What does it feel like to be in a cage? To be banned from expressing your mood, personality, and creative spirit? A feeling so similar to wearing a uniform, they could be one and the same. This is what I felt for four years, while I lived in one of the most beautiful and stylish cities in all of Europe. Every time I went out after school, or went on a trip with my grade I didn’t feel unique. I just felt weird; like an extraterrestrial dropped in the middle of a Parisian mall.
There’s reasons, and I’ve heard them all before. Usually, the follow a nice little pattern like this one:
1.Uniforms make everyone equal.
Uniforms make everyone
equal uninteresting. Everyone is equal. No uniform, or senseless garments can change or reinforce that fact. So, if all of us are equal, do we need the clothes to prove it?
2.They prevents discrimination of people from different ‘social classes’.
If students from a school discriminate against students from lower-income families then I think that speaks more of the school, and of the values their parents have taught them, than of the actual students. So why put everyone in the same boat?
3.They are economically beneficial.
This might be the only advantage, and logical reasoning behind uniforms, but there’s a downside to this too. If you have a uniform, that might mean you don’t have as many clothes as say, someone in a non-uniform school, but this also means that you wear those few (or many) clothes very infrequently. Are your clothes worth their cost per wear?
One of the many things I love from my school in Brussels is its uniform-free status. Every day I wake up hazily and stand in front of my closet, admiring my freedom: my right to choose, Even if it’s a minuscule thing, it matters. When I put together this outfit, I made a small decision, but I cared. I was inspired by both 60’s mod and 70’s denim for this skirt, combining two of my favorite decades. A navy blue turtleneck sweater complemented the skirt, and kept with the mostly blue color palette of the look. My go-to fringe booties also matched the 70’s style, and added the perfect dose of flair. To finish off, a black coat with faux fur lining and a plaid scarf, of course.
JACKET – SUBDUED
SKIRT – ZARA
That’s all for today babes! Don’t forget to comment down below what your thoughts are on school uniforms! If you had a particularly ugly one, describe it in the comments section. I won’t laugh, I promise.