BAGS OF STYLE
Earn cool points at the school gate with these shoulder stars
As a parent, time seems to go both fast and slow simultaneously. While we are still wading through the treacle that is the summer holidays and wondering how we can entertain our darlings for the next hour, the start of school is already only a sniff away. Blink and it’ll be Christmas! (OK, no need to mention the C word, we apologise). Perhaps your little one is starting nursery for the first time, or maybe they’re off to big school *eek*. Whichever stage of the educational journey they are on, they can be sure of confident cool style in the playground and classroom with our selection of school bags.
Nursery: Ideal for when all they need is a change of clothes and maybe some spare socks. And they’ll never get bored of it as it’s fully reversible with a different pattern on the inside.
Nursery: This fun velvet and cotton backpack (soft enough to cuddle) is perfect for a snack or toy bag at nursery school.
Nursery: Make sure your little one stands out from the rest with this spaceman bag complete with keyring. And there is even a nifty matching lunch bag.
School (boys): For the footy fan, this roomy backpack has handy side pockets for a post kickabout water bottle, and heaps of street cred to boot.
School (boys): See them off on their first day safe in the knowledge the dinos have their back(pack). Perfect for the start of primary school, and equally cool for the girls.
School (boys): For your budding Tim Peake, this space-inspired backpack is super-cool. A more hefty bag for older boys, it also comes in a soft denim blue.
School (girls): The classic retro preppy satchel made gold and sparkly. What’s not to love about this? Almost too disco for just holding your pencils.
School (girls): For the mini-fashionistas out there, the Mini Elwood is the ideal everyday choice, both spacious and practical. Also comes in floral and sticker prints (a big A/W16 kids’ trend).
School (girls): Small but perfectly formed, this vintage-looking bag gets the thumbs up from us. Just right for little ones (and their mums) who are after some pink that isn’t Barbie.
We've already detailed our joy over the new-season bounty in Into Autumn for the girls. Soft knits, cosy hues of mustard and plums, snuggly accessories - we're all in. Conker season is traditionally a time of Good Clothes and wrapping up stylishly (you've seen The September Issue, right? It's the same for kids in our eyes). And there are some fantastic new lines for the boys, too.
Forget seasons of mist, it's all about the season of musts this autumn, as in what we must have for their wardrobes. And yes we do love collecting conkers and kicking through crispy leaves and smelling bonfires in the air on the walk home from school, but we also love all the fab new-season collections. Bring on the soft knits, cosy tights and the warm russets, mustards and plums of autumn...
If you've been watching Stranger Things on Netflix (and if you haven't, seriously, where have you been? Cancel everything and binge-watch the first season now - since its release this summer Netflix has already commissioned a second series, airing in 2017) you'll know that the dorkiest coolest kids in town at the moment are Mike, Lucas, Dustin and Will. Their Goonies meets E.T. meets Stephen King sci-fi adventures have fuelled an '80s nostalgia trip thanks to the show's near-perfect recreation of the era, and our sartorial eye has been on the detail for their retro apparel.
The new term is well under way, and we're just about getting our heads around which day is PE day, when the after-school clubs are, homework, lunchboxes, shoe-polishing and knotting a tie once again. But as smart and lovely as they look in their uniforms, it's always nice for them to have some comfies to throw on when they get home and can concentrate only on stuffing their faces and zoning out in front of Octonauts.