DRESS CODES FOR VARIOUS SCHOOLS
School Dress Codes are becoming increasingly lax. But some schools are willing to raise the standard. Because of the need for protecting the students against the immoral and godless influence of immodesty and improper dress, it is their right and responsibility to enforce a high standard of dress. Both boys and girls must be protected from the unholy influence of their peers. Rebellious, immoral students can exude a demoralizing influence. So it is imperative that a high moral standard is upheld. Few schools are willing to do this. We applaud those who do.
Students should dress in a manner reflecting the sacred purposes of Christian education. Uchee Pines upholds the following guidelines for personal appearance:
•Christian Dignity and Simplicity. Avoid carelessness, sloppiness, or untidiness and the opposite extreme of showiness or extravagance. Rather strive for good taste, and a pleasant, attractive appearance.
•Appropriateness. Select presentable, durable work clothes for physical work, modest casual attire for recreational purposes, and more dignified clothing for classes and group worship. Jeans or T-shirts are not appropriate in the classroom.
•Modesty. Provide others the opportunity to appreciate you as an entire person without drawing attention through dress or grooming to your body or person--especially in a sensuous manner. Please do not wear shorts, sleeveless shirts, sheer blouses, tight-fitting clothes, low-cut necklines. Hemlines should cover the knee, standing or sitting.
•Maturity and Confidence. Self-respect, and a sense of security in Christ are demonstrated by good grooming, without the need to resort to artificial adornments such as jewelry, colorful cosmetics, or faddish clothes.
•Role distinction. Clothes and hairstyles should emphasize the unique and sacred identities of men and women. In American culture this distinction is most clearly expressed through pants for men and dresses or skirts for women.
•Lasting Quality. Selecting clothing that will last because of its durability, quality construction, and practical styling in accordance with long-standing cultural norms.
•Health. Choose clothing that promotes good circulation, and avoids exposure of arms or legs to the cold.
STANDARDS OF DRESS
“ Our appearance in every respect should be characterized by neatness,
modesty, and purity. ”
Ellen G. White, TESTIMONIES, vol. 6, p. 96.
“ And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of
your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ”
“ A person's character is judged by his style of dress. A refined taste, a cultivated mind, will be revealed in the choice of simple and appropriate attire. ”
Ellen G. White, EVANGELISM, p. 672.
The clothes we wear reveal our ideals. It is important that young people who attend our academy be well-groomed and dress in keeping with Christian principles of modesty and simplicity. We trust that each student will voluntarily abide by the following standards and that all parents shall lend their influence and cooperation in holding to them.
The school administrators are the final authority in interpreting the dress policies. All students, dormitory and community, are to comply with the dress policies when on campus or when participating in school functions. The dean has the authority to confiscate anything that does not follow the guidelines. All clothes shall be free of rips, tears, and holes. There will be no logos, symbols, pictures, etc., representing a life-style contrary to the beliefs of the Adventist Church.
T-shirts are allowed only for recreational, free-time activities and certain work assignments. 21
Loose-fining knee pants that cover the knee may be worn for certain activities at the discretion of the dean. Knee pants may not be worn for general campus attire, for work duties, for town trips, to the cafeteria or to the administration building, or for Sabbath afternoon activities.
For occasions such as canoe or boat trips, camping trips, or picnic outings where there may be water activities, dark T-shirts and dark knee pants must be worn by both boys and girls while swimming.
BOYS ' DRESS
Church and Friday Vespers
Coordinating dress slacks, shirts, ties, and dress shoes are required. Dress coats or sweaters are required at church, optional at vespers. NO turtlenecks.
Church attire with tie properly worn.
Dress is to be the same as school dress, except T-shirts may be worn.
School, Cafeteria and Chapel
Slacks or jeans and shirts with a collar are to be worn. Approved may be worn outside as long as they are buttoned up, shirts with tails must be kept tucked in trousers at all times.
The slacks or jeans must be loose fitting and free of holes. All pants worn must be the proper size to fit the individual wearing them. The waistline on pants must be worn above the hipbones. If pants have belt loops, then you must have a belt on. Collared shirts, if a button up style, must be buttoned completely up to the top two buttons. Shirts with hoods may not be worn to classes or worship services. Socks and shoes must be worn to all classes. Hooded shirts are not a substitute for collared shirts.
Jeans or slacks with appropriate shirts may be worn. NO warm-up pants or parachute pants are allowed. Shirts MUST have sleeves. NO tank tops or cutoff sleeves are allowed. Loose fitting knee length pants that cover the knee may be worn at recreation times but not for general campus attire.
Swimsuits shall be modest loose-fitting trunk-style suits. Regulation recreational dress must be worn. to and from the swimming pool.
Hair should be cut so ears are exposed.
Hair should not be hanging over the face so as to cover the eyes.
Faddish or worldly cuts are not acceptable.
No designs are allowed.
Braids are not allowed.
Hair length should not go beyond the nape of the neck.
Hair should be trimmed on a regular basis
Perms are not allowed
No bleaching, dying or coloring of hair is permitted -No shaving of heads
Hats or caps are not to be worn. in any campus building or to church.
No jewelry of any kind may be worn. Necklace key chains not allowed.
GIRLS ' DRESS CODE
NOTE: Any UNACCEPTABLE items will be confiscated.
1. Hats - Dress hats should be simple and tastefully coordinated with the outfit. Sport caps should reflect conservative Christian values, and are only to be worn. at recreational times.
2. A. Hair should be kept clean and neat.
B. Hair is not to be dyed or bleached.
C. Hairstyles should look as feminine, natural and attractive as possible,
without following after worldly fads.
D. Hair is not to be hanging down over the face.
E. Hair should not be longer than the waist for purposes of health and
F. False hair of any kind is not be worn, except in cases of loss of hair for medical reasons.
3. Makeup - Moisturizing creams and uncolored chap-sticks may be used. Eyebrow pencil, eyes shadow, mascara, blush, foundation creams, and lipstick are not to be worn.
4. Necklines - Garments should be no lower than two inches from the collarbone in front, and four inches from the neck bone in back. They should extend no further than halfway across the shoulder on either side.
5. Sleeves - Extra short sleeves or cap-sleeves may not be worn. Sleeves are not to be of sheer material. The underarms are to be covered by the sleeves. Spaghetti straps and sleeveless clothing are unacceptable.
6. Fabric - Clothing fabric may not be of sheer material, neither may it
be gaudy or showy, slinky or clingy.
7. Styles - Clothes should be modest in style, without exposing (either through bare skin or snugness) any part of the torso.
8. Length - The length of dresses and skirts all the way around the bottom shall be of sufficient length and fullness to cover the knee completely whether sitting or standing.
“ My views were calculated to correct the present fashion, the extreme long dress, trailing upon the ground and also correct the extreme short dress, reaching about to the knees. I was shown we should shun both extremes. ”
Ellen G. White, TESTIMONIES, vol. 1, p. 464.
9. Slits - Front and back slits in skirts and dresses are not to expose any part of the knee (front or back) at any time. Skirts or dresses with buttons down the front or back are to be completely buttoned. If this restricts the stride, the garment is unacceptable.
10. Clothing is not to be form fitting, neither should it be excessively baggy, giving a sloppy appearance. Skirts and dresses should allow for at least two “ spare ” inches on both sides at the hips and thighs.
11.Slips should always be worn with dresses or skirts. Full slips or camisoles should be worn when necessary.
12.Stockings - Socks or hose (either regular hose or knee-hi hose) are required to be worn to school, chapel, vespers, and church.. Hose with designs are unacceptable.
“ Women should clothe their limbs with regard to health and comfort. Their feet and limbs need to be clad as warmly as men's. Ellen G. White, TESTIMONIES, vol. 1, p. 459.
13. Shoes should be modest and comfortable. High heels for church and special occasions are to be no more than 2 1/2 inches high.
14. Jewelry - Fancy hairclips, hair weavings, necklaces, chokers, bracelets of any kind, finger rings, nose rings, earrings, and ankle bracelets, are all considered jewelry and may not be worn. Simple brooches may be worn when used to clip a scarf in place or to pin the collar of a dress or blouse. Fancy brooches for decoration are not acceptable.
15. Shorts - Shorts may not be worn.
16. Knee pants - Knee pants which completely cover the knee when sitting and standing, are acceptable for certain recreation times.
17. Pants - Pants should be modest and not tight fitting. They may be worn for recreation times with tops as described below. (*When off duty, pants can be worn in designated areas.)
18. Tops & T-shirts are unacceptable for classroom, chapel and church attire.
Tops worn with pants are to be loose-fitting and reach to the cup of the hand when standing with arms straight down
19. Accessories - Belts, scarves, etc., are to be modest and attractively coordinated with the outfit. Belt buckles and scarf pins are to be simple, not showy or gaudy.
20. Vests and Jackets - Vests and jackets are to be modest and well coordinated with the outfit.
FRIDAY NIGHT VESPERS
Appropriate dress or skirt and blouse outfits.
Nice dress or skirt and blouse outfits. NO denim.
Dresses or skirt and blouse outfits.
Slacks or jeans with long tops, (No warm-up pants) Knee pants with long tops or skirts and blouse as may be appropriate.
OUACHITA HILLS ACADEMY
“In dress, as in all things else, it is our privilege to honor our Creator. He desires our clothing to be not only neat and healthful, but appropriate and becoming.” Child Guidance , p. 413. This sums up our attitude toward dress. We encourage our young people to wear clothing that is neat, modest, appropriate, and attractive. “The pure religion of Jesus requires of its followers the simplicity of natural beauty and the polish of natural refinement and elevated purity, rather than the artificial and false.” Child Guidance , p. 424.
Therefore, we ask our young people to reflect their natural beauty, and not the artificiality of cosmetics and jewelry. We wish to draw attention to Christ, and not ourselves, so we encourage the students to avoid faddish styles. If, however, the world introduces “a modest, convenient, and healthful mode of dress, which is in accordance with the Bible, it will not change our relation to God or the world to adopt such a style of dress.” Child Guidance , p. 414.
The Bible states in Deuteronomy 22:5 that there should be a clear distinction between men's and women's dress. We encourage our young ladies to wear dresses and skirts. We recognize that there are times when pants are the more modest or safe attire, and in those cases loose fitting, feminine-looking pants, with long tunic tops that modestly cover the torso when standing or bending, are to be worn.
“No education can be complete that does not teach right principles in regard to dress.” Child Guidance , p. 419. At Ouachita Hills Academy we are striving to do this in balance with an emphasis on our relationship with Christ.
Listed following are guidelines that students at Ouachita Hills Academy follow. These are minimum guidelines. It is possible that some students, because of their build, may be within the guidelines and yet appear immodest. Therefore, the school reserves the right to modify these guidelines as it sees fit to maintain the modest appearance of all students.
• Shoes are to be worn at all times when outside the dormitory. Shoes that have holes worn in them are not appropriate.
• The wearing of jewelry is not permitted.
• Clothes must be neat and free from rips and tears. grubbiness in appearance, such as is effected by the wearing f faded, ill-kept or tight fitting clothing is inappropriate
for campus wear.
• Hair should be neat, well groomed and its natural color.
• Pictures and writing on shirts and other articles of clothing
should be consistent with Christian values.
• Shirts, blouses, and T-shirts should have sleeves and cover
the body when standing or bending.
Students and parents should remember that students grow and gain weight and clothes shrink. What is appropriate at one time may at another time become inappropriate. The school reserves the right to ask a student to change his attire. If this causes a student to miss an appointment, the student should be prepared to accept the consequences.
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR MEN
• Slacks and jeans need to fit the waist with no more than a one inch excess. They should not be baggy, hang on the hips or have long crotches.
• Shirts with front buttons should be worn buttoned to within one button of the collar. Shirts should not reach beyond the hips and those with “tails” should be worn tucked into slacks and jeans.
• Male students should bring a pair of black dress pants (not cotton type) and a white dress shirt to be used for choir performances.
• Hair cuts should be graduated (no line) using a minimum of a #2 guard on the clippers.
Friday Vespers, Sabbath School and Church . Suit or dress slacks and dress shirts with tie or turtle neck shirts are to be worn. No tennis shoes, please.
Prayer Meeting and Sabbath Afternoon Outreach. Unless otherwise announced, dress or casual slacks (not jeans), a nice shirt that buttons, and dress or casual shoes (other than tennis) should be worn.
Classes. Nice slacks or jeans and a shirt with buttons, or nice sweaters and pull-over shirts with conventional collars may be worn. Jeans worn to class should not be faded, worn-looking, or contain holes.
Recreation. Jeans free from holes and raveling may be worn. Dress for off-campus activities is as announced. Neither shorts nor sleeveless T-shirts are appropriate.
Vocational Training. Overalls, jeans, or older slacks, T-shirts, or other shirts.
Town. School clothes should be worn.
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR WOMEN
• Garments that are tight, sheer, that cling, or that have low and/or wide necklines are not to be worn. Dresses, skirts, and culottes must be long enough to cover the knee when standing or sitting.
• Slits should begin below the bottom of the knee (regardless of whether the slit is on the side, back or front), and should be sewn to that point, not pinned. Skirts should be loose enough to be able to turn around the body easily. Sleeveless garments are not to be worn.
• No colorful cosmetics should be worn.
• Swimming suits should be modest.
Shoes. A shoe or boot should not raise the heel more than 2 inches. Warm boots and tights are recommended for winter wear.
• Please bring the following: a black skirt and a white blouse to wear for choir performances; at least one full slip or half slip and camisole to be worn as needed.
• Wearing pants. Feminine slacks are to be worn only when announced. They should not be tight-fitting and should have a feminine cut and style. Loose tunic tops long enough to cover the hips and buttocks when bending over are to be worn over them. Pants should not be worn out of the dorm any time other than when specified. Please do not bring jeans, even to wear in the dorm. In the winter sweat pants and tunic tops
may be worn in the dorm.
Friday Vespers, Sabbath School and Church . Nice Sabbath clothes and dress shoes. These should not be the same clothes that students wear to class. Denim skirts and dresses are generally too casual for Sabbath wear.
Prayer Meeting and Sabbath Afternoon Outreach. Nice school clothes (other than T-shirts, denim skirts, and tennis shoes) and shoes are to be worn.
Classes. Dresses, skirts and blouses, sweatshirts, sweaters, and shoes are to be worn.
Recreation. School or work clothes are generally used. Culottes are acceptable. Slacks are worn only when announced.
Vocational Training. Unless informed otherwise by supervisors, school dress is to be worn. For work in the cafeteria, the shoes to be worn must have a rubber sole, and must not have open toes. Clean tennis shoes are acceptable.
Town. School clothes are to be worn.
All dresses and skirts should be long enough to cover the knee when sitting or standing. All slits should be permanently fixed so that they do not expose the back of the knee. Blouses and tops must not be see through, must have sleeves, and no low necklines or backs, or wide necks. Loose-fitting pants or jeans with a long top that easily covers the crotch in the front and back must be worn. dining room only when eating or attending a school function.
Highwood College views its role as training young people for leadership in the
finishing of God’s work. Your choice of dress, on or off campus, should inspire
others with confidence in your maturity, professionalism, personal responsibility,
and depth and breadth of commitment to Christ. Current trends reflect the
growing casual, loose morals in society. Because our clothes affect our thoughts
and actions, and because casual clothing often decreases propriety between
men and women, we uphold the following standards of dress.
a) As a general rule, clothing must be identifiably feminine or masculine.
(“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man; neither shall a
man put on a woman’s garment. For all that do so are abomination unto the Lord
thy God,” Deut 22:5.) Refer to 4T 634, 1T 6, 132, 459
b) Clothing should be neat and pressed, not sloppy, worn or disheveled. Shirts
and tops should be tucked in at all times unless they are specifically cut and fitted
professionally to be worn outside slacks or skirts. The exception applies only to
outdoor work. (See below under Campus Attire for Physical Work.)
c) Sabbath Attire:
Special clothes should be set aside for the Sabbath hours:
Men: Tie, dress shirt, trousers and dress shoes. It is recommended that men
wear a suit and tie for all Sabbath services.
Women: Attractive dress, or skirt and blouse with dress shoes. A tailored coat
for the colder seasons.
d) Classroom, Office, Health Centre Attire:
Men: Dress pants, neat collar shirt, clean shoes, and suitable jacket. No jeans,
hats, dirty or untidy work clothes are allowed indoors. Those leading out in
worship should dress to the glory of God. (Black slacks and white shirts are
required for therapy work in the Health Centre.)
Women: Neat dresses or skirts with suitable tops. All skirts must reach well
below the knees when standing or sitting, and must be full enough to allow
freedom of movement. Long splits are not permitted. (Black skirts and white
blouses are required while assisting with therapy in the Health Centre).
e) Campus Attire for Physical Work, & Recreational/Leisure Activities
Men: Casual long pants and shirts are acceptable. Shorts and ragged denim
wear are not permitted.
Women: Dresses or skirts with appropriate tops and comfortable, ‘suitable for
the occasion’ footwear are acceptable. For outdoor activities where modesty
would rule out the wearing of a skirt, long pants may be worn providing the hips
are covered with a long-line top.
f) Shoes are required at all times outside the dormitories.
g) Inappropriate writing, pictures or graphics on clothing is not permitted. For
example - sporting logos, and religious slogans and verses which cheapen
h) This is a cold climate so come prepared for winter with coats, woolen
caps, gloves and scarves.
For further reading on the subject of dress, please refer to the following Spirit of
1T 131-137, 162, 188-89, 274-279, 420-422, 424-426, 456, 466, 521-25
2T 66, 243, 298, 530-533
3T 74, 171, 366-67, 370, 374-380, 564-65
4T 142-43, 628-648
6T 96, 170, 355
TM 130-131, 179-80
DRESS STANDARDS “In no better way can you let your shine to others than in your simplicity of dress and deportment. You may show to all that, in comparison with eternal things, you place a proper estimate on the things of life.” 4T. It is not our desire to make an "issue" concerning standards of dress. It is our hope that the young people who attend Laurelbrook will try to dress according to the "spirit" rather than the "letter" of the rules. Study will be given to the principles while here so that they will have the opportunity to understand the “whys” of appropriate Christian dress.
The basic principles we follow for dress and appearance are simplicity, modesty, cleanliness, and appropriateness. It is difficult to know how to apply these principles. There are so many different viewpoints.
Sometimes parents do not agree: How high is high? How tight is tight? How low is low? When operating a school, a line must be drawn somewhere. The parents could help much in the decisions we make if their sons' and daughters' clothes were chosen well over the line on the safe side.
Dress influences self-concept and behavior. All research and practical experience undeniably indicates that this is a fact. Therefore, student's appearance should be neat and well coordinated. The more professional and sharp the dress, the higher the student's self-respect, and the more responsible the student's behavior. Dress which identifies with certain subcultures, particularly those which represent values that are contrary to society and/or Christianity is not permitted. Also, the appearance should be modest. Should students have questions regarding articles of clothing, they should seek staff advise. Violations of dress code can result in permanent confiscation of inappropriate items. In order to determine the appropriate clothing for various occasions, we have four major categories. They are delineated as follows:
- recreation or rugged activities
- casual for moderate social activities, traveling, etc.
- dressy casual for school, shopping, special activities
- dress for respect for church, concerts, recitals, banquets, and similar activities
BOYS' ATTIRE Field Trips: For Bible Conference, overnight choir trips, and designated field trips, LBA polo shirts and khaki pants are to be worn. For other informal activities, as instructed by the dean, neat blue jeans / khakis and school shirts may be worn. Other neat, semi-rugged clothing is appropriate. Nothing which is ripped or frayed is to be worn.
Hair : The following of fads in hairstyles, including the bleaching or dyeing of hair is not permitted. Hair styles should not cover the ears, reach beyond the collar in the back, or cover the eyes. The hair should be evenly layered. Shaved heads are not permitted. Students are to secure the Dean's permission each time they want their hair cut by another student.
Recreation and Rugged Activities: Blue denim / khakis may be worn for this category. Clothing should be kept clean between uses. LBA T-shirts are to be worn on Sabbath hikes and recreation.
Sabbath Dress: No denim is permitted. A coordinated suit and tie is required. Dress shoes, socks, and shirt are to be worn.
School Clothes : We ask that the boys' clothes be neat, clean, and in good taste. No blue jeans or camouflage clothing are to be worn. Cotton pants or other fabrics are advisable. Shirts are to have collars and/or buttons. Shirts are to be neat & clean and have no writing or secular advertising. A small logo or designer name in the corner is acceptable. All pictures are to be of nature scenes or of an uplifting character. Clean tennis shoes may be worn to class and to prayer meeting.
All pants are to be kept at the waist and be the size of your waist. School administration shall have final authority on all styles.
Sanitarium Attire: Solid colored pants are to be worn with a blue or white smock and a solid-colored pair of shoes. No blue jeans. The Sanitarium administration shall have the final authority on all styles.
Vocational clothes: These should be purchased with service in mind. Pants should be of serviceable material. Boys are asked not to wear sleeveless shirts in the main campus area. Work boots are almost a “must” for every boy's wardrobe. Provision should also be made for wet and cold weather. Insulated coveralls are particularly useful when working outdoors during the cold months. Work clothes are not to be worn to school. Shirts are to be neat & clean and have no writing or secular advertising. A small logo or designer name in the corner is acceptable.
All pictures are to be of nature scenes or of an uplifting character. School administration shall have final authority on all dress styles, etc.
Graduation: Senior boys will wear a Sabbath suit with a matching, coordinated tie for graduation. Junior boys will wear a white shirt, black slacks, and matching coordinated tie.
Field Trips: For Bible Conference, overnight choir trips, and designated field trips, LBA polo shirts and khaki elastic waist pants or khaki skirts are to be worn. For other informal activities, as instructed by the dean, neat skirts and blouses may be worn. All tops must completely cover the bodice when sitting, standing bending, or raising the arms.
Hairstyles: The following of fads in hair styling is to be avoided. The bleaching or dyeing of the hair is not acceptable. We feel that to preserve the health and wellbeing of all concerned, the hair should be set in a neat, becoming style. If a permanent is needed to ensure this, please include it in your preparation for school.
Jewelry: Rings, earrings, bracelets or watches on chains should not be worn. Pins or clips for the hair should not be of the large, showy type and should serve a purpose.
Make-up: Make-up of any kind is not to be used. Clear, untinted, fingernail polish and lip gloss may be worn. Base may be applied only if it is natural and unnoticeable.
Recreation and Sabbath Hikes: Elastic-waist, denim pants and an LBA T-shirt are to be worn for this category. Young ladies whose personal convictions prevent them from wearing pants may wear denim skirts. Clothing should be kept clean between uses.
Sabbath Dress: Christian dress principles include that special clothing be worn on Sabbath. Clothing should be of a dressy nature. Nylons or tights are to be worn. No denim or flannel is permitted. Coats should not be that which is worn for play or work. Dress shoes with a heel no higher than 2½ inches are to be worn. Dresses must have sleeves and not be sheer, low cut, or form-fitting. Slips are to be worn. The hem of the skirt is to fully cover the knee when sitting or standing, but should not come below the bottom of the ankle bone and should also not drag the ground .
School Clothes: Loose-fitting skirts, dresses and jumpers that completely cover the knee are to be worn with tops of a dressy nature. Hose or tights must be worn in cold weather. Clean tennis shoes may be worn. Camouflage clothing, sweat shirts, or T-shirts with writing or questionable pictures are not acceptable. A small logo or designer name in the corner is acceptable. All pictures are to be of nature scenes or of an uplifting character. Tops should not expose the midriff when raising the arms or bending.
Uniforms: Raspberry-colored uniforms are to be worn in the kitchens. Blue uniform are to be worn for Patient Care, Laundry, Housekeeping and general duties. All uniforms are to be purchased upon arrival at the school business office. White shoes are to be worn.
Graduation Attire: Senior girls often wear a special Sabbath dress made from a pattern for their graduation dress. (Material is voted on among themselves along with their class sponsor). Junior girls always wear a white dress for the graduation ceremonies. (Style and material are voted on among themselves along with their class sponsor).
Dress & Personal Appearance
Weimar Academy seeks to follow the admonition: “No education can be
complete that does not teach right principles in regard to dress” (Child Guidance
p. 419). Students and faculty are asked to dress in a manner which: (1) reflects
the sacred purposes of Christian education and (2) represents the larger mission
of Weimar Institute. Both on campus and off those associated with
Weimar Academy are expected to positively portray the principles of God's
kingdom and enhance the impact of our mission through courteous demeanor
and dignified, attractive personal appearance. “In dress, as in all things
else, it is our privilege to honor our Creator. He desires our clothing to be not only
neat and healthful, but appropriate and becoming” (Ibid. p. 413). Considering
Biblical counsel of Christian conduct, Weimar Academy advocates the following
principles of personal appearance:
A. Christian Dignity and Simplicity
Avoid carelessness, sloppiness, or untidiness and the opposite extreme of
showiness, extravagance, or excessive formality.
Select presentable, durable work clothes for physical work; modest, casual
attire for recreational purposes, and more dignified clothing for classes, group
worships, dining and office work. Choose clothing that encourages a worshipful
spirit throughout Sabbath hours.
Clothing should allow others to appreciate the student as an entire person
rather than draw attention through immodest dress or grooming.
D. Personal Maturity and Confidence
Demonstrate self-respect, a sense of mission, and security in Christ through
good grooming without supplementing such attractiveness with jewelry, conspicuous
cosmetics, or faddish clothes.
E. Aesthetic Sensitivity
Select clothing and hairstyles that express a God-given appreciation for
good taste, beauty, creativity and harmony. External appearance should reflect
the inner beauty of spirit.
F. Role Distinction
Wear clothes and hairstyles that emphasize the unique and sacred identities
of men and women.
G. Lasting Quality
Select quality clothing that is practical, durable and classic style.
Choose clothing that promotes good circulation. Avoid tight, restrictive
clothes that expose arms or legs to the cold or produce unnatural posture.
Application of Principles
VARIOUS ATTIRE DEFINED :
School Attire - For men, school attire may be dress or casual slacks, turtlenecks,
shirts with collars, button up shirts, sweaters, and shoes with socks. For
women, school attire may be dresses or skirts and blouses with modest
sweaters, jackets etc. and comfortable footwear appropriate to weather conditions.
Church Attire – Men may choose to wear suits or sport coat/dress slack combinations
to church with dress shirts, sweaters or vests, ties along with socks
and dress shoes. Women may choose dresses, skirts and blouses, jumpers,
sweaters, dressy jackets, dress shoes or sandals for their church attire.
Casual Attire – Casual attire for both men and women may include jeans, athletic
wear, sweatshirts, or T-shirts. As with all other attire, casual clothing
should be appropriate, neat, well-maintained, and clean.
APPROPRIATE TIME AND PLACE :
School Attire – School attire is to be worn by students to: 1) Classes (check
with your instructor for classes held on Sunday), 2) Morning Worship, 3) Breakfast
and Lunch in the Cafeteria Monday through Friday, and to 4) Chapel on
Church Attire – Church attire is to be worn by students to: 1) Friday evening
Vespers, 2) Church on Sabbath Morning, and to 3) Sabbath lunch in the cafeteria.
Clothing worn Sabbath afternoons should suit the activity (check with
Casual Attire – Casual attire may be worn by students at the following places
and times: 1) In the Library, 2) On the Trails, 3) Saturday Night Activities,
4) Suppers and all Sunday meals in the cafeteria.
A. Students should remember that they are always witnesses for Christ. Hats
or caps are appropriate for outdoor activities such as recreation or some work
stations, but they are not to be worn in any building, except dormitories.
B. Ladies should remember to wear modest, loose fitting, feminine, and not
baggy or sloppy slacks, pants or jeans. No jeans or sweat pants should be
worn under dresses at any time. For cold weather, knee socks, heavy tights or
leg warmers are appropriate undergarments.
C. Clothes worn for outreach should suit the activity. Check with your outreach
D. Clothes worn for work education should suit the work being done by the
student. Check with your work supervisor
E. Shirts, blouses and tops must cover the midriff at all times. Untucked shirts,
blouses or tops should hang to the hips when wearing pants or a skirt.
F. Dresses and skirts should be a modest length and cover the knee at all
times, without pulling or stretching, even while seated. Sleeveless tops or tops
with low necklines in the front or back, are not acceptable. Students should
be able to maintain modesty even when stooping or bending. Slits in skirts
and dresses should not be higher than the knee.
G. Shorts are not appropriate campus attire except for private yards, exercising
on the trails, and specific activities. Shorts worn at approved functions
should reach the knee. Swimsuits are only appropriate in secluded private
yards or in unmixed groups.
H. It is important that a Christian campus have a minimum standard of dress.
While we want to be careful to allow freedom for the individual, the following
guidelines help to form our campus culture and must be followed. Some specific
articles of clothing are not acceptable for campus attire at any time.
—Clothing that advertises alcoholic beverages, rock group emblems, or suggestive
—or anything out of harmony with Christian standards, is not permitted at
—Tight, transparent, or sheer materials making undergarments readily apparent
should never be worn.
Clothing is to be selected primarily for its potential to minister to others and
for personal health, while recognizing God-given individuality and practical
judgment. The aim in personal appearance should be to reflect our Christian
mission, rather than express our own personal independence. “Therefore,
whether you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (I