As summer comes to an end, parents and students alike are gearing up for one of the most anticipated times of the year: back to school season. With the excitement of new beginnings and fresh opportunities, there is also the challenge of getting all the essentials ready. But fear not! When it comes to back to school shopping, Very.co.uk has got you covered. Offering a vast selection of trendy clothing, stylish accessories, and top-notch school supplies, Very.co.uk is the ultimate one-stop destination for both parents and students seeking style and convenience this academic year.
We were given the items featured in this blog post for the purpose of this review and paid for our time. All opinions are honest and our own.
As a mum of four children ranging from 4-16 I have been back to school shopping for many years now. My top tip would be to be organised - don't leave it until the last minute or it will be a stressful experience.
I actually start back to school shopping at the start of the summer holidays. Uniform shops have plenty of stock and are much quieter than they are at the end of the holidays. Write a list of everything that you need, and look at your school's uniform policy to make sure that you know exactly what is required and what the stipulations are for shoes, shirts, socks etc as every school is different.
I usually go in-store for purchasing branded school items such as jumpers with logos or blazers, then I can try them on the children there and then and test out the fit. For everything else shopping online for kids clothes is really easy and my preferred option. It is so much better than wrangling four children around the shops and you can try items on the children in the comfort of your own home, when they are in the right mood for it! Returns from websites such as Very are so easy if you need to swap sizes too. It's definitely the way forward in back to school shopping!
I sit down with each of my children and we browse the back to school items, so they are still involved in choosing their skirts, trousers and shirt styles as well as looking at all the accessories like rucksacks and coats. They love to be involved in choosing their back to school items and it gets them excited for going back to school.
A Range of Fashionable Clothing
One of the highlights of shopping with Very.co.uk is the extensive range of fashionable clothing it has to offer. From smart school uniforms to casual wear, students can express their unique style while adhering to dress codes. If you are looking for school skirts for example, there are plenty of designs and colours to choose from.
And the same goes for trousers and shorts. So if your child's school requests a grey skirt, you can still choose different styles so you can find one that suits your child's shape and style.
Quality and Designer Back To School Gear
We were sent some uniform from Very for my two boys and I was so impressed with the quality. It all came beautifully packaged and the clothing is lovely and soft, perfect for young skin. I'm sure you'll agree that they look so smart too!
School uniform from Very comes with an impressive 100 day guarantee too. If for any reason you aren't happy with the uniform you can send it back for a refund (excluding footwear).
As a busy working mum of four it is really important to me that the uniform is stain resistant, easy iron and tumble drier friendly - this saves me so much time and effort as we all know how grubby boys (and girls) can get at school so their uniform is washed a lot! I have thrown uniform in the tumble drier in a rush in the mornings too many times to count and you can bet I don't have time to iron it so I love that this uniform stays looking smart with little effort!
Wide range of school shoes
Buying school shoes used to be one of the most stressful days for me but ordering them from Very was so easy! I already knew the boys shoe sizes but you can also have their feet measured in a local shoe store or with a home gauge. Very has a list of shoe sizes and measurements which makes it easy to measure your child's feet at home and pick the correct size.
Also if your child is fussy about their shoes don't worry, Very has it covered! There is a lovely selection of both girls school shoes and boys school shoes as well as girls / boys trainers for PE or sports. You can get quality designer shoes from the big names like Kickers, Clarks and Lelli Kelly as well as some good quality more budget options starting from just £14.
Make sure that when you get the shoes you try them on for fit - they should have a finger gap at the top between the edge of the shoe and the toe, have a little space around the sides but not so much that they slip up and down when they walk.
Accessories to Complete the Look
Apart from clothing, Very.co.uk also offers an impressive selection of trendy accessories to help students complete their back to school look. From sturdy and stylish backpacks to functional lunch boxes and water bottles, students can stay organised and prepared throughout the day. Moreover, with a variety of school bags featuring favourite characters or patterns, kids can showcase their individuality and make a statement as they head back to the classroom.
N chose this cool Spiderman Adidas rucksack which I really like as it has space for a water bottle and the front straps mean it's easier for him to keep on his back. He's 4 years old and going into Reception (sob) and he is so pleased with his new bag I know he'll be showing it off to all of his friends!
J is going into year 5 so opted for a bigger bag and this Superdry one certainly fits the bill! There is space for all his books and pens and pencils and there is even a laptop section so it would also be a great choice for children going into high school who take devices with them.
Preparing for the academic year is incomplete without stocking up on essential school supplies. Very.co.uk has a selection of additional items you might need such as stationary, lunchboxes and drinks bottles as well as laptops and tablets for older children.
Add these to your order to save you time and money - we all know that stationary and lunchbox shopping can be an expensive and long chore when your child wants EVERYTHING that they see! Letting them choose their own bits online is a great way of getting them to stick to a shopping list and budget and the bonus is you will be all done and dusted in one day without even needing to leave the house!
Back to school shopping with Very.co.uk is a delightful and easy experience for both parents and students. With an extensive range of fashionable clothing, trendy accessories, and top-notch school supplies, Very.co.uk makes the preparation for the new academic year an enjoyable and stress-free affair. Their commitment to style, convenience, and affordability sets them apart as the go-to destination for all your back to school needs. So, gear up for the new school year with Very.co.uk and make a statement as you step into the classroom with confidence and style. Happy shopping!