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Dress Code

The purpose of a dress code is to minimize the influence of superficial matters in a community that places high value on the healthy development of mind, body, and spirit. A standard of appearance emphasizes the seriousness of purpose required for high achievement.

Middle and Upper School Students

Option 1

  • A pair of khaki dress trousers, a white shirt, a tie with some red coloring, and a navy blue blazer which they should wear for Public Speaking, musical performances and other designated events.

  • Blazers may be ordered at www.landsend.com. The preferred school number for Dexter Southfield girls is 900075185. Skirts may be ordered from the Flynn and O’Hara website at www.flynnohara.com

  • Dress shirt with a collar and a conservative tie. Shirts should be tucked in. Students should not wear t-shirts over their collared shirts.

  • Dress khaki, corduroy, or flannel trousers (no cargo pockets or loops) with a belt.

  • A blazer or sport coat, dark socks, and appropriate, well-fitted shoes; athletic shoes are not allowed during the school day. Boots may be worn to and from School during appropriate times but may not be worn during the school day. Slippers and hiking shoes are not allowed.

  • Dexter sweatshirts and other outer athletic tops such as team jackets may be worn over School dress to and from School but may not be worn during the school day. Other athletic clothing may not be worn during the school day.

  • Denim and fleece are not appropriate for School dress.

  • For those occasional activities when more casual dress will be necessary, students will be notified of the appropriate clothing.

  • Students not dressed properly may be sent home.

Option 2

  • A Southfield blazer, a white shirt, and the School’s grey pleated skirt which they should wear for Public Speaking, musical performances, and other designated events.

  • Shirts or blouses with collars or turtlenecks. Shirts should not have mandarin collars or be too tight or revealing. Students should not wear t-shirts over their collared shirts or blouses. 

  • The School’s grey pleated skirt should be worn no shorter than two inches above the knee. Hems should be straight across and not have frayed edges. 

  • The Southfield blazer should be worn at all times during the school day, both in class and in the hallways. Blazers should also be worn on the buses when students are traveling to and from School. 

  • Make-up, nail polish, and jewelry should be kept to a minimum. Nose rings or studs are not appropriate. Students are reminded that School is not the place for valuables. 

  • Shoes should have closed fronts, closed backs, and low heels. Athletic shoes are not allowed during the school day. Boots may be worn to and from School during appropriate times but may not be worn during the school day. Leather boat shoes may also be worn. Slippers, hiking shoes, and canvas shoes such as Keds, Toms, and Vans, are not allowed. 

  • Southfield sweatshirts and other outer athletic tops such as team jackets may be worn over school dress to and from school but may not be worn during the school day. Other athletic clothing may not be worn during the school day. 

  • Denim and fleece are not appropriate for School dress. 

  • For those occasional activities when more casual dress will be necessary, students will be notified of the appropriate clothing. 

  • Students not dressed properly may be sent home.

Class 5 Students

Boys' Classrooms

  • Dress shirt with collar and a conservative tie - shirts should be tucked in; 
  • Khaki, corduroy, or dress pants, preferably with a belt but without cargo pockets or extra loops;
  • Blazer or sport coat;
  • Socks and properly-fitted shoes– no boots, hiking shoes, or sneakers in class.

 

Students should have a pair of khaki dress pants, navy blue blazer, and tie to wear for their own public speaking, Prize Day, and other designated events.

School wear may be ordered at www.landsend.com. The preferred school number for Dexter Southfield boys is 900075185.

Girls' Classrooms

  • School gray skirt, no shorter than three inches above the knee (available from Flynn and O’Hara);
  • Blue blazer (available from Land’s End); jumpers and blazers may be ordered at www.landsend.com. The preferred school number for Dexter Southfield girls is 900075185.
  • Shirt with collar, blouse, or turtleneck;
  • Sweaters may be worn, but sweatshirts and other outerwear may not be wornwhile in class;
  • Stockings, tights, ankle socks, or knee socks;
  • Properly-fitted, low-heeled shoes; no high heels, sandals, boots, hiking shoes, sneakers, or open toed shoes;
  • During the colder months, girls may wear leggings (not sweatpants or pajama pants) to and from school, but not during the school day.

 

Jumpers and blazers may be ordered at www.landsend.com. The preferred school number for Dexter Southfield under Option 2 is 900075185. Skirts may be ordered from the Flynn and O’Hara website at www.flynnohara.com.

Pre-K - Class 4 Students

Boys' Classrooms 

  • Shirt with collar or turtle neck- must be tucked in; no “T” shirts;
  • Khaki, corduroy, or dress pants, preferably with a belt but without cargo pockets or extra loops;
  • Sweaters or Dexter sweatshirts may be worn, but other outerwear may not be worn while in class;
  • Socks and properly-fitted shoes - no boots, hiking shoes, or sneakers in class;
  • Pre-K-Class 2 should keep an extra set of underwear, pants, and socks at school.
  • Students should have a navy blazer, white dress shirt, and a tie to wear for such occasions as their own public speaking, choir performances, and Prize Day. New students may choose to dress up for the New Boy or the New Girl Assembly. 

Girls' Classrooms

  • School jumper- available from Land’s End School Catalog; jumpers and blazers may be ordered at www.landsend.com. The preferred school number for Dexter Southfield girls is 900075185.
  • Shirt with collar, blouse, or turtleneck; nothing sleeveless.
  • Sweaters or Southfield sweatshirt may be worn, but outerwear may not be worn while in class;
  • Tights, ankle socks, or knee socks (optional bike shorts to be worn under jumpers);
  • Properly-fitted, low-heeled shoes; no party shoes, sandals, boots, hiking shoes, sneakers, or open toed shoes;
  • During the colder months, the girls may wear leggings (also available from Land’s End) under their jumpers; pajama pants and sweatpants are not considered leggings;
  • Pre-K-Class 2 should keep an extra set of underwear, shorts, shirt, leggings, and socks at school.

Dexter Southfield Hats Pre-K - Class 5 Students

All Dexter Southfield students in Grades Pre-K through 5 are expected to wear their school-issued hats when riding the bus.

Generally, in the fall and the spring, it is the baseball cap; from after Thanksgiving until spring vacation, the winter hat. Hats are available at the school throughout the year.

Contact Us

Phone: 617-522-5544 • Absence Reporting Line: 617-751-3400

Email: info@dextersouthfield.org

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