I've been dealing with something similar because of the summer-fall seasonal job I am working at again this year - I have to wear a particular t-shirt on Saturdays, but can wear anything within the dress code (basically no t-shirts with logos, no distressed jeans, no leggings, and closed-toe shoes) on other days. But it's a quite physical job where you can get sweaty and dirty and are always moving around, so I find that most of the 'interesting but still within dress code' options I've tried have ended up failing the practicality test.

For a while this summer it really irritated me because I wanted to somehow express my own style but still be set to do my job well. As it gets into fall we get busier and a larger proportion of the staff wear company tees every day even though it's not mandatory, just to make it easier on customers and our new coworkers who don't know everyone, I guess. I've started doing the same and have a 'uniform' of the same tees and bottoms that I cycle through, which has been OK with me. Maybe it's what someone said upthread, that if it's clearly a uniform I don't worry that anyone will think it's my own style and judge me on it.

(I will be a contrarian and say I don't like the idea of school uniforms. I never had to wear one and I would have hated it. My clothes were one of the few ways that I had to express myself in that environment. And socioeconomic difference between students is always obvious anyway.)

This reminds me... I have my own personal uniform for the bakery. I wear these Victoria Beckham orange miniskirts I got at Target as aprons. They have a huge pocket. Thing is, when I go to the hardware store in them, people always think I work at the hardware store. Lol!

Laura-I think that I could cope better with the T-shirt plus bottoms scenario.We are supposed to look “dressy”which as you point out is not always that practical.
Rachylou-orange is the colour of the hardware store isn’t it no matter where you are!

Cardiff Girl, YES. Did 4 years of Psycho at Uni.