How much time do you spend getting ready for the school run?
When the girls were younger I was lucky to get 10 minutes to dry my hair, get dressed and slap some make up on my sleep-deprived face. Now I have the pure luxury of 20 whole minutes, slotted in after waking the girls up, pouring their cereal, packing their lunches, and instructing them (in increasingly shouty tones) to ‘hurry up and get dressed!’.
According to a recent survey carried out by COLLECTPLUS, one-in-five Mums wanted to impress staff and parents for the first day back at school, some even getting up half an hour earlier than usual for preparations, including styling their hair, painting their nails and applying fake tan. Wow. Can you imagine having that much time?!
The research also revealed that London mums spent £133.25 on the outfit they wore to drop the littlies off – four times the national average. All of which has made me realise… the school run style struggle is real.
Perfect timing for CollectPlus to step up to the fashion plate. ‘How would you like to shop a new school run outfit, and try our click and collect service?’ ‘Hmmmm, let me think about that for a… YES! OF COURSE I WOULD!’
If you’re not already familiar with CollectPlus, they offer a handy alternative to home delivery or store pick up. With so much internet shopping carried out these days, actually getting your hands on those clothes can sometimes be awkward.
When you’re juggling kids/work/life it can be hard to make it to a physical store (hence the reason why you’re shopping online in the first place!) and Murphy’s Law means that – despite waiting at home all day – your parcel will ALWAYS arrive when you’ve rushed out to pick the kids up.
CollectPlus allows you to have your goodies delivered to the collection point of your choice. So you can select one that’s on the school route; grab the kids, grab the parcel; sorted.
The first step is to select where you want to shop. Tere are more than 70 top stores to choose from, but I chose House of Fraser as it gave me the choice of lots of different labels. I fell instantly in love with this amazing Oasis peacoat (right, and below).
The perfect cover up for the ‘in-between’ weather of Autumn, this is comfy, warm enough to ward off the increasing chill, yet still super stylish. Throw it over blue jeans and Chelsea boots for the school gates, then swap for leather knee boots for a city brunch with the girls.
The trick to perfecting your school run style is to find that right balance of relaxed fashion. I selected a pair of Oasis Jade jeans (middle) because they’re made from super-soft denim; the stretchy, lightweight material meant they looked as smart as jeans, yet were as comfortable as tights.
Next I added this soft jersey knit (top, R). The slouchy cut made it the perfect morning ‘throw on’ look, while the chiffon under-layer gave it a casual chic feel. Teamed with brown ankle boots (which I already had), I had my perfect school run uniform.
Just before I finished up I couldn’t resist adding this slightly dressier Mango Bow Neck Shirt (bottom, L); teamed with leggings and knee boots and I had the perfect outfit for those mornings when I rushed straight to client meetings.
On checking out I selected UK and Ireland Collection, then the Collect+ option, at £3.50. When I entered our postcode I discovered there was a pick-up point just up the road from us.
I received a handy text message as soon as my order was ready: on the way to pick up the girls I popped in, showed the shopkeeper my reference number and ID, and the parcel was in my hands within minutes. It really was as simple as that, and – best of all – the whole process felt totally under my control.
So… what do you think of my ‘school uniform’? Would you find the CollectPlus service useful too?
• some items of my online shopping were gifted for the purpose of trialling the CollectPlus service
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