If your kids’ school has a uniform policy, your kids probably either love it or they hate it. As a plus, kids know what they need to wear every day and so there’s little fussing about current trends and styles. On the downside, the chance to for kids to express their personalities is less. Help your kids accessorize their uniforms to express their individual styles while still adhering to the school’s dress code with these tips.
Sweaters - Sweaters add warmth and flair to uniforms. Look for cardigans or pullovers in different weights and colors. Patterns, embellishments and fun buttons all make sweaters unique. If the school uniform includes a mandated sweater, you can still express your sense of style with a fun, seasonally-appropriate jacket. Get more out of that sweater by adding a retro pin or brooch.
Scarves - Light scarves should be a kid’s closet staple, if they aren’t already: They come in all types of colors and styles, they blend with other accessories, they won’t overwhelm a school uniform and your kids will not outgrow them. Mix weights, colors and patterns to stay stylish from fall through to spring.
Jewelry - Earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces all help express a kid’s personality. Your child’s school may ban earrings over a certain size, chunky necklaces or other accessories but there’s still room to rock some jewelry.
Nail Art - Nail art is really on trend right now, and decals, glitter polishes and nail blogs make it easier that ever to create fabulous, one of a kind nails. Think stripes, dots, animal print, multicolored and more. You may have to help a young child paint her nails or arrange for professional manicures, but older kids can do their own nails and will enjoy the freedom to be creative.
Headbands - No matter how strict the dress code is, if it covers hair it’s probably only to ban hair dye. Kids can wear all kinds of headbands, hair scarves, ponytail holders and clips to add a personal touch to the school uniform. You’ll find hair accessories that are girly, goth, glam and grunge so there’s something out their for every kid. As temperatures drop in the fall and winter, work knit caps and beanies into the repertoire to give your child something fun and functional.
Shoelaces - Peeking out from under school pants, colored shoelaces add an air of cheekiness that’s absolutely fun. Find colored laces at your local shoe store or order any style of colored, patterned or glittery laces online. If your kid’s dress code has a lot of restrictions, this may be one way to get personality in the mix. If you go all uniform and have colored shoelaces as the only pop of color, it makes a subtle and sophisticated statement. On the other hand, you can go all out and play matchy matchy with nails, hair accessories, shoelaces and jewelry.
Before you start making DIY dress code modifications, reread the school’s dress code and uniform policy with your children and talk about some of the ways they’d like to express their personality. While younger children may need more assistance planning and executing accessories, teens generally can put together looks that are safe for school and still spirited.
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