Five ways to make school uniforms pop

By Dan Henry, Contributing Writer, Walmart

From back-to-school boring to color-pop chic

From back-to-school boring to color-pop chic

An increasing number of schools are making the switch to school uniforms. Regardless what your kids think of school uniforms, there’s one thing we can all agree on: They make life simple. Simple is easy. Simple is low-stress. Simple is also kind of dull. What can you do to add a little fun to that uniform? Plenty.

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Practically fantastic backpacks

Kids haul books around – lots of them. If your child’s school requires them to wear uniforms (or abide by a strict dress code), a backpack can be the perfect avenue for a little personalized touch. Plus, they come in all kinds of colors, designs and materials, from regular canvas to clear vinyl and even mesh.

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Get more kicks with kicks

Get more kicks with “kicks”

When it comes to your school’s policies on shoes and socks, rules vary. If it’s allowed, you can dress up your child’s school wardrobe with a variety of colorful socks or shoelaces. Traffic-cone orange, fire-engine red, Argyle, bunnies, racecars – if you can imagine it, someone’s probably made it.

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Fashionably punctual

Fashionably punctual

Watches are another way you can set your child apart for back to school. Not only can a watch give your son’s or daughter’s uniform a touch of fun, it also helps reinforce time-telling skills. Now, if you could only get your sleepyhead to wake up on time.

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All that glitters …

All that glitters …

Is not necessarily gold, especially when it comes to adding a little sparkle to your student’s backpack. Schools are likely to want to keep jewelry to a minimum. So look for small, inexpensive items that match your child’s back-to-school wardrobe.

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