Just because your kids have to wear a school uniform doesn’t mean they can’t share in the back-to-school shopping fun.
If your young gal or guy wants to express their personal style, there are more than a few clever and inexpensive ways to customize their everyday outfits, whether you want to buy or DIY.
Of course, you should check the school rules first and see what fits within the school dress code. Then have fun making every outfit and every day unique!
Scroll through this slideshow to find affordable school uniform ideas as bright and unique as their personality.
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1. Fabric Button Pins
• 1 1/4-inch craft cover buttons (I used these)
• 3/4-inch pin backs
• Scraps of lightweight fabric (have fun with different prints and colors, just make sure the print will show up on a small scale!)
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Directions (click here to see step-by-step images)
1. Your cover button kit should come with a template for cutting out fabric circles. Use it to trace circles on the back of your fabrics and cut them out.
2. Follow the cover button directions to create your buttons. Typically you’ll stack the bottom mold, the button body, and the piece of fabric. Make sure the fabric is centered, push the button down into the cup, then fold the fabric in around the button.
3. Place the button back over the folded fabric and push down with the “pusher” provided to seal the fabric in place. You’ll need to really push, and you’ll hear a pop when it clicks in place.
4. Repeat until you have the desired number of fabric buttons.
5. Glue a pin back onto each fabric button. That’s it!
6. Use your fabric pins to accessorize a plain collared shirt, blazer, skirt, or even khakis.
Source: Happy Socks
2. Funky Socks
Perhaps the easiest way to add a pop of playfulness to your outfit is a pair of crazy cool socks. Both guys and girls can get in on the fun footwear action, and it won’t usually violate dress code. You’ll find these adorable heart-patterned socks and dozens more funky socks for girls and boys at Happy Socks.
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Source: Be Loved Blueprint
3. Statement Belt
A funky belt makes a statement without being too in your face. You can pick from a variety of materials and colors, such as this skinny leather belt decorated with wire and embroidery floss from Be Loved Blueprint or this made-from-scratch fabric belt from Professor Pincushion.
4. Fun Tights
Girls can take advantage of all the fun tights out there to jazz up a plain pleated skirt. Go for a bold argyle print or subtler white-on-gray polka dot print, like this pair from Target.
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Source: Studs & Buttonholes
5. Custom Shoes
If permitted, a unique pair of shoes will instantly upgrade a school-day outfit. You can turn a pair of simple flats into fancy footwear by adding a cap toe and polka dots like these from PopCosmo, or dress up boy’s loafers with a little metallic spray paint, like Studs and Buttonholes did.
6. Outstanding Neckwear
Neckwear is like fabric jewelry, and the design and color possibilities are endless. And hey, there’s no reason girls can’t wear ties like this fun, crayon-inspired one from Ties.com, too!
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Source: Gina Michele
7. Awesome Earrings
Most school uniforms don’t address jewelry, especially earrings. Make your own vibrant pairs like the ones shown here using inexpensive materials, such as embroidery floss like these earrings from Gina Michele or metallic plates and beads like this pair from Minted Strawberry.
Source: Tell Love & Party
8. Hair Accessories
Make a subtle style statement with these out-of-the-ordinary bobby pins from Tell Love & Party or decorated hair ties, like these from Happy Girly Crafty. They’ll add just a hint of color to your outfit but enough to stand out from the crowd.
Source: Happiness is Creating
9. Sequin Elbow Pads
Take your collared shirt or blazer to the next level with DIY sequin elbow pads. It’s schoolwear meets disco! This tutorial from Happiness is Creating makes this school uniform upgrade super easy.
10. Bags With Personality
Let your personal style shine while lugging around those textbooks. A vibrant bag like this one from Overstock will make your outfit stand out from the crowd, and make the school day a bit more fun. Or you can go with a classic but fun print, like this polka-dot backpack from Target.
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11. Head Scarves
Keep tresses under control and transform your look with a vibrant head scarf like this one from ModCloth. Go for length or a neatly twisted top, or switch it up day to day. You can find tutorials on different ways to tie your head scarf at Keiko Lynn and Droese Public Relations!
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12. Stacked Bracelets
When it comes to stacking bracelets, the possibilities are endless. Combine just a few or adorn your whole arm, mixing and matching styles, colors, textures, and materials. These colorful friendship bracelets come with tassels, and these metallic-colored elastic bracelets are perfect for a teen wanting to show off her style.diy / 12 Ways to Add Personality to Your Child’s School Uniform