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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

Students may wear pants, slacks, dresses or skirts. Suitable tops are sweaters, button-down polo style shirts, turtlenecks, dress shirts or collared shirts, and blouses. All tops must be modest. 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.  T-shirts, plunging necklines, exposed midriffs or cleavage, low-cut, strapless, spaghetti strapped, tank, halter, or barebacked tops or dresses are not permitted.

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. Denim, jean skirts, or skirts made of sweat-pant material are not permitted.

  • Undergarments must be covered at all times.
  • Sweatshirts may be worn only if they do not display a brand name or logo as the prominent feature. 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.
  • Denim pants (jeans) or "jeggings" are not permitted. Leggings are permitted only when worn under a top that is no more than 2-inches above the knee.
  • Team or club members must seek approval from the Dean before wearing "game day" or spirit 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. On these days students are asked to wear attire more suitable for the occasion such as jackets & ties, dress pants, dresses, skirts, dress shirts or blouses, and appropriate footwear. Notification will be made in advance for when the Dress Code for special occasions will be in effect.

Dress Code for Dress Down Days

On the last Friday of every month or other designated days, 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 children are not suitable for school. 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.

Shirts: All shirts must be neat and modest.  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. Oxford-style, polo style, tailored tees and turtlenecks are permitted. No casual t-shirts, strapless, spaghetti strapped, tank, halter, or barebacked tops or dresses are allowed.

Trousers/Slacks: Tailored slacks or pants can be of corduroy, poplin, twill, wool, khaki, or cotton blends. Blue jeans are not permitted. Jeggings and sports pants are not permitted.

Skirts: 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.

Socks/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.

Students:

  • 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 which include concerts, awards ceremonies, etc. may require more uniform attire from the student body. On these occasions students may be asked to wear more formal attire such as jackets and ties, dress pants, skirts, shirts or blouses, and appropriate footwear. 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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