Dress Code & Personal Appearance
In the spirit of Fenwick's best tradition, we wish to maintain and enhance a norm of personal appearance which reflects self-respect, neatness and a sense of school identity. It has been our experience that, with the support of the parents and faculty, these guidelines help to engender a positive climate for mature behavior which reinforces good academic performance.
Any student who cannot abide by the dress code due to injury or illness must have written permission from a Dean. To obtain permission, a note indicating the injury or illness must be written by the student’s doctor.
Hair: The student's hair must be neat, clean and well groomed. Hair must be off one's face. Severe, bizarre and extreme styles and colors are not acceptable. Hair may extend only to the top of the collar. The sides and the back of a boy’s hair should be the same length (i.e. no punk, faux-hawk, Mohawk, etc.). Hair, in general, should not stand higher than two (2) inches for boys. Excessive side burns are not acceptable (nothing lower than the ear lobe).
Shirt: A solid color, dress shirt (black, white, off-white, French blue, light blue or gray) is required. All buttons must be buttoned and shirts must be tucked in so that the top band or belt of the slacks/trousers is visible.
Unacceptable shirts include polo shirts, T-shirts of any type, patterned shirts and denim-look shirts. Also, colors in the green, blue, black or brown family are not acceptable unless listed above. Shirts must be free of any and all logos unless it is a Fenwick monogram or the Fenwick shield.
Shaving: The student's face is to be clean shaven. Students that are not clean shaven will be issued a detention and made to shave at school. If a student has sensitive skin, then we expect that this detail will be taken care of at home.
Ties: Boys are required to wear ties in school, as well as, to and from school. Bow ties are allowed.
Tattoos/Jewelry: No excessive jewelry may be worn. Boys may not wear earrings. Extreme jewelry related to body piercing is not permitted. Tattoos must be covered when representing the school at any school-sponsored function.
Slacks/Trousers: Only straight leg dress slacks with no designs, excess stitching or ornaments (excessive snaps, buttons or buckles) may be worn. Slacks must be brown, navy, gray, tan or black and be worn at the waist with a belt. Corduroy and khaki material is acceptable as long as they are cut as dress slacks or a regular fit, business casual pant.
Unacceptable slacks include blue jeans (or any pants made of denim material or a jean style), pants with leg-cargo pockets, military pants, plasterers/painters trousers, pants with extremely tapered legs or belted ankles, any trousers of extreme style or color, trousers sold as dress slacks but of a faddish casual nature or any active/casual wear.
Undershirts: Undershirts must be solid colors (white, gray, black, off-white) and free of any wording or design.
Socks: Socks during the school day must be a solid color black, navy, brown or white. Socks should be free of any bright or neon colors and must be free of extreme patterns. Socks must extend above the ankle joint.
Hair: The student's hair must be neat, clean and well groomed. Severe, exotic, bizarre and extreme styles and colors are not acceptable. Natural colors are the only colors that girls should have. Absolutely no, colors outside of blonde, black, brown, natural red or auburn.
Blouses/Shirts: A solid (black, white, off-white, French blue, light blue, sea foam green or gray) tailored blouses with collars, long or short sleeve (not sleeveless) may be worn. The solid dress shirt must not have any crests, lace or embellishments. White, off-white, gray, navy or black turtlenecks (pull-over) may be worn with a skort. All shirts must be long enough to be tucked in so that the top band or belt of the skort is visible. It is recommended that sweaters or blazers be worn over turtlenecks and all shirts should be loose-fitting. All shirts and blouses should be free from any visible logos unless it is a Fenwick monogram or the Fenwick shield.
Skorts: Fenwick uniform dress skorts must be worn. All classes have a choice of one of the three patterns available through Land’s End. Skorts have to be free of tears, markings and patches. They must also be worn to the top of knee and must not be shortened or hemmed. The Fenwick shield must remain intact and in the proper location. Violations of this rule will be reviewed by the Dean’s office and may result in girls being required to wear uniform pants for the remainder of the school year or being sent home from school. Jeans or sweat pants cannot be worn under the skirts at any time.
Unacceptable shirts include polo shirts, T-shirts of any type, patterned shirts, and denim-look shirts. Also, colors in the green, blue, black, or brown family are not acceptable unless listed above.
Slacks/Trousers: The young ladies of Fenwick have the option to wear pants. Only straight leg dress slacks with no designs, excess stitching or ornaments (excessive snaps, buttons or buckles) may be worn. Slacks must be brown, navy, gray, tan or black and be worn at the waist with a belt. In addition, the pants cannot be tight fitting. They must be a regular fit or a classic fit in the appropriate colors. Corduroy and khaki material is acceptable as long as they are cut as dress slacks or a regular fit, business casual pant. We recommend purchasing pants through Land’s End to ensure proper fit.
Unacceptable slacks include blue jeans (or any pants made of denim material or a jean style), pants with leg-cargo pockets, military pants, plasterers/painters trousers, pants with extremely tapered legs or belted ankles, any trousers of extreme style or color, trousers sold as dress slacks but of a faddish casual nature or any active/casual wear. No pants that are or resemble leggings or jeggings in style, material or fit.
Unacceptable pants include those that are oversized, sheer, tight fitting or denim-look.
Makeup/Tattoos/Jewelry: No excessive make-up or jewelry may be worn. Girls may wear only one stud or small looped earring in each ear lobe (loops must be smaller than a nickel). Extreme jewelry related to body piercing is not permitted. Tattoos must be covered when representing the school at any school-sponsored function.
Undergarments: Undergarments must be worn. In addition, the shorts provided under the skort should not be altered or cut out. Solid color stockings (nylons or tights) or socks (anklet to knee length), that match the uniform skirt or slacks (black, gray or white) are required. Patterns are not allowed. Socks should not extend above the knee.
Sweaters: It is recommended that students wear a sweater, sport coat or blazer during the colder months. Sweaters must be uniform black, gray, navy or white, cardigan or V-neck styles with the Fenwick monogram. If these items are purchased from Land’s End, they will have the Shield logo. In addition, Land’s End has other colors that are approved. These other colors are only to be worn if they are options purchased through Land’s End. If purchased through Schoolbells, they must have the Fenwick monogram. If purchased from any other stores or venders, they will need to be without a monogram or logo and in the uniform colors of black, gray, navy or white. All sweaters should be free of secondary colors, patterns or designs. They should be a solid black, gray, navy or white. No other logos besides the Fenwick monogram or the Fenwick Shield will be acceptable on any sweaters.
Black, white or gray quarter-zips sweaters purchased from the Friar Shop and have a Fenwick logo are allowed. The only sweatshirts that are acceptable are Fenwick crewneck black, gray or white.
Fenwick crewneck sweatshirts and athletic team wear can only be worn on Spirit Fridays. If there is a liturgy assembly on a Friday, students are not to wear their spirit wear until after the assembly or Mass. Student found doing so will be subject to detention.
Unacceptable in-school wear includes non-Fenwick sweatshirts, any hooded sweatshirts, outside coats or jackets, athletic gear or spirit wear and cover-ups that give the appearance of being strictly casual. No bright colors, patterns or designs are acceptable with suit coats/blazers or sweaters. Suit coats/ blazers must be solid black or navy.
Shoes: Students must wear black, brown, navy, tan or gray dress shoes. Shoes should be in a penny loafer style or a dress shoe style. Any shoe that has a sneaker resemblance or sneaker bottom is not acceptable.
Other unacceptable shoes include moccasins, sandals, slippers, shoes without backs, multi-colored (no glitter, sequins, or sparkles) shoes, athletic shoes of any kind (except when injured and given permission by the Dean) and boots. If a student is injured for an extended period of time, then solid black athletic shoes must be worn. A doctor’s note must be presented to the Dean of Students and the nurse for an athletic shoe to be worn for an injury.
All clothing must be free from tears, markings and patches.
Hats: Hats are not to be worn in the school building. This includes the school day or during any athletic competitions held in the building.
Liturgy and Special Assemblies: The regular dress code is in effect for liturgy days and special assemblies. All students must also wear blazers/suit coats on these occasions. Blazers/suit coats should be of a solid color (black, navy or gray). Bright colors, patterns or designs are not acceptable.
Field Trips: For all field trips and/or activities during the school day outside of the school, students will be expected to be in dress code unless otherwise approved by the Dean of Students. Absolutely no jeans will be worn during field trips.
Fridays are used for students to exhibit school spirit and will be known as Friar Friday. Friar Fridays will be announced on the first day of the week during the morning announcements. Students are allowed to wear any spirit wear that they have over their regular dress code shirts and ties (for boys) and blouses (for girls). Spirit wear is considered: black, white or gray sweatshirts, crew necks or long sleeve collared shirts that have been approved as team wear or crew neck sweat shirts sold in the Friar Shop. Absolutely no tee-shirts, long sleeve tee-shirts or hooded sweatshirts can be worn.
Students sent to the Dean’s Office for dress code violations will be withheld from class until the violation is corrected. Examples of this would be the length of the skirt, needing to shave, unacceptable colors or clothing designs, or missing clothing like shirts or wearing spirit wear on non-spirit wear days, etc.). The student will be considered unexcused from any classes they miss due to the infraction, until the infraction is appropriately corrected. This may mean a parent needing to bring appropriate clothing to school. If the infraction cannot be corrected, the student may be sent home. Please note, the student will receives 0’s for missed work due to the unexcused absence from class.
Any questions about the appropriateness of the dress code should be referred to one of the Deans.
(Summer of 2017) The dress code for young men and young ladies is the absolute same as stated above with the exception of the uniform shirt. For summer school, boys and girls will be allowed to wear uniform polo shirts available in white, gray, navy or black through Land’s End or any other vender as long as no logo appears on the shirt.
All uniform materials are available through Land’s End. Click here for more information.