Monday, 28 August 2017

Back to School with Highcross Leicester

This weekend saw Leicester's iconic shopping centre, the Highcross, launch their first ever 'Back to School' Kids 5 event, helping children and their parents find the perfect uniform, coats, bags, shoes and stationary to ensure they're all kitted out ready for the new term.

Experts were on hand to show off their top picks for the most stylish and practical items to update that school wardrobe.

You may have seen my Insta Stories where the lovely stylist Elise showed us around each podium taking us through her favourite pieces from a selection of stores in the Highcross.

Uniform. Trousers specifically can be a pain to get right, who's with me? 

When my eldest was young, I used to buy from supermarkets due to how quickly he grew. Not to mention the amount of times he'd come home with holes in them from diving around the playground! But as he got older I found Next were amazing for trousers and they'd often last all year! 

And of course there's the whole issue of whether to choose between front pleated, flat front, chino style, jean style or skinny fit, particularly when they get older and begin to want more 'trendier' styles. Department stores such as Next and Marks & Spencer are great for finding different options. 

Whilst at the event, a Mum with a teenage boy spotted some slim fit trousers and a muscle-fit shirt from Topman on the rails and spoke about how she'd been looking for the perfect style to suit her son! She was super happy and headed straight for Topman... I would never have thought of looking in Topman for uniform either but I imagine now my eldest is in his teens and becoming more aware of how he looks and feels in clothes, we'll be going this way very soon!!

I loved looking through the rails of coats and jackets. 

There was a whole range of options from Nursery age right up to teenagers. From little unicorn jackets to trendy bombers and adorable Cath Kidston jackets emblazoned with little vehicles to waterproof numbers from Trespass, there's something for every little fashionista! 

Shoes. Shoes. Shoes. 

Over the years, shoes has always been the biggest issue when it comes to school uniform for me. When my eldest was younger, he went through SO many pairs; scuffing them, putting holes in them, growing too fast...  
This hasn't really changed as he's got older, but then we have the 'I'm not wearing those, Mum, I want branded ones...' situation going on. 
I remember spending an absolute fortune on a pair of leather shoes for his first year of secondary school. They lasted 2 weeks before practically begged me to get him different ones as he was complaining people were making comments.  He's very lucky that his school allow trainers as long as they are completely black with no coloured markings. 

But being a size 8/9 adult size, you can imagine how much these cost me each time!

Fortunately, Highcross have a great range of shoe retailers from sports shops, department stores to the well known fashion footwear stores such as Office and Schuh

The shoe stand had a mix of fashionable leather shoes, fab memory foam shoes from Sketchers & cute leather pumps for the girls.
I fell in love with the super cute Cath Kidston shoes above, with the animal face tongues. So adorable. Perfect for Nursery aged children. My youngest starts Nursery school this week and has to wear black shoes, but I'm definitely heading to Cath Kidston soon to see what every day wear shoes they have for him!

Bags and accessories were my favourite bit as a kid. I loved funky stationary!! Shops like Smiggle and Paperchase would have been heaven for me back then! All the bright colours, sparkly and funky pieces available now; they're so lucky nowadays! 

Located on the first floor in the Highcross are personalised gift experts Image Surgeons who currently have a fantastic 20% off offer on selected back to school items including personalised lunch boxes!

Smiggle and Claire's Accessories have some cute and quirky lunch boxes and flasks in store. I love the Unicorn flask above, bang on trend right now!

Fortunately for me, my eldest is more than happy with a plain pencil case with a pen, pencil and ruler inside. :) But for those, like me, who love pretty stationary are spoilt for choice with what's on offer at stores around the Highcross

I'll be honest, I'm heading to Cath Kidston very soon to grab some cute new stationary for my businesses too!! 

You can never have too much pretty stationary, right?

If you're heading down to the Highcross soon, make sure you download the Highcross Plus app for exclusive offers, competitions & more. 

I mean, where else can you bag 10% off the little ones Trespass jacket for school, before heading for Mission Burrito for a well earned lunch; getting a massive 20% off of course, then kitting the kids out with the quirkiest bags and stationary in Claire's Accessories; getting £5 off a £25 spend and not forgetting the free additional scoop on your Thorntons Ice Cream before you head home! ;)

A huge thank you to Elise and everyone involved in the Kids 5 event this weekend, for being so lovely and helpful and posing for the best boomerangs! ;)

*In collaboration with Highcross & FrankPR



  1. This seems like such a great event and something I would've loved during the transition from primary school to high school. My mum was not down with buying things that were trendy so always bought sensible options and it drove me nuts. I think half the problem was she wasn't seeing what other kids were wearing (other than incredibly short skirts that I would never have been allowed to wear) so to have a lot of different styles in one place would've been so beneficial. Maybe then I wouldn't have been made to wear such awful clunky Clarks shoes!

  2. Amazing event and it seemed to really help to find new places never thought of previously. My friend is buying school shoes within 3 months of her boys going back due to them playing football lol.

  3. I have most of my back to school shopping covered thankfully. I just realise I forgot the trainers though, opsy better go get some soon. We have to stick to plain for everything due to school rules.

  4. What a great idea to have a back to school event - I'd spend most of my time in smiggle and paperchase they are my stationery heaven!!! 💕

  5. This is such a brilliant idea for an event. I wouldn't have thought of looking in some of these places for the dreaded back to school shopping.

  6. I hate buying trousers for my eldest! She's tall and skinny, so trousers either fit round the waist, but come half way up her calves, or fit her on the legs, but are like clown pants round the waist. The only place I can seem to find trousers that fit her is New Look. It's a good job they're not super expensive from there LOL

    Louise x

  7. This looks amazing and as my son has special needs and struggles with walking around shop after shop I know this would be absolutely perfect for him!

  8. Topman is a fab idea for boys, I remember trying to slyly get Topshop threads past my parents as my school uniform :D

  9. What a great event to get all those back to school essentials AND nail the trends your kids will love. Fabulous!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x


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