Dress Code

St. Andrew's dress code sets a minimum standard for acceptable attire at various School functions and environments. Everyone on campus is expected to exercise good habits of personal grooming and appropriate dress.

Below is the full list of dress code rules; please see our What to Pack page for suggestions on how to interpret these rules practically.

Classroom Dress

Classroom dress is required at the following times:

  • During the entire academic day in all areas of the School, except on residential corridors.
  • At all family-style meals throughout the year, including Wednesday night dinner before Chapel.
  • For both Wednesday evening Chapel and Sunday morning Chapel.
  • Wednesday cafeteria lunch; sport coats, blazers, or cardigans must be worn into the Dining Hall, but may be removed during the meal if the individual is uncomfortable.
  • Other important occasions as announced.

Boys Classroom Dress

  • Sport or suit jacket, or blazer. Must be worn, not simply carried.
  • Appropriate collared shirt—must button down entire front—with necktie.
  • Turtleneck, or a turtleneck worn with an appropriate collared shirt, may be substituted for shirt and tie. Mock turtlenecks are not permitted.
  • Slacks. Must be neat, clean, and properly fitting. No jeans or pants with any kinds of rivets; no cargo pants; no colored denim.
  • Belt, if slacks have belt loops.
  • Socks.
  • Any shoes, leather sandals, or boots in good repair. No athletic shoes, flip-flops, slippers, or shower shoes.

Girls Classroom Dress

  • Dress (not strapless or backless). Bra straps and navel must not show.
  • Skirt with dressy top (i.e. non-hooded, non-zippered, non-athletic shirt) or jacket.
  • Skirts must come down to at least the tip of the middle finger when arms are fully extended at sides.
  • Shirt and dress slacks with matching jacket, blazer, or button cardigan (no pullovers). Slacks must be neat, clean, and properly fitting. No jeans or pants of any kind with rivets; no cargo pants; no colored denim.
  • No jean or denim material for skirts, dresses, or blazers.
  • Slips should be worn as appropriate.
  • T-shirts, or any shirt resembling an athletic or undershirt) may never be worn while in Classroom Dress.
  • Sweaters may not be tied around the waist.
  • Shirts, unless fitted, must be tucked in. No fleece.
  • Belt, if slacks or skirt has loops.
  • Any shoes, leather sandals, or boots in good repairs. No athletic shoes, flip-flops, slippers, or shower shoes.

Haycock Wear

Haycock Wear, named for Arthur Haycock ’59 who established the style, is typically permitted for classes and weekday lunches from May 15 through September 30, plus all exam periods and family-style lunches during exams. It is usually also the dress code for special evening programs, performances, plays, etc.

Boys Haycock Wear

  • Haycock wear is identical to Classroom Dress except that jackets, ties, and socks are not required, and boys may wear dress shorts.
  • Collared dress, sport, or polo-type shirt (without any kind of lettering). Shirts must be neat, clean, in good condition, and tucked in.
  • Any shoes, leather sandals, flip flops, or boots in good repair. No athletic shoes, slippers, or shower shoes.

Girls Haycock Wear

  • Haycock wear is identical to Classroom Dress except that blazers or cardigans are not required with slacks.
  • Shirts, unless fitted, must be tucked in and must not have any kind of lettering.
  • No hooded, zippered, or athletic shirts.
  • T-shirts, or shirt resembling an athletic shirt or undershirt, may never be worn in Haycock wear.
  • Any shoes, leather sandals, flip-flops, or boots in good repair. No athletic shoes, slippers, or shower shoes.

Casual Dress

Casual dress may be worn at breakfasts, including Sunday brunch, and evening and weekend cafeteria meals.

Boys & Girls Casual Dress

  • Any clothes which are neat, clean, and in good repair.
  • Any shoes in good condition.
  • No men's boxers worn as shorts.

Please note: students returning from athletic practices or other athletic activities during the afternoons must shower and change before coming to cafeteria dinner. Exception: teams returning from a game after 6:30 p.m. may enter the Dining Hall without showering or changing.

Other Notes

  • Hair should be neat, clean, and combed. Boys' hair length below the base of the shirt collar, or boys' hair worn in a ponytail, is not permitted. Punk-type hair styles or non-natural colored hair are not permitted.
  • Facial hair is not permitted. Senior boys who return from a major School vacation with an appropriate mustache or neatly trimmed goatee must petition to retain it.
  • Torn or patched clothing is not permitted at any meal during the academic day or at official School functions.
  • Tape on shoes is not permitted.
  • Clothing must be properly ironed, including 100% cotton clothing.
  • Bare feet and bathing suits are not permitted on the main floor of Founders' Hall.
  • Hats may not be worn during the academic day, at any meal, in Chapel, in the library, in any professional situation with a faculty member, or at any official School function.

What to Pack

The St. Andrew's dress code can be difficult to interpret practically. A good rule of thumb is to not worry about the specifics of the dress code so much, and know that for most School days, any outfit that can be describe as "business casual" will do.

In order to help you determine what items of clothing your child will need, and how much your child will need of each, we offer the following suggested packing lists for girls and boys. Current students helped us to compile these lists using their own experiences. However, these are suggested packing lists only—depending on your child's style, preference, and inclination to do laundry, your final packing list may look much different. While we know that our dress code is more formal than that of the average high school, new students should feel that they can come as they are to St. Andrew's.

Suggested Boys' Packing List

Classroom Dress & Haycock Wear

  • 3-5 pairs of khaki pants or slacks
  • 3-5 pairs of shorts
  • At least 2 blazers
  • 7-10 dress shirts
  • 3-5 polo shirts
  • 3 turtlenecks for winter (mock turtlenecks not permitted)
  • 3-4 sweaters, particularly during the winter
  • 3-5 ties

Casual & Athletic Wear

  • 14 t-shirts for sports and sleeping (may want to bring a few long-sleeve)
  • 2-3 sweatshirts
  • 3-5 pairs of athletic shorts
  • 2-4 pairs of sweatpants or track pants
  • Pajamas (if you wear them)

Undergarments & Footwear

  • 14 pairs underpants
  • 2 pairs loafers, oxfords, or "dock shoes"
  • Leather boots for winter
  • Sandals that aren't plastic (leather flip flops okay)
  • Sneakers
  • Shower shoes

Other items

  • Socks (casual & athletic)
  • Belts
  • Bathing suit
  • Rain jacket
  • Winter jacket
  • Hat, gloves, and winter boots
  • Jeans

Suggested Girls' Packing List

Classroom Dress & Haycock Wear

  • 5-10 dresses (mostly semicasual; with one or two slightly dressier)
  • 5-7 pairs of pants (not blue jeans; some students suggest corduroy for winter)
  • 3-5 skirts
  • 4-6 nice blouses
  • 1 or 2 blazers
  • 3-6 cardigans (cardigans must be worn with pants, so how many you need will depend on whether you plan to wear pants or dresses more often)
  • 3-4 sweaters, particularly during the winter

Casual & Athletic Wear

  • 14 t-shirts for sports and sleeping (may want to bring a few long-sleeve)
  • 3-5 casual tank tops
  • 3 sweatshirts
  • 3-5 pairs of casual shorts
  • 5-7 pairs of athletic shorts
  • 2-5 pairs of leggings, sweatpants, or yoga pants
  • Pajamas

Undergarments & Footwear

  • 14 pairs underpants
  • 3-5 bras
  • 3-5 sports bras
  • Flats
  • Loafers
  • Leather boots for winter
  • Rain boots
  • Sandals that aren't plastic (leather flip flops okay)
  • Sneakers
  • Shower shoes

Other Items

  • Socks (casual & athletic)
  • Belts
  • Bathing suit
  • Rain jacket
  • Winter jacket
  • Hat, gloves, and winter boots
  • Jeans

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