Good morning and happy Monday! We have had a fun filled weekend and are ready for another busy week! Hope you all had a good one?
I received an email from Pep & Co/Poundland last week and was delighted – anyone who follows me on Instagram will see me posting my #whatostomateswear post most days and know I wear a lot of their clothes. I swear by their high-waisted jeans – definitely the comfiest I have found! We also get quite a lot of the kids bits in there.
The Mission…Should You Choose To Accept It
The email was telling me all about the new school uniform and items they have in their stores currently and set me a challenge – to kit out a child for school for £50 or less! Any one with children will know how expensive a new term can be and I regularly fork out well over £100 per child so this intrigued me… could it really be done?
Of course I had to give it a go, so on Saturday we headed to the local store we tend to use at the entrance to the Intu Derby centre. The store was well stocked with a good range of sizes. There were lots of different options including shirts and polo shirts, pinafore dresses and tights.
The items are of lovely quality and do not feel cheap at all. I find that the boys either grow out of their uniform or get it ditched (irreparably) after a few months, so spending less on items like polo shirts suits me better as I know these will need replacing at some point throughout the school year. The polo shirts are available in white and light blue and are £1 each! They can be bought separately or in two packs..
I personally did not pick up any sweatshirts as the boys school asks that they wear the ones with their logo on. However, they are available in blue, red and black for just £2 each. A great alternative to the more expensive school branded ones or good to have as a back up just in case.
Trousers can be the bane of my life. Both my boys have gone through phases of having tiny waists but long legs! Leo is more in proportion now but Riley struggles to get a size that is long enough to suit his leg length which aren’t then too big for his waist. I was really pleased to see that the Pep & Co trousers have adjustable waists in them. The smaller sizes were just £3 and the bigger ones were £3.50 and were available in grey and black. Skirts and pinafore dresses were also on sale.
The shoe range wasn’t huge but I loved these ones I picked up for Riley – super smart and he said they were very comfy and made him run really fast! The girls shoes were cute too. At only £8 these are perfect for quick growing feet (and football players) who will need new ones at a rapid rate.
Socks (5 pack) and tights (2 pack) were also available in grey and black. There were girls socks with a slight frill to the top as well.
The boys PE kits are bought from school too but they are encouraged to take in tracksuit tops and joggers for the Winter and for outside PE sessions. Pep & Co had these lovely, soft tracksuits in grey, black, navy and blue. The tops were £5 and the bottoms £4. They also had PE pumps in a range of sizes for just £3.50.
Trying It On
As you can see, Riley got right into the modelling game for you all! He loved taking these pictures, even if he was a little wary at first! He is wearing size 7-8 shirt, polo shirt and trousers and size 13 shoes.
Leo picked up some stationery items too. There was a range of sets with different characters on containing all the basic items for just £1 which is great value. Leo wanted to get the separate bits so he chose the ones he wanted, but you could have definitely saved more here by buying a set.
I was dubious heading into this challenge as, like I said previously, I generally spend over £100 on each of boys easily when it comes to school shopping. However, the quality of the Pep & Co uniform pieces are still great and they were such amazing prices! I do find sizing up in there is generally better and you will want your little ones with your to try shoes and things on.
So how did I get on? Could you get everything you need for £50 or less?
I did it!!! With enough to spare for a lunchbox or a little rucksack. I wanted to also mention the coats they had in there – these were available in khaki and navy and I thought they were lovely and only £12 – definitely something I will be picking up when the weather starts to get cooler!
I was so pleased with my little haul and really happy to be able to share this with you and hopefully help you save some money too! Let me know if you try out your local Pep&Co and Poundland and what you are loving in there at the moment in the comments below,