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6 Ways to personalize a school uniform

Stand out from the crowd

School uniforms are a parent’s best friend. No hassle every school morning over what to wear. That’s got to save you at least 15 minutes every morning and a few gray hairs! On the other hand, no one wants to be a total conformist and be prevented from expressing their individuality. Find some middle ground with these fun ways to personalize a school uniform.

Stand out from the crowd

To avoid needless headaches and the inevitable trip to the principal's office, get a copy of your school's dress code and read it. If you have any questions, ask them before the school year starts. There are lots of ways to personalize a school uniform, but not all of them will be permissible in every school. It's up to you as the parent to be sure to understand the rules.

Once you know the rules, have fun and get shopping!


This usually falls outside of uniform guidelines, even if the uniform includes a jacket. This will only apply in cold weather, but will still provide an opportunity for color and style. Add a hat, scarf and gloves and you'll have a look that's all your own.

Step up for styleStand out from the crowd

If shoes aren't specified in the dress code, this is your chance to put your foot down for individuality! Tennis shoes, flats, boots, sandals — there are infinite choices and colors available. If your dress code specifies shoes, check to see if it mentions shoelaces. There are lots of fabulous choices available. Even something small can add a personalized touch to break up the monotony.

Get inspired with these shoes that dress up your uniform >>

Watch out!

Add a fun and functional timepiece to the mix. Whether you prefer Mickey Mouse or a colorful Swatch, you'll be on time. That's a good thing!

It's all in the accessories

If you wear glasses, congratulations! Glasses are a wonderful way to personalize your look and are unlikely to be included in the school uniform dress code. Headbands, hair clips, ribbons, bracelets, necklaces and belts are just a few other options. Get creative! You may want to stick with a couple favorites, or wear a different combination every day. Just figure out what works within the dress code and then get go for it. Even if the rules are very strict, there will be ways to personalize your uniform even if you're the only one who knows you've done it. You decide what meaning you attach to things. A button on your shirt can be meaningful if you decide it is.

Get started with these accessory trends for girls >>

Carry on!

You probably carry your backpack around with you all day at school, so it's part of your look. If the uniform guidelines don't include backpacks, you can make a personal style statement here. Add pins or buttons, if allowed, to change it up from time to time.

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