How life has changed during the last 50 years since this photograph was taken. Although the things around us are quite different, basically school uniform has stayed pretty much the same - we just have better materials which are much easier to wash and kinder to the skin. Remember those woollen, hand-knitted, itchy jumpers? I certainly couldn't wear one today. This must have been summer as he was wearing his 'tank top', knitted by his Mum .... I don't think he would have looked this smart by the end of the day!
Dad in his heavy cotton shirt and Ben with his polyester cotton shirt and easy care jumper - all much easier to wash and, if careful enough, non-iron - although I always like to run the iron over.
Ben thought his Dad looked quite cute in this photo!
Advance a few years to this teenage photo with the statutory woolly jumper and bri-nylon shirt - how I remember those, full of static electricity which made your hair stand on end!
Ben thought the jumper was horrendous - he doesn't like wearing jumpers at the best of times anyway.
Debenhams have some fantastic back to school clothes which are good quality and hard wearing. I managed to find all the items to create the look, complete with grey trousers and socks which were the norm back in my husband's day. Of course the socks then had to be darned when a hole appeared - everything had to last!