Supercharge your school uniform with these 6 easy swaps

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Wearing a school uniform does not have to feel like a trap, something that stifles your style and personality.

Think of a uniform as a blank canvas for you to add your own personal touch while staying within your school’s guidelines. Since you don’t need to purchase an entire wardrobe, reach into your pockets for signature pieces.

With these easy tips, you too can pull off a rad first day outfit.

1. Shoes

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Tibi, $395; Chiara Ferragni, $295; Aldo, $50; Vince $195; Circus by Sam Edelman, $120

If your school allows some shoe freedom, opt for an updated loafer. Sparkles, metallics and leather are modern go-tos.

2. Outerwear

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Steve J & Yoni P, $410; H&M, $49.99; Zara, $69.90; Banana Republic, $165; GAP, $69.95

A jacket this chic is an alternative to the classic blazer. Even if you are forced to take it off during the school day, you’ll be a little fashionista on your way to and from class.

3. Accessories

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Namrata Joshipura, $40; Zara, $15.90; Free People, $16; Tasha, $18; J.Crew, $12.50

If you can’t decorate your outfit, decorate your hair. Embellished bobby bins and hair elastics can show off a little more personality than your blah uniform. Channel your inner Blair Waldorf and throw on a bow, taking your plaid look from boring to fashionably preppy.

4. Socks and Tights

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Urban Outfitters, $14; Forever 21, $3.90; ASOS, $11; HUE $6.75; DKNY, $21

Ditch your old-fashioned navy socks and tights for styles that will set you apart from the rest of your classmates. Making mandatory black shoes fashionable can be difficult, but not if you have a stylish pair of socks to joosh them up.

5. Jewelry

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Vita Fede, $150; Delfina Delettrez, $305; Sarah Chloe, $98; House of Harlow, $68; Sara Designs, $229

Adding jewelry is the quickest way to dress up an outfit and also the easiest items to hide from your principal. Choose a more personalized piece (like a monogram necklace) or a colorful bracelet to add an extra pop to your not-so-glam outfit.

6. Backpacks

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Marc by Marc Jacobs, $198; Loeffler Randall, $395; Longchamp $125; Betsey Johnson, $108; Forever 21, $29.90

A backpack is not just a textbook carrying case. When your clothes have to match everyone else, this is one way to sneak in bright prints and colors without risking detention. Make walking to class your runway by choosing a backpack with a fun shade, cute bow or stripes.

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