With the start of a new school year just around the corner, everyone is buzzing about back-to-school shopping. If you wear a uniform to school however, back-to-school shopping is a completely different game. Even though you won’t be shopping for this season’s bright denim or graphic tees, there are tons of ways to add style and spunk to your uniform—while staying in dress code! The classic pieces usually worn as uniforms are the perfect blank slate for this season’s accessories. Whether you have certain pieces you must wear everyday or simply a strict dress code, check out these ideas for sprucing up your uniform and strutting the hallways in style this fall.
What better way to accessorize your uniform this fall than with this season’s geek-chic wardrobe additions? These fun, funky pieces will earn you points in and outside the classroom this year (don’t forget to grab that front-row seat!). Florals are all over the runway this season, so update your backpack this year to one with a kicky floral print. We love the Biking Beauty Backpack in Rosy, $67.99. Stand out in a crowd of greys and navys with a pair of adorably nerdy glasses; Hot Topic’s Pink and White Oversized Nerd Glasses, $10, are a favorite. Finally, grab a patterned laptop sleeve, like Cath Kidston’s Spot Laptop Sleeve, $35, for an item that’s both pretty and practical.
If your uniform affords you the freedom to choose your own kicks, this is a great way to dress up your look, and the possibilities are endless! For a updated classic, try the Cole Haan Tegan Moc, $80, a loafer-moccasin hybrid that will look great with your required pieces. If you’re looking for something a bit more daring, we love The Keds Champion Metallics in silver, $29.95, a flashy update for this classic style. However, if you can’t choose your own shoes, don’t give up yet. A pair of lace-trimmed socks is a sweet, girly addition to those loafers, or try a pair of over-the-knee socks for that classic school-girl look. We especially love the Oatmeal Floral Over the Knee Sock from Delias, $13.
Even if your dress code is as strict as they come, there are still some fool-proof ways to show your style this fall. We love the idea of a pop of neon nail polish in orange or pink to provide some color and contrast to those uniform neutrals. Find a cinching belt in a fun color to add to your skirt, as well, and the combination will leave you looking bright despite the drab. And if even these suggestions aren’t possible, you can always try something new with your hair: fishtail braids, poofy buns, and sleek comb-backs were all seen on the runways this fall. Dress up your new ‘do with a fun feather or clip-in accessory, like the Panache Pinto Hair Clip, $12.