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Why I Love That My Daughter Wears a Uniform to School

Back to School Shopping? Not for Me!

“Get the hottest back to school fashions!”

“Snap up the trendiest and sassiest styles for your little diva!”

“Spend hundreds of dollars on clothes they will soon destroy, get bored with and grow out of!”

The back to school apparel advertising is brutal, from “totally awesome” animal prints, to the “hottest new” brand of jeans to sneakers that light up, there are so many trends being pushed, and expensive ones at that. But you know what? I don’t have to worry about it. My daughter wears a uniform to school and I could not be happier.

I grew up in the counter-culture of San Francisco, so for me to embrace something as conservative as a uniform is saying something, and saying it loud.

I could say I love having my daughter wearing a uniform because otherwise it would take my daughter about 30 minutes to pick out her outfit, which is true. I could say that it’s because I only have to buy a set of her school’s plaid jumpers (used at $7 a pop), some white Peter Pan collar shirts, and white socks, keeping our clothing budget down, which is also true. But the main reason I like the uniform is that it is a great equalizer.

There is no mean-girl judgment on whether the girls are wearing the new “it” trend or an obvious branding of the haves vs. the have-nots via their clothing. They are all treated as equals, and this is reflected by the wearing of a uniform. It’s their minds that shine, not their designer duds. Some would say that it limits how they can express themselves, but they have the opportunity to get creative with their personal style in other ways, whether it’s getting all dolled up for the weekends or by adding a bit of flair to their backpacks. And with this clean slate of the uniform, it means their way of expressing themselves will be in their ideas and thoughts.

Do you like or embrace the idea of a uniform or do you think kids should wear whatever they want?

Photo Source: Target via the Examiner

 

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