We're coming to the UK next week & I need to (rapidly - dh & dc loathe shopping) outfit dd(9) & ds(6) for back-to-school. Looking for durable clothes, a bit more so than M&S / H&M... thanks for any suggestions.
Oh well then M&S trousers and skirts are fine. Polos - we had an issue one time with fairtrade ones shrinking, but that was years ago. Last year's lot were fine.
Can't speak for jumpers as we hget logo-ed school ones - which tbh are the worst-wearing uniform item - have just had to replace DS2's as they were DS1's old one s(like much of his stuff) and had gone really badly at the cuffs
oh, how I wish the dc were in uniform! Last year they were but both are changing schools. Dd is going to a private school (Catholic) & I know they are quite rigid about dress (no trainers, no jeans) but there is no uniform per se. Ds is much easier - jeans, trainers, t-shirts, sweatshirts, anything goes!
Ah well, in terms of day to day clothing (I thought you were talking about school uniform), I think Boden and Gap are more durable. Next, H&M, Asda, I find fare badly in the wash after a while. M&S hit and miss. John Lewis usually OK ime.
I'm a H&M fan, mix it up with a bit of Next, a bit of Gap and that seems to do the job.
I find Boden a bit girly for my girl now she's older, so though the quality is good, it's not an option for us. John Lewis are similarly girly, even though they don't do the ubiquitous over-trendy stuff or the logo strewn stuff they still seem very pink for girls.
I love Fatface but our local store doesn't do much in the kids range.
I'm a big fan of Pumpkin Patch too. Nice quality, good designs, nice colours. You just have to buy bigger sizes to be sure of the fit, eg dd is 8, tall for her age, so 9 or even 10 is best for her. Their boy range looks good too.
Best bet imo is to head to a bigger shopping mall so you have plenty of options under one roof and food on tap to give the kids a nice lunch as a reward.