Doing the school run countless times in the year has meant that I’ve managed to pinpoint the stylish yet comfy staples that will allow me to get out the door fast—but without compromising on style.
I’ve always favoured polished pieces but I know that the school run is one particular outing that requires comfort above all else. Because the girls’ schedules are so varied, I’ve found I need to be prepared to go from the school gates to myriad activities. Whether it’s sport, a play date, running an errand or simply grabbing a quick afternoon snack, I’ve found the ideal school run outfit is unfussy, simple and allows for ease of movement.
Having taken stock of the pieces I wear to do drop off and pick up all the year here’s what I’ve found is on high rotation.
Investing in a great pair of dressy linen shorts is a shortcut to an easy outfit. I’ll often pair them with a tee or a singlet and slides or sneakers and it makes for a no-brainer look.
A dark wash is a slightly dressier take on denim shorts. These would work well with virtually any kind of top, a button down shirt or a singlet and ticks the boxes in terms of comfort.
I’m all for the effortless appeal of a pretty printed dress. When you take having to decide on tops and bottoms out of the equation you’ll find yourself being able to save time so definitely have a healthy supply of them in your wardrobe.
Cropped linen pants
I’ve worn linen pants throughout summer as it’s a great alternative to jeans. They’re such an easy piece to pair with so many different things, that I definitely think it’s worth investing in a few different colours.
Black midi dress
On the flipside, a plain dress is a style chameleon. It’s a great blank canvas for creating an elevated outfit but it’s also such an easy piece to just pop on and walk out the door.
Invest in a pair of cropped jeans to form the basis of many an easy yet stylish look. I can’t live without a great pair of jeans and will often live in them throughout the week.
If there’s one thing that has to be in every wardrobe it has to be a pair of white sneakers. You can go for a sleek and pared back style, or incorporate a little colour for a fun touch. Either way you can’t live without them.
Having a plain black bag at your fingertips will ensure you’re able to carry your essentials around in style. I like the size of this as it’s big enough to fit most things but not so big that it feels overwhelming.
These slides are such a great shoe to have around. The colour means it’s easy to match with different looks and styles, while the pretty knotted detail is the perfect finishing touch.
Casual cotton tote
If a black leather bag isn’t your thing, a relaxed canvas bag is another great option. This Acne bag is both cool and practical which ticks the boxes when it comes to doing the school run.
A grey tank is one of those key basics that you can mix and match with various looks. You could pair this with pants, denim, shorts or a skirt and it would work with all of them.
The forever classic. You have to have a great white t-shirt, full stop. I’ve found a crew neck style is such an easy option to work with virtually everything and you’ll find you can wear it over and over again.
For a bit of fun, I’m always quite partial to a logo tee. I think in this style, in a plain, practical hue makes it the kind of thing that will be worn multiple times. This is a designer option so it’s a bit pricier but the cost per wear will make it worthwhile.
For a year-round topper, you can’t go past a denim jacket. You can pair denim for an on trend look, or use it to pop over a dress or with linen pants and tee. It’s so versatile you’ll wonder how you lived without it.
Denim skirts are a fun addition to any wardrobe. It’s as versatile as a pair of jeans, but has a slightly more polished feel. Love it.
Your wardrobe isn’t complete without a white shirt. I love this because it can easily be paired with multiple things and can be dressed up or down.