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A subtrope of LimitedWardrobe.

Schools that require their students to wear uniforms are a common sight around the world. Given that ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction doesn't apply in RealLife, it's not surprising to see students lounging around malls and shopping centers wearing them, as it shows that they just got out of school. However, there are certain characters out there who, even on their days off, will still choose to forgo their chance to wear casual clothes and instead wear their standard school clothes. A common explanation for this is that the student can't afford any other outfits and only has the uniform to wear, but that is not always the case. Another reason could be an individual's desire to show that they are part of a group. There have even been cases where schools require their students to wear their uniforms even outside of class. Or maybe they're just that damn comfy.

Of course, this is sometimes done with FanService in mind, since uniforms are very often [[RuleOfSexy hot]]. (See also CatholicSchoolGirlsRule, SailorFuku.)

During a BeachEpisode, the most strait-laced female member of the cast will typically be depicted wearing a [[SchoolSwimsuit school-issue swimsuit]] rather than a more daring bikini. Of course, there are [[Manga/LuckyStar exceptions]] to the rule.

Can overlap with TransferStudentUniforms when a student continues to wear his/her old uniform at a new school that doesn't have one.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Averted with the high school characters: while they all wear uniforms for class and school-sponsored extracurriculars, they wear street clothes at home. Even the Shinigami have street clothes to wear off-duty. Creator/TiteKubo really doesn't like the LimitedWardrobe trope. He reportedly wanted to go into fashion or design, according to some interviews back in '06.
** Vizard Yadomaru Lisa wears a school uniform, despite having been dead for who knows how long. [[spoiler:Since her time as a Shinigami was spent as [[ChivalrousPervert Kyoraku Shunsui]]'s lieutenant, though, maybe it's just habitual.]] Not to mention she [[spoiler: isn't that different from Kyoraku, maybe even worse]], given that she likes to peep on other people's matters and reads pornographic magazines in public with absolutely no shame.
* Maka of ''Manga/SoulEater'' is almost always seen wearing some kind of school uniform - be it at school itself, when out on missions (coupled with her signature [[BadassLongcoat black longcoat]]) or just hanging out. [[spoiler: She also gets a much snazzier new choice of uniform when Spartoi is formed.]] Explained in ''Manga/SoulEaterNot''. There is a very liberal attitude to uniform at Shibusen, and students can wear whatever they want, but it is a fashion of sorts to design your own school-uniform-type outfit and wear that every day. Given the potentially abrupt and far-ranging nature of school activities, it may also be convenient for students to be able to plausibly argue to random authorities they ''are'' students, which would somewhat justify a policy aimed at encouraging them to "look like they could be with the DWMA" at all times.
* The princes in ''Manga/TheRoyalTutor'' are always wearing rather anachronistic school uniforms, and two of them never even went to school.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Shinji Ikari will wear his school uniform even when he goes out at night to wander the streets of Tokyo-3. Rei Ayanami is also an example of the trope as well, although she has the excuse of being a TykeBomb who probably doesn't ''own'' any other clothes. Shinji also wears it both [[spoiler:while deciding the fate of the world and right after he rejects Instrumentality and ends up on the beach]]. The fandom in general are under the impression that this is the ''only'' outfit he wears outside the entry plug.
** [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion Mari]] as well, the one time we see her in something other than her plugsuit. Gets more ridiculous in the third rebuild movie, where Shinji and Kaworu walk around in school uniforms even when [[spoiler: they live in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where there hasn't been a school on this planet for over a decade. May serve to highlight Shinji's status as a FishOutOfTemporalWater. ]]
* Rin Tohsaka from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' skips school to show Archer around the city. Despite being the heiress to a rather wealthy family (and the truancy accusations wearing a uniform would presumably invite), she still chooses to wear her school uniform for this outing. Reversed in the rest of the game, where she wears a red sweater with a [[CreepyCoolCrosses Creepy Cool Cross]] on it, a miniskirt, and some delicious ''Grade S'' ZettaiRyouiki when not at school.
* Twins Sara and Sojyu of ''Anime/FutakoiAlternative'' are rarely seen out of their primary outfits, which appear to be school uniforms. School is rarely ever mentioned in the series, and never shown. They even spend an entire Sunday lounging about in their uniforms.
* Kamiyama from ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' wears his school uniform even when going out for shopping and stopping local gangsters with his super powered Mechazawa Motorcycle Hell, ''every other character'' in ''Cromartie'' falls into this (except, obviously, if they don't usually wear school uniforms). The only time we see any of the student characters out of uniform is when Hokuto wakes up at his home - he's in his [=PJs=].
* Yugi from ''Manga/YuGiOh'' always wears a variation of his school uniform during the various card game tournaments he compets in. This is lampshaded in [[Manga/YuGiOh the manga]]. When told he doesn't have to wear his uniform at the weekend, his response is "why not?", and he appears to be genuinely puzzled by the concept. Interestingly, the first time he DOES wear casual clothes in the anime (during the group's game against Otogi/[[DubNameChange Duke]]), no one says a word about it. TheAbridgedSeries mocks this (which should come as no surprise, since it mocks everything else) in episode 22. The episode is half-way over before Yugi thinks to himself, "Isn't anyone going to notice that I'm not wearing my school uniform?"
* Mostly justified in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', since Duel Academy is on an island, and sometimes when the students spontaneusly find themselves in a different dimension, they wear their uniforms. However, why was Kaiser/[[DubNameChange Zane]] wearing his school uniform in the Duelist League after graduating from Duel Acadamy? (He ditches this for a black coat, anyway.)
* Averted in ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', where only Aki and the twins are students and only wear their uniforms during school, and ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', where the students wear their casual clothes more often than their school uniforms.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'':
** Played with Yuya. The only cloth of his school uniform he is always wearing in- and outside school is his jacket which he wears as a CoatCape.
** Yuzu wears a NonuniformUniform. She wears it all the time until the climax of the first season, where she switches her clothes with Serena, who is wearing her uniform as well. After that, Yuzu keeps switching outfits throughout the series.
** Sawatari and his three lackeys seem to wear their uniforms everywhere.
** Most of Academia's students wear their uniforms everywhere. This is justified since their school uniforms double as [[ChildSoldier military uniforms]].
* Kagome of ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'' frequently strolls around in modern-day school outfit in feudal Japan.
** Of special note is one moment from the first movie; she's about to return to the past wearing a miko outfit which is definitely period-appropriate, seeing as how she was given it while she was in the past. Her mother makes a point of stopping her right before she jumps into the well ''specifically'' to hand her a newly-cleaned school uniform to change into.
** In the anime, Kagome doesn't wear her school uniform on her first planned excursion through the well, but more practical clothes. Fans complained, and all subsequent journeys would be in her school uniform.
** And as it turned out, it caused a StableTimeLoop. [[spoiler: Her legendary exploits, all done in her school uniform, led to the invention of the SailorFuku in the first place.]]
** [[WordOfGod Rumiko Takahashi said]] in an interview (with her tongue firmly planted in her cheek, no doubt) that Kagome prefers to wear her uniform because it's durable and easy to clean.
* Yuki Nagato from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' almost always wears her school uniform; justified, because her being a FishOutOfWater, in the first chapters she still has to learn about human fashion. It should be noted that she was wearing that same uniform three years before she even started at the school.
* Hitomi from ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'' wears her school uniform despite being on a completely different world. Justified in that the only other clothes she has with her are her running clothes. However, given the amount of action she sees, her sweats might have been a more practical choice of dress.
* Lelouch vi Britannia of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' usually wears either his school uniform or his [[strike:superhero]] [[SecretIdentity Zero]] costume (though he does have one "street clothes" outfit that he wears from time to time). [[spoiler: In fact, he was even wearing his school uniform at the end of R2 episode 21, when he [[RefugeInAudacity arranged a live, international broadcast at the Britannian capital's throne room, sat down in the throne,]] [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning and calmly announced in front of a huge crowd of nobles and royals that he was the new emperor]] [[SelfMadeOrphan now that he had murdered the old one.]]]]. Of course, it does help that his uniform would be seen as a status symbol, since Ashford Academy is mostly attended by affluent Britannians. It might also make people let down their guard, because [[TeensAreMonsters how dangerous could a high school student really be?]] As well, the Royal Guard leader who found Lelouch in the first episode correctly identified Lelouch as a Britannian student in the ghetto before trying to kill him, so it likely helps students get by if they're ever outside the settlements.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Setsuna does this as a part of her [[TheStoic Stoic]] nature.
** Kotarou, who mentioned that his school uniform is his fighting outfit. He clearly lives with few possessions.
** Sayo Aisaka wears her school uniform perpetually, because of the fact that she's dead. Since she died some unspecified time in the past, her uniform is different to that of the rest of the school.
* In ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', Nanoha's Barrier Jacket design is based on the school uniform she wore when she was 9 years old, so in a way, she continues wearing her school uniform in battle well into her adulthood.
* Before the [[TournamentArc The Dark Tournament]], Yusuke, Kuwabara, and Kurama of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' would go everywhere in their school uniform. This includes joining a contest to become the pupil of an OldMaster in the mountains, attacking the castle of demons intending to take over the human world, and raiding the mansion of a evil rich guy to rescue a MysteriousWaif. Yusuke is an interesting example in that his 'uniform' is not in fact the school uniform since he specifically wears the wrong color as a form of rebellion.
* Karasuma in ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' does this as another major part of his [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} overall oddness]]. Lampshaded. Though all his clothes look alike his casual clothes have different patterns on the inside.
* It's implied that the extremely poor Asami from ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}'' doesn't OWN any clothes other than her school uniforms. She always wears them, even switching to gym clothes when it's too hot for the normal uniform.
* ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'': Gunter has several uniforms made after Yuuri shows up in his school uniform, simply because it's black. (Black being a significant color symbolizing Yuuri's power.) So, Yuuri ends up with both black and his uniform.
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', Rue and Mytho are rarely seen outside of their school uniforms, even when we often see other students from the school in casual outfits on their days off. For Rue, it's probably because [[spoiler:she's the daughter of the Raven, and probably doesn't have ''any'' human clothes outside of her school stuff and the outfit she wore for the festival]], for Mytho it could just be because Fakir didn't want to bother. Autor is also never seen in anything but his school uniform.
* Miaka and Yui in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', though in the manga it's actually a plot point: As long as they both wear the uniform, each one is aware of what's going on with the other in the book.
* In ''Anime/MaiOtome'', the girls of Garderobe Academy are required to wear their uniforms everywhere. In one episode, Arika's briefly goes missing, believed to have been stolen and/or sold on the black market, since Otome merchandise is a very hot commodity. There are some exceptions, such as when Akane's on a date with Kazuya or when Nao's part of the Stripes gang, activities that they don't want to be associated with them as Otomes in training.
* Jotaro Kujo and Noriaki Kakyoin of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' insist on wearing their uniforms on a cross-Asia road trip: "We're students, so we should look like students." Jotaro even manages to get a replacement jacket specially woven ''in Pakistan'' when he lost his original one against ZZ Top during Wheel of Fate, while Kakyoin ''sunbathed'' in his off-screen.
** Later this becomes extremely prevalent in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Part 4]], where the large majority of the characters are highschoolers, and almost never take off their {{Custom Uniform}}s]]. The only real exceptions from under this rule are [[NiceGuy Koichi]] and [[{{Yandere}} Yukako,]] who wear casual street outfits on several occasions, but the rest of the cast are repeat offenders of this trope. In particular, [[TheHero Josuke]] doesn't even take his uniform off at home, which earned him a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] by his mom.
* {{Justified|Trope}} in ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun''. Tokiwadai Academy insists that its students wear their uniforms at all times, even when not in school, so it's rare to see Kuroko and Mikoto wearing anything else, and even Mikoto's [[SendInTheClones many clones]] all wear the Tokiwadai uniform to avoid getting the original in trouble in case they're mistaken for her. Saten and Uiharu, who attend a school with less restrictive rules, are seen in casual clothes more often. The only time Mikoto is not wearing school uniform (outside holidays) is when [[spoiler:she's committing terrorism to stop the Level 6 Shift Project]]. [[TheOjou She even rents a hotel room just to change clothes!]]
* Atsunobu Hayashimizu from ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', to the point he wears it ''even [[BeachEpisode at the beach]]!''
* ''Manga/NuraRiseOfTheYokaiClan'': BigBad Hagoromo [[{{kitsune}} Gitsune]] takes it literally and [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/nurarihyon_no_mago/c124/12.html beyond]]:
--> I will fill this world with something pure. Pure black, like these black eyes, this black hair, and black clothes...
* Everyone who wears a school uniform in ''Manga/CodeBreaker'' rarely changes into normal clothes, even if said uniform is just a cover.
* ''Manga/ArataKangatari'' has Hinohara, who has yet to dress himself in more practical traveling clothes. [[spoiler:Kadowaki is later guilty of it as well, refusing to wear what he calls "cosplay."]]
* When the girls of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' aren't in their MagicalGirl outfit they're in their school uniform. Except Kyouko, who doesn't go to school (not that [[LimitedWardrobe she has anymore variety]]). There are some exceptions, since Madoka appears wearing her pajamas in episode 6 and Homura uses casual clothing in the last chapter of the manga (She still uses the school uniform in the anime though). Homura's MagicalGirl outfit looks really like a school uniform. You might mistake that she never transforms at all because of its appearance. It becomes truly ridiculous in Episode 7; Sayaka decides to skip school due to [[AwfulTruth certain recent events]], but when Kyouko calls her out for a talk, she wears her uniform anyway. In the manga, however, she wears a casual outfit.
* Let's not forget the episode of ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'' that featured [[FieryRedhead Ayano]] having trouble deciding to wear on her [[NotADate Not-Date]] with [[DeadpanSnarker Kazuma]]. Her choices were ''[[LampshadeHanging three identical school uniforms]]''.
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' {{zigzag|gedTrope}}s this trope. The main trio wears their school uniform even it's summer vacation or Christmas--but there were a few scenes in ''High School Boys and Summer Memories'' skit when they wore causal clothes. This trope was also {{invoked}} once in ''High School Boys and Summer Plans'' when Hidenori asked Karasawa to ''wear school uniforms'' to join a meeting on vacation planning in which the other participants are already wearing school uniforms.
* Kyousuke Hyoubu in ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren'' is often criticized by some people (particularly his comrades from his terrorist organization) for wearing the ''gakuran'' school uniform all the time, which is sometimes seen as a sign of his childishness. In a supplemental 4-panel strip, we find out that before that he used to wear his old WWII air force uniform, switching to the school uniform after repeated requests from his comrades to start wearing ''civilian'' clothes. (Which gakuran technically ''is'', but notice that it ''still'' has a military look!) The only time he attempted to wear casual clothes, when going on a date with The Children and on explicit request from his comrades, a pretty messy ClothingDamage happened, which made his comrades give up and let him keep wearing the school uniform.
* Misaki Ayuzawa from ''Manga/MaidSama'' wears the school swimsuit during the BeachEpisode because she couldn't afford anything else. Eventually the manager of the Maid-Latte MaidCafe gives her a spare outfit.
* ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'' both {{avert|edTrope}}s and {{justifie|dTrope}}s it. While the initial series plays it straight, in later series, Makoto is wearing native clothing. Jinnai continues to wear his school uniform, but this may simply be because, living with the Bugrom, getting new clothing is too much of a hassle.
* In ''Manga/{{X1999}}'', all the characters who are just high school students will be depicted wearing school uniform. Always. Even fighting. And they all look awesome! Except, for some reason, for Sorata. It's even commented on that he doesn't!
* In ''{{Manga/Saki}}'', the high school-age girls are most often seen in their uniforms, even outside of class. It's somewhat justified as far as the tournament goes, since they're representing their schools (Senriyama's Hiroko makes Sera change into her uniform for matches, which results in Ako getting the idea to get Shizuno to do the same) in tournaments, although it doesn't seem to be an official rule, as not all of them do that. Eisui's players wear {{Miko}} robes, while Ryuumonbuchi's players wear their own clothes to the point where it could be considered an inversion; they have never been seen wearing school uniforms, and the fact that they don't is referenced in ''Saki Biyori''.
* {{Justified|Trope}} in ''Anime/KillLaKill'' since Ryuko's literally only outfit is her living weapon/school uniform Senketsu. The outfit she was wearing before she found him got shredded when she put him on.
* Mayu of ''Anime/DeathParade'' is sent to Quindecim (a place that decides where to send human souls) in her school uniform so they're the only clothes she's seen in most of the time.
* In ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'', it is mentioned that Sakura's mother got married while wearing her school uniform. {{Justified|Trope}}, as the marriage was an {{Elopement}}, due to heavy ParentalMarriageVeto.
* The characters in ''Manga/SchoolLive'' near constantly wear their uniforms. It's {{justified}} in that the zombie outbreak happened right after school ended and thus they were in their uniforms. They go clothes "shopping" later on (they check out an abandoned mall) but still don't change clothes for much other than sleeping.
* Invoked in ''Manga/WanderingSon''. The two transgender protagonists frequently wear school uniforms (a SailorFuku given by Takatsuki to Nitori and a hand-me-down gakuran from his brother for Takatsuki) outside of school to pass, even though they start the series as elementary schoolers and didn't even wear uniforms yet. As the manga goes on this is subverted as they buy [[UnlimitedWardrobe more]] female and male clothing respectively.
* During the early chapters of ''Manga/TakeoChanBukkairoku'', Takeo wears only her school's winter uniform and states outright it is the only clothing she owns. Her reasons for not owning more are because her BornUnlucky status causes the various misfortunes that befall her to ruin any other clothing. In the case of the uniform, it's black so it's not obvious when it gets dirty due to her mishaps while the long sleeves also provide some protection for her arms. When the youkai she lives with realize this, they take steps to alleviate the curse that causes her misfortune enough that she can at least wear other clothing freely. Following that chapter, and thanks to her housemates giving her clothes as gifts, Takeo wears a wider variety of clothing afterward.
* Averted for the most part in ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'', but played completely straight with Shirogane, who rarely (if ever) is seen wearing anything but his uniform outside of his house. Kaguya lampshades this.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Happy Kitty from Christos' Gage's ''ComicBook/{{Absolution}}'' is a rare western comic book example.
* The identical yellow and black outfits worn by the ComicBook/XMen before they "graduate" from Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters is a superhero version of this trope.
** The Stepford Cuckoos, as the Three-in-One, often wear various prep school uniforms, even though the School doesn't require its students to do so.
* Jules from ''ComicBook/BazookaJules'' wears a school uniform despite her school not having a dress code. By her account it apparently helps her get better grades.
* Edwin Paine, one of the eponymous Dead Boy Detectives (a spinoff of Neil Gaiman's [[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]] series) wears his St. Hilarion's uniform when solving mysteries. Then again, he did die in it, so he might not have a choice in the matter.
* In ''ComicBook/SpyBoy'', Spygirl spends most of her time in her sailor fuku school uniform (although it is possible that this is a costume from her TV show and not a real school uniform). Either way, this is her standard outfit till she transfers to Alex's school and starts wearing casual clothes to blend in.

* Kyon was falling into this constantly for a while during ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', but managed to escape it by getting a BadassLongcoat and skinsuit... thing.
** Haruhi actually uses this exact wording about Yuki.
* A few characters in ''FanFic/DespairsLastResort'' are only wearing their old high school uniforms or at least pieces of them.
* Downplayed by Misty in ''FanFic/PokemonClefairyTales''. She normally doesn't wear her [[ScoutOut Squirtle Scout]] uniform unless she must, generally preferring a yellow tank top and jean shorts, though she will invariably show up in uniform when invited to a formal event such as the S.S. Anne party.
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'' hangs a lampshade on Shinji's canon dress sense by having Asuka ask him if he actually owns any clothes other than white button-up shirts and black trousers.
--> '''Shinji''' (defensively): I have a look that works.

[[folder: Film]]
* Gogo Yubari from ''Film/KillBill'' is only ever seen wearing a school uniform. She's intended as a parody of [[{{Joshikousei}} certain other tropes.]]
* Maruti along with the other students from ''Animation/TheReturnOfHanuman''. Maruti wears it all the time, he even ''sleeps'' in it.
* Rare Western Example: Andrew from ''Film/WorldsGreatestDad'' is only seen in his school uniform, even outside of school. Director Creator/BobcatGoldthwait mentions on the commentary this is because Andrew dislikes going home [to change] to avoid his alcoholic mother.
* Babydoll from ''Film/SuckerPunch''.

[[folder: Literature]]
* The straitlaced Yo-less in the ''Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy'' wears his school uniform when hanging around with Johnny and his mates. In fact, he's the only kid who ''ever'' wears the school uniform, which Wobbler says means it isn't really a uniform, and he should be sent home for not wearing a T-shirt and jeans.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* In classic ''Series/DoctorWho'' one of the Fifth Doctor's companions, Turlough, is introduced as an English schoolboy. It's soon revealed that he's [[HumanAliens not what he seems]] and he joins the Doctor in his travels through time and space...but never removes the uniform! (except once, memorably, to trade it in for some hot pants and a speedo.) After his first story, though, his invented story as a schoolboy is never brought up again, and as Turlough [[DawsonCasting doesn't come across as school-age]], the rest of his tenure sees him as a young adult in a suit.
* In ''Series/AmericanDreams'', the youngest son, Will, tended to wear his Catholic school uniform all day. ''Partly'' justified by the fact that his polio and leg brace would make it difficult to change pants in the middle of the day- but that doesn't explain keeping the tie on.
** The same was true of Meg, J.J. and Patty but not to the same extent.
* A slight variation in ''Series/{{Glee}}'' is the [[AllGuysWantCheerleaders cheerleaders]] wearing their uniforms all day every day. At many high schools, cheerleaders wear their uniforms to classes on game days, but not other days, and not outside of school.
** Don't forget the Warblers, who don't dress down even when school's out.
** Although it tends to vary for the Warblers; it seems as though they wear their uniforms during all performances, even at night or on the weekends (like Silly Love Songs or the GAP Attack) and/or if the other performers are in costume, but Blaine and Kurt both dress down for Rachel's party.
* When ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' had uniforms, the scenes at [[LocalHangout The Dot]] after school had the place awash with teenagers in khakis and jellybean-colored polos.
** Season 12 features a storyline in which Zig is still wearing the once-regulation khakis ''in school'' after uniforms were abolished, because his family couldn't afford to replace a still-usable pair of pants.
** Clare started at Degrassi after attending a Christian private school, but left her old school uniform on for a year before getting new clothes.
* ''Series/{{Outnumbered}}'' zigzags this. It depends on what day of the week it is.
* In ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' Rory is seen very often in her Chilton outfit, even when she's lounging around Stars Hollow and presumably has had time to change. She likes wearing it because she doesn't have to think about what she's going to wear.
* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' has the transfer student variant. Until the change of seasons necessitated other clothing, we never see him out of it, even during an outing to a karaoke bar after hours. It also counts as a NonUniformUniform since it comes with a different FunTShirt each time.
* The two younger kids in ''Series/BlackIsh'', but not the older kids as the school drops uniforms after a certain grade level (presumably this is accurate for at least some LA-area private schools...)

[[folder: Music]]
* Music/{{ACDC}}'s lead guitarist, Angus Young, tried a number of different stage costumes before settling on his Ashfield Boys High School uniform at the suggestion of his sister.
* In Music/MyChemicalRomance's "I'm Not Okay" video, they wore school uniforms. Literally, the new black, because otherwise, those dudes wear a lot of black.
* Music/TheHives are famous for performing in matching outfits with a black & white colour scheme which have included school uniforms with blazers featuring a crest with a prominent H. British TV host, Jonathon Ross described the look as "half rock band, half [[HarryPotter Hogwarts Sixth Form]] outing".
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divinyls The late Chrissy Amphlett]] became infamous for her stage costume, a school uniform that did not hide the tops of her stockings very effectively.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}: Teenaged shadowrunner /dev/grrl wears her school uniform on runs.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* A staple of the ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' series, used to emphasize that the protagonists are (or at least, used to be) [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary High School Students]] caught up in events caught up in events that are ''way'' over their heads. They will usually stick to the uniforms for the entire adventure, and can you blame them when those uniforms are [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes that stylish]]?
** In the first ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' game, this is justified since the ZombieApocalypse leaves them no time for a reasonable wardrobe change. But since they're stylish, who's complaining?
** ''VideoGame/Persona2: Innocent Sin'', high school characters keep their uniforms on throughout the game, despite getting plenty of opportunities to change. In ''Eternal Punishment'', Tatsuya finally ditches the uniform for a stylish red tracksuit though.
** As SEES from ''VideoGame/Persona3'' is technically a school club, the crew wear their school uniforms for club related activities, complete with a red "SEES" armband. Though in this case, "club related activities" means hunting shadows, planning and executing missions, and other things that are defiantly not normal extracurricular activities. It does add a sense of professionalism to the whole thing, and their stylishness cannot be argued.
** Justified (or at least {{Hand Wave}}d) in ''VideoGame/Persona4'' where the Investigation Team wear their uniforms as a means of concealing their activities. Since the safest entrance[[note]]Technically they could use any TV to enter that world, but it is ''very'' dangerous to do so since there's no way to tell where they might wind up if they did that, and the TV world is not a safe place to wander around in[[/note]] to the TV World lies within the local department store, they can't exactly carry their weapons and armor out in the open (in fact, Yosuke and the Protagonist got arrested for doing just that). They come up with the solution to use their school gear to smuggle it in, and to avoid unwanted attention. Of course, the uniforms are still very stylish.
** While ''VideoGame/Persona5'' mostly averts this trope, you can play it straight in the dungeons by equipping your party with not just your school's uniforms, but the ones from previous ''Persona'' games (and even ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIf'') as well.
* Sakura from ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' has become quite famous for entering martial arts tournaments in her school uniform. Even in ''Street Fighter IV'' where she travels abroad to visit Ken she's still wearing one as she now uses it as her fighting uniform. Finally averted in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'', where she has graduated from high school and no longer wears her uniform.
* Kyo from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' has entered various competitions while wearing his school uniform. Shingo Yabuki does so as well but that's more attributed to the fact that he wants to [[HeroWorshipper emulate Kyo as much as he can]].
** From ''KOF '99'' and onward, he changes his outfit, but [[SendInTheClones his numerous clones]] wear his old school uniform.
** Funnily enough, despite his uniform being considered an iconic part of his character, Kyo left school without graduating.
* Alessa Gillespie in ''Franchise/SilentHill'' is never seen in something other than her school uniform.
* Jimmy Hopkins from ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'' frequently visits the town near his school in his school uniform during his days off. Of course this is mainly attributed to the player choosing to do so as opposed to the character.
* ''VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy'': Raidou always wears his school uniform, even when going out and fighting demons. What's that? In the {{Yakuza}}-run bath house, he's naked and thus does ''not'' wear the uniform? Heh, nope. [[NiceHat He keeps the hat.]] So he's always wearing at least a ''piece'' of the uniform.
* Reisen Udongein Inaba from the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' game ''Imperishable Night'' wears a uniform composed of a long-sleeved black suit jacket, tie, and short skirt, similar to a private school uniform..
** For that matter, Touhou plays the LimitedWardrobe sister trope in general, except for Reimu and Marisa, where it's averted and Sanae where this trope here is ''inverted'' (she wears a Miko uniform most of the time but rarely an actual School uniform).
* Alyssa in ''VideoGame/ClockTower3'' wears a school uniform through most of the game. She has alternate costumes, but they're a little [[{{Stripperific}} creepy]]. Especially for a 14 year old.
* In the earlier ''VideoGame/HarryPotter'' video games, the student characters wore their Hogwarts uniforms at all times. Even while hanging out at the Burrow or shopping in Diagon Alley.
* ''VideoGame/{{Academagia}}'': During the school year, all students are required to were clearly identifiable school uniforms basically everywhere but their rooms. Furthermore, each college has its own variation on design and color scheme. The main reason for this is to assuage the understandable concerns the general populace and government of [[CityofAdventure Mineta]], over the hundreds of potentially mischievous and/or incompetent magic-users-in-training in their midst.
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'': Super Duper High-School Prefect Ishimaru explains in a free-time event that he wears his school uniform day in, day out to keep him focussed on homework. He even owns ten identical copies of it.
* Filia in ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' is always seen in her uniform, as she's homeless and it's likely the only clothing she has.
* The cast from ''VideoGame/SenranKagura'' wear their school uniforms wherever they go (unless you change their costumes), even when being on a mission, unless they activate Shinobi Transformation... besides Homura, whose transformation is to just wear wrist guards with her school uniform. [[spoiler:She and the rest of her group change to different set of casual costumes, with Homura gaining a new Shinobi Transformation costume, once they abandon their school.]] Given that most of the cast is to varying degrees pretending to be normal high school students, this is probably policy: as individuals many of them have an abnomal upbringing and need constant reminder of their cover, and in groups wearing matching school uniforms goes a long way towards explaining the presence in a random location of a group of teenage girls... especially during school hours.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' one of the reward of the Amiibo challenges is the possibility of dressing your Inkling in a school uniform. It comes with a standard ability (Ink Recovery up) plus two empty slots.

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* The girls of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' usually take any chance they get to change out of their school uniforms. When the former Suicide Fairies show in uniform outside of class, it's a clue that they didn't get a summer holiday. And when Zimmy and Gamma are seen wearing their uniforms in the middle of the night, it's a sign that they've more pressing things to worry about than changing into pajamas at bedtime.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Moperville North HS's uniform policy was [[SuddenSchoolUniform so short-lived]] that the main characters' playing dressup with them at a party the weekend before it went into effect adds up to one-fourth of their total wear time and almost half their on-panel scenes.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Bambi, Buffy, and Bunny, three supervillains from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' known collectively as "The Cheerleaders" are never seen wearing anything other than their cheerleader uniforms. Their ''Beverly Hills High School'' cheerleader uniforms. Despite having graduated nearly ten years earlier.
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v4 has Maria Santiago, who still wears her uniform from her old school at Bayview (which, for the record, does not have uniforms).

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Lily wears a [[SailorFuku sailor school uniform]] (complete with [[ZettaiRyouiki very short skirt]]) in ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'', an AffectionateParody of {{Anime}}. Notably, Lily is never seen going to school when she's off the set of the [[ShowWithinAShow Lily-Mu show]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', [[LovableAlphaBitch Brittany]] and [[LovableJock Kevin]] wear their cheerleading and football uniforms, respectively, as their standard outfits. Kevin even wears his shoulder pads (possibly because he's fairly slim by jock standards and wants to hide that fact).
* On ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'', the three cheerleaders are always wearing their cheerleading outfits. Considering they're [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals completely identical]], it's clear the animators are cutting corners with the character models.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', AlphaBitch Mindy is always seen in her school uniform even when hanging at the mall, except on certain occasions when she is seen in her cheerleader uniform.
* The Delightful Children from Down The Lane in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' wear school uniforms despite not going to a school with uniforms. The boys wear blazers while the girls wear sailor suits. It's there to accentuate both their CreepyChild looks and their formal, FauxAffablyEvil personas.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Some Japanese schools ask or require their students to be in uniform whenever coming or going to school, and since club activities can happen on weekends, students may be spotted in uniform on Sundays. Conversely, some students are just too lazy to change into regular clothes. One manual on Japanese etiquette says that for funeral attendance and other formal occasions, it's acceptable for kids to wear their school uniform -- making this trope slightly more literal than you may have expected. Indeed, school uniforms are so ubiquitous and prevalent in Japan that a [[https://www.google.com/search?btnG=1&pws=0&q=nanchatte+seifuku&gws_rd=ssl fashion trend]] developed out of this. Many Japanese magazines aimed at teenagers frequently have sections devoted to dress code-friendly trends and stylized versions of real uniforms. There are even entire [[http://www.kuri-ori.com/ boutiques]] and [[http://www.conomi.jp fashion brands]] dedicated to unregulated uniforms. In the rare case that a Japanese school ''doesn't have'' uniforms, it's entirely possible that some students will decide they look cool, and ''wear them anyway.''
* In Australia, where school uniforms are the norm, many students simply can't be bothered changing out of their uniforms at the end of the day and seeing students walking around shopping centres in uniform on any given weekday afternoon is not an unusual occurrence.
* In Brazil, in the vast majority of public and private schools, students are required to wear uniforms. Although uniforms usually consist of shirts alone, so some students, mainly boys, wear a T-shirt of their own under the school shirt, then after school all they have to do is take off the uniform shirt, and no one will know that five seconds ago they were wearing a uniform, since they will probably look like your [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent typical American public school student]].
* Schools have uniforms by default throughout the Commonwealth and East Asia. It's also the norm throughout South East Asia, even in the most rural of places. There is a certain [[PatrioticFervor nationalistic pride]] in wearing the nationally-standardized school uniform.
* Apparently there are cafés built out of this trope in Taiwan. The style of some school uniforms of Taiwanese schools are apparently fashionable enough that there are cafés where the waitresses are dressed in those uniforms. Japan does that too, and it's [[{{Fanservice}} a different trope entirely]].
* Students in South Korea also wear their uniforms outside of school, although it's more common for elementary and middle school students to do this than high school students possibly for fashion purposes. Many students have classes on Saturday so it's not uncommon to see them on weekends as well.
* Irish elementary and secondary schools are still overwhelmingly Christian (Catholic in the Republic), so kids and teens are commonly seen in uniforms before and after school, as well as on their lunch break.
* Subverted by a UsefulNotes/{{Toronto}} police spokesperson who recommended that students avoid doing this because it divulges where they can be found during the day; he got in trouble because [[JustForFun/IReadThatAs it was taken as]] "[[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule schoolgirls shouldn't wear short skirts]] [[UnfortunateImplications because that'll turn predators on to them]]".
* Many Catholic secondary schools' uniforms in the US are nothing more than specific slacks and polo shirts, so it's no surprise that a student may not change immediately after class unless it's for something like sports. If they're not really uncomfortable, why bother changing?
** Dress shirts/blouses, specific skirts (usually pleated), specific sweaters, and shorts (during hot weather) are also often permitted. By and large, the uniforms are a subset of business casual and would not look out of place in an office.
** Some schools get around the uniform issue by having a dress code to be followed that is similar in effect. Many universities are the same in many regards in order to prepare their students for corporate or government service dress codes.