Class Dress

The dress code establishes a standard for acceptable attire that provides room for personal expression. It sets a minimum standard for attire at school functions. Deerfield values inclusivity, yet clothing and accessories sometimes send subtle messages of exclusion; students should take care in these choices. Sheer, revealing, and tightfitting clothing may also send an inappropriate message.

“Class Dress” must be worn by students in the following contexts:

  • Classes
  • Sit-down meals
  • Traveling as a member of a team or group (unless in uniform)
  • Academy events or functions
  • Occasions designated by the Head of School or the Dean of Students
  • In the academic buildings, including the library, during the academic day—regardless of whether students have finished their academic obligations.

Hats are not to be worn in academic buildings or in the Dining Hall at any time. Appropriate attire should be worn in the Dining Hall during walk-through meals.

Everyone is expected to exercise good habits of personal grooming.

Girls Class Dress

Girls’ class dress code requires two visible layers at the neckline; one of these two layers must be a blazer or cardigan. Both layers must be worn, not carried. The only exceptions to the two-layer rule are for dresses with sleeves and for crew neck sweaters. Other considerations include:

  • Dresses, skirts, and shorts must be of an appropriate length. (Skirts should be no higher above the knee than the width of the wearer’s hand, held flat.)
  • Revealing necklines are not permitted, nor are exposed midriffs, shoulders, or backs.
  • Denim and jean material (no matter the color) are not allowed.
  • Hooded tops, athletic, and work clothing (including cargo-pants) are not permitted.
  • Fleece jackets may not substitute for blazers or cardigans. 

Boys Class Dress

Boys’ class dress requires a sport coat, collared shirt, and tie OR a sport coat and turtleneck. Shorts may not be worn with a turtleneck. Shirts are to be tucked in. Facial hair is not permitted. Other considerations include:

  • In the winter term only, a sweater may replace a sport coat when worn with a collared dress shirt and a tie; sweaters may not replace a sport coat when wearing a turtleneck.
  • Denim and jean material (no matter the color) are not allowed.
  • Hooded tops, athletic, and work clothing (including cargo-pants) are not permitted.
  • Fleece jackets may not substitute for blazers or sweaters.