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Back to school supplies - clothes and shoes for the new school year

Section: Kids' Fashion

Send little ones back to class - or to their first class, if they’re just starting in Reception - in style. Here’s a few ideas for new school clothes and back to school supplies that won’t break the bank. 

Gingham dress (from £8.50 to £11.50,

For ages three to 11, this cutesy dress is a comfortable favourite: just add a cardi for cooler days.

Leather shoes (from £28 to £34,

Available in size 10 (infant) to 6 (junior), these sturdy leather shoes will stand little feet in good stead in the playground and are easy to slip on and off.

Gym plimsolls (from £2.50 to £3,

These will remind you of your own school days. The iconic black gym shoe is a must for those first few years of PE. These come in size 8 (infant) to 4 (junior).

Mesh-lined jacket (from £8 to £9,

A packaway mac is a must-have and so handy for the school run before the cold weather makes an appearance. This basic one comes in sizes three to 16 years.

Bomber jacket, dinosaur jumper, pocket trousers, Chelsea boots (£18, £13, £12 and £25,

The perfect ready-for-action outfit for nursery. Do those Chelsea boots come in adult sizes, we wonder…?

Gilet (£15,

Sometimes a gilet is the easiest option: warm, comfy and cute, plus it’s easy for little hands to take on and off at playtime. Available from 3-6 months to 6 years. 

Parka (£16,

Whoever invented the parka deserves a medal. Perfect wear for the whole school year and designed to be roomy enough that they won’t grow out of it in a week.

Boucle coat (£50,

Not exactly a bargain but if you want a fancy coat to set off a smart new uniform, this is the one. It comes in several different colours, too. Available from ages 3-4 years. 

Fur-lined parka (£16,

Florence + Fred has some fantastic options for back to school this year and the prices are hard to beat. This fur hood parka looks like it could be a much more expensive designer version.

Pack of two polo shirts (from £5 to £9,

These handy shirts come in a range of colours and sizes, suitable for ages three to 13. Buy in bulk and you’re set for the whole term.

Gingham dress (from £4 to £5,

Stock up when you’re next in Asda, because these sweet dresses are a great price. You’ll find them in sizes to fit ages three to 14.

Cardigans (£4 each,

A standard for any school wardrobe. These cardies are super-light and would easily fold or roll up in a backpack. Scalloped edging adds a bit of interest.

Pull-on boots (£16,

Budding fashionistas will love these plum faux-suede boots. Adorable with woollen tights, they’re easy to pull on and kick off.

Unisex polo shirt, PE skort, trainers (from £5, £9 and £24,

Sports kit needs to be hardwearing and easy to throw in the wash – especially if it’s been festering in a school bag all day - so these pure cotton polos fit the bill.

Belted coat (from £24,

Made with Stormwear, this lightweight quilted coat will keep the rain off all winter. With a high collar, hood and plenty of pockets it’s the ideal school coat.

Shell jacket (£65,

These brightly coloured shell jackets will see your little ones through the whole school year, so they’re worth the investment. They’re really warm and waterproof too. 

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