More About School Uniforms

Facts and Figures

In February 1996, President Clinton issued a statement encouraging the use of school uniforms as an important part of an overall program to improve school safety and discipline. While a large number of public school systems had school uniform programs prior to that time, after his speech guidelines were prepared by the Department of Education to encourage states and individual school systems to set up school uniform policies. Both large and small school systems, rural and urban, have begun to institute stricter dress codes through school uniform programs. Did you know...

  • A specific color is required for 90% of all school uniform tops and bottoms.
  • A school uniform wardrobe consists of about 13 items: four tops, four bottoms/uniform, four pairs of socks/tights, and one other item (accessory, fleece, etc.)
  • About 67% of the items are purchased prior to the beginning of the school year, 10% are carryovers from the previous year or other children, and about 23% will be purchased during the remainder of the school year.
  • Advocates of school uniforms indicate uniforms are less expensive than non-uniform school clothes. That position is supported by this study.
  • The average total dollars spent on school clothes in a school uniform household is lower than in non-uniform households.
  • Price was, overwhelmingly, the number one reason in determining where a household purchased most of their school uniform items. "Wearing a school uniform saves money on clothes" was the response given most often by parents when asked their opinion on their school's dress code.

Source: NPD School Uniform Custom Study