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Styling the Marlborough uniform

Gray, black and white. Those are the dominant colors in Marlborough’s uniform. Skirts must be gray or black, polos must be white or black, and sweaters can only be black, white or gray. 

Many students believe the homogeneity of the uniform is boring, even lifeless. Despite the fact that the simplicity of the uniform is monotonous, students of all grades have found creative ways to showcase their personal styles in their uniforms while still continuing to stay in dress code. This customization can be found in sweaters, socks and more.

“Although there is a pretty strict dress code, there are definitely ways to subtly show off your personality and style!” Abigail ‘24 said.

Starting this year, Marlborough has allowed colorful socks to be worn with the uniform. Students wearing socks with bright colors, funny phrases and eye-catching patterns are frequently seen walking around campus. 

“Socks are a fun way to incorporate color in your uniform without wearing anything too crazy,” Eloise ‘24 said. 

Backpacks are an interesting way students have been able to customize their uniforms, and some of the most common brands spotted around campus are Herschel and Jansport.

Although there is nothing relating to backpacks in the student handbook, students are expected to have a backpack or bookbag that can hold their books, computer and any other supplies needed for class.

Shoes are another fun way to brighten up uniforms. According to the handbook, shoes can be high-top or low-tops but can’t be platform. Shoes can have either laces or no laces and they must be closed-toe and heel. Starting this year, students are permitted to wear Doc Martens. Some of the most popular shoe brands at Marlborough are Nike and Converse. 

“Wearing bright colored shoes is an excellent way to make our uniforms more lively.” Keira ‘24 said. 

Lastly, sweatshirts. Sweatshirts are the perfect way to quickly add a personal touch to your uniform. Sweaters can have a logo (although no larger than the size of a pocket), and can be in the style of a V-neck, crewneck, cardigan or vest. They are only allowed to be grey, black or white, although you can purchase Marlborough approved purple sweaters at the student store.

Notwithstanding the uniform policy, students have found a plethora of ways to showcase their unique styles and fashion senses! 

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