In my country,South Africa,there was never a choice.School uniforms are and has always been the way things are done.From the most elitist private
schools to the poorest township schools.The style of uniform is determined by each individual school.
The difference being only in the styles and price range, here the exclusively black schools in the townships were the leaders in COMMON SENSE,imo.
The typical summer uniform would be for girls and boys a plain white cotton shirt,and a simple A-line,and usually black/grey skirt for
girls,black/grey pants for boys.For winter,a windbreaker or jersey in the same colors.All to be had at a chain called Pep Stores,at very affordable
prices.All that would have to be added,would be a school badge to be sewn on to the shirt or jersey to identify the school,but they never bothered
with that much,anyway.So black parents,good for them,got off a bit easier.
When it comes to private schools and previously whites-only government schools,the uniforms were fancier in style,and thus fairly expensive, to
extremely expensive for the private ones,i should imagine.This is the case to the present day.
The plus points of uniforms: They are a socio-economic "equaliser,at least as far as school clothing go,and although not always cheap,still ,A
HELLUVA LOT CHEAPER THAN ORDINARY CLOTHES,especially considering how the price of regular clothing rises every year
My gripe with it is that i believe it supresses even the slightest attempt at individualism.To this day at my daghters high school,there's rules
about the length of their nails,how many and what style of earrings they may wear,what type of hairdye colors and hairstyles are acceptable,etc.That
to me'is just petty in the extreme,and does seem to have "hive element" to it.The Stepford Children