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So who is dreading the school gate 'fashion parade' ?

(240 Posts)
tulip27 Fri 28-Aug-09 11:48:39

My ds starts school next wk and it seems to be that all the parents I have seen in the last few years look immaculate, fashionable and trendy, almost like they have stepped from the boden catalouge. Will my jeans and jumper surfice?

SpawnChorus Fri 28-Aug-09 11:51:29

If you're happy with what you're wearing then that's all that matters. Why would you dread the fact that others have chosen to dress differently?

TheDMshouldbeRivened Fri 28-Aug-09 11:52:28

Nope. I go in my scruffy hippy atire amongst the boden wearing yummies. Who cares.

tulip27 Fri 28-Aug-09 11:58:34

But they all look so composed and confident.

TheDMshouldbeRivened Fri 28-Aug-09 11:59:48

cos they've been up since 4am putting on makeup. Not worth it grin

SpawnChorus Fri 28-Aug-09 12:23:10

Well maybe they are composed and confident! That's not a bad thing surely?

tulpe Fri 28-Aug-09 12:24:54

I am a "Boden Mummy"......I guess.......takes me 5 minutes to do my make up as I am sooo not a morning person (no danger of me seeing 6.45am let alone 4am!)

We do not all feel confident.....some of us are hiding behind our clothes blush.

I make sure that even my "can't be bothered days" clothes are nice and good quality. That way even tho I may not look supremely stylish and put together, at least I look clean and tidy

Have also made pact with self to lay out clothes night before to avoid the standing in front of the open wardrobe for 20 mins and waiting for something to leap out at me experience which I usually have.

UnquietDad Fri 28-Aug-09 12:25:04

Anyone who turns up at the school gate looking "composed and confident" has too much bloody time on their hands.

tulpe Fri 28-Aug-09 12:26:30

What SpawnChorus said too

tulip27 Fri 28-Aug-09 12:31:55

No composed and confident is a good thing, perhaps I feel that my clothes may be saying, untidy, boring and uninteresting. Never before felt my clothes may be a reflection on my personality when really am sure will be lack of organisation. Am I really the only one who is a little worried about this?

tulpe Fri 28-Aug-09 12:40:01

tulip27: A warm friendly smile on your face will be more important than the clothes you are wearing. And frankly, if the other "composed and confident" mums don't recognise that then you don't want to be friends with them anyway.

missmelly Fri 28-Aug-09 12:48:03

I think if someone turned up wearing this I'd have a quiet chuckle

tulpe Fri 28-Aug-09 13:14:17


Ditto this offering

SpawnChorus Fri 28-Aug-09 13:15:25

UnquietDad - what bollocks.

LucyJones Fri 28-Aug-09 13:16:49

we have all sorts at our school gates
horsey mums in wellies and jodphurs
sexy mums in minis and knee high boots
frumpy mummies in fleecies and jeans <me>
etc etc

Elk Fri 28-Aug-09 13:23:32

My favourite school gate attire are the local famers who take their boots off and walk around the school in their socks, normally next to the suited, dressed to the nines high powered mummies.

UnquietDad Fri 28-Aug-09 13:25:25

I think SpawnChorus is a too-much-timer.

Blackduck Fri 28-Aug-09 13:27:10

I don't care and take absolutely no notice.....

piscesmoon Fri 28-Aug-09 13:31:04

Its not anything I have ever noticed or even cared about.Surely people don't have time to think about it? I assumed that if they came from work they looked fairly smart (depending on their job)or they just happened to be wearing what they were had on to walk the dog, do the gardening, go to the gym etc. If anyone has time to think about it, they have too much time on their hands!

SpawnChorus Fri 28-Aug-09 13:34:45

Ha! IME it's the uber-busy WOHMums that look most composed and confident. I'm not a WOHM. Make of that what you will wink

tulip27 Fri 28-Aug-09 14:35:03

ok so top ten of what NOT to wear at the school gates ......

shhhh Fri 28-Aug-09 14:41:31

dd starts school this time and tbh im not stressing about what other mums will be wearing..hmm.

Madness imo. As long as they wear clothes who cares what they are like hmm wink

MrsBadger Fri 28-Aug-09 14:58:46


so long as it is not pyjamas you are doing ok

LadyoftheBathtub Fri 28-Aug-09 14:59:04

I like clothes but am generally a scruffbag, especially now as I'm pg, feel like shit and only a few things fit. DS still at nursery rather than school so maybe it gets worse, but quite honestly I can't imagine ever caring. I would make an effort to dress nicely for a night out or a day going shopping - the school run is way down the list. I like it when I see other scruffbags at pick-up too - no one should have to feel they have to dress a certain way or get frowned upon, so anyone who is prepared to burst that bubble is fine by me.

As for Boden - I actually like some Boden but never in a million years would I call a Bodeny look "fashionable and trendy". Unless you choose carefully it's a more slightly weird 30-something-mum-with-mental-age-of-6 vibe.

TheDMshouldbeRivened Fri 28-Aug-09 15:11:28

I think I've arrived in all sorts of outfits except composed and confident grin
combat trousers and shaved head, long hippy skirts, pink hair and gothic.
Don't recall anyone saying anything.
Now its jeans and a tee and <shock horror> crocs.
dd goes to school in a very Boden area with big houses. But they are all too busy staring at her as the only quadriplegic to notice what I'm wearing.

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