We’ll admit it, back to school shopping was probably a little more fun before uniforms became the norm.
While school uniforms are great for leveling the fashion playing field at school, some parents have argued that they can restrict a child’s individuality or creativity. They can also make for a grumpy budding fashionista who’s tired of wearing the same old polo tee and khakis to school on a daily basis.
The good news is, there is some room to be creative with uniforms. The trick is to find school outfits that stay within those uniform standards, but have a little something extra going on that will put a smile on your child’s face.
The awesome news? We’ve found tons of inspiration that pushes the uniform boundaries just a little — scroll down to check out these 14 cute school outfit ideas that still make the perfect school uniform staples.
Looking for more ways to add a small dose of personality to your child’s school uniform? Check out these cheap and DIY ways to dress up those uniforms!
1. Girls’ Chaps School Uniform Lace Ruffle Polo, $13.20 at Kohl’s
This sweet polo features a subtle ruffle detail, lace-y collar, and capped sleeves to add a little girly accent to this back to school essential.
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2. Ruched-Sleeve Uniform Shirt for Girls, $10 at Old Navy
A common complaint with girls is that uniforms lean toward a masculine aesthetic, but you can still find on-point pieces with flattering touches.
This blouse sits higher on the shoulder and features ruching on the shoulders for a more polished fit.
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3. French Toast Pleated Skort, $19.99 at Kohl’s
If your daughter likes the look of a skirt but wants something more practical for playtime, consider a skort instead. It’s a happy medium with built-in shorts so she can move freely.
We love the two tiers of pleats on this adorable skort!
4. Uniform Pixie Pants for Girls, $16 at Old Navy
Borrowing from a 1950s aesthetic, these fun cigarette-style pants are somewhere between a cropped pant and full-length trousers.
5. Girls’ Chaps School Uniform Lurex Boyfriend Sweater, $36 at Kohl’s
A cardigan is a perfect fall and winter uniform layering piece. This stylish version mimics the popular “boyfriend” cut that women’s wear favors, plus it’s got a hint of sparkle with glittery lurex trim.
6. Cat & Jack Girls’ Ponte Knit Scooter, $9.09 at Target
If comfort is key, then this stretchy skort is an ideal option. It’s made from stretch cotton and is casual enough that your daughter may be persuaded to incorporate it into their weekend wardrobe — especially with a cute finishing detail like a button placket!
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7. Girls’ Long Sleeve Ruffled Cardigan, $12.48 at The Children’s Place
Comfortable and ready to go in classic school uniform colors, this prim yet pretty cardigan is finished off with a ruffle to take this staple from standard to stylish.
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8. Cat & Jack 2-Pack Casual Socks, $4.99 at Target
Have fun with their socks! It’s a super simple and affordable way to stand out from the crowd without upsetting the dress code rules.
These adorable sock sets from Target have fun motifs like animals or patterns they’ll love to wear.
9. Girls’ 3D Flower Kayla Flat, $17.47 at The Children’s Place
If the school mandates flats for girls, you’ve got a myriad of options to stay within the lines. These fun flats have a festive flower on the toe to give her uniform a bit of polish and prettiness.
10. French Toast Girls’ Short Sleeve Blouse with Ribbon Trim, $7.69 at Target
Even the most basic everyday blouse can feel a little more special when there’s a neat detail added to it. The grosgrain ribbon on this crisp, classic top is a sweet touch.
11. Boys’ Stain-Resistant Uniform Shorts, $10 at Old Navy
The loose fit and wide pockets of these shorts almost mimic the feeling of his favorite skater shorts — but the best feature of these shorts is the unique stain-resistant fabric that won’t have you sighing when he comes home with grass stains.
12. Girls’ Short Sleeve Tank Jumper, $12.48 at The Children’s Place
Dresses don’t have to be solid masses of school colors! Keep an eye out for fresh accents, like this ribbon waistband, to make her jumper something she looks forward to wearing.
13. Drapey Uniform Sweater for Girls, $14 at Old Navy
Borrowing from the grown-ups’ closet, this drapey sweater is oh-so fashionable but still follows the rules. The relaxed fit is also a great choice for kids that may sometimes feel restricted when wearing their uniform.
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