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How to Accessorize Your School Uniform

Just because you have to wear a uniform to school doesn’t mean you can’t assert your individuality.


  • Step 1: Know the rules Know your school’s rules before you make any purchases.
  • Step 2: Start at the top Start at the top. Use all kinds of barrettes, headbands, and other hair ornaments. Or tie your hair back with scarves.
  • Step 3: Accessorize with jewelry Pick up some cool jewelry--or make something your trademark, like a personalized necklace or unique ring.
  • Step 4: Scarf it up Buy a variety of scarves and learn how to tie them in different ways. This alone will give you dozens of looks.
  • TIP: As you add to your accessories, think colors and prints--especially if your school uniform is a somber solid, like navy blue.
  • Step 5: Cinch it Forego the standard black leather belt for something unique, like one with a vintage buckle. Or use a scarf as a belt.
  • Step 6: Tee time Sneak a bit of color under your regulation shirt with a brightly colored or cool tee.
  • Step 7: Watch out Don’t forget watches--they are a great way to add pizzazz to your outfit.
  • TIP: Girls can make a statement with their choice of manicure and polish.
  • Step 8: Be footloose If you don’t have to wear a standard loafer or Oxford, shoes are an obvious way to put your best foot forward.
  • Step 9: Carry it off Make your backpack a canvas for your personality with charms, pins, patches, and key chains. Or tie a scarf around a pocketbook for a more sophisticated look.
  • Step 10: Wrap it up Wrap up your look with a carefully chosen sweater, hoodie, Pashmina, shrug, or cape.
  • FACT: After California’s Long Beach Unified School District adopted a mandatory uniform policy, school crime dropped 76%.

You Will Need

  • An image you want to project
  • Accessories
  • Creativity

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