Dress Code

The dress code sets a minimum standard for attire at school functions while providing room for personal expression. Deerfield values inclusivity, yet clothing and accessories sometimes send subtle messages of exclusion; students should take care in these choices.

Deerfield employees are expected to hold students to these guidelines; students are expected to comply when asked to adjust their dress.

Academic Dress

“Academic Dress” must be worn by Deerfield 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 Assistant Head of School for Student Life
  • In academic buildings, including the library, during the class day—regardless of whether students have finished their obligations.

We recognize that some students have cultural, religious, or gender identities that may not align with our Academic Dress code. Please see a member of the Student Life Office if you wish to propose alternatives.

Students may wear:

  • pants, collared shirt, tie and sport coat (all genders) In the winter term only:
    • sweaters may replace sport coats for students wearing collared shirts andties. (all genders)
    • turtlenecks may replace collared shirts and ties for students wearing sportcoats. (all genders)
  • pants, shirt – with or without a collar -, and sweater or sport coat (girls)
  • skirt, shirt, and sweater or sport coat (girls)
  • dress, and sweater or sport coat
  • dress with sleeves

Guidelines for Academic Dress and Grooming:

  • Denim, fleece, and t-shirts are not permitted within Academic Dress.
  • Dresses and skirts must be hemmed within four inches of the center of the kneecap.
  • Attire should not reveal the buttocks, midriff, or chest.
  • When wearing ties and collared shirts in Academic Dress, shirts must be tucked in. Ties must be visible.
  • Facial hair is not permitted.

Casual Dress

Some school events may call for “casual dress”. On such occasions, dresses, skirts, pants, or jeans with a collared shirt is appropriate. Leggings, yoga pants, running shorts, sports jerseys, printed t-shirts, halter tops, tanktops, and other forms of athletic apparel are not permitted. Hats are not to be worn in academic buildings or in the Dining Hall at any time.