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Dress Code 101: Clarification and FAQs

The purpose of this page is to attempt to clarify questions regarding the dress code.  The following is what was stated in the dress code letter that was sent home.
 
Acceptable Shirts/tops
  • Solid (Red, Blue, Black, or White) golf-style shirts or solid button-down shirts

Logos on shirts must be no larger than 2 inches by 2 inches (For example a traditional-sized polo pony is acceptable, but the newer generation, giant polo pony symbol would not be acceptable.) 

By button-down shirt, we mean something like an oxford-cloth, button-down collared shirt that has buttons the entire length of the placket.  The material does not necessarily have to be oxford cloth, but that is the style of the shirt we are referencing.  These types of shirts are acceptable whether the collars have actual buttons or not.

If wearing these items for warmth, they must be worn over the collared shirt, and not in its place:
  • Solid-colored Sweaters (Red, Blue, Black, or White, crewneck, cardigan or V-neck is acceptable) 
  • Solid-colored crewneck sweatshirts (Red, Blue, Black, or White)
  • Track jackets, fleece pullovers or fleece zip-ups (Red, Blue, Black, or White, provided they are completely solid)

These items pictured below are acceptable:

 

Crewneck sweater V neck sweater Cardigan sweater Girls cardigan sweater Cardigan sweatshirt  Crewneck sweater
track jacket  fleece full zip fleece zip up
 
 
Tops that are not acceptable include:
  • Henley shirts
  • Shirts with any pattern, stripe or design
  • Hooded shirts, sweaters or sweatshirts
  • Outdoor jackets, even if they are light-weight jackets such as windbreakers
  • Low-cut tops
  • Sleeveless tops
  • If shirts are of a button-up nature, they must be buttoned up past the chest area.
  • Vests
  • Denim jackets
  • Fashion jackets that are leather or pleather
These items pictured below are not acceptable:

 

Polo shirt Henley shirtCrewneck sweaterstriped shirt  pleather jacket windbreaker
 
 
Acceptable pants/skirts/shorts:
  • Colors must be entirely solid and either black, blue, tan, brown or gray.
  • Style must be a Docker-style or Dickies-style
  • If the pants have cargo pockets on the side, they will still be acceptable.
  • The length of skirts and shorts must be long enough so that when the student's arms are extended downward to their side, the skirt or shorts are longer than the end of the student's fingertips.

The items pictured below are acceptable:

 
Boys chinos Boys cargo pantsGirls chinos Girls cargo pantscargo shorts           Dickies skirt
 
 
Pants/skirts/shorts that are not acceptable include:
  • Denim (Even if the denim is tan, it is still not acceptable.)
  • Corduroy
  • Tight-fitting or skinny-jean style pants
  • Leggings
  • Yoga pants
  • Overalls
  • Sweatpants
  • Plaid pants or shorts
  • Logos or writing on pants must be no larger than 2 inches by 2 inches

The items pictured below are not acceptable:

short skirt short shorts
   denim skirt            plaid shorts
 
 
Acceptable footwear:
  • Shoes or sneakers with rubber or hard soles
  • Shoes that cover the entire foot
  • boots

The items pictured below are acceptable:

 

  • converse moccasins
Timberlands Sperrys
uggs sanuks
 
 
Footwear that is not acceptable include:
  • flip-flops
  • shower or soccer sandals
  • open-toed shoes
  • sandals
  • slippers

These items pictured below are not acceptable:

 

slippersflip flops
sandalssoccer sandals 
 
 
Absolutely prohibited items include:
  • clothing or accessories that contain inappropriate pictures or words (for example, references to alcohol, drugs, sex or words/phrases with double meaning)
  • undergarments that are visible or worn as outer garments (for example, boxer shorts, sleeveless undershirts/muscle shirts)
  • tank tops, tube tops, mesh tops, spandex or stretchy pants (for example, leggings, yoga pants or running tights), or clothing which exposes the back or midriff
  • dresses, skirts or shorts that are not at least fingertip-length (measured with the arms and hands fully extended to the side of the body)
  • bare feet or thin, one-layered shoes (for example, flip-flops or slippers)
  • hats, head coverings (except for documented religious reasons), picks or sweatbands
  • sunglasses or dark glasses except as approved with a doctor's prescription
  • outdoor garments such as coats, jackets, windbreakers, warm-up jackets, hats and gloves.  These items must be removed when the bell rings to start homeroom.
  • rings that encompass several fingers or have protruding spikes, or large necklaces which may be a safety hazard.  Students are encouraged not to wear expensive jewelry to school
  • jeans
  • t-shirts
  • henley-style shirts
  • sweatpants
  • pants with extended flared cuffs (cuffs must be within the heel to toe of the footwear)
  • pajama pants
  • dresses
  • hooded sweatshirts
Caveats:
  • If you have a question about any particular item, you are advised to bring that item in or send Mrs. Bouchard a picture via email (hbouchard@bcit.cc ) before wearing it so that we can tell you whether it is acceptable. 
  • If you decide to wear a questionable item, you are advised to bring a back-up item with you in case you are told you need to change that piece of apparel.
  • Denim is denim.  Don't try to tell us you thought it was ok because it was tan, because it isn't.
  • If you are prone to spills, you had better keep some extra clothing in your locker.  If you try to tell us you aren't wearing dress code because you spilled something on yourself, we've heard that one before.
  • If you truly have an emergency or other wardrobe malfunction, please report to the Nurse or to Mrs. Bouchard.