Matalan School Uniform – Review

First off getting two small children to put on their school uniform in them middle of the school holidays just so Mummy can take photos is not easy . . .

Would you believe that having finally managed to convince bribe them into getting dressed up in their school uniform (and confusing them both in the process that they holidays were over) we got ready to go outside and take photos and it absolutely belted it down!  Good old British Summer there!

So anyway. . . Matalan school uniform.  I’ve not had school uniform from Matalan before and the first thing I was really impressed by was the price point.  For around £30 I was able to buy 6 polo shirts for Ben, 4 polo shirts for Chloe, a pinafore and school socks for both of them.  Although Matalan do sell a range of coloured sweatshirts, cardigans and jumpers to fit in with most school colour schemes, our local primary school has it’s own badged sweatshirts and cardigans that children are expected to wear.

Ben is hard on his school t shirts – I think most boys are – hurried school dinners spilt down his front and whiteboard markers played havoc with his white t shirts and drove me nuts trying to get them as clean as possible.  Of course part of the point of school uniform is that it will take the hammer of the day to day school life rather than their “nice” weekend clothes.  Bearing this in mind Ben needs to have at least 5 t shirts – there’s no way he can get away with wearing a t shirt twice and I can’t keep on top of the washing enough to ensure his school t shirts are getting washed mid week.  Matalan sell basic polo shirts, in an array of colours, starting at just £4 for three t shirts.  The fit is true to size, not too baggy but with growing room (yes I am that Mum that sends their kids to school in clothes that drown them . . . I blame my own Mum for that one!!)   The collar sits nicely over his school sweatshirt.   Ben said his t shirt was comfortable and I think he looks pretty smart!

Matalan school polo shirts

When I was buying Chloe’s polo shirts I spent quite a while deliberating over size.  She has been comfortably wearing 3-4 years for a while now but the Matalan girls’ polo shirts start at “age 3” and then “4-5 years” which I found a little odd – in my experience “age 3” is equivalent to 2-3 years which I wouldn’t dream of buying her now but on the other hand 4-5 years was surely going to swamp her? I stood comparing the two tops for a while before eventually plumping on buying both sizes to try on at home and swap.  As it turns out the “age 3” is good fit, there isn’t as much growing room as I would like but at £5 for two polo shirts I don’t suppose it matters too!  Alongside this she is likely to get so grubby at Nursery they would want replacing sooner rather than later anyway.  (Any child who doesn’t get filthy at Nursery isn’t enjoying themselves enough in my opinion!)  I chose to spend a little more and buy Chloe the girls’ polo shirts rather than the standard unisex ones – the main reason for this was I just think they’re really cute with their little scalloped collar detail and puff sleeves but also from a practical point of view having two children in very similar blue school tops those details will make them much easier to sort when putting the washing away.Matalan school pinafore

Her grey pinafore was a bargain £6 and I love it – she looks smart but super comfy in it.  It doesn’t look too grown up either. The details are cute – the cross over back, the tiny pleats at the waist, the chunky buttons and pockets all make this pinafore look decidedly more expensive than it really is. The style will also be really easy to iron – no awkward pleats or creases to be aware of.

I have high hopes that these pieces of Matalan school uniform will wash and wear well to see out the new school year!

UPDATE January 2015

I just wanted to come back and update this review after a full term or so of use.  Chloe’s dress is still in great condition, it looks really smart and everyone always compliments us on it.  She does complain that the straps tend to fall down when she’s running so it’s a shame they’re not more adjustable but I’m confident the dress will last her the rest of this school year and beyond.

Ben’s t shirts sadly are a saggy, baggy mess.  They’ve completely lost their shape and he gets really cross with them as they just never seem to sit right and the collar looks scruffy.  They will have to be replaced by the end of this half term I fear.  (Chloe had to have new ones just before Christmas as she had already outgrown hers – needless to say I didn’t replace them with Matalan ones and went back to my tried and trusted supplier!)

So really – Matalan is great value for school uniform if you’re careful about what you buy!  I would certain buy more skirts / dresses for Chloe, trousers for Ben but just avoid the t shirts in future.

*I was provided with vouchers to purchase Matalan school uniform for Ben and Chloe for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions are my own*


  1. Pippa Ainsworth
    August 6, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    Ah, they both look super cute. I especially love Chloe's polo and pinafore.

    • August 6, 2014 / 8:59 pm

      It really suits her doesn't it! I'm so pleased with it x

  2. Anonymous
    August 6, 2014 / 8:51 pm

    We shopped Matalan last year wash and wear well.. except as you say school dinner stains etc lol Although have to say found age 3 too small for Pippa lol!! Sadly as I am too organised they had very little uniform for Pippa's age this year when I went to by so am trying out Asda!! xx

    • August 6, 2014 / 8:58 pm

      I don't think the age 3 will fit her for long to be honest! Will be interested to know how you get on with the Asda uniform. Ben had some supermarket brand trousers last year that were dreadful!

  3. August 6, 2014 / 9:38 pm

    I didn't even know Matalan did school uniform until this series of blogger reviews. The prices are fantastic and I love Chloe's pinafore dress! x

    • August 6, 2014 / 10:42 pm

      It would seem Matalan have their fingers in many pies – they sell absolutely all sorts!

  4. Laura Mummy to Boyz
    August 7, 2014 / 7:11 am

    These sound fab I'll have to take a look

  5. August 7, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    Awww, they look really sweet and cute! 😀 Well done for gettiong them to wear uniform!

  6. August 12, 2014 / 7:33 am

    I was only in there yesterday browsing the school uniform section and I was so impressed with the cute checked summer dresses. My little boy doesn't start school until next year but I would definitely get uniform from Matalan if it fits with the schools uniform x

  7. August 12, 2014 / 8:17 am

    Aw they're adorable! I'm pretty sure pinafores weren't that cute in my day. I'll definitely be checking out their school uniform section now. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. August 12, 2014 / 9:47 am

    aww they both look adorable! x

  9. August 12, 2014 / 10:23 am

    Aww They both look so cute….
    I love the Matalan school uniform range….

  10. August 12, 2014 / 10:42 am

    Ah you should've been on This Morning, they've just done reviews on school uniform 😉
    Do you know, Ive never actually been to Matalan before!! I really need to take a look!
    Your little ones are adorable 😉
    Lianne | TheBrunetteSays…

  11. Lucy Goodwin
    August 12, 2014 / 11:49 am

    so cute and they look very happy to be wearing school uniform 🙂

  12. August 12, 2014 / 12:27 pm

    They look lovely. My school has the special sewn in badge which means we can only buy tops and jumpers from them, but do get other bits from Matalan – such good value.


  13. August 12, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    Super cute models, and lovely uniforms. I wish we had a Matalan store in the vicinity. #triedtested

  14. Lauren Holmes
    August 12, 2014 / 6:49 pm

    They look very smart in their uniforms! We haven't tried Matalan but they seen very reasonably priced and I would consider them for uniforms if there was a Matalan close by, but unfortunately there is not:(

  15. August 12, 2014 / 6:07 pm

    They look so cute. We had a set of Matalan uniform for Monkey to review before the end of term. I was really impressed with the sizing and quality.

  16. August 12, 2014 / 8:17 pm

    I love the pinafore, it looks really cute. I can see how they would be slightly confused though at dressing in their school uniform now! I'm just entering the world of uniforms so it's great to see what it out there xx #triedtested

  17. August 12, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    They look really cute. We bought white school tops from Matalan last year but I ended up throwing them all out as I could not get any of the stains out. My daughter gets really dirty. 🙁

  18. katefever
    August 13, 2014 / 9:14 am

    Gorgeous uniforms, I love the pinafore and the little puff sleeves on Chloe's polo shirts. Ben looks very smart, and very grown up! I love Matalan uniforms, they look so much more expensive than they actually are. #TriedTested

  19. August 13, 2014 / 11:28 am

    We are about to go and buy our very first school uniform for my eldest who starts nursery in September. Matalan will be our first stop as I have heard brilliant things about the quality of their uniforms. #triedtested

  20. August 13, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    These look great. Matalan has some nice stuff but it's a pain to get to for us so we tend to buy kids clothes at the supermarket instead. I love that pinafore dress.

  21. August 14, 2014 / 4:13 pm

    Ah they are both soooo cute! Great prices and they look super smart x

  22. Stacey G
    August 15, 2014 / 8:47 pm

    I love the girls polo shirts and that pinafore is too cute!

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