Like many other private school elementary students, I grew up wearing a little plaid pinafore to school every day throughout my grade school career. We paired the jumpers with white button up shirts and matching plaid cardigans. Back then we longed for the days when we'd get to wear whatever we wanted — or at least anything but plaid. Yet somehow, all these years later, I find myself inexplicably drawn to this throwback style.
I've always had a fascination with the functionality of a uniform. There's something so simplistic and inspiring about a piece of clothing that has been pared down to its utilitarian form. For the past few seasons I've been delighted to find that the pinafore trend has been cropping up on the runways of some of my favorite designers. Gone are the days of plaid polyester, these grown-up pinafores make for easy layering pieces that are perfect for transitioning into summer. Click on for my top five pinafore picks for endless opportunities to mix and match textures, colors, and prints.