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Know your school's dress code

Choose great looks that comply with your school's dress code
Choose great looks that comply with your school's dress codeLisa Runnels

Know your school's dress code. As classes resume, plan your best looks with these rules in mind. Nothing is worse than going to class in that great open-back tee you fell in love with and those trendy destructed jeans you've already tried on eleven times and finding out that they are not allowed at your school.

Guys, listen up: Beware of those popular baggy jeans that ride low and touch the ground and, if you’re planning on wearing a bandana to make an impression in class, leave it at home!

While these dress code rules are for Richland County, South Carolina, many of them will be similar to those of high and middle schools throughout the country. Most are simply a matter of good taste, good judgment, and creating an environment conducive to learning. Before selecting your outfits this semester, please review these guidelines and make sure your favorite looks are in compliance.

  • Clothing and/or hair should not be so extreme or inappropriate to the school setting as to disrupt the educational process. Therefore, clothing deemed distracting, revealing, overly suggestive or otherwise disruptive shall not be permitted.
  • Wearing accessories or clothing that could pose a safety threat to one’s self or others is not allowed. This includes heavy chains not made as jewelry, fishhooks, multiple-finger rings (rings welded together resembling brass knuckles or rings that can be used as a weapon), studded bracelets or collars, nose/lip to ear chains, etc. Unusual body piercing that is disruptive to the order of the school, or is a distraction to the learning environment will not be allowed.
  • Attire must not evidence membership of affiliation with a “gang” in any negative sense of the term. In determining whether or not a student is in violation of the prohibition on the wearing/display of a gang-related item, the district will maintain, in all of its school offices, an example of potential gang indicators including symbols, hand signals, graffiti, and clothing/accessories (as stated in Policy JICF – Secret Societies/Gang Activity). Bandannas and do rags are not allowed on campus and will be confiscated. Hats are not allowed in school buildings. Picks or combs are not allowed in hair. Hair items such as plastic headbands, barrettes, and ribbons are permitted. School administrators will not be held liable for confiscated items.
  • Proper shoes must be worn at all times. Open back shoes are permitted. Shower shoes and bedroom slippers are not permitted.
  • Attire must not be immodest, obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, indecent, or offensive. Lower garments should be of adequate length to assure modesty when the student is seated or engaged in school activities.
  • Pants must be worn at the natural waistline and undergarments are not to be visible. If they do not fit properly, a belt must be worn to keep them in place.
  • Shirts must be tucked in to the extent that belts or waistbands are clearly visible at all times. Sleeveless attire cannot reveal undergarments. Shirts cannot be tight, low cut or show cleavage. Shirts should be loose fitting and fully cover the upper body. Tank tops, halter-tops, shirts with spaghetti straps, and see-through shirts will not be allowed.
  • Clothing must cover waist, shoulders and back with no skin showing between the top garment and bottom garment.
  • Pants and slacks must not touch the floor (no bagging, sagging, or dragging clothing).
  • No exposed undergarments.
  • No transparent or mesh clothing without an appropriate shirt underneath.
  • No apparel that is too revealing.
  • No clothing that is excessively form fitting (i.e. spandex).
  • No sunglasses may be worn inside the buildings.
  • No wallet chains or other type chains that may be dangerous or disruptive.

Enjoy the new semester. Wear your best looks and put your best foot forward.

As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~