Back to school must-haves!

Time flies when you’re having fun, and that’s never truer than over the summer holidays.

September will be here before you know it, and whether your child is starting school or returning for another year, it’s important that they’re well prepared for the new term. From uniforms to stationery supplies, we’ve rounded up the ‘back to school’ must-haves!

We’ve also put together a tonne of tips for people heading back to the office or continuing to work from home who are looking to build a simple (capsule) wardrobe.

And, because summer is nearly over, we’ve pulled together our favourite feel-good style hacks so you’ll be ready for anything Autumn throws at you!

Back to Skool School!

‘Back to school’ season is almost here, which means it’s time to stock up on essentials.

In all the chaos that comes with the new school year – it’s easy to miss something along the way. We’ve put together a basic checklist to ensure your child is properly prepared for the new school year.

Uniform: Head to Sports Direct for all your PE kit items. They have all the essentials for gym and after school classes. Visit Shoe Zone and Wards Shoes for new shoes, you might even be able to find a scuff-resistant pair to survive the playground!

Stationery: Poundland has a collection of fun and colourful pencil cases. What’s a pencil case without pens and pencils? Check out WHSmith for pens, notebooks and other essentials.

Back to the office in style

A woman with a mug that has like a boss written on it

If you’re heading back to the office soon, will you throw on those old clothes? If your workwear is in need of an update, a capsule wardrobe (a limited selection of interchangeable clothing pieces that complement each other) can be a great start to make you feel stylish and ready for anything!

Clothing priorities have changed in the past 18 months, so we suggest starting with a few key items to build your work capsule wardrobe:

An oversized blazer – A blazer elevates a simple outfit like a T-shirt and jeans, but can also be layered over skirts or midi dresses for office wear. If you like colours, a bright blazer can really lift the spirits.

A chic skirt – There’s a reason a black pencil skirt is a classic office wardrobe staple. Style a pencil skirt with an on-trend shirt print to start the week in style.

Trouser time – When the weather changes, play with different cuts to go to work. From cigarette trousers to culottes, find what works for you. Wear with a T-shirt for a casual look, and add a blazer for that all-important meeting.

T-time – A basic T-shirt is one of the easiest and most versatile wardrobe staples, and is also a staple business-casual item. It works well with a statement jacket or trousers.

Midi Wrap Dress – Plain or floral? Black or bright? Comfortable and easy to wear, picking a wrap dress is like after-work drinks at The Crown and Cushion – it’s hard to go for just one!

For jewellery head to Warren James – look for pieces that can be worn daily, but cool enough that they stand out. When it comes to shoes, invest in a pair of flat ballet pumps, ankle boots or knee-high boots and coloured heels – these will go with all your capsule wardrobe staples! Take a look at Shoe Zone for your autumn footwear.

These tips should stop you stressing over your back to work outfits, and give yourself more time to pick up a coffee from Peacocks Café from The Pavements on the way to work!

Or, treat yourself to some delicious artisan bread from Cawa and enjoy it with a lovely cup of coffee in the outside seating area.

Home Office Inspiration – How to create your ideal desk

A home office

If you’re working from home it is time to say hello to the hot desk! There’s never been a better time to ditch the dining room table (or sofa / bed / kitchen worktop) and create a working space to call your own.

If space or budget is limited, take a look at stylish ladder desks. If you have more space, consider a corner unit or even an ergonomic standing desk. Don’t forget a comfy yet stylish office chair!

Once you have your dedicated working area, create a harmonious atmosphere with soothing scents and faux plants from Poundland. Why not invest in a sleek desk trinket to make yourself a cool, inspirational place to work? Check out The British Heart Foundation and Mencap charity shops for that unique desk decoration.

Finally, don’t forget to add lighting to your desk space and a selection of colourful notebooks from WHSmith. Keep your desk tidy with folders and storage.

We hope we have given you some late summer style ideas and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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