When I have had a spare moment these Easter holidays, I have been packing parcels for my shop (I have a theory that it’s busy in the holidays as women only have a second to do an online purchase rather than head to bricks and mortar stores as they do during the term time?) However it’s good to be back in the hot seat – sharing recommendations with you on The London Mummy!
We pretty much beavered away doing house jobs all weekend.
Decluterring, cleaning, gardening and wardrobe weeding.
I love an annual Spring clean and it was good to do before we bought anything new and take a reccy of what we actually needed. So what did we need? Other than a new drier (door has fallen off), TV (playdate gone very wrong – door stop thrown in to screen – on purpose) and new loo (rather embarrassing when you hear your guests yelp from the downstairs bathroom, oops I forgot to warn them about the wobbly loo seat) let’s talk kids clothes today.
What did we discover during the annual clothing reshuffle?
My daughter (3ys) had 7 different variations on a pink skirt and 20122 summer dresses, but no summer cardigans.
My second son (5 ys) didn’t have any holes in his summer wardrobe, other than claims he needed a new football kit (umm no I don’t think you need every stripe in the Premier league!)
My oldest (7ys) seems to get longer but not wider, so all the ankle swinging jeans were passed down to his younger brother (hence why he needs nothing!) and we resolve this long thin dilemma with shorts!
(I will save the gaps in my wardrobe for another time – oh is that the postman delivering a parcel? Yes, there will be a few parcels arriving this week!!)
So, where do you head when you need to do a practical, quality and well price? You guessed it – it’s time for Marks and Spencer Kids!
GIRLS 3 – 16 YEARS
Lobster Sequin Sweatshirt £16- £22
This goes up to age 16 (all the items I have included today are ages 3-16) and I do wonder if this could fit me? (That’s short-lived as I know it wouldn’t but I wish it did!)
Tassel Pure Cotton Top £14 – £20
The placement of the tassels on this top makes it slightly different to the usual neck tie tassels. Just very cute. #addstobasket
Frill Jump Suit £20 – £26
This colour isn’t for everyone but this jumpsuit has the potential to look very cool on the right little lady. (I am not sure I would put a 16 year old in it though, would you?)
Pure Cotton Sleeveless Ruffle Top £8 – £12
Want want want. (adult sizes M and S?) Will go with everything.
Avoid anything tomato sauce related when in it though.
Frill Sleeve Stripe Playsuit £18 – £24
The colour, the pattern, the ruffle sleeves, the belt. Yes, this is a winner.
Tankini Set £12 – £18
I am not a fan of little girls in bikinis but I can stretch to a tankini if it is fun and not too grown up. Love the colours and ruffles of this one – very Rio carnival.
Striped Culotte £12 – £18
These look great on the girl modelling them and with a little white t-shirt, I think this could look lovely and super different to the norm.
BOYS 3-16 YEARS
Long Sleeve Polo Necks £4 – £7
These classic polo necks come in white and navy too. They are super easy to wear and they go with everything and for that price they could have one in every colour.
Pure Cotton Knitted Jumper £10 – £16
Again, not crazy but will go with everything. Also comes in grey.
Colour Block Hooded Gilet £20 – £26
The retro feel of this gilet combined with the classic colours makes this a very wearable coat for the Spring/Summer.
White Embroidered Stretchy Cotton Shorts £10 – £16 Ages 3 – 16
You have to be very quick if you want to get these (or the pinks below for that matter) as a few sizes have sold out already. You can see why can’t you.
I LOVE THEM.
and also in pink…
Drawstring Swim shorts £10 – £16
Swimming shorts have to have a tie. It’s a false economy buying cheaper ones with a fake tie and just elasticated waist. (I am now a narrow waist expert – and it’s not mine I am talking about!)
Hibiscus Print Red Swim Shorts £10 – £16
You will certainly be able to spot little Timmy in the distance with these.
These specimens are now part of middle class culture – so whether you like them or not they are here to stay – and the kids love them.
Enjoy the rest of the holidays! We are now changing over the school uniform from winter to summer, trying on shoes for size and doing last-minute homework. I am not leaving it to the night before (just day before this time!) like usual…
This post was written in collaboration with Marks and Spencer but all product picks are entirely my own.