Dress Code Philosophy

Our Dress Code reflects the traditional nature of our school and emphasizes the belief that all members of our community are engaged in a serious and important endeavor. The Dress Code intends to establish consistent and predictable dress standards and to reduce high fashion statements and the inevitable competition and distraction that often follow. School attire and personal appearance should be neat, clean and reflect modesty and moderation. We ask that parents support the school’s Dress Code by checking the student’s attire each morning.
 

Overall Guidelines for Dress

In keeping with the traditional nature of Ridgefield Academy all students are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Short, skort, and skirt length must reach 4” above the knee or longer.
  • Shirts must be tucked into pants, shorts, skirts, or skorts.
  • Hair should be well-groomed.
  • No hats
  • No excessive jewelry or make-up
  • No hair coloring or dyed hair

Lower School

Tops
  • Navy or white short or long sleeve polo-style shirt
  • Solid color navy cardigan, crew neck, v-neck, or quarter-zip sweater or fleece with no excessive logo
  • Navy, gray or white RA sweatshirt, fleece, or vest
  • Navy jumper dress
  • Navy short or long sleeve polo-style dress
Bottoms
  • Solid color navy pants, skirt, skort, or shorts
Foot Wear
  • White, navy, or black socks
  • Navy or white tights
  • Sneakers

Middle and Upper School

Tops
  • White or light blue solid oxford button-down in short or long sleeve (Upper School only)
  • Navy or white short or long sleeve polo-style shirt (Middle and Upper School)
  • Solid color navy cardigan, crew neck, v-neck, or quarter-zip sweater or fleece with no logos of excessive size
  • Navy, gray or white RA sweatshirt, fleece, or vest
  • All sweaters, sweatshirts, vests, and fleeces must be accompanied by a blue or white collared shirt underneath
  • Upper School students are permitted to wear team jerseys on the day of a scheduled game. These jerseys must be worn over a blue or white collared shirt.
Bottoms
  • Solid color navy or khaki tailored skirt, skort, pants, or shorts
  • Navy short or long sleeve polo-style dress (Middle School only)
  • RA belt, or other leather or cloth dress belt must be worn with shorts and pants
Foot Wear
  • Solid color socks
  • Solid navy or white tights
  • Solid color navy, black, or brown leather or canvas shoes with or without laces
  • Athletic shoes are not permitted

Dress Code Vendors

Families are free to purchase any brand of clothing that meets the standards above. Ridgefield Academy partners with Lands End and Tommy Hilfiger to offer choices that meet these dress code guidelines. Information on these vendors is below.

Guidelines for Dress-Down Day Attire

On dress-down days students are permitted to dress out of uniform. Please help your child to choose appropriate attire that is neat, modest, and in good taste. The following items are not allowed on dress-down days:
  • Clothing with violent or offensive language or images
  • Torn clothing, cut-offs, or clothing with holes in it
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Spaghetti straps
  • Hats

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