School Uniform Dilemmas? Not with Marks & Spencer

I have a love/hate relationship with school uniforms. I LOVE the fact that they take the thought out of what to put out for the kids to wear and removes any potential for arguments over how unreasonable I am not to let them wear their bikini’s over their Elsa costumes for Maths. But I hate how I am on constant “wash’ patrol……..

“Step AWAY from the yoghurt tube, Offspring!! Drop it and do not attempt to pick it back up until that uniform is off you & you have those trakkies on!!!!!!” This is me on a good day.

back to school

Yes that’s me there on the right….. am I alone? Nah, didn’t think so!! Image from Pinterest.

Our uniforms are bobbled, worn, restitched, lost (and found), too big in parts, too small in parts and in constant need of an good rub with an iron!! But there is one thing I hate more than all of that.

What I hear you ponder?

Having to buy new kit at the start of the summer term because the old stuff has given up & gone to uniform heaven in the sky is an EPIC fail in my books.

leanmeanmomma uniform

So you understand my scepticism here???

Marks & Spencer was a port of call for uniform shopping this past 2 years. Obviously some stuff had to be bought from the school but some of the generic bits allow you more flexibility, and what’s more? You can buy them online so no in and out dragging the madding crowd with you.

Anyone who knows me will know that I love online shopping the exact same amount that I hate ironing! In so far as that I have steadfastly refused to buy certain items of clothing for myself throughout the years if they needed to be ironed. I literally rule stuff out on that basis alone!

This is where non-Iron shirts came to my rescue. I swear by them – once you hang them on a hanger straight out of the machine and leave to dry they are pristine!


  1. 2 pack Ultimate Non-iron Long Sleeve shirts with Stain-Away
  2. 2 pack Pure cotton polo shirts with Stain-Away
  3. Cotton Rich Unisex Jumper with Stay-New
  4. Kids Fresh Feet flashing lights trainers with silver technology
  5. Kids spotted Lunch bag with Thinsulate 
  6. 2 pack boys flat front adjustable waist trousers with Triple Action Storm weather 
  7. Kids Pimsoles with new improved fit
  8. Girls cotton rich cardigan with StayNew

You can shop all these on the links above.

In 2 years of school going childers…..I have NEVER IRONED A SHIRT. The 4 shirts I bought in September have done me right through to the following summer.

I have also found myself lusting over a pair of harem joggers from the new LonDunn range. A lot of this new range is unisex…….however I just want it to be adult sizes!

londunn joggers

You can see these and the rest of the range here.

Yours, trying to dream up exciting lunch box food in order to prevent 1st born morphing into a slice of ham,

Cli x


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  1. April 20, 2016 / 10:07 am

    Not got to the school days yet. But M&S will definitely be on my list of places to check out when we do!

  2. April 20, 2016 / 11:17 am

    Ohh! I’m liking the sound of the non-Iron shirts….
    I have never tried M&S for school uniform. I think I might have to give them a go x

  3. April 20, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    My eldest daughter starts school in September and I am starting to think about school uniform and where is the best place to shop. Thanks for sharing I will add M&S to the list x

  4. April 20, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    I have a stash of knitted non iron tops from M&S in a rainbow of colours. If their uniforms are as tough as the tops then they will last some time.

  5. April 20, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    Haha, what a brilliant post! We’re quite lucky in that our kids don’t have to wear school uniforms, but I sometimes think they are missing out. They’re so adorable!

  6. April 20, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    I always buy school uniform from Marks and Spencers, they do an excellent range of boys “skinny” school pants that my 12 year old son and his friends all wear as apparently, they are “cool”. My daughter starts school in September and I will be buying all of her uniform from M&S, excellent quality and great value too.

  7. April 20, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    Great choices I remember my mum getting mine and my sister’s main uniform bits from M&S.

  8. April 20, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    Non-ironing shirts? I’m sold. Let them be in adult sizes! We’re not at school uniform stage yet but these will definitely be on the list when we are!

  9. April 20, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    I was an M&S kid. I had no complaints 🙂 As a grown up, I still swear by the quality of their pants. Top notch.

  10. April 20, 2016 / 9:47 pm

    Wow the school uniform look so stylish these days! lol I remember back in Malaysia, when I was little… our uniform was shockingly ugly.

    Oliver •

  11. April 21, 2016 / 8:17 am

    I always get my eldest uniform from M&S and have done since she started nursery when she was 3 ( she is now 13) love the non iron shirts, lifesaver as I hate ironing. I remember my mum use to always buy are uniform from M&S and I will be getting my little girls from there when she starts nursery in September too x

  12. April 21, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    I have given up hoping that the kids uniform will be worn for more than one day before it gets dirty. I do love a non-iron shirt though

  13. April 21, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    I need non-iron shirts for the mister because I hate ironing shirts, im such a perfectionist I spend far too long faffing over them x

  14. April 22, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    I wish we could get our school uniform from M&S, we have to go to a specific shop, nightmare!

  15. April 23, 2016 / 7:25 am

    I have never shopped at M&S for school uniform – will check it out in September

  16. April 25, 2016 / 8:31 am

    im not near the school uniform years yet.. but my sister swears by the m&s non iron shirts.. what a fab idea.. also the Velcro at the top instead of the top button,, genius

  17. April 25, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    My mom used to buy everything from M&S is like the classic store for school uniforms, high quality and not too expensive.

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