All very well getting the kids kitted up in their smart togs, but what about a new school uniform for Mums too? What IS the point of getting up early and dropping off Izzy at the school gates, (that’s what one pays the au pair for) if you don’t have the right gear to impress? But this week Plummy does a mercy dash to Knightsbridge and Bond Street, because there seems to be some serious challenges in the elegance stakes from a couple of new parents this year. How to stay ‘Queen Bee’ and ‘Yummiest Mummy’ in the whole school is top of the agenda for Izzy’s mum.
I’m afraid I get a big ‘FAIL’ most days myself when it comes to being well turned out in the playground. I actually have two hairbrushes and three combs most of which are large, brightly coloured and hairy, but they always go AWOL with all the school socks sometime between leaping out of bed and flying out the front door 40 minutes later. The black elasticated sports bra stretched around my shoulders and neck impresses noone but myself as it hardly has to work at all, apart from an 60 metre sprint to the bus stop. (I’ll start my marathon training next week). I’ve just read in the Sundays that the skinny jeans I bought last term are no longer ‘in’ and my trainers add nothing to this definitely INelegant ensemble. How on earth does Victoria Beckham manage to look as though she’s got up before dawn on schooldays? Maybe she just does. No setting the alarm for Harper Seven. Or even Quarter Past.