Back to School with Very

I know, I know I must be mad thinking about it before the kids have even broken up from school. BUT……Albie starts school in September and the thought of having to dash last minute and find all the bits and pieces we need for 3 children, fills me with dread! So thought I’d be organised this year.
With so many things to buy I decided to have a look at Very. Very offers an ‘under one roof’ platform which is very appealing to me.  I really have no inclination to go and traipse around a shopping mall with 3 kids in tow trying to locate items in various shops.  I used to be a serial shopper, making a day out of a trip to the shopping mall.  Now – and 3 kids later , it’s very much a functional ‘get in and get out’ trip.  Anyone with kids will be with me on this one!

Oscar who is 9 needs pretty much everything as he seems to grow at a rate of knots at the moment.  Oscar is a skinny mini and we’ve always struggled to get trousers for him.  Trousers for Oscar need to have two things; an adjustable waist and they also need to be a ‘slim’ fit.   Very slim Fit trousers  will fulfill both these criteria perfectly.  Oscar needs grey trousers for school but Very also does these in black.  The other great thing is that they are £16-£22 (depending on size) for a pack of two which is fantastic value for money. I tend to buy 4 pairs of trousers for Oscar as he is (unusually for a boy) quite easy on trousers.  Albie will be a different story!  Oscar’s current polo shirts are starting to look a bit like crop tops on him bless him so I’ll be buying these polo shirts .  They come in light blue or white.  The one thing I LOVE about these polo shirts is that they come in a pack of 5 which to me, just makes perfect sense don’t you think?  Very’s school socks also come in packs of 5.  Anything that saves on having to do masses amounts of washing in the week is a win win for me!

Mabel who is nearly 7 also needs most of the school uniform too.  Now I usually buy Mabel some lovely pleated school skirts or pinafore but this year Mabel wants school trousers, I have no idea why?!  Very have got a smart pair of  skinny fit trousers which I think she’ll love.  Mabel is very fussy with clothes as she gets sensory feed back from seams and the like.  I ummed and ahhed about getting trousers as in most shops they seemed quite expensive but these with Very are £14-£20 (depending on age) for a pack of 2.  She’ll be super chuffed when she opens the package to find that I have relented and bought her the trousers that she was so desperate for!  I love these girls polo shirts too. They’re more fitted than the boys ones and have a little scalloped collar which is really pretty.  It makes identifying them in the washing/ironing pile much easier too.  Our children are supposed to wear a school branded jumper but children do wear plain jumpers and cardigans as well.  These girl’s cardigans are really pretty and again, are tumble dryer-able which totally sells these to me!

This year our ‘baby’ starts school….ahhhh!  Albie is totally ready for it and beside himself with excitement bless him!  So Albie needs EVERYTHING.  He’s not such a skinny mini as Oscar so Albie will be fine with classic fit trousers .  I’ll also be buying a 5 pack of polo shirts for him too.  I know there will be lots of children who start in reception who will struggle with tricky thing like doing up their trousers.  Very have a range of pull on trousers so there’s no need to worry if they’ll manage when getting changed for PE!

All of the items I have spoken about in this post are tumble dryer safe….whoop!  In this weather all is fine in the world of household laundry but come the winter when the outdoor washing line gets a break, the tumble dryer comes into its own.  Being a family of 5 means that my washing/drying/ironing pile resembles Mount Everest most days!

One thing I think every parent hates about shopping for school uniform is shopping for school shoes.  Eurgh!  At least with Very, us parents can take the pain and the relentless queuing away by shopping their school shoes range.  Oscar and Albie are really hard on shoes and so they need to be sturdy and ‘boy proof’.  With well-known brands such as Clarks and Kickers, us parents can be confident that we’ll get quality products.

All 3 of them will need lunch boxes as they seem to go grotty by the end of the year.  I’ll let Albie choose his lunch box (I’m sure it’ll be superhero relate) because this is one of the things that he is super excited about!  He really doesn’t want school lunches which are of course free in reception, because he wants his very own special lunch box!  I really remember that feeling as a child though, the excitement of new school shoes and new school lunch boxes!

May the force be with you whenever you decide to complete the dreaded task of buying school uniforms.  At least with Very some of the pain can be eleviated!

Much love


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  1. July 11, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    I seriously feel your pain Emma. I myself have two teenage daughters and that get in-get out shopping trip mentality is exactly what I have as well. Now a days I tell the girls get exactly what you NEED and call me…i’ll be in the electronics section haha. Well good luck to you and I look forward to reading more.

    • thekingersandi
      July 12, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      Oh my goodness, I can’t imagine what the teenage years will bring?!! I’m sure thats a whole other pain and expensive too!

  2. July 12, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    I used to always get my uniform from Marks and Sparks when I was in secondary school. I had to wear navy trousers so it was the only place that sold them! I used to love that back-to-school feeling though; getting my new uniform, lunchbox and pencil case! Your kids are such cuties too!

    Sian x

    • thekingersandi
      July 12, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      Ahh me too! the anticipation of being able to wear them on the first day back. Its so funny that as a child you get so excited about the little things!

  3. July 23, 2017 / 8:25 pm

    I love very for school uniforms, they have a great range and they all last well which is what you need with kids!

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