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Burlington County Institute of Technology

Dress Code 101: Clarification and FAQs

The pupose of this page is to attempt to clarify questions regarding the dress code.  The following is what was stated in the dress code letter that was sent home.

Acceptable Shirts/tops
Solid (any color) golf-style shirts or solid button-down shirts.
Logos on shirts must be no larger than 2 inches by 2 inches (For example a traditional-sized polo pony is acceptable, but the newer generation, giant polo pony symbol would not be acceptable.) 

These shirts pictured below are acceptable:

Oxford shirt  polo shirt

By button-down shirt, we mean something like an oxford-cloth, button-down collared shirt that has buttons the entire length of the placket.  The material does not necessarily have to be oxford cloth, but that is the style of the shirt we are referencing.  These types of shirts are acceptable whether the collars have actual buttons or not.
If wearing these items for warmth, they must be worn over the collared shirt, and not in its place:
Solid-colored Sweaters (any color, crewneck, cardigan or V-neck is acceptable). Solid-colored crewneck sweatshirts (any color). Track jackets, fleece pullovers or fleece zip-ups (any color, provided they are completely solid).

These items pictured below are acceptable:

  Crewneck sweater V neck sweater Cardigan sweater Girls cardigan sweater Cardigan sweatshirt  Crewneck sweater track jacket  fleece full zip fleece zip up

Tops that are not acceptable include:

  • Henley shirts
    Shirts with any pattern, stripe or design
    Hooded shirts, sweaters or sweatshirts
    Outdoor jackets, even if they are light-weight jackets such as windbreakers
    Low-cut tops
    Sleeveless tops
    If shirts are of a button-up nature, they must be buttoned up past the chest area.
    Denim jackets
    Fashion jackets that are leather or pleather

These items pictured below are not acceptable:

Polo shirt Henley shirtCrewneck sweaterstriped shirt  pleather jacket windbreaker

 Acceptable pants/skirts/shorts:

  • Colors must be entirely solid and either black, blue, tan, brown or gray.
  • Style must be a Docker-style or Dickies-style
  • If the pants have cargo pockets on the side, they will still be acceptable.
  • The length of skirts and shorts must be long enough so that when the student's arms are extended downward to their side, the skirt or shorts are longer than the end of the student's fingertips.

The items pictured below are acceptable:
Boys chinos Boys cargo pants Girls chinos Girls cargo pants cargo shorts Dickies skirt

Pants/skirts/shorts that are not acceptable include:
Denim (Even if the denim is tan, it is still not acceptable.)
Tight-fitting or skinny-jean style pants
Yoga pants
Plaid pants or shorts
Logos or writing on pants must be no larger than 2 inches by 2 inches

The items pictured below are not acceptable:

short skirt short shorts denim skirt plaid shorts  

Acceptable footwear:
Shoes or sneakers with rubber or hard soles
Shoes that cover the entire foot

The items pictured below are acceptable:

converse moccasins Timberlands Sperrys uggs sanuks


Footwear that is not acceptable include:

  • flip-flops
    shower or soccer sandals
    open-toed shoes

These items pictured below are not acceptable:

slippers flip flops sandals soccer sandals    

Absolutely prohibited items include:
Clothing or accessories that contain inappropriate pictures or words (for example, references to alcohol, drugs, sex or words/phrases with double meaning)

  • undergarments that are visible or worn as outer garments (for example, boxer shorts, sleeveless undershirts/muscle shirts)
  • tank tops, tube tops, mesh tops, spandex or stretchy pants (for example, leggings, yoga pants or running tights), or clothing which exposes the back or midriff
  • dresses, skirts or shorts that are not at least fingertip-length (measured with the arms and hands fully extended to the side of the body)
  • bare feet or thin, one-layered shoes (for example, flip-flops or slippers)
  • hats, head coverings (except for documented religious reasons), picks or sweatbands
  • sunglasses or dark glasses except as approved with a doctor's prescription
  • outdoor garments such as coats, jackets, windbreakers, warm-up jackets, hats and gloves.  These items must be removed when the bell rings to start homeroom.
  • rings that encompass several fingers or have protruding spikes, or large necklaces which may be a safety hazard.  Students are encouraged not to wear expensive jewelry to school
  • jeans
  • t-shirts
  • henley-style shirts
  • sweatpants
  • pants with extended flared cuffs (cuffs must be within the heel to toe of the footwear)
  • pajama pants
  • dresses
  • hooded sweatshirts

If you have a question about any particular item, you are advised to bring that item in or send Mrs. Teifer a picture via email ( cteifer@bcit.cc ) before wearing it so that we can tell you whether it is acceptable. 

  • If you decide to wear a questionable item, you are advised to bring a back-up item with you in case you are told you need to change that piece of apparel.
  • Denim is denim.  Don't try to tell us you thought it was ok because it was tan, because it isn't.
  • If you are prone to spills, you had better keep some extra clothing in your locker.  If you try to tell us you aren't wearing dress code because you spilled something on yourself, we've heard that one before.
  • If you truly have an emergency or other wardrobe malfunction, please report to the Nurse or to Mrs. Teifer.

Source: http://www.bcit.cc/Page/2092