what do you wear on the school run?

(43 Posts)
TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sat 19-Oct-13 15:21:18

As above.

TessCackle Sat 19-Oct-13 15:41:10

I do a pre-school run. But usually;
Jeans, converse, flowy vest & cardi.
Leggings, long (bum covering top), ballet pumps and big cardi.
Jeans, jumper, boots.
Skater dress, flats (boots/uggs/ballet) leather jacket

Repeat with various mixing and matching smile

I never understand this question. Why would you wear something specifically for the school run? Surely you wear what you wear for the day.

Mumof3xx Sat 19-Oct-13 15:53:52

Whatever was nearest when I got out of bed, doing school run for me involves making sure two young dc are ready for school and feeding getting ready a 6 month old. What I wear doesn't matter!

WipsGlitter Sat 19-Oct-13 15:55:50

I agree with holmes. At DS's school there's some mums obv heading on to work, some to the gym and some back home. I do not notice in a big way what people are wearing. Although yesterday it was mostly raincoats.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sat 19-Oct-13 16:44:37

You do wear what you wear for the day.I'm just feeling self conscious as don't don hoodies and trainers like the other mums blush and,along with that,am not sure I can get away with wearing my wool coats on school run being a sahm/carer now blush

I know it's sad.

Strange. I wear smartish clothes because I am on my way to work. I'm part time and sometimes go for a run before picking dc up, in which case I am red-faced and in sweaty lycra. I wear whatI wear and I don't give a monkey's what everyone else is wearing! Why would you not be able to wear a wool coat because you're a SAHM? <confused>

CointreauVersial Sat 19-Oct-13 16:52:26

I'm the one in heels and office skirt because I'm en route to work. I'm definitely in the minority amongst the casual clobber, gym clothes and jodphurs.

MarshaBrady Sat 19-Oct-13 16:54:15

I work from home mostly or sahm and wear skinnies, ankle or knee high flat-ish boots, cashmere jumper and maybe a big wool / cashmere scarf.

TheRobberBride Sat 19-Oct-13 16:55:23

You are being a bit silly I think OP. Wear whatever you like/feel comfortable in. I highly doubt anyone else has the slightest concern with how you choose to dress. If you want to wear your naice coat then do.

I'm a SAHM at the mo so I usually wear leggings and a dress. When I go back to work, I imagine it will be more formal.

I can't say it's ever occured to me to wonder what others might think!

Why would you dress especially for the school run. Everyone else in the playground is just wearing what they're going to wear for the rest of the day. There's quite a bit of variety in our playground, depending on what people do/what they like to wear.

Honestly, people won't be assessing your choice of clothing for its school run suitability.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sat 19-Oct-13 16:59:16

I think it's the whole getting soaked thing.I walk and I am as far from a practical dresser as you could possibly imagine.I desperately want to find something more waterproof for school runs and being out and about but my tastes are making it impossible to find anything I consider 'nice' iyswim.

I just want to feel and be a little more practical and relaxed atm.

Hope that makes sense?

Hence asking to see if I could spot anything that I may like lol maybe I should have done it about coats really blush

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sat 19-Oct-13 17:00:05

The few other mums I do see do tend to stare though

QueFonda Sat 19-Oct-13 17:01:05

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TessCackle Sat 19-Oct-13 17:23:45

Just want to point out that what I wear is my every day clothes, not carefully allocated school run outfits grin

TessCackle Sat 19-Oct-13 17:25:04

Re; coats. "Leather" zip up jacket with fur collar, if it's nippy but bearable. Big quilted, belted coat from next if it's arctic and usually a non matching pair of gloves.

casacastille Sat 19-Oct-13 17:35:37

Ah, the holy grail of coats.

Stylish, hooded, waterproof. Pick any two!

UsedToBeNDP Sat 19-Oct-13 17:39:08

I'm now on secondary school run (youngest is yr7, rest are college/Uni), I've always just worn whatever I'm wearing for the day, never had a special outfit for school run chic.

catinboots Sat 19-Oct-13 17:39:12


If I'm straight off to work - work gear.

If I'm straight off to the gym - gym gear

If I'm straight off to do the horses - horsey gear

If I'm straight off to the shops/bank - casual gear

If I'm straight off back to bed - PJs and UGGs. I do the slow the car down and open door for DC without getting out thing grin

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sat 19-Oct-13 17:57:25

Hmm,I've actually found a just about passable waterproof coat...passable because you can bring in the waist and it's bright red which prevents a frumpy look imo.

BUT I have titian hair...do I dare try and pull off a bright red coat when it's chucking it down and my hair isn't so bright due to lack of sunlight?hmmm

bigbrick Sat 19-Oct-13 18:20:50

I have to wear easy clean & non slip shoes for the mud track to the school. I have some shoes I wear for driving so I wear these

Spookey80 Sat 19-Oct-13 22:38:26

Give the op a break, I think she's just thinking maybe her previous wardrobe isn't compatible for her current lifestyle.
I have also just had dc1 start in reception and find I am feeling a bit self conscious about what I am wearing.
I have definately decided to casual down a bit and now most days ( when I'm not working) it's jeans and converse with a 'sensible' coat, however it like my sensible coat and feel its was a happy medium, I didn't give in completely to practicality.
However I also like wearing boots and skinnies or dresses so wear them if I feel like it and sod em!

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sat 19-Oct-13 22:45:01

That's exactly it spookey! Thank you

Snowlike Sat 19-Oct-13 22:53:48

Casual chic is so tricky, I do vary depending on where I'm off to next but I do like the Hush look - relaxed and stylish.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sat 19-Oct-13 23:47:23

Thinking of more relaxed coats and ones that will stand the rain (sighs),this is the only practical coat/jacket I can find that I actually like..would need the top slightly open for my boobage though!

What do you think? Found some less than half the price (last year's version which looks identical!) on the brands outlet,so maybe,just maybe..

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sat 19-Oct-13 23:49:22

Ooh,it's got an internal draw string for the waist too.hmm

mirpuppet Sun 20-Oct-13 07:17:19

The coat you just linked doesn't that stylish to me or worth the money even half price

Mumof3xx Sun 20-Oct-13 07:32:46

I've just treated myself to a new coat, from river island. Warm, waterproof, ok to look at. No hood tho!

nooka Sun 20-Oct-13 07:32:46

If you like it, and it works for you (and you are OK with the cost) then buy it! Better to have clothes that you like and feel good in than try and buy things you think will help you fit in but you don't really like and then worry that you've not got it right anyway.

That's what I tell my kids anyway (non uniform school). Personally I just open the car door and bugger off on the days when the kids are lucky enough to get a lift smile In the days when I walked them to school I just wore whatever I was wearing, I didn't really fit in with the other parents anyway I don't think dressing differently would have made a lot of difference!

QueenCadbury Sun 20-Oct-13 07:33:55

I wear jeans, converse and this coat in winter. But on sunny days with no chance of getting wet I also wear a boucle jacket, a blazer or a wool peacoat.

There's a mixture of stuff on our school run. Most are casual in jeans or there's gym/running gear or work outfits. Dd now in y3 and I haven't encountered any bitchiness or stares yet as everyone's lovely.

Unless I'm in gym gear I accessorise with lipstick. As a sahm if we don't dress up for the school run, when can we?

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sun 20-Oct-13 07:48:12

mirpuppet No,that that stylish but as far as fully waterproof,windproof and being very warm goes it's good!And definitely worth half the price given that!

Snowlike Sun 20-Oct-13 08:06:54

Not keen on the coat, even for half the price. It looks dull, it might look great on though.

Fluffyconcrete Sun 20-Oct-13 08:16:27

Comfy stuff. Leggings and tunic tops normally. Flip flops in summer. Boots in winter. Parka coat. Waterproof wear is essential when raining.

There is a Mum who turns up in leather trousers and very high wedges and I think she looks like she is going nightclubbing. She looks silly and overdressed for doing school run. She reminds me a bit of Victoria Beckham mainly because she always wears such high footwear!

And no im not jealous!

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sun 20-Oct-13 08:20:22

Think the colour (like the colour) and the full fur lining (snuggly!) are drawing me.hmm

I really dislike parkas and look dreadful in them,most waterproof coats I find just yuck! Hence my problem lol

Snowlike Sun 20-Oct-13 08:36:40

I don't like parkas either but I see them as a necessary evil of living in a country where the weather is cold and wet. I resisted for many years but then I got a grip and have chose to be warm, dry and happy. I bought a North Face Arctic parka a few years ago, I know I resemble a yeti but I am so smugly warm that I don't care! grin

KatyPutTheCuttleOn Sun 20-Oct-13 08:42:05

Unless I am going to work I usually wear this onesie to mark the time of year. If going to work then smart trousers, a top and a cardigan.

JourneyThroughLife Sun 20-Oct-13 08:42:55

Fortunately the school run days are long past for me, which is just as well because I was really slummy...... We lived in the countryside and the school was quite a car ride away. I'd put put big coat on over the top of my nightwear and drive into the local market town and drop DD off without getting out of the car...
And go back and have a lovely long, relaxing bath without interruptions...!!

RainbowBob Sun 20-Oct-13 08:47:58

Totally know where you are coming from, op. When Dd1 started school I was forced, for the first time in my life, to buy a sensible coat... One that was actually, really waterproof, and not just showerproof, as well as warm. And I also had to buy a pair of boots that can only be described as hiking boots. Both horrible but needed to be done as sod's law states that it shall always rain at school pick up even if the rest of the day we have been basking in glorious sunshine and because waiting around in school playgrounds is a cold, cold business!

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sun 20-Oct-13 08:58:18

Oh,boots!I have not succumb to practical shoes.I think I'd die if I did!!!!!
I tend to go for nice looking boots (including knee high),with decent wedge heel but a gripping rubber bottom on them.Not easy to find though!!!

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Sun 20-Oct-13 09:07:21

This isn't TOO bad,and it's my favourite colour.But I have flaming copper red hair!

Fuckitthatlldo Sun 20-Oct-13 11:04:09

I wear my naice smart wool coats on the school run (because they're what I've got - I don't do parka's or wind-breakers.) And then if it's wet I just take an umberella. I always walk whatever the weather. It has never once occurred to me that other mothers might be secretly judging!

What I tend to do if I'm just going straight back home is to shove on a t'shirt and jumper and a pair of leggings or black trousers, and then just button up my coat over the lot, chuck on some ballet pumps or black leather riding style boots (depending on the weather), wind a scarf around my neck and I'm good to go. Button up a big coat and nobody needs to know what's underneath - that's my motto!

TripTrap that last coat you've posted is the nicest yet I think.

I wish I could 'like' Katy's post, dashing. Wish you were on my school run.

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Mon 21-Oct-13 08:44:13

Fuckitthatlldo I was tempted after your post to stick with wool,but this morning is another one of those days (had a couple recently,one that left me soaked right through to my underwear,no coat that day though!) where it's blowing a gale with heavy rain and I know my coat will be soaked by the time I get back from school run!

Don't think I have much choice but to get a waterproof for rainy days lol at least I don't have to worry about drying coats out in time then!

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