Buying back to school clothes that will last

For parents with children of school age going back to school often means buying new school clothes. The quandary is do you buy them at the beginning of the holidays when the clothes are in plentiful supply but risk children having a growth spurt, or do you wait until a week before they return and then have the possible stress of not being able to get some of the items you need. This is particularly pertinent when it comes to shoes and trainers.

Many stores now advertise that their school clothes are cheap but long lasting, but often paying a little bit more means you do get a superior product. Boy’s trousers need to be particularly hardwearing as many younger boys spend a lot of the time playing on the floor and wear holes in the knees of their trousers.

There are other items that you will need to have ready for your child’s first few days of school, such as black socks, PE equipment/uniform, and winter coats but it is important to check with your children’s school’s uniform policy as to what is acceptable before you buy. Many schools have second-hand uniform for sale as especially secondary aged children quickly grow out of some expensive items before they have worn out and you may be able to pick up a bargain on blazers and PE kit.