Shopping for school uniform in August has never been a popular family outing in our house – I think because it's a reminder that the holidays are nearly over and then it will be back to timetables and homework. In fact I think I've seen more enthusiasm over a trip to the dentist's.
The solution, I think, is definitely to shop online if you can. So here's my pick of the online retailers back to school clothes – they're all KidStart retailers, which means you can earn money back as you shop, too.
Debenhams range includes girls' cardigans (from £5) and skirts (from £6), and this very smart blazer (from £17).
For something a little bit different, George at Asda have this pretty but practical scallop edge cardigan for £3 and ruffle-front polo shirt for £2.
At Littlewoods they have trousers or skirts from £4 and jumpers from £3, with polo shirts from £1.50.
And for shoes, Clarks offer a service where you can get your child's feet measured, go home, order online and then return to pick up the shoes (so the experts can check they fit properly). Much more hassle-free, believe me.
written by Liz Jarvis