You need practical. You need waterproof. You need pockets (to store those wilting daisies that they’ve picked just for you at lunchtime). You need warm. You need paintproof (for all those still-wet paintings that they rush out of school clutching, and waving like flags). You need snotproof. You need mudproof. You DON’T need sequins. Oh … wait there ….

School Run Mum Fashion {The Parkas}

Every once in a while I spot an item of clothing that really excites me. And usually it’s something Zara. Today’s is this frankly fabulous parka which is a) leopard-print, b) semi-sheer, and c) should totally be worn with sequins. School run or no school run.

Or if semi-sheer leopard ain’t your thing then you can’t go wrong with khaki. I bought a khaki parka from Joules last autumn on the back of a recommendation from a reader (you dirty enabling lot you) and it kept me so warm and snug that I treated Lyra to the mini version. This year’s version is even better as it has a detachable gilet.

  • Zara Raincoat
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  • Joules Parka
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  • Topshop Rain Mac
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School Run Mum Fashion {Trainers}

If you want to be able to pass through puddles on the way to school without having to worry about getting trenchfoot then I highly recommend the white leather Supergas. Simple white trainers are never going to go out of fashion, and as these ones are leather, they’re pretty puddle-proof.

For days when the sun’s out, I wear my Nikes. I’m currently on the hunt for a pair of all-black Nikes and these Epic Reacts have made it on to my birthday wishlist (Asos emailed me a 10% off birthday voucher so I’m allowed to treat myself, right?).

  • Adidas Originals
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  • Superga Leather Trainers
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  • Nike Epic Reacts
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School Run Mum Fashion {Jumpers}

According to Instagram, the only piece of clothing to be seen in this autumn is the mock V-neck varsity stripe. Which is ideal for the school run: wear one and you won’t have to stomp around outside the school gate, breathing into your hands and trying to keep warm. I loved this varsity sweat on Alex @thefrugality, and this & Other Stories version looks like the snuggliest wooly ever.

  • & Other Stories Varsity Sweater
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  • Asos Colour Block Jumper
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  • Mango Cotton Sweater
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School Run Mum Fashion {Wellies}

There are days when not even the supergas will cut it and there’s no option but to don wellies. ‘Cos there’s nothing worse than wet feet. I’ve had a pair of navy Hunter wellies since forever and when they go to welly heaven I may replace them with these studded biker boots.

  • Joules Leopard Chelsea Boots
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  • Hunter Studded Biker Boots
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  • Hunter Original Navy Wellingtons
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Wear all of the above with jeans (mom fit, obvs), and you will nail the school run.

What’s your go-to outfit when it comes to drop off/pick up? Have you seen any macs that we need to know about?