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Dress Code

It is the belief of Pingry's Student Government that fashion is in a constant state of evolution, and it is for this reason that the Dress Code needs to be updated from time to time. The student government believes that it is the student body's responsibility to represent themselves in a decent, self-respecting manner that would also be considered appropriate and proper for school attire. However, the administration will hold the final word on whether an article of clothing is neat, appropriate, and of Dress Code acceptability.



Basking Ridge Campus: Upper School & Middle School

Boys
Boys must wear pants or slacks with a sweater or collared shirt. Dress shirts or collared shirts that button the entire length of the shirt (e.g. oxford-style and flannels) must be tucked in at the waist. Button-down, polo style, and turtlenecks are acceptable.


Girls

Girls must wear a dress or pants/skirt with a neat, modest top (collared shirt/blouse/tailored tee/or sweater). Skirts or dresses must be of an appropriate length, and the hem may be no more than two inches above the kneecap when a student is standing. Neither denim, jean skirts, nor skirts made of sweat-pant material may be worn. Plunging necklines, exposed midriffs, and cleavage are not permitted. No low-cut, strapless, spaghetti strapped, tank, halter, or bare-backed tops or dresses are allowed.


Boys and Girls

  • Undergarments must be covered at all times
  • Sweatshirts may be worn only if they do not display a brand name or logo. The only writing that may appear on a sweatshirt is the name of a school or a charitable organization.
  • Hats, caps, and sweatshirt hoods may not be worn anywhere or at any time in the school building. Head coverings that are worn for religious reasons are permitted.
  • Footwear must be worn at all times
  • Yoga pants, athletic gear, pajamas, or clothing made of sweat-pant material are not permitted
  • Frayed, torn, or cutoff clothing is not permitted
  • Blue or black denim pants (jeans) or "jeggings" are not permitted
  • Team members must seek approval from the Dean before wearing "game day" outfits
  • After May 1, or with permission of the Headmaster, shorts are permitted. Guideline: shorts may be no more than two inches from the top of the kneecap. Board shorts, athletic shorts, and swimwear are not permitted. All other aspects of the Dress Code will remain in effect.


Dress Code for Special Occasions

Special occasions or "Dress Up Days" include concerts, awards ceremonies, Convocation Day, Career Day, Reunion Weekend, etc. Boys should wear dress pants, a jacket, an Oxford shirt with tie, and appropriate shoes. Girls must wear dresses, dress pants or skirts, and blouses. Dresses and blouses must meet the requirements above. Boys and girls must wear appropriate footwear: no sneakers, flip-flops, or Ugg-style boots. Notification will be made in advance for those occasions.


Dress Code for Dress Down Days
On the last Friday of every month, students are permitted to "dress down." On Dress Down Days, jeans, sweatpants, and appropriate T-shirts are permitted. Pajamas, hats, and torn or frayed clothing are not permitted.

Students who do not adhere to the Dress Code policies will receive detentions.


Clothing Identification

Parents are urged to mark all students' personal belongings. Nametags or indelible inks are useful in making identification marks.

 

Short Hills Campus: Lower School

The written dress code is designed to support the total educational process at the Lower School. The emphasis of the code is that students should be neat, clean, and safe. Many current fashions for boys and girls are not suitable for school. The school will determine appropriate school day attire. Faculty and administration will enforce the Dress Code on a daily basis. Parents are informed if students are not following the guidelines specified in the Dress Code.


Boys
Shirts: Must have collars. Dress shirts or collared shirts that button the entire length of the shirt (i.e. oxford-style and flannels) must be tucked in at the waist. Button-down, polo style, and turtlenecks are acceptable.
Trousers: Tailored pants can be of corduroy, poplin, twill, wool, khaki, or cotton blends. Blue jeans are not permitted.
Knit Sweaters: Are permitted
Socks: Must be worn at all times
Shoes: Students may wear sneakers or leather shoes. We also ask that children not wear flip-flops, Crocs, backless shoes, sandals, and "wheelies sneakers" to school. Although these types of footwear are very popular, they have proven to be a safety issue at school.


Girls

Shirts: Neat, modest tops, such as collared shirts/blouses, tailored tees, button-downs, polo styles, and turtlenecks are acceptable. No strapless, spaghetti strapped, tank, halter, or bare-backed tops or dresses are allowed.
Slacks/Skirts: Conservatively tailored slacks and skirts or dresses of knee to mid-calf length can be of corduroy, poplin, twill, wool, khaki, and cotton blend. Skirts and dresses must be of appropriate length, and the hem may be no more than two inches above the knee when a student is standing. Jean skirts may be worn, but blue jean pants and "jeggings" are not permitted.
Knit Sweaters: Are permitted
Hosiery: Socks, stockings, or tights must be worn at all times. Leggings may be worn under skirts and dresses.
Shoes: Students may wear sneakers or leather shoes of a safe heel height. We also ask that children not wear flip-flops, Crocs, backless shoes, sandals, and "wheelies sneakers" to school. Although these types of footwear are very popular, they have proven to be a safety issue at school.


Boys and Girls

  • Sweatshirts may be worn only if they do not display a brand name or logo. The only writing that may appear on a sweatshirt is the name of a school or a charitable organization.
  • Hats, caps, and sweatshirt hoods may not be worn anywhere or at any time in the school building. Head coverings that are worn for religious reasons are allowed.
  • Footwear must be worn at all times 
  • After May 1, or with permission of the Headmaster, shorts are permitted. Guideline: shorts may be no more than two inches from the top of the kneecap. Board shorts, athletic shorts, and swimwear are not permitted. All other aspects of the Dress Code will remain in effect.


Except for designated "Dress Down Days," the following items of apparel are prohibited:

  • Casual T-shirts
  • Bleached or blue denim fabric in slacks or shorts
  • Skirts or dresses of "mini" or ankle lengths
  • Pajamas 
  • Sweatpants and jogging suits 
  • Military-style apparel
  • Athletic apparel, including athletic shorts
  • Frayed or cutoff clothing

Dress Code for Special Occasions
Special occasions or include concerts, awards ceremonies, etc. These occasions require more uniform attire from the student body. For concerts, boys should wear dress pants and shoes, a button-down shirt, and a tie. Girls should wear either a skirt and blouse or a dress, and dress shoes. Notification will be made in advance for when the Dress Code for special occasions will be in effect.


Clothing Identification

Parents are urged to mark all students' personal belongings. Nametags or indelible inks are useful in making identification marks.

Short Hills Campus (Lower School)
50 Country Day Drive
Short Hills, NJ 07078
P (973) 379 4550 | F (973) 379 1861
Basking Ridge Campus (Middle & Upper Schools)
131 Martinsville Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
P (908) 647 5555 | F (908) 647 3703
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