How many times were you told to pull your skirt down, unroll it (*guilty*) or buy a brand new one that wasn’t made completely of unnatural fibres? And all because “it’s meant to be below the knee, girls!” Not anymore. Jigsaw’s flannel navy mini is smart and looks great with a white shirt. £98, Jigsaw
Remember those light-up trainers you had that were banned from class? Even regular sneaks were a no-no. Those spoilsports. Well (and this is not a drill) Wize and Ope have made flashing soles for adults. You can get them in a range of colours (and metallics!) but we like black best. £126, Asos
How best to keep warm in winter AND show your allegiance to Rage Against the Machine than on a slogan tee, visible under your thin white school shirt? This hand-printed, romantic top from designer Simeon Farrar does slogan-wear in a grown-up way. You don’t need to keep it covered, either. £90, Young British Designers
No one really liked wearing a school tie (unless you made it really short or *accidentally* dipped the end in paint). But the one thing they did do was hide a necklace – like this Urban Outfitter’s shimmer choker – if you did it up high enough. At lunch break you’d undo the top button to show it off. £8, Urban Outfitters
Every generation had their own way of strobing strands (coloured mascara, Manic Panic) But the ultimate in temporary transformations is hair chalk. Back then, you’d be sent home to wash it out right that minute. Now, you’ve got a rainbow of choices. Go mad for it. From £3.79, Hair Chalk
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