Their school bags are packed, the fridge is stocked with lunchbox treats and their uniforms are squeaky and new But the new school term is also a fresh start for all those mums who will be setting those alarm clocks and braving the school run and drop off catch ups with other proud parents. Forward planning is essential if you want to bring style to the schoolyard, so, here at Redtag, we have selected five must have back to school items for mums. Who says back to school is just for the children?
After a long summer of relaxation, all you can eat staycations and the laid-back pace of the beach holiday, a jacket or blazer can be your saving grace to slim your shape down and style up your school run look. Think Kate Middleton or Jennifer Anniston and pair it with jeans, wedges and a white shirt for an effortlessly chic look that really means mum business.
It can be easy to slip on those flip flops you’ve been wearing all summer long but, if you want to set the playground bar, you will have to go a step further. Unless you’re dropping off on your way to an exercise class, gym trainers are also a big no no but there is a way to move with comfort without compromising style. Look no further than the white trainer. A firm favourite with the likes of Reece Witherspoon, these are a wardrobe staple for every mum.
This classic piece needs no explanation. Gathering all your daily essentials together so that you can make a swift transition from school to work is vital during this busy time of the day. Follow in the footsteps of Sarah Jessica Parker and invest in a tote that you can pack the night before and you’ll make the grade. What’s even more appealing about the tote bag is that you can vary the colours to suit your outfit and add a little zing to your day.
A good pair of well fitted jeans are a must for every mum. Make sure you choose the right cut for your shape and steer clear of the boyfriend or slouchy cut which should be strictly for weekends. Think style for the school line up and opt for straight leg, skinny or a slight flare to show off your curves a la Elle Macpherson. A dark denim will add a sense of serious style and white will bring freshness to your look, especially in this warmer climate.
Worn most stylishly by Victoria Beckham and Megan Markle, follow their lead when you invest in a shirt by choosing a shirt that can be used with many looks. If you are going straight to work after the school drop off, your shirt can be smart with a done up to the neck look or, if you are heading out to meet friends take a more casual look by leaving the shirt open and rolling up the sleeves. Go for colours that will offset your blazer and experiment with a half tuck, full tuck with belt or a tied look and you’ll be top of the class for versatility.