School Uniforms

Posted Jan 22 2013, 7:30 am in , , , , , , ,

I spent my life in Catholic school. From first grade through senior year of high school, I wore ugly plaid skirts. Although I never liked them, they made life easy. I never had to think about what to wear. I didn’t have to worry about fitting in or wearing the right stuff. At the time, I liked this. But ever since, I’ve been paying the price because I do have difficulty picking out clothes if it has to be anything other than jeans and a t-shirt.

My kids all go to public school, but they’re all still young enough that they don’t care about fashion or labels—they still dress for comfort. I don’t care how they dress themselves. As soon as they were old enough to get their own clothes on, I’ve allowed them to  dress however they want (within reason). Unfortunately, I don’t know if they have any better fashion sense than I do. 😉


Are you for or against uniforms in school? Do you think it makes a difference in the long run?



3 responses to “School Uniforms”

  1. I’ve worked with and without school uniform. My two boys are about to tangle with it as we are headed from a non-uniform school like most in Europe to a pretty traditional school in the UK where uniform is regarded as essential.

    In the UK, uniform is a big part of forging the identity of a school, and is the subject of endless debates. But to be honest, what I’ve noticed is that in any school, students of all ages are all about conforming. I don’t think it remotely eliminates individuality – in fact, it inspires more individuality – it’s like a writer having to handle a complex poetic form. The more creative a person is, the more subtle and interesting are the ways in which s/he manipulates the uniform they have to wear. This continues into adult life. We impose uniforms on ourselves. Even jeans and a sweater can be a uniform.

    I am useless at applying uniform codes whether they exist or not. But what I have never been able to understand about non-uniform schools is how girls can bear to bare their midriffs, especially in mid-winter. I can’t stand cold on my back and I want at least three layers!

    Uniforms are a godsend to those people who don’t really care much about clothes – a far greater proportion of the general population than fashion magazines care to imagine;-).

    • Hi Brussel Sprout – I always love to see a fellow Betty stop by 😉 I agree that uniforms make you be creative in finding your individuality. For me, it was my socks when I was in high school. There were no restrictions on socks, so I wore the craziest, most obnoxious ones I could find. It was the late 80s, so neon was in 🙂

  2. Swav says:

    Uniforms are good for army. They help soldiers to think of others less human. Helps to conform. Helps to create strong ingroup.

    Is this what you want for your children?