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How to Dress for School

Plan ahead and you can cut down on the crazy morning rush. When you’ve got your dressing game plan down, you can look effortlessly cool.


  • Step 1: Prepare your clothes Pack your backpack and arrange your clothes the night before. Aim for neutral, complementary colors. Both genders should consider wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and hoodie or cardigan, along with clean underwear and shoes.
  • TIP: If you wear a school uniform, personalize your clothes with funky jewelry or unique shoes.
  • Step 2: Get to sleep Go to bed early so you can wake up in the morning. Rather than jumping out of bed with moments to spare, you’re aiming for an hour of prep time.
  • Step 3: Get ready for the day Wake up when your alarm goes off and take a quick shower. Thoroughly wash and condition your hair, and pay special attention to your face.
  • Step 4: Style your hair Style your hair in a loose ponytail or bun if you’re a girl, and add cute hair accessories and put on your makeup. Guys can use gel for a deliberately messy look.
  • Step 5: Eat your breakfast Eat a healthy breakfast and then brush your teeth. Grab your backpack and head out the door.
  • FACT: In 2009, a cross-dressing high school senior was sent home because his wig violated the school’s dress code rule that a boy’s hair may not be "longer than the bottom of a regular shirt collar."

You Will Need

  • Clothes and accessories
  • Alarm clock
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap
  • Makeup and hair accessories for girls
  • Hair product for boys
  • Healthy breakfast
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Backpack
  • already packed
  • Funky
  • individualized accessories (optional)

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