of Girl School Uniforms
in the Philippines


Can you hear the bells ringing? No, it’s not Christmas.

Folks, it’s the joyous back-to-school season! It’s that time of year again when I say, “Am I the only one excited about the uniforms?”

And what’s not to get excited about? The fabrics, the textures, the accessories you can match them with! Oh, the suspense is killing me.

So allow me to do my best Anna Wintour impression once again as I bring you 8 more girl school uniforms ranked from meh to most magnificent.



Basic rule of fashion, girls: Consider skin tone. We are an Asian country; our collective skin tone skews towards a lighter brown.

And what’s the SHSQC uniform? A flesh-toned, baggy affair. If it weren’t for the white accents, this thing could almost pass off as urban camouflage gear. Couldn’t you at least darken that shade of brown?

Also, as much as I respect the conservative look, this one’s a bit too loose-fitting for my tastes—like those new Ghostbuster duds Melissa McCarthy will be wearing.



Help, I’m a little confused here. Grade school and high school students in AC San Lo wear those Leslie Red tartan skirts, right? (Hey, those aren’t too bad—a pattern borrowed from the clans of Scotland, edging slightly towards Ralph Lauren).

But when you apply for college, you upgrade to dark blue skirts? (Maybe those red skirts are too neneng for the college set?)

This is playing it too safe. Where’s the creativity? What separates the uniform from other schools? Oh and that faux-belt is just plain silly—it’s like the strap of a fanny pack.

Look back to the classics, girls.



Again, another dark blue ensemble. Is it because it’s the closest thing to black and it’s faster to wash?

If it weren’t for the interesting necktie, this one is too boilerplate. It’s become invisible—a slightly better iteration of AC San Lo’s.



What’s this? A red, white and black ensemble for bright young minds? Cute.

Hmm. I’m liking the black skirt—they make the girls look like they’re ready for the professional world. Overall, it’s also one of the better fitting uniforms I’ve seen.

Are black ballet flats optional though? Patent leather heels are so Nineties. And also, what’s with the red abaniko dangling from their necks? They look like cowbells.


Like I said, dark blue has always been the cliché. But here’s a surprise, this being a school in Greenhills—add a little green to the blue and you’d get Cerulean, a blue that evokes Renoir paintings and Marian apparitions.

Add a small necktie with the school’s crest and you’ve got a uniform perfect for the young ‘uns.



You’ve got to hand it to members of the Opus Dei for at long last…a brave color scheme! I can only smile at the orange-reds and purples on this one. Where could have they culled the inspiration? The Swiss Guards outside the Vatican, perhaps?

Who said girl school uniforms should stick to the primary colors? Mad props for the electric secondary colors, you Darlings of Alabang. Mind you, purple really is a hard thing to pull off.

Now if it only weren’t for that ginormous sailor collar. The ribbons would’ve sufficed, girls.



International schools are really getting it right. Maybe some of the more traditional schools need a new way of thinking about school threads. (Some seriously need an upgrade. And a younger tailor.)

Reedley’s dark blue blazer and grey skirt number is plain gorgeous. And yes, black socks are so much better than white ones—from afar, they look like Doc Marten’s boots. The retro-style school patch further seals the deal. Innocent and clean, but pretty.



Need we say more? Southville’s classic-modern style is just magazine-ready.

The combo is too pleasant to the eyes. White polo shirt and beige skirt. An option between blazer and coat. Knee-high black socks. And get this: A purple necktie—yes, for the girls. Indeed, we’re a long way from those traditional convent-schools Mom went to.

These beauties from Las Piñas wouldn’t be ashamed of wearing these babies even on weekends—it’s like they’re cool, intelligent punk girls straight out of a London boarding school. Eat your heart out, Emma Watson.


What girls’ school uniforms do you think are meh or magnificent? Sound off in the comments below!


  1. looks like school uniforms are all girl uniforms and from the range of usually found uniforms of filipino schools. i guess usual filipino schools of ncr like blue. these pictures i can imagine since i think ive seen students who wear them but hard to imagine if u havent seen students from that school. i remember my school usually used brown and white and the new designs looked usual classic asian school theme seen in east asia

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