gossipgirluniform.jpgI had to wear a uniform to school. Every day I was forced into a white shirt, a navy school sweatshirt and black or navy skirt / trousers. The staff were pretty strict on jewellery and footwear, so the only nod to fashion I could get away with was through my hair accessories. I had quite a reputation for my mad hair and I became quite skilled at all manner of twists, braids and buns...

Watching the kids on TV now, I'd be forgiven for thinking the rules have changed a bit. On Gossip Girl the uniforms are accessorised to the max. Kids on Hollyoaks wear hoop earrings, Tiffany necklaces, ditch their ties and walk around in 5 inch heels. Since my school days are long behind me, I thought I'd open up the floor to those CQ readers who're back to school in the next few weeks and find out...what are (or, for the oldies like me, were) your uniform rules? And more importantly, how did you sneak your way round them?!