Dressing up school uniforms used to be the prime focus of a few of my girls when they went to parochial school. They sometimes took things too far, in which case we would perhaps get a note home, and then other times they seemed to nail a real good thing. A couple of times, one of my girls seemed to set a trend throughout the school. They always started out with their basic uniform, then built on it from there. Some of the the things that worked well for them follow.
The school uniform we had was blue and red plaid….not real attractive on it’s own, but they amped it up with leggings a lot. Either blue, black or red solid colored leggings that would sometimes be ¾ length as the warmer weather approached. On rare occasions they found some leggings that had both of those colors. Some were blue with a red flower print on them as I remember it. The whole thing is, you can give your uniform a fun, whimsical look with the leggings.
Knee Hi’s/Leg Warmers
Knee hi socks are another fun way to dress your school uniform up. Sometimes, my girls walked out of the house with some colors which I thought weren’t going to make it. I thought they had more vibrancy than what would be acceptable, but they didn’t seem to have a problem. You can get some great winter knitted patterns that can blend well with the colors your uniform has. Bellalaurel.com makes some great solid colored knee hi’s/leg warmers which are interesting just by the knit pattern they’ve been made with. You can find solid knits knee hi’s with small scattered bits of color throughout the stockings. Socks do some fun things to an outfit…even a school uniform. Do the same thing with leg warmers.
My girls would often add a nice ¾ length sleeved red, blue or black cardigan to their uniform to create more of a style statement. The shorter sleeves seem to be the preferred length to wear.
We had some festive head bands in red and blue, as well as some twisted/braided types of headbands which my girls made themselves. They all had longer hair so these were very stylish additions to their mundane school outfits.
The kids would often wear a nice pair of moccasins to school of the same color their code approved shoes were supposed to be. These were a fun way to create a casual and stylish look at the same time, while keeping in step with the dress codes.
Source: Personal Experience