I have both not worn/worn school uniforms and my kids both wore/didn’t wear uniforms. Of course, I hated wearing a uniform for a bit; I was all about styles…and boys…and dressing competitively—in other words, an ordinary teenage girl. Which is how I ended up attending a private school and wearing a uniform. Once I settled in, I thought uniforms were great because I never had to think again for school about what I was going to wear. More money for cool clothes for my social life outside of school too. (My mean parents didn’t give me an allowance, and so I always had a part-time job.)
As a mom, uniforms were absolutely fantastic. No morning drama, at least not over clothes. And my kids’ uniforms were good-looking, affordable by anybody, and recycled through the school too, especially the stuff with the school emblem. Khakis or navy chinos and white, navy, or red shirts.
Uniforms solve a lot of problems. I think they improving the learning environment, which is, after all, the main point of schooling...learning.
Here’s an article on an economics prof’s study of the impact of uniforms on student behavior and learning, including improved retention rates: University of Houston News: UH Study Suggests School Uniforms Reduce Student Absences, Disciplinary Problems