Getting top marks in the style stakes is almost as important as getting good grades in the classroom. Here’s a crib sheet to get you ahead
Imagine arriving on the first day of a new school or fresh term and discovering that you’re out of the step in the fashion stakes?
Whether you’re seven or 17, the perfect first day outfit can make or break you in the eyes of your peers. Even within the confines of a set school uniform, there’s room to make it yours with individual touches or cool accessories. Thankfully, there are lots of hot styles to look good in and out of lessons this season to make this school year the best dressed yet.
Find your inspiration from magazines and malls. You can even adapt current trends from the catwalk to the classroom.
Going back to school can be an expensive affair, with children’s school fees and the other outlays that come with sending your little ones back for another year of study. So make sure to shop around in Oman and online for affordable options.
With a little imagination, your kid should be top of the school fashion league table by the end of the first term.
When it comes to school clothes, Marks & Spencer has been getting top marks for some time. This seriously cute pure cotton Gingham top in sunny yellow will help your little girl strut her stuff in pre-school. Also available in a dress. RO9.6
It’s all about the backpack in playgrounds these days. This quilted colourful ladybird bag is perfect for any toddler off to pre-school or nursery. RO13.9 Boys might prefer a pirate version
Older kids and teens can go for the fashionable leopard pattern (far left). RO13.2. Both bags available from beckyandlolo.co.uk. On a budget? Look for cheaper versions in supermarkets such as Carrefour or LuLu
If your older boy has to wear a white shirt to school, make sure he has the best with this Abercrombie & Fitch Oxford shirt in the highest-quality cotton available from Next. For ages seven to 16.
Fashion is from head to toe. Let your kids make a statement with these funky slip on Skechers GOwalk shoes. Half shoe, half sock, they’re made of soft breathable fabric for super comfort and sporty casual design. Also available in blue and black. RO18.1
For boys, these classic skater-style Vert 2 shoes in soft woven canvas fabric should be a perfect fit. From Skechers for RO14.25
Pack your kid’s meal and snacks in style in these shark lunchboxes from Tiger Stores. The fun nautical theme is perfect for Oman with its maritime heritage and will help your little fishes to make a splash. From RO1.2
School Cred: Follow these tips to give your kids a sartorial head start
1. School uniforms can be given an individual touch with some cool accessories, such as a funky backpack or baseball cap.
2. Stock up on high-quality separates, such as tops, shirts and blouses, in different colours and sizes.
3. It’s not just about looking good, feeling good is just as important, so always go for clothes that feel comfortable. It’s a long school day and sitting in a too tight dress or pair of trousers won’t help creativity in the classroom.