"school uniforms make things more difficult/easy"
Whether school uniforms did make dressing, dress codes and laundry easier is questionable. While school uniforms may seem to make some things easier for some, they make other things more difficult for others.
Some suggest that school uniforms reduced discrimination, bullying, violence and crime, and thus made school management easier, but there is little or no evidence in research to support that. Anyway, these are different arguments that are discussed in more detail elsewhere at this site. Furthermore, uniforms come at a cost, as discussed under that argument.
School uniforms may impose some sense of equality upon students, but whether this was desirable is a matter of politics. It's inappropriate for a public school to impose one specific political view, while silencing the opposite view.
Mandatory school uniforms at public schools are prone to violate inalienable rights, including freedom of expression and the prior right for families to decide how their children are to be educated.
School uniforms simplify dressing. Students do not need extra time to decide what to wear. School uniforms make it easier for students to choose what they are to wear at school. [source]
Should simplicity, in principle, be forced upon those who want more choice? School uniforms come with the disadvantage that they deny this personal choice. What one wears should be up to the person to decide. It's a fundamental right. Uniforms in principle violate this right, the freedom of choice, as well as privacy and other rights. Denying students such rights teaches the wrong values. That isn't a simple thing at all. In terms of the values it imposes and expresses, this causes lots of problems. [source]
"Also, are uniforms really that simple? What is simpler? Having only one pair of jeans and a T-shirt ready to put on in the morning, or a school uniform? Also, most students will still have another set of clothing, next to their uniform, e.g. when they go out shopping or sightseeing. Uniforms take more time, because students must change from uniform into normal clothes each day. In terms of simplicity, it seems the school uniform has no real advantage over jeans with a T-shirt, which you can wear all day long everywhere you go. And isn't getting dressed really as simple as one wants to make it? In other words, it's a personal choice. Those who like to give it a lot of thought may spend minutes in front of the mirror. Those who don't want to spend much time figuring out what to wear can just grab what's there." [source]
"Some parents argue that because of school uniforms, they do not have to buy many clothes for their children, which saves them time and money. But most children will have plain clothes next to their school uniform. The idea of a school uniform is that students wear the uniform at school, but do not wear the uniform, say, at a disco or other events outside school. This effectively means that children will need a double set of clothing." [source]
"School uniforms simplify dress codes." [source]
"For me, as a mother, it actually accomplishes the opposite because before the uniforms, all I had to do was make sure there were no holes or stains (since I never bought anything inappropriate for my child anyway). NOW, I have to make sure it has no holes, no stains, no insignia, no pockets below the waist, the right color, the right style, etc." [source]
"One may have a personal opinion in favor of simplicity, but if another students has the opposite opinion, then how much of an argument does this constitute? If it's a personal choice, then why impose your opinion upon others? Even for those who do like simplicity, what real advantages does a uniform have in terms of simplicity, compared to - say - blue jeans and a T-shirt?" [source]
"From the perspective of school administration and implications for staff, do uniforms really simplify dress codes? Or, do uniforms actually result in more work for teachers? In schools with uniforms, teachers are constantly checking if students are dressed correctly in uniform, if socks are pulled up, shirts tucked in, etc. With normal clothes, teachers wouldn't have to bother about such details. Because there's so much work involved in checking how students are dressed, many schools start the day with parades, to make a check-up easier and to catch any disobedience as early as possible, because not acting against it would imply losing face and authority. This charade is just a waste of time, not only of teachers, but also of the time and talent of the students. Without uniforms, there was no need for such a charade." [source]
"Uniforms make students focus on all kinds of other things, and students will seek to become more of an individual by wearing all kinds of gadgets and carrying expensive iPods, watches, sunglasses, sunscreen, calculators, schoolbags, etc. Many students will feel forced to buy expensive sport-clothes and accessories, such as wrist and headbands, sport equipment, etc." [source]
"School uniforms don't simplify dress codes, they invoke challenges by students resulting in legal challenges. Uniforms do not make things simpler, they deny students their rights, which complicates many things." [source]
"School uniforms make laundry simple." [source]
"In practice, mosts students will wear uniforms and other clothes. If students are actually wearing two different sets of clothes each day, then this doesn't simplify laundry tasks at all. But, after consulting an expert on this, I've come to the conclusion that laundry of uniforms is a nightmare. Normal clothes dry much quicker. Also, uniforms must remain exactly the same color, otherwise your children will look like they're wearing second-hand uniforms. source
School uniforms are typically made of polycotton, because if they were made of pure cotton, they would fade after a few washings and there would be color differences between the uniforms of various pupils, which goes against the very idea of uniformity. Apart from being more expensive, polycotton is also very hot, which is a problem in hot climates. Special sun-protective clothing is often too expensive, or cannot stand the frequent washing necessary as the kids have to wear the same clothing every day." [source]
"I do several loads a week. The uniforms have made that job A LOT harder! My son never had white clothing before the uniforms and had very few tan/beige items because he is a very active, spontaneous boy - he can't keep clothing clean to save his life. Well, the uniform code calls for tan or navy blue dress pants with a white or navy blue golf shirt. When I shopped for his uniforms, all I could find was predominantly tan pants and white golf shirts. Between grass stains, purple paint (don't ask), ink stains and various other unidentified black, brown and green stains, the whites and tans are now motley collages unsuitable for school wear. The next two times (since August 2005) that I've had to shop for MORE uniform clothing, I bought ONLY the navy blue items. He managed to spill bleach on his navy blue pants. Jeans and t-shirts were much EASIER to wash and replace when needed - and much less expensive. My son sometimes now wears worn pants - even occasionally ones with holes in the knees - simply because I can't afford to continuously buy him new uniform pants - and unlike jeans, which he has DOZENS of (which are FAR more durable then dress pants), the dress pants are expensive and harder to find. Before the uniform code, my son NEVER wore clothing with holes in them to school - because I could afford to make sure he had PLENTY of school-worthy clothing. (Just to prevent the naysayers, I do make sure my son takes off his school clothing after school - he manages to do all this on the way to school, during school and on his way home!)" [source]