A new school, a new wardrobe challenge. Coco, who is now in elementary school, needs to turn up at school 2 days a week in a full sports outfit. As I mentioned a few months ago, I am a big fan of school uniforms, but we live in a country where uniforms will never exist. So the negotiations I have with my daughters regarding what to wear to school are worthy of a top level UN negotiator. They want dresses and ballerina shoes, I want comfy jeans, funky T-shirts and trainers. These negotiations have heated up since gym clothes came into the mix. Coco’s idea was to turn up to school in a full tutu ensemble. I am pretty sure that would not have gone down so well with her whistle-blowing gym teacher, who is a bit of a French version of Coach Beast.
(By the way, on a side note: workout gear must be a relatively new idea in the French culture, as all items have random English names. I was going around looking for un jogging (sweatpants), des baskets (trainers) and un sweat (sweatshirt)!)
Anyway, whilst having a look around for gym gear I found some great things: check out the lovely sweat set by Shampoodle, the cute sweatpants by Zef, the hoodies by American Apparel, and the playful sweatshirts and sweatpants at Boys & Girls. All of these items are really well made, comfortable and able to deal with some serious wear and tear — perfect for a sports day at school.