Now that I do the school run twice a day, I’ve been forced to be less scruffy. Before September, my working-from-home uniform tended to be shorts, t-shirt and flip flops, with my hair tied back into a pony tail. Sometimes (shock, horror!) I wouldn’t even wash my hair. Of course, if I had a meeting or even if I had plans to meet friends for a coffee, I’d make more of an effort, but my look was definitely relaxed! After years of working in an office, it was lovely to make less effort and not have to think about looking smart.
But doing the school drop-off each morning means that I’m seeing lots of people I know every single day. I can’t subject them to my scruffbag look. Seriously. It wouldn’t be fair on their eyes.
I should make it clear at this stage – I’m so not into the whole “school gate thing” – I once appeared on ITV1’s Lorraine talking about the rivalry some mums feel at the school gate (Side note: Lorraine Kelly was quite possibly the nicest person I’ve ever met and somehow had the amazing knack of making me feel like the five minute segment of her show that included me was award-winning telly.) I’m not interested in all of that competitive stuff, whether it’s talking about your child’s achievements or going dressed to the nines, I’m more likely to be found having a quick natter with the lovely mums and dads before dashing off to a local cafe to work on my laptop.
But knowing I’ll see people I know every day means I try to look semi-presentable every day, and it’s got me thinking about what makes a good classic ‘school run outfit’. On a cold, autumnal day, I think it’s important to be cosy, comfy and able to stride quickly (is it just me who always seems to be running late?). This is one of my favourite fail-safe outfits.
I’m not ashamed to admit I own more striped tops than most people have had hot dinners. This Breton from Boden is one of my favourites – it’s thicker than many, meaning it keeps you cosy and is great for layering. It also holds its shape, even after lots of washing.
Skinny jeans might be a bit boring, but let’s face it, this is the school run, and it’s important to be warm and wear something practical. Warmth is a key factor behind this Next peacoat too, and the khaki green colour isn’t my usual thing, but actually is a great neutral that goes with loads of outfits.
Finally, good flat boots are so important when you’re stomping through leaves and rushing to get to and from school. These Chelsea boots from Joules make me so happy. From the front, they look like standard brown leather boots, but the flash of leopard print on the back is a genius touch.
What do you reckon?
Photos: Katrina Cool Bananas // Thanks to Joules and Next for their help with this post! For details on how I work with brands see my Work With Me page.