. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. I hope to see you again soon. #sharewithme

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