School Uniforms: Girls
In this section, we'll take a look at the ever popular
Japanese girl's uniform.
Standard Sailor Top
Here are variations of the standard girl's top. Most common
designs are the first or second in the row. Short sleeves,
either regular or puffed. The third is an altered uniform
uncommonly seen. The fourth is something you would see worn
during the colder months.
Looking at the back, the sailor outfit normally tends to
have the first design. The others are not usually seen in
the real world but can be used in your manga anyways.
Going back to the front of the shirt, to the left are the
most common bows. First is the standard bow, second, the
straight ended bow, and third, the pointy-tailed bow. The
standard bow can be drawn in different ways. It could be
plumped up as shown, slightly drooping, or you can come
up with a different design. When making a character, you
can opt to keep the bow untied if the person was in a rush
or doesn't follow school rules. You could also choose not
to have a bow for the uniform.
The other school uniform top females wear
is the shirt as shown to the right. You can change the tops
just by changing the collar. It can be rounded, pointy,
wide or narrow. Generally, they are white but you can change
the color if you prefer.
Moving on to the skirt, length differ from mid-thigh, upper-thigh,
knee, and mid-calf. Examples to the right are transparent
so you can get a better idea of their placement, how they
are drawn, and how you can draw them.
skirts may be drawn in many ways. Some prefer to draw a
straight line along the bottom. Others stagger the length
a bit while another may go a step further by depicting the
folded part of the skirt. The thickness of the skirt can
be either thin or thick - the thick version shown at the
Other skirts apart from the standard pleated one may be
used instead. The lower half of the drawing shows some examples
with various waist or no-waisted skirts, with folds, or
no folds at all. The far right has an underskirt or slip
which you may choose to draw or not.
Getting to the bottom of things, we'll move on to the socks
and shoes. Socks vary in length and in style as shown below.
Loose socks are one of the common worn in manga characters
as well as the standard short and long socks.
Shoes may vary depending upon your characters personality
but females usually wears flats, dress shoes, and the occasional
sneakers with their uniforms.
Aside from the common Sailor Uniform, there are other uniforms
as shown above: Business Vest, Suspender-Like, Apron-Like,
and Sweater Vest.
The business vest usually consists of a long-sleeved shirt,
a tie, and a business vest of course. You can pair it with
a short sleeve top but it takes away from the professional
Suspender-Like uniform is made up of a shirt top and a one-piece
skirt and suspender. You've probably seen this in the Evangelion
series with a slight modification: the skirt. Also, you
can change the width and cut of the suspenders as you see
The third type, Apron-Like is named because of the squarish
top that is reminiscent of an apron. The skirt and apron-like
top can be seperate or pieced together. A bow is optional
but it usually comes with a short-sleeved top (puffed sleeves
The last shown is the Sweater Vest. Not as strict looking
as the Business Vest but comes right after. Usually with
long sleeves, it can have a bow but can also have a tie.
As for the length, it may be long as shown or it can be
shorter if you prefer.
Of course, we can't forget the business-like uniforms
with the use of blazers. Above we have several designs from
long, short, and normal-length blazers. Notice how the length
can affect how the skirt is drawn. If you look closely,
they all have varying neck-ties/bows.
Above, we continue with another blazer example with a slight
difference: the ends is pointed and she is wearing a bow
tie - a rather big one. Beside her are two other girls.
These two show a combination of blazer and vest (business
Putting It All Together
Now that you've seen everything there is to know about girls
uniforms, you have the option of mixing and matching for
a unique design. Apart from the initial design, color also
plays a part. For example, standard sailor tops are white
with red ribbons but you can change it to a dark colored
shirt with a different colored bow. The skirt as well does
not have to be a single color. Instead, you can make it
have a plaid pattern. Ties can be stripped and other changes
can be changed as well.