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Upper School Dress Code

The Bolles School dress code is designed to help create an environment conducive to learning. All students should dress in good taste in a mode reflective of the Bolles tradition and philosophy. Therefore, clothing and hairstyles that create a distraction are not allowed. In addition, all students are to remain dressed appropriately while on campus during the school day (8 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.). We have added some visual examples on linked pages (girls examples here and boys examples here) for review of what to wear and what not to wear.

Appropriate dress for girls shall be:

GENERAL APPEARANCE

  • Clothing that is neat and clean with no holes or frayed edges.
  • Hair that is neat, clean and of a natural color.

BLOUSES/SHIRTS

  • Shirts must be an oxford-style dress shirt of the appropriate size with either button-down or fly collar.  Over-sized and long-tailed shirts are not permitted.
  • Shirts may be either long or short-sleeved.
  • Shirts must be buttoned to within 2" of the collarbone.
  • Shirts must be tucked into the skirt or pants or be designed to be worn un-tucked indicated by a flat, even hem.
  • Knit, golf-style, collared shirts with a Bolles logo may be worn on "School Spirit Days", on Fridays or any other days designated by the School.

SKIRTS

  • Only A-line skirts or skorts are permitted—meaning a triangular silhouette, narrow and fitted at the top and widening at the bottom.
  • With one exception; Pencil skirts that fall at or below the knee are permitted.
  • The fabric must be cotton, cotton blend, polyester blend, or wool.
  • The hemline must be no greater than 3” above the knee or longer than mid-calf.
  • Sewn-on pockets, also known as “patch pockets”, are permitted only on the front of the garment.
  • Numerous acceptable styles can be found our Lands End school site for the Upper School.
  • Stockings and tights must be a solid color and material when worn with skirts.

SLACKS/PANTS

  • Pants may be pleated or flat-front, with a zippered waist (no elastic or drawstring waistbands).
  • The fabric may be cotton (poplin, twill, or chino), cotton blend, or wool and may not be sheer, elastic, knit, or gauze.=
  • Form fitted pants, or pants that are “legging” in appearance are not permitted.
  • Sewn-on pockets, also known as “patch pockets”, are not permitted.

SHOES

  • Shoes may be leather, canvas or suede.
  • Athletic shoes are permitted if they are a conservative, solid color with no contrasting logo, stripe or pattern.
  • Sandals with an ankle strap are permitted.
  • Backless shoes are permitted if they have a closed toe.
  • Shoes and boots may have heels no higher than 1.5 inches; heels must also be the same width as the shoe or boot.
  • Boots may be worn with pants only.
  • Lace-up boots are not permitted
  • UGG-style boots may be worn if the temperature is predicted to fall below 40 degrees.
  • Flip-flops, slippers, and Sanuk & Birkenstock style casual shoes (either leather or canvas) are not permitted.

OUTERWEAR

  • Non logoed coats, blazers, sweaters, and plain sweatshirts are permitted when a regulation dress shirt is worn underneath.
  • Bolles sweatshirts are permitted and may be purchased in the Campus Store
  • Sweatshirts with a college or university logo are also acceptable attire.

ACCESSORIES

  • Belts of appropriate width and design must be worn when the apparel has belt loops. In addition, over-sized belt buckles or buckles with logos, flags, names, or other symbols are not permitted.

    Some examples of items not permitted:
  • Dresses of any type or style
  • Camouflage or denim fabric of any color in any style in all clothing categories
  • Visible face piercing
  • Undergarments with logos or graphics that can be seen through a regulation garment
  • Hats, caps or visors


Appropriate dress for boys shall be:

GENERAL APPEARANCE

  • Clothing that is neat and clean with no holes or frayed edges.
  • Boys' hair must be worn in its natural growing condition and in its naturally occurring color. Boys' hair that is dyed an unnatural color, braided, twisted, spiked, or cut into, for examples, "Mohawk," "Punk," "Mullet," "Dreadlocks," "Emo," or other unconventional styles, is prohibited.
  • Boys are to be clean-shaven. Beards, mustaches, or sideburns below the bottom of the ear are prohibited.

SHIRTS

  • Shirts must be an oxford-style dress shirt with either button-down or fly collar.
  • Shirts may be either long or short-sleeved but the sleeve length must extend a minimum of 6" from the top of the shoulder.
  • Fabric must be cotton or a cotton blend and either a solid color, vertical stripe, or conservative pattern.
  • Shirts must be tucked into the pants at all times.
  • Knit (golf style) pullover, collared shirts with a Bolles logo or an oxford-style dress shirt without a tie may be worn on "School Spirit Days" (typically Wednesdays), or any other days designated by the School. (A variety of these shirts is available for purchase from the Campus Store.)

SLACKS/PANTS

  • Pants may be pleated or flat-front.
  • The fabric may be cotton (poplin, twill, or chino), cotton blend, or wool.
  • The color shall be conservative and may be solid or with a subtle stripe (no Madras, patchwork, or figured).

SHOES

  • Shoes may be leather, canvas or suede.
  • Athletic shoes are permitted if they are a conservative, solid color with no contrasting logo, stripe or pattern.
  • Socks must always be worn with shoes and should be visible when the pant leg is lifted.
  • Work, cowboy, or hunting boots are not allowed.
  • Sandals, flip-flops, slippers, and Sanuk & Birkenstock style casual shoes (either leather or canvas) are not permitted.

OUTERWEAR

  • Sport coats, blazers, sweaters, and Bolles sweatshirts or letter jackets are permitted when a regulation dress shirt is worn underneath. In addition, sweatshirts with a college or university logo are also acceptable attire.

ACCESSORIES

  • Belts of appropriate width and design must be worn. In addition, over-sized belt buckles or buckles with logos, flags, names, or other symbols are not permitted.
  • Appropriate ties are required (no bolo, string, cord, etc. ties).
  • Visible piercings of any type are not permitted.

    Some examples of inappropriate dress for boys:
  • Denim or camouflage fabric of any color in any style.
  • Formal or semi-formal attire.
  • Long sleeves worn under a short-sleeved collared shirt.
  • Undershirts with logos or graphics that can be seen through a regulation dress shirt.
  • Vented (fishing), Madras, "Hawaiian-style," or other non-dress shirts.
  • Pants with sewn-on pockets (patch pockets), cargo-style pockets, pockets outlined with stitching, or with seams having exposed stitching
  • Hats, caps, or visors worn on the head during the school day.
  • Any style of dress deemed extreme or provocative.

CELL PHONES AND THE DRESS CODE
Students are reminded that cell phones are not accessories and should be silenced and securely stored in a backpack, bag or a pocket when students are in an academic setting or walking across campus. The use of earbuds or headphones are only permitted when listening to a device in an acceptable setting and at a low volume. At any other time, earbuds and headphones should be put away and out of sight of the rest of the community.

Students or parents who have any questions concerning the suitability of particular items of apparel or any matter of personal appearance should feel free to contact the Dean's Office for consideration of the questions. Certainly, such inquiry should precede the decision to purchase apparel or to alter personal appearance.Students or parents who have any questions concerning the suitability of particular items of apparel or any matter of personal appearance should feel free to contact the Deans' Office for consideration of the questions.

The dress code offers students guidelines within which to exercise choice as well as responsibility. Meanwhile, students should keep in mind that the mission of The Bolles School is to provide a place for earnest and meaningful activity. Students who are unable to exercise their options within the guidelines of the dress code certainly should expect consequences.