It’s the Summer nightmare. As soon as our little ones break for the holidays, we’re already thinking about it.
School uniform. Get it too early and they’ll have grown out of it, too late and you’re left with the potential of getting nothing the dregs – or even worse, nothing. With every supermarket pushing their own brand of schoolwear, it’s difficult to know who to trust and what to look for.
What we want as parents is quality – and from a name that we trust wholeheartedly. When Marks and Spencers asked if we’d like to be dressed in their own brand of schoolwear for the new academic year we were beyond delighted – because if there’s anyone we trust, it’s them.
Their schoolwear features some amazing technology – repelling water and stains and preventing creases so that my boys will be smart and comfortable all day long, however
messy creative with the paint or rough and tumble they’re being. There are elasticated cuffs [no buttons!], stain away finishes to help any stains that do stick wash away easier, and everything is non-iron. Deciding which items to try was like gazing at a delicious, stress-free morning menu – and from the comfort of my plushy, warm sofa, with cup of tea in hand too.
After making our choices, my favourite item is by far the trousers, although Jensen loves his ‘Sonic’ [it’s all about Sonic the Hedgehog at the moment] blue jacket and Lyoto is in love with his new white boxer pants as he’s proud to be a “big boy” and use the toilet now. I won’t share the precise details of his amazing “skills” – but let’s say he may have a future in the circus.
But back to the trousers – I love a great crease in my boys’ trousers because it shows a pride in their appearance [at least for the start of the day] – but after months of learning not to make tramlines in my own trousers in readiness for Sandhurst years [and years] ago, I now hate ironing. I can’t remember the last time I did it. Having trousers with a permanent crease is heaven sent because I can look like I have it together in the mornings, when I really don’t. I’ve got three boys, running in different directions, asking for various breakfast items and all evading getting washed and dressed.
I’m so relieved to have ‘school uniform’ checked off my September list. The best thing? For £100, my boys are both clothed from head to toe, pants and socks included – and the socks are the softest I have ever felt – and ready for September, kitted out for the end of the warmer weather in smart shorts, through to Winter and the new year with the adjustable waists in each garment, and sew-free, ironable adjusta-hems giving three inches of extra leg length for my growing boys.
Marks and Spencer, from the bottom of our hearts, me, my washing machine, my morning coffee and my sanity thank you.
Disclosure: We were gifted the clothing for the purposes of this article.