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Are you ready for the back to school run!?
I don’t think I will ever truly be, I start to get a severe case of back to school blues around about now whilst the children seem to start getting excited about the prospect of seeing their friends, new classrooms etc.
Well, the last thing I want to do in this mood is to queue in a uniform shop, yet you can be sure that however organised I planned to be at the beginning of the summer holidays there’ll still be things forgotten. This is when I really do love the Tesco superstore which sits just a few minutes down the road from me. This place has rescued me from many a last-minute school time crisis and it is no different when it comes to back to school uniform needs.
Tesco has a really large uniform selection in store now in a range of styles and colours that should fill most back to school needs. The range includes plain white shirts, t-shirts and polos in a variety of styles, 12 different boys trousers options, skirts, tunics, jumpers, shoes and of course underwear and accessories too.
I found myself spoilt for choice with girl’s blouses coming with either a hard or soft collar in a variety of fits. They also had several different tunic and pinafore styles all with carefully thought out detailing like easy to open zips or large buttons for little fingers. Felicity’s pinafore is soft and easily pulled on over her head, it looks lovely and is comfortable for her to wear too.
I think it’s so important that uniform is comfortable and functional because they spend such a long part of their week in it. Any parent knows what abuse they put their clothes through, even our school run seems to be spent dragging themselves over and under things on a route that really should be pretty straight forward.
Tescos have made sure there’s plenty of wriggle room in their trousers with adjustable waists and reinforced knees. The shirts are stain resistant and have been made easy or non-iron with collars boned to keep shape and seams taped for durability. The sweatshirts include ‘as new technology’ making everything easy to both wash and wear and hopefully life for us parents just a little bit easier.
They’ve done all this at such affordable prices with 2 packs of shirts starting around £3, trouser 2 packs from £7 and a dress from £5. I’ve been picking up bits in store for a good few years and so far have never been let down, no surprise they’ve been Mumsnet rated with around 82% of Mumsnet testers saying they too would buy again.
Tesco are so confident with the quality of their range that they offer an 100-day money back guarantee. So if you’re not happy with your uniform just return it with proof of purchase within 100 days for refund or exchange.
So thanks to being able to grab most the essentials from Tesco, I’m a little bit more prepared for the back to school run even though I’m still a little disappointed the holidays are over.
Now summer is over, our uniforms have been worn over 100 days, through the first two terms with winter coats, jumpers, scarves added on top of our fresh crisp uniforms but as we trudge back to school this January are they still as fresh and crisp and did they live up to their guarantee.
I’m really delighted to say the short and simple answer is that they did! Felicity’s dress is almost as good as new, even after weekly wash and wear nothing has stained and the material feels as good as new. It’s super soft and hangs perfectly, I would happily repurchase this style. Whilst it would be a lie to say the shirts are as white as when they first came out the packet. They haven’t been treated particularly kindly, yet still slung in the wash with everything else they’ve fared immensely well and still look good for a couple more terms. All but really stubborn stains have shifted really easily and they keep their shape so well that they only require a quick iron if at all.
I am most impressed by Cian’s trousers which try as he might to destroy them are still intact thanks to the reinforced knees. Given this quality and price point, I will definitely be replacing items in Tescos but as long as they don’t grow, it doesn’t look like I’ll have to for a couple of months yet. It’s reassuring to know that the clothes are guaranteed for 100 days so if we hadn’t been happy with the quality or they had worn with that time Tescos would happily refund or exchange.
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