Back to School: Clothes Innovations with Marks and Spencer

Whilst many children are heading back to school in a few weeks time, O will be starting his first weeks in Reception.  He graduated from Pre-School in July and has spent the last few weeks attending nursery sessions or visiting friends’ houses whilst his Daddy and I have been at work.  I’ve been meaning to get organised with his new school clothes when Marks and Spencer got in touch asking if I’d like to review some of their new innovative range of School Uniform products.

Back to School

The Back to School Uniform range is crammed with new features to speed up our mornings.  Who wants to be ironing a school shirt before breakfast club?!  As O is going into Reception class, it’s suggested that children wear a white polo shirt with trousers and a red jumper.  It’s actually a very similar uniform to that he used to wear at pre-school.  In my experience, white polo shirts (or white any-things) are just destined to become stained with paint, pen or dinner medals.  Fear not – as these white polo shirts boast the Stainaway finish that means stains wash away more easily!  Genius!  They’re also Non-Iron, so they can be washed and thrown in the tumble dryer and they’re ready to wear – crease-free!

Back to School

When it comes to trousers, O has an aversion to zips.  I’m not sure if it’s because he’s worried he might trap something in there on his return from the loo, or if it’s just that they’re too much faffing than an elasticated waist…  I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Marks and Spencer’s trousers for aged 4-5 and 5-6 years all consisted of elasticated waistbands and mock fly’s.  This is great for O as he only has a button to contend with, which he probably won’t bother with for now and just pull them up and down for the loo using the elasticated waist…

Back to School

Another couple of fab innovations come into play with these trousers too; firstly, permanent pleats so that they don’t need ironed in after each wash, and second, adjustable hems meaning that during a growth spurt, the hem on the trouser legs can be let down easily by up to 3cm!  O has always been tall, so this is a much-appreciated feature for me and will definitely save time with a stitch un-picker and needle and thread!

Back to School

Last, but not least, the red school jumper.  I can’t believe how soft they are!  Thin enough not to be too hot in class, but thick enough to keep O warm.  I think you can see from the photos, he’s pretty impressed with his new school uniform and can’t wait to start at his new school in September!  Thank you Marks and Spencer for a fantastic range.

Have you got your kiddies school uniforms sorted for their return to the classroom?

Disclosure:  I received a selection of uniform products for the purposes of this review, however all words and opinions are my own.


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