School Uniforms: Boys
In this section, we'll take a look at the ever popular
Japanese boy's uniform.
There are four types of uniforms you can draw your charcters
in: 1) traditional military uniform, 2) shirt and pant,
3) sweater vest with shirt and pants, and 4) business suit
Traditional military uniform is usually the standard outfit
drawn in manga followed by the shirt and pant and business
suit types. Not many vest with shirt and pant uniforms but
it's an option.
Let's take a closer look at each of the uniforms starting
with the traditional one. Mostly, the traditional uniform
tends to be dark colored (i.e. black) but there are those
that are lighter like gray. They usually have a white band
at the collar and possibly a little pocket either at the
chest area or down in front of the hip. Some have no pocket
The shirt and pant uniform is another popular combination.
The shirts tend to either be long sleeved of short. You
can opt to change between the two depending upon the weather
(cold vs. warm).
The sweater vest with shirt and pants also has the same
flexibility with the option of long-sleeved shirt or short.
You can choose to make your vest into a long-sleeved sweater
with a shirt underneath during the winter months though.
Last, business uniforms are the other common required outfit.
Suits tend to be plain (i.e. no pattern) and is complete
with shirt and tie. Tie is a must in a business type uniform
which can be one plain color or striped. If you really want
to get fancy, you can go a step further by putting in a
pattern like a fleur-de-lis or starburst of some kind. Suits
may or may not have buttons up front and on the cuffs depending
on the style you're going for.
For variety, you can change minor details on the male uniform.
For instance, on traditional uniforms you can add edging,
buttons, and even insignia's. Shirt and pants uniforms can
have a tie requirment or not - and for emphasis on character,
can be left open. Sweater vests may also have a tie requirement
if you choose.
Thankfully, boys does not have as much variety of pants
unlike like girls and their skirts. There are basically
three pant types they can wear: classic-ruffed, flat-front,
These three are the basic pant types that men and women
wear. At a closer look:
The first is a classic-ruffed pants, which has folds at
each side from the belt down. The folds a inwards and all
that is viewed is the seam where it was stitched.
The second is the flat-front pant. This is a sleak looking
pant which is form-fitting and quite contemporary looking.
Third, the reverse-pleat pant is like the first except the
folds are inside-out. The fold is reminiscent of uniform
The first and third pant bulges out at the hip due to the
folds, making the hip area look bigger than they really
are. Most wear it just because it of that reason - mostly
in the color black since it's "slimming".
For more info on pants, check out the Pants
Boys, like girls have a set variety of shoes they may wear.
Technically, boys should wear loafers but in manga, anything
goes so they may also wear boots, and sneakers. For the
really slacker type, you could even have them wear sandals.