School Uniforms

I am all for individualism and self-expression; they are important things to teach kids — just not at 8am in the morning when the school rush is on!!! I have become very jealous of my friends in the UK who don’t have a daily battle about favourite dresses… simply because their kids get to put on a school uniform everyday! It slightly upsets me a bit how important it is to my 5-year-old to wear a pretty dress (which basically means that it twirls and is pink). There seems already to be pressure from her friends about what she needs to wear.

Uniforms also seem to have moved on from the ’80s, when my poor Irish cousins had to wear them. The skirts were shapeless and the colours absolutely hideous! Nowadays mustard and tan have been replaced by cute gingham and little pinafores!

I would love to hear from those whose kids wear school uniforms. Are they as great as I imagine or am I missing something?

By the way, I love the school uniform (above), though I am not sure it is a typical uniform.

10 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Carmen | May 27, 2011 | Reply

My kids attend to an English school where the uniform is colourful (green, blue and red) but not really stylish. But it is really comfy for them, you have flexibility to choose if you are wearing trousers or shorts and everyone seems happy. Teens are allowed to wear jeans plus a navy t-shirt, which is not that bad.
In Spain, state-run schools do not have it while the rest (those following the state plansbut privatle run or the fully private ones) tend to impose it, which is good for mums and not that bad for the kids (they always find a way to differentiate!!!)

2. Sonia | May 27, 2011 | Reply

My daughter is in an Irish Pubblic School and she wears uniform, that of course it is not stylish but it is perfect to avoid morning battle.

3. Babygrams | May 27, 2011 | Reply

I agree, the image can be a good school uniform, but it isn’t a typical school uniform, i had to wear school uniform at school and also at secondary school, but didn’t at college.

4. Bethie | May 27, 2011 | Reply

I grew up attending a private school and wearing a school uniform. I didn’t think anything of it until I attended a public high school and was all of a sudden faced with wearing a different outfit everyday. I was completely lost! I didn’t know where to shop and didn’t know what to buy!
Wearing a uniform was overall a good experience, but (mums take note) I could have used a little more direction before being sent out on my own!

5. Alison | May 27, 2011 | Reply

My son wears a gingham gown over his normal clothing at the escuela infantil he attends in Spain. There is no restriction as to colour, although the girls typically seem to favour pink and the boys blue. My son chose red.

6. Marika | May 27, 2011 | Reply

My daughter wears a red gingham dress in the summer and a grey pinafore in the winter. It is not stylish and not really practical either but it does mean that there is no upmanship with the girls at the school and nobody feels bad about not having the best jeans, tops etc….

7. Uniform Services | May 27, 2011 | Reply

My oldest daughter participated in a public school which moved to uniforms. The uniforms really did make a difference in student interaction.

8. Kiley | May 31, 2011 | Reply

Yay to uniforms! My daughter goes to a British system school in China (though we are American). She wears a sweet blue and white pinstripe dress, not too dissimilar from the one above (back zipper, no collar, buttons, or belt). I love the ease of uniforms, and how much money we save on clothing. The only drawback is that there is little opportunity to dress her in beautiful and stylish clothing. But there is plenty of time for that.

9. Engracia | June 1, 2011 | Reply

In Australia where I live all schools whether public (state run) or private (denominational and non-denominational) have uniforms which are compulsory. I have two boys who have just started school and even as a mum of boys I find a uniform a really easy option. They also look cute.

10. Kat | June 4, 2011 | Reply

I *love* looking at the public school uniforms on John Lewis – I would pick Godolphin based on their tunics alone. For my girl it will be the red checked summer dress as it was for me back in the 80s.