There are two distinctive styles of school uniforms for girls in Japan: the more traditional sailor uniform and the modern sweater-and-blazer style.
Despite being associated with the classic school girl look, the sailor uniform was first adopted in 1921 by a private all-girls college. The western sweater-and-blazer style was gradually implemented before taking off in the mid-1990s, and it soon became the dominant style for high school girls in Japan.
As such, the sailor uniform became more common for middle schoolers, but both feature points of appeal. The sailor outfit is cute with its sharp contrasting colors, while the blazer-and-sweater style is more in line with a post-graduation appearance.
Do you have a preferred style?