What to wear on the school run. For reals.

There was actually a post on my blogroll on this very topic a couple of days ago and oh how I laughed!

Nixon is now just about 7 months old and the timing of his birth has meant that I have actually had to do very few school runs with E in the mornings.  His Dad can often take him, but the warmer weather has meant that he is now riding his bike to school almost every day – major win for me as Nixon enters meltdown mode bewteen 8-9am awaiting his first {sometimes only?!?} naptime.  Next week will be different though, as E is still in a cast & on crutches, and will need to be ferried to and from school.  Which I will be happy to do, but I won’t be modelling either of the outfits that appeared in this post on Styling You.

Perhaps I should be sporting some ensemble akin to the admittedly lovely collections offered as School Run inspiration, but lets face it, it’s not going to happen.  I can’t breast-feed in that dress for starters, those earrings would be ripped out of my ears in 5 seconds flat, I haven’t toted around a leather handbag in approx 6 months 3 weeks and those shoes are  b e i g e.

Let’s have a look at a more realistic School Run Outfit shall we?  I present, Exhibit A;

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 Singlet top:  Probably years old, various stains and will be either too small or too large {err on the side of too large if at all possible, the crop top fad is not something us classy ladies should really be sporting}


Yesterdays T-Shirt:  Assuming you may have been too tired to undress the night before and simply fell into bed.

Pajama shorts:  Probably from Kmart, must NOT match singlet or T-shirts and must be faded from the wash.

Zip Hoody:  This pulls the outfit together as it gives the illusion that you may be actually dressed when viewed from a passing vehicle – keeping up appearances people!

Socks & Jandals:  Of course!  I really like these socks that are ninja-fied, all ready for slipping on your jandals so no wriggle required.

Cap:  To cover the hair that you washed and brushed three days ago

Sunnies:  Buy large enough to cover the bags under your eyes and you will be looking a million bucks!

Handbag Diaper bag:  You don’t actually need this for your short trip, but you’re so used to lugging the big bastard around that you grab it automatically.

Make-up:  None!  Although I do recommend some Garnier Eye Roll-on, it’s like coffee for your eye bags, completely optional of course and time permitting.

 So there you have it.  Worry no more about back-to-school wardrobe issues, just follow my simple guide and rest assured you will fit in with all of the other Mummy’s who just want to get home from school sans child as quickly as possible.



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I live in rural Auckland, New Zealand. Two boys, one big, one not so big and 2 boy dogs belong to me and I them. I love Coca Cola in all of its sugar-less forms and I love you internet. I take way too many pictures of my kids and collect them all here. This is what I am doing when I should be cleaning or cooking or doing other 'useful' things.

13 thoughts on “What to wear on the school run. For reals.”

  1. dunno what planet styling you lives on( its a 'real girl guide') personally I find your options closer to the real world.. I mostly dropped Mr 8 off and left him to walk in to class but with Em being at school now I have to go up to class every day so no more morning PJ drives..

  2. Bahahahahaha! Love it so much. I’ll be adopting much of this for the first few weeks – probably months – of morning kindy runs. You’re brilliant x

  3. I shake my head at Mamas in pj's and ug boots at school – does this make me a Mama snob?
    Can we still be friends?


    Love you for making me laugh and keeping it real

    1. I would NEVER go 'out' where I could be seen head to toe or have to interact with others in my pajamas, lets get that straight! E is old enough to be dropped off without a walk in every day so I can get away with the above in a pinch lol. My point was more that I would never, ever consider actually planning an outfit to simply do the school drop off, and as with most things I write, very tongue in cheek : )

  4. Haha, this is great and so true! I have a five month old, two year old and my four year old has just started Kindy. It is a total gong show trying to get him there in the morning!! I'd rather stay home, I swear!!

  5. Hahaha – best laugh of the day… been known to do Preschool run with hair & teeth unbrushed, & the day before clothes thrown on over the pj's. But only once, I promise!!!!

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