I had a lovely email from Kate saying that I did a post last year about good clothes to wear on the school run. I don’t remember doing that, so I’m assuming she’s confused me with another blogger but who cares! It’s a good subject.
So here is my school run capsule wardrobe. I am not saying that these are the only clothes you need – by all means buy whatever the hell you like, but if you have all of these things to hand, you will always be comfortable and basically stylish (if probably not actively fashionable). There are many other people who think that the school run is an opportunity for a proper fashion show, but I am not one of those and I am here to tell you it’s okay to just keep it simple.
1 You will need a massive stretchy bra. Because who the hell wants to put on something underwired at 7am? My favourites over the years have always come from Gap.
2 JEANS. Again! How many times have I written about jeans, and yet there’s still more to say. For as much of the year as possible I favour a looser, boyfriend-style jean as skinny jeans can make me feel quite homicidal by 11am. I have a pair I like very much just called “Straight” from TopShop. My other best jeans right now are Levis – I wear a Mile High Cropped Flare – not for everyone but I find it balances out my wide bum if that’s an issue that you have to, go for it. I can only find them online in black URGH. Why do I bother. Although with jeans you really have to go into a store and try on about 100 pairs anyway. What a faff. But worth it, though, for when you find a great pair.
If you are looking to change up your jean style generally, Levis are definitely the brand to go for if you want to be absolutely au courant.
3 T-shirts. One black, one white, one grey. Again, t-shirts are very particular to the individual and at the moment I am bumbling along with some non-ideal ones. I have always liked ones from Hush – but whenever I mention Hush T-Shirts everyone says that they don’t wash well, which I guess is kind of true. To be truly on-trend if that’s a thing you want you actually need to be wearing t-shirts that look like you borrowed them from a teenage boy – big, crewneck, white. Wear with a heavy gold chain like this from Tilly Sveaas to be so hip people won’t be able to look directly at you. Like you’re THE SUN.
4 Crew neck sweaters, from Uniqlo. One beige, one navy, one grey. These drape wonderfully and do not pill or bobble.
5 Sweatshirt. In grey or navy blue. Again, if you’re looking to be very up to date, get one with a discreet logo by Adidas, Nike, Champion or any of those bozos. Asos do a good range.
7 Trainers. Stan Smiths are still fine and are a very easy way to look and feel current, but be warned, they are quite heavy. If you get white trainers make sure they are leather so that they can be given a good clean – it will also make them doubly waterproof. Everyone seems wild for Veja these days – but I have had mixed reports on how comfortable they are. Personally, I am very attached (as I might have mentioned) to my Hummel high tops. Allbirds are not very cool but they are insanely comfortable and you don’t have to wear socks with them. I didn’t realise what a hassle finding and putting on socks was until I didn’t have to. I am devoted to mine and they have just bought out a waterproof range. Out me way.
8 Leggings. For when even jeans give you the heebie jeebies. I know it’s a cliche, but only a plain pair from LuluLemon will do. Yes they are £88 but I’ve had mine for years and they still look brand new.
9 Tracksuit bottoms. If you work from home or don’t work at all, celebrate this by occasionally wearing tracksuit bottoms. My best ever have been the Lindsey jogger from Hush. Their one downside is that they don’t have side pockets but perhaps that’s what makes them so flattering. Wear with a denim jacket and a frown
10 Jewellery – Margot and Mila. Here is some advice that I really need to take myself – get yourself some gold hoops that you can permanently wear. My friend MC has an assortment from Margot and Mila that they are just ridiculously cool and you can leave them in all the time, meaning no messing about putting in damn earrings in the morning, you can just roll out of bed and already look like a gangster. They look particularly great if you have multiple piercings – a row of little neat gold rings up one side. Cute. If you email them you can request 3 singles of any of their earrings so you can mix and match.
11 Cosy coat – and I don’t mean a parka. Parkas have their place – the tyranny of the Canada Goose has left us all with a £900 coat in our wardrobes that we still have to wear for 300 days until we can justify the cost-per-wear. In fact a more useful coat for the school run is just a big cosy one. Something unstructured and loose that won’t hassle you or make demands. Something with big pockets. This from Hush would be perfect if only it had slanted pockets. This from Stories is wonderful.
12 Oversized hoodie. A hoodie is just a hoodie, until it is massive and slops down over your hands and over your bum and then suddenly it’s a fashion item. It must be thick and cosy and cover everything up – think one you might have borrowed off a WWF wrestler. For extra points, its best if it has an obscure provenance – I have got one from the Plymouth Aquarium and also from Alcatraz and also one saying NYPD across the front. If you don’t have an obscure one, just a plain one will do – but make sure it’s a pop-over and not a zip-through. Don’t ask me why. If you don’t want to mess about, Asos does very plain ones. Just make sure it’s BIG.
13 Cosy boots. This will start a row, it always does – what with many people believing that wearing your cosy boots outside is not okay. BUT there are certain months of the year, when it is bitching cold from sun up to sun down and at those times of year, if you have a pair of shortie cosy boots to put your little frozen toes into you will simply weep with gratitude. I get mine from Celtic&Co. The thing I like most about this company is that they will recondition any knackered old Celtic&Co boots (for a small fee). But that is really an admirable attitude.
14 Rugby socks – to bridge the gap between the top of your trainers and the bottom of your leggings in cold weather. These are mine and everyone asks me where I got them from. Weirdly sexy, like Kelly Le Brock at the start of Weird Science. Possibly only in my head though.
15 Very chunky beanie hat. If you wonder why you don’t look nice in a beanie hat I am here to tell you: your beanie hat is too small or too thin. What you need is a massive, chunky beanie and you will look superb. Maybe I’ve just got a massive head, I don’t know – anyway I have yet to absolutely find the best one, but this one looks terrific to me. I am quite tempted by one of their bucket rain hats, too.
16 Raincoat. You can either get a massive dog-walking raincoat from Seasalt, which has the requisite large hood and huge pockets OR Uniqlo have just started doing these gorgeous little soutien collar raincoats, which are water and windproof and are so chic and so very Japanese. A huge dog walking coat has a lot to recommend it, but they don’t look that great in town. Most of the time rain isn’t that bad or heavy enough to require a hood and if it was I would take an umbrella or a hat – I find hoods a bit unnerving because I a bit jumpy and neurotic and I don’t like to not be able to see all around me at all times.
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