What To Wear On The School Run

We can't all have Elle Macpherson's wardrobe or school run style

We can't all have Elle Macpherson's wardrobe or school run style

If you are still doing the school run, you’re probably the proud owner of at least one primary school aged child.

If yours are anything like the majority, they are most likely, not at their best in the morning.

Time is precious in the am and most of us simply can’t be executing Kim Kardashian levels of outfit planning and facial contouring.

It's still very possible to look fabulous, even when there is a crunch on your time.

Read on for realistic inspirations on what to wear on the school run. While we don't recommend pyjamas, we also know Elle Macpherson probably has an army of helpers most of us don't. 


Invest in a good coat

Freddie Harrel

Freddie Harrel

A well-made coat covers a multitude of sins and helps you look put together. In the colder weather, a faux fur coat looks expensive and smart while warmer days are more suited to a belted trench. Slip on dark leggings and trainers and make that fabulous coat the focus of your outfit.

Wear a Solid Colour

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

If it isn’t coat weather just yet, wear the same colour from head to toe – the darker the better to hide creases (or any extra pounds!). There’s something very smart about a solid colour, even when said pieces are actually quite casual. Think dark shirt, dark jeans and dark footwear.

Put on a Red Lip

Even if your school run takes a long time, unless you’re going out afterwards (or have a meeting with teacher – gasp!) there’s not much point investing your time in a full face of make up. A red lip – we are particularly keen on MAC’s Ruby Woo – brightens your face, makes your teeth look whiter and takes attention away from your possibly tired eyes. It's an essential part of your make up arsenal.

Wear Sunglasses

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen

The bigger the frame the better! Who cares if you’re wearing last night’s makeup or have dark circles and eye bags? A big pair of sunglasses hides it all. It doesn’t matter if it’s cold – our eyes need protection from the winter sun too!

Wear A Top Knot

There’s a reason this style is a favourite of models and ballerinas – a high top knot helps give you a mini face lift and hides even the most extreme cases of bed head. If you’ve just jumped out of the shower, leave your damp hair in a top knot until it’s dry for beachy waves by mid afternoon.

Wear a Hat

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

If you’re more of a laid back beauty (or your hair just won't behave), a good beanie can be slipped over the most severe cases of bad hair for what we like to call, that model-on-the-move look. For those who prefer a more streamlined look, a floppy fedora gives an effortlessly cool vibe.

Put on Your Gym Gear

An Elle Macpherson look we can just about manage.

An Elle Macpherson look we can just about manage.

Even if you’re not going to the gym. If all else fails and you can barely find anything clean, pretend you’re on your way to spinning or power yoga – just make sure your gym gear is actually on point!

How do you keep yourself looking halfway decent when it's school run time?