- Early uniforms were referred to as ‘blue coats’, and consisted of a blue trench-coat jacket.
- Blue was the cheapest dye available, and represented humility among students.
- Christ’s Hospital was the first school in England to adopt a uniform.
- The elementary Education Act of 1870 made education available to all students in England and Wales.
- All schools adopted a uniform to reflect to trends of the time.
- Victorian schools were strict on appearance. ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’ was promoted to students.
- Boys wore blazers, shorts and long socks, and caps were worn at some schools.
- Boys were also expected to keep their hair short, and girls were required to tie their hair neatly.
- Girls wore a tunic dress, pinafore and blouse.
- School uniforms reflected the British class system like never before.
- Many private schools changed their uniforms to distance themselves from state schools.
- Girls began wearing gymslips as athletic wear over blouses, and boys were allows to wear long trousers from the age of 14.
- The Butler Reforms raised the school leaving age to 15.
- Mixed gender schools became popular in the 1950s.
- Schools were encouraged to create uniforms codes based on the time of the year.
- Boys wore flat caps, shirts and blazers. Leather satchels became popular.
- Girls worn gymslips in winter, and dresses in summer.
- Pupils began rebelling against tradition, often unbuttoning their blazers and slackening their ties.
- Girls wore a pleated skirt with tights, a blouse and blazer.
- Boys were allows to wear long trousers from a young age.
- Both girls and boys wore ties with shirts.
- Changing trends saw the dressing down of uniforms in state schools.
- Shirt collars and sleeves were fashionably widened in the playground.
- Boys began to wear their hair long.
- Girls were still required to wear skirts.
- Fashion & culture had a big impact on 80s school uniform.
- Students challenged conventional schoolwear like never before.
- Girls wore shorter and shorter skirts.
- While boys ties & trousers got skinner.
- Customisation of blazers and satchels was common.
- School uniform became more casual & comfortable.
- Girls were allowed to wear trousers for the first time.
- Trainers and casual footwear became acceptable in some schools.
- A large number of schools have restored the blazer and tie uniform to promote a more professional image.
- Depending on the school, uniforms are casual or formal.
- Contemporary uniforms are designed to be durable.