Are you ready for your children to go back to school? I'm not talking emotionally (because I'm not sure I'm ready in that way!) or even in terms of getting a bit more free time back, and not having to come up with inventive ways to keep them entertained. I'm talking about that oh so expensive step back into school of buying the school uniform. I was challenged by Matalan to do the back to school uniform shop for less than £100 and *spoiler alert* I did it! Here's our review of their uniform and how I managed to do the whole shop for under £100.
Everyday school uniform
Skorts, skirts, trousers and more
The jersey skort that Squidgy has is only £4 up to 7 years or £5 up to 13 years. With no knickers on show meaning she is free to play, plus being smart and black as per her school uniform policy; this is perfect for my little girl.
Gingham summer dresses (with matching scrunchie!)
She was so comfortable in it, and happily ran about the garden and local park without even realising she was in school uniform. Although we have the yellow knit collar ginham dress (which is also available in blue, red, green, lilac and pink); they also offer a few other versions including a drop waist also in a variety of colour choices.
Cardigans and jumpers
Most uniform policies will dictate what your children are required to wear for both indoor and outdoor PE. Some will specify the colours too. Luckily, most are happy with plain, run of the mill products and Matalan has every option you need to fill up your children's kit bags.
Indoor and summer kit
Outdoor and winter kit
Plimsols and Trainers
As for the trainers for outdoors, Matalan offer a variety of white and black trainers including Sketchers, some with laces, others with Velcro. Squidgy absolutely loves her lightweight black trainers especially as they have a slight hint of glitter to the material. She is a little worried about the laces but with some practice I'm 100% confident she will be just fine.
Miscellaneous must haves
Underwear and socks
Can you do it for UNDER £100?
The answer is yes! I have attached some example receipts below to show you just how easy it is. Everything including coat, school shoes, uniform (with spares) and PE kit (including footwear and spares) totals in at £96!
Back to School Hacks
Matalan have created this simple infographic which has some great uniform hacks to keep your children's uniform in great condition for longer.
So if you're still needing to buy, or top up your school uniform and only have a small budget to do so, Matalan is the place to go. Now all that is left is for me to wish you and your children and wonderful back to school experience and a great year to come!
For more reviews of products and services we use in our lives as parents raising our two girls visit my reviews page. If you have any questions about Mataln's Uniform Shop range which I have not covered in this post, feel free to ask in the comments section below.
Disclaimer: I was sent a selection of products from the Matalan Uniform Shop range to show how you can get all you need for under £100. The review words and opinions are my own. All photos are copyright property of Me Becoming Mum.