The following dress code rules are to be observed at all times:
- Pants are not to be worn outside the dormitory.
- Skirts, dresses and culottes must fully cover the knees, standing or sitting.
- Slits in skirts and dresses must not go above the knee when standing or sitting.
- Bras must be worn.
- Skirts, dresses, and tops cannot be tight or form-fitting. Please use the following guidelines to determine whether an article of clothing is too tight:
- Panty lines should not be visible through a skirt or dress.
- No outfit should cup around the butt.
- Check the tightness of tops by placing the tips of your fingers together and pressing into the ‘valley’ between the breasts. If the top springs back like a trampoline when you remove your fingers, your top is too tight.
- Bra seams should not be visible through a top.
- No low or wide necklines are allowed. Please use the following guidelines to determine whether a neckline is too wide or low:
- Place your forefinger on the little shelf (clavicle) at the base of your neck. Add the next two fingers and hold them together, tight against your chest. There should be no skin visible beneath the third finger, only fabric.
- Stand in front of a mirror and bend over. If cleavage is showing, your top is too low or too loose.
- Necklines are too wide if bra straps are visible.
- All tops must be long enough so that no skin at the waistline is exposed when the arms are lifted or the person bends over.
- All tops must have a full sleeve. Cap sleeves are not permitted. When you lift your arm, your underarm should not be showing.
- Baseball hats may not be worn in the buildings. Clothing which depicts persons or businesses that promote immoral practices or lifestyles that are contrary to scriptures will not be allowed.
- The Dean of Students is the final authority on what is appropriate attire for any given situation.
Palazzo & Culotte Guidelines
Palazzos and culottes must be dress-like, not be tight and must cover the knees when one is standing or sitting.
Dress-like pertains to their fullness, not design, print or color. In other words, stove-pipe or wide legged “culottes,” while pretty and perhaps feminine, are not considered dress-like.
Not tight means loose fitting; not clinging to the body or hugging the butt. Even though they may be fine in style and length, if they come across when worn as tight and /or short-like, they are not appropriate.
Covering the knees means no part of the knee should be seen at any time, standing or sitting. Culottes should not be pulled up when sitting so knees are showing or more. Culottes should be at mid-calf when standing to ensure full knee coverage when sitting. Tights/leggings do not compensate for skirts/culottes that are shorter than policy dictates.
The following are pictures of culottes that would not be considered appropriate apparel under the school’s current definition.
The following would be considered appropriate under the school’s current definition.
Palazzos are approved for wearing on campus, but as with culottes, at times outside of chapel, class, the library, and special occasions. The illustrations above will help you understand what palazzos mean on this campus. Anything other than these would likely not be approved.
The following dress code is designed to help you bring a neat appearance to the classroom and nurture an attitude of respect for yourself and others:
- Denim, khaki and other types of skirts or dresses are appropriate for school.
- Girls must wear polo shirts (with buttons) to school. These do not have to be a specific color or brand. No other type of shirt of blouse is permitted for school.
- Sweatshirts and hooded jackets cannot be worn to school.
- Sport slide shoes and flip-flops of any type are not to be worn to school.
- Culottes are not to be worn to school except for P.E. class.
- No frayed, ragged or torn clothing is to be worn to school. All dresses or skirts must have a finished hem and cannot drag the ground or cover the shoes when standing.
- Students are not to wear clothing to school that has been written on. Students are not to write on themselves or others during school.
- Upon entering the classroom, all coats and jackets must be removed unless special permission is obtained from the teacher.
Attire for Sundays (services and meals), Graduation, and Other Occasions as Announced
- Denim is not to be worn.
- Dress shoes are to be worn.
- Anklets and sport socks are not to be worn.
- Girls should dress up.
The following are standards for grooming:
- Hair should be long enough to clearly identify as ladies.
- Clear nail polish and lip gloss are allowed.
- Foundation liquid, acne cover-up, and face powder are the only forms of makeup that are permitted.
- Hair dye should be a natural color with no striping.
- Hair should be neat, clean and combed out of the face.
- Hair extensions should be one natural color.
Inappropriate Public Attire
- Ragged or torn clothing
- Sleeveless or sheer clothing
- Shorts, pants, jeans or slacks
- Tight or form-fitting clothes
- Jewelry (rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc.) – WWJD bracelets are permitted. Plastic wristbands are permitted but are limited to one for each arm.