Getting prepared with clothes for school return


Getting prepared with clothes for school return after extended breaks over the summer or half terms can be a tricky thing to get ahead, especially if you have multiple kids or children with different needs and struggles relating to clothes etc. So what can we focus on? What’s on our list to get prepared? and what useful clothes are out there?

Preparing for school returns after the summer holidays and other long breaks can be a daunting task for parents, especially when it comes to getting their kids ready for the first day back. With regards to clothes, there are some tips to help make the process easier:

If your child has any particular extra concerns or struggles then these will no doubt take priority, some children struggle with sensory issues and find many clothes distressing, different fabrics, textures, and fittings can all add to this and can be an extra area of distress on their first day back. For example, socks can be an issue so using sensory-friendly socks may help the kids especially is the way they work in reading sweat and moisture, a trigger for some children on the spectrum, but even still I know Piglet can be very fussy with tights and socks etc so this doesn’t just apply to those kids.


Take inventory of your children’s current clothes. Sort through their wardrobes, drawers, and closets together, and decide what still fits, what needs repairing, and what needs to be replaced. This will give you an idea of what new items to purchase.


Create a budget for back-to-school clothes shopping. Determine how much you can afford to spend on new clothes for each child. This will help you avoid overspending and ensure that you stay within your means.

Kids involved

Get your kids involved in the shopping process. Take them with you when you go shopping, and let them choose their own clothes (within reason). This will help them feel more invested in the process and more excited about going back to school.

Older kids

Consider buying clothes that can be mixed and matched. This will make it easier for your kids to put together outfits and ensure that they have enough options to last them throughout the school/ sixth form and college year.

Weather changes

Don’t forget about the weather. Make sure to buy clothes that are appropriate for the climate in your area. This may include items like jackets, raincoats, and boots.

There are many other things to consider, you may look for offers, combing your multiple kids for multiple offers, you may look locally at people offering jackets cardigans etc from local community social media. You could pass clothes down from siblings, but lastly, as we mentioned you know your children, if they face any added issues or worries then no doubt you will take every steps to make the return as comfortable and easy as it can be.


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