Spring break is almost over and it’s time for the kids to go back to school. Penny Fray picks the most hip pieces to pull a uniform together
Kitting the kids out for school can cost a small fortune. There seems to be a list as long as your arm of essential stuff to buy. But do your little darlings really need that swanky satchel or trendy trainer? Probably not. Still, they’ll use pester power until you give in. If you don’t want your bank account to be sucked dry though, stick to a sensible list, hunt down bargains and be creative.
Buy basics and jazz them up. Plain supplies are often much cheaper and you can add your own personal touch with stickers, badges and delicious doodles. It’s very Anya Hindmarch – plus, it’ll keep them occupied when boredom strikes. Talking of which, may I introduce you to the magic of loom bands? They cost less than a rial, provide hours of entertainment and make great playground gifts. No, I don’t understand it either but these colourful rubber pieces are still trending among tweens.
Finally, if you need to replace their uniform don’t discount high street stores over specialist suppliers. There’s always a great debate among parents about quality versus price. But bear in mind that the average uniform could be worn and washed more than 50 times, surviving everything from ink to sweat stains, so it’s worth investing a little extra in hard wearing materials. M&S do well on this score, thanks to their technologically advanced ranges. If you’re on a budget though, watch out for buy one, get one free offers in your local supermarket. And when it comes to accessories, go bright. Colours are always cool and I’m particularly excited about Zara’s new neon clogs – they’re adorable and I wish I could get a pair in my size.
Slogan tops are all the rage this season – especially if they improve your language skills like this one from Next. From RO3
Zara’s neon clogs are perfect for those not restricted by a strict dress code. They’re furry, sturdy and super stylish. Which young hipster could resist? From RO29
Computer geeks have never been so trendy (or rich). Start them early with Coding For Kids. From RO7 on Amazon
Mini satchels are big catwalk news with everyone from Victoria Beckham to Alexander Wang embracing the classic school bag. Designed in a fresh coral palette, Accessorize’s version is perfect for bijou fashion fiends. From RO12
These Geek Kitty erasers from Paperchase get an A+ for stationary cool. From RO1.5
Tips for getting your kids on trend:
1. Forget about unsightly name tags. The hip new way to make your mark is embroidered initials and quotes on clothes. Visit your local seamstress or tailor for details.
2. Keep their schoolwear looking as good as new with the latest colour shield technology. Uniforms have never been so advanced.
3. Stickers, studs and slogans were seen on runway bags this season. Encourage your kid to up-cycle their old satchels with fabric pens and other craft materials.