These uniforms consist of a white shirt, tie, blazer with school crest, and tailored trousers often not of the same color as the blazer for boys and a white blouse, tie, blazer with school crest, and tartan culottes or skirt for girls. These uniforms are based on Meiji era formal military dress, themselves modeled on European-style naval uniforms. Uniforms are sometimes modified by students as a means of exhibiting individualism, including lengthening or shortening the skirt, removing the ribbon, hiding patches or badges under the collar, etc. Some said consideration should be paid to LGBT students and that girls should also be allowed to wear trousers because they are more practical and warmer in winter. Traditionally, the gakuran is also worn along with a matching usually black student cap , although this custom is less common in modern times. A ribbon is tied in the front and laced through a loop attached to the blouse. The education ministry followed its directive with a "guidebook" for teachers in Talking about junior and senior high school uniforms, the traditional attire was taken from the Meiji era consisting of military-style uniform for boys and sailor outfit for girls. The top has a standing collar buttoning down from top-to-bottom.