Stylish mummies are, I discover, building whole blogs around the outfits they wear on the school run. I am entranced by this idea. If we all put up photos of our early morning selves, we could trade invaluable fashion tips which would make the daily chore of outshining the other parents so much more companionable.
To start the ball rolling, and with the help of two small photographers, I've kept a picture log of the past week. Feel free to borrow any style tips for your own dawn journeys, so long as you credit this blog (a Post-it note pinned to a lapel would do the trick.)
The drought, as you can see, is still going strong. Underneath this waterproof coat (£30 from Harpers Bazaar surplus store in Malvern) I'm wearing a £2,250 Prada sheath dress and a rope of Swaroski diamonds. Please note the wellingtons. They're not any old wellingtons - they're Hunters and they cost me £64. The mud splashes were extra. Five mothers screamed over them when I first wore them to school. They are, therefore, a great passport to social glory, especially if coupled with a shiny quilted jacket from the Barbour Gold Label Glamour range (my elderly waxed Barbour has been disqualified by my daughter).
Total cost of outfit: £6,315.21p plus £64 for the Hunters.
Oh dear, raining again! But as you can see I've subtly varied the style today by removing the hairband. I've also changed my vest.
Total cost of outfit: see Monday.
There is a momentary respite from the rain as we leave the house, but the Met Office is pessimistic and so am I. I have opened the coat today, though, in a salute to spring and underneath you can see my denim slim-fit jeans (M&S £22), Boden summer top (£35 - a bit steep for 100 % viscose I thought, but Johnnie Boden can sell me anything) and a long-sleeve white T-shirt from Primark (£1.99).
Total cost of outfit, including coat: £88.99 plus £64 for the Hunters.
The sun is finally shining, although I'm taking no chances on my footwear. Could I draw your attention again to the Hunter label. £64 I paid for that! I like this picture because it was taken by a very small person and gives me an unaccustomed stature. The sleeveless top, which drapes nicely over my post-natal ripples, is from Age UK (£2.50), and worn over that Primark T-shirt which I rescued from the laundry basket. The corduroy boot-cuts are from Oxfam (£3.50). The coat was bought in the Next 2006 winter sale (around £35). Possibly still available from vintage stores.
Total cost of outfit: £42.99 plus £64 for the Hunters.
Schools in parts of the country have apparently had to ask parents not to arrive at morning drop-off in their pyjamas. But worry not, on Friday the Vicar takes the children to school so today's outfit will only be seen by the postman and the Worldwide Web. The White Company dressing gown was an unwanted Christmas present received by my mother eight years ago and passed to me. It's the sort of dressing gown you find hanging on bathroom doors in the sort of hotels that put After Dinner mints on your pillow, so it would probably invite quite a lot of awe at the school gate. I wouldn't generally recommend white, though, because you have to put it through a hot cycle every couple of years and that thick towelling is a right bummer to dry!
Total cost of outfit: White Company dressing gowns cost around £60. The fleece-lined bootee slippers were a present from the Vicar so it would be rude to ask.
What do you wear to school? Share your style tips here or post a photo on your blog and paste the link in my comments box. One day I'll learn about linkys...