A Simple Guide to Improve a School Uniform

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As an incoming senior in high school, I've experienced a couple dress code changes in my years. It started with a full uniform in middle school to a more opened dress code. Dress codes can vary between schools but I've learned how to stay stylish while still dressing appropriate and up to the schools standards.

  1. Vests A simple way to add character and extra warmth to any outfit is with a vest. I love to switch between vests and jackets in the fall to mix up my outfits a little more. There are many options from leather vests, fur, puffer vests, or a fleece vest. Layer over a button down, or a pull over blouse.

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fur vest // leather vest // puffer vest 

2. The "Not So Typical" Boots

In the fall and winter seasons I love boots and wear them practically every single day. From riding boots to suede over the knee boots I cannot get enough. There are so many types of boots which comes in handy when planning for the weather and the type of outfit you have planned for the day. I've always had a love for riding boots but I'd tried to experiment more with over the knee boots and even cow girl boots. One of my favorite looks is pairing over the knee boots with sheer tights and a skirt or sweater dress.

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Short boots // cowgirl boots // over the knee boots 

3. Button Downs 

When you think of a button down, what comes into most peoples minds are a simple white shirt with little going on. There are many options of button down shirts that aren't a typical cotton slim fit shirt.  I've learned that it all depends on what store you purchase the shirt. For a classic preppy look I would definitely look through Vineyard Vines shirts. On the other hand if you're looking for something a bit different Free People offers many more textured and uniquely patterned shirts. To vary between styles it all depends on the fabric and the way its cut.    Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 11.18.00 PMScreen Shot 2015-08-31 at 11.18.22 PMScreen Shot 2015-08-31 at 11.18.49 PM

Button down 1 // Button down 2 // Button down 3 

4. Skirts 

Skirts can be difficult to find especially if you need to keep it below a certain length and still have it casual enough for every day wear. I've noticed that it depends on the type of skirt when deciding to pair it with a button down or a polo. For polos they pair well with skorts or very basic skirts. As for button downs they pair well with a higher waisted skirt with the top tucked partly or all the way in.

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Patterned skirt // White skirt // faux suede skirt 

5. Pants 

This is pretty self explanatory, but avoid any pants that are not allowed (blue denim, leggings). It's easy to find colored jeans and other types of pants. If you want to be a little more trendy, look for pants with zippers or even patterned pants.

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Pixie pants // black jeans // white jeans 

6. Sandals/Flats 

While not all schools allow open toed shoes, its fun to play around with different types of sandals and/or flats. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Gladiators // slip ons // ballet flats 

7. Outerwear 

Outerwear is the finishing touch on any outfit. I like to switch through different types of coats and jackets throughout the season. Leather jackets, blazers, and fur coats can add a stylish edge to your outfit.

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White jacket // Barbour jacket // Printed jacket