Is it possible to look good in a school uniform? You might wonder.
Well, there are certain rules that have to be bent, obviously.
The skirt is usually longer than a girl wants it to be. During its recent trip to the dry cleaners a couple of inches had to be removed from the bottom of my daughter’s school kilt. It was frayed beyond repair, as it happens, and she is delighted with the result. Parents deplore the rolled-up skirt and it ruins your waist line. Besides, anyone can grow over the summer. The skirt could have risen up due to natural causes – should anyone need an excuse for visiting the dry cleaners…
The blouse in our school uniform list is specifically described as ‘non-fitting’. This means baggy and shapeless. Most girls are not bothered about ‘ladies’ shirts, but hate swimming around in a shirt that feels like a tent, all creased and uncomfortable underneath a jumper or blazer. The answer to this is just buy shirts for a younger age group than that in question, as everything seems to come up large these days. So a slim 15 year old girl will be happy in a shirt that says 11-12 on the label. Or, if still presentable, just keep the old shirts….
The Shoes must be black but not boring. It is worth spending a whole day finding a pair that you like because they are worn all day, every day. It is about a combination of comfort and style, so trawl every shop that sells shoes to find some that fit. We found salvation in a most unlikely place – M & Co, more famous for its large sized clothing ranges. Patent black with a small wedge heel is probably OK, but even so my daughter did not want them to click-cluck down the corridors, drawing the heat. A visit to the shoe-menders was apparently necessary. ‘Can you put some silencers on them? She asked the man behind the counter?’ He looked suitably confused though tried to help, without success.
Underwear It hurts to spend money in this department when you have spent so much everywhere else. But there is a sort of reckless euphoria that accompanies Back-to-School shopping and you might as well get sox and pants now, because once term starts there is never time for anything. Apart from Christmas shopping. Top tips for underwear – Socks should be plentiful and all the same colour so there is no trouble finding a pair. Bras should be what makes you feel good or you will keep on wearing your old ones. You must try them on no matter how great the temptation to take them straight to the till. Pants come up like elephant briefs if you don’t watch out, so make sure you try these on as well. It’s quite the done thing, you’ll find, at Marks and Spencer’s as long as you keep your own on underneath.