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Our 5 favourite places to shop for Back to School wear

It’s quite handy to be able to pop to the supermarket and grab the kids new uniform on the way really… But perhaps on a hectic weekly shop after school with 3 not so impressed offspring in tow it’s not what you fancy doing. So having the option to shop online is fab – especially when you can grab other essentials like lunchboxes and stationery too.

You can opt for the free click and collect service instead though for ultimate efficiency points - try everything on then and there and make any exchanges and reorders before you leave!

George also do a Slim and Plus Fit range so there is something for every shape and size meaning you can do everyones shopping in one hit. + 10 more efficiency points!

It’s worth pointing out the Hello Kitty range too. It really is quite sweet; subtle enough for school wear but enough Kitty for your daughter to love it all! You never know – maybe it’s less likely to get ruined if it’s her new favourite dress….?

Another supermarket so really handy for you super busy Mums and Dads! I’m also quite a fan of TESCO anyway; I have always been impressed with their clothes.

Prices start at £2.50 which is pretty hard to beat… You’ll be surprised to hear then that they offer one of the best guarantees on their items. Every single product promises to be… (ready…?) Stain and scuff resistant, permanent pleat, non-iron, anti-crease, stain resistant, reinforced at the knees, super strong at the seams, colour shielded, machine washable with an adjustable waist AND genuine leather / 100% cotton! Crikey! For £2.50 it’s worth seeing what your kids can do to it!

More efficiency points up for grabs too as they also offer an embroidery service; select your school from the drop down list and personalised items will appear. If your school isn’t on the list you can nominate them to join – they might just go for it when they learn that 5% of all sales get donated back to the school! So far over £220k has been donated just for shopping with TESCO.

AND you earn Clubcard points. Brilliant.


For a slightly fancier experience you should visit Marks and Spencers. I say this only because (queue cheesy saxophone…) ‘This isn’t just a school uniform range, these are pieces from the M&S School Uniform Collection….’ So perfect for your fashion conscious school goer. (And not forgetting the funkier ‘Senior Collection’ for teens).

But they do have things like Ink Resistant pockets, STORMWEAR+ to resist mud and oil, heat-sealed buttons and seams, Fresh Feet which is an antibacterial finish on sports socks and Adjust A-Hem Trousers so you can unpick and alter easily, to back up their fanciness. Plus you can tumble dry everything...

They also offer a name tape service so each purchase might make it back to the kids wardrobes rather than the lost property bin more often… And personalisation doesn’t stop there; like TESCO you have an option to find your school and buy directly through them.

Go M&S!

If I thought M&S was fancy. Well. Clarks has an all new ‘iPad fitting experience’ for kids which is sure to keep them entertained throughout! All you need to do is stand your child on the space ready machine, an expert shoe fitter will measure their feet perfectly with the digital measuring device which then sends all the information to the iPad! I think the only disadvantage here is that it’s for kids only…

Have a look at the RockNRollerBaby Blog to see what they thought!

So kids are happy. But you get a little something too… With every purchase you’ll receive a 20% off voucher to spend on adult footwear (and bags!!!) over £39.99. Thank you very much Clarks!

They also offer free delivery to store but you can opt for free home delivery and you are promised free returns. With 110 styles to choose from you’re bound to find the right shoe for your little one. I’m guessing the only thing you’ll be returning is yourself and the kids!

John Lewis      

They have over 80 years’ experience in children’s school uniforms so they must know what they’re doing by now, surely. It does sound like they do…

Most items are Teflon coated which means they dry quicker and repel oil, water and stains. Knitwear and sweats have been treated with Novozyme which resists pilling and colour fade. Tights and socks are made from a special blend of fibres to generate heat using body moisture. And not to forget that all of their trousers and skirts all have an adjustable waist.

They have also teamed up with Clarks and Start-Rite so you can get the best from every department. Not only that, they do PE kit, dancewear, cricket whites, swimming gear, stationery and everything else the kids could possibly need.

John Lewis also work with over 350 schools to provide the personalised service too and you can even click and collect from a John Lewis or Waitrose store. Sounds good to me!

Where is your favourite place to get Back to School gear? Have you found a hidden gem somewhere!?

Happy Shopping! 

Tayla xx

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