The dress code at WMA is part of a long and cherished history of preparing students for their future. We take great pride in how our students and faculty comport themselves, on and off campus, and consistently hear from visitors and members of the community how impressed and pleased they are that we are diligent in our efforts to maintain this vital part of early education.
The dress code is a representation of the Academy’s high standards and the serious academic environment we wish to nurture. The dress code also teaches valuable life lessons such as self- discipline and the importance of attention to detail.
Dress Code Changes for 2017 – 2018 Academic YearWilbraham & Monson Academy has revised its dress code. The Academy has partnered with Lands’ End to provide dress code approved clothing for families to purchase.
- Upper School students are required to own one appropriately sized navy school blazer, available through Lands’ End, with the Academy’s crest embroidered on the upper-left pocket. On all Thursdays and other special occasions as directed by the Deans Office, all Upper School students and staff will wear their school blazer with dresses, skirts or suit pants, and appropriate shoes; or dress slacks, dress shirts, ties and dress shoes.
- Middle School students are not required to purchase or wear a school blazer, unless they wish. If they do not, they are instead required to purchase and wear a crested school sweater on those days, also available from Lands’ End.
- Blazers, ties and crested school sweaters are not required during the regular class days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) and non-occasion days, but all other elements of the dress code remain in effect.
- Students may wear dress pants including:
- polyester/wool blend trousers
- Pants are to be worn above the hips, even when seated, hemmed to the ankles and must have leg seams.
- Students may wear skirts or dresses that are no shorter than two inches above knee length when worn appropriately above the hips. If a skirt or dress has a slit, the slit length must be no higher than two inches above the knee.
- Students may wear:
- dress shirts
that are formal in appearance, similar to what would be worn with a business suit. Polo-style casual shirts or T-shirts in any form are not acceptable.
- Shoulders and midriff must be covered at all times, and neckline must be professional.
- Acceptable footwear includes all forms of dress shoes fitting with the requirements and intent of the rest of the dress code. Dressy-looking boots may be worn as long as they are tied and worn inside pant legs. Students may wear boots with skirts, and they must be formal and dressy in appearance.
- Timberland, winter boots and rubber or plastic rain boots may only be worn from after Thanksgiving Break to Spring Break, and during times of inclement weather. Timberland boots must either be dark brown or black.
- Coats must be dressy in appearance. When worn over school blazers, they must be at least as long as the free-hanging blazer worn under them. Blazers may not be tucked or stuffed up into small, form-fitting coats.
- Head coverings, unless religious in nature, are never worn in buildings, except in dormitories.
- Lapel pins on school blazers must be those specific to WMA honors and accomplishments.
Students are required to own one navy school blazer with the Academy’s crest embroidered on the upper-left pocket. Students are required to wear the blazer on Thursdays and other special occasions as directed by the Deans Office.Middle School
Students are required to own one navy school blazer or sweater, each with the Academy’s crest embroidered on the upper-left pocket. Students are required to wear either the blazer or sweater on Thursdays and other special occasions as directed by the Middle School. To order your blazer, visit the Land's End website and follow the simple instructions below:
- Sign in if you already have an account.
- Create an account if this is your first time on the site.
- Shop for your blazer - sizing charts are available online.
If you are concerned about the delivery time frame, you may have your student's blazer delivered directly to the Academy. Be sure to include the child's name in the "Ship To" address or it will not be delivered to your child.
Ship orders to:
Wilbraham & Monson Academy423 Main StreetAttn: [YOUR STUDENT'S NAME]Wilbraham, MA 01095
Of course, if you are happy with the size and condition of your student's current school blazer, there is no need to purchase a new one at this time. For questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Deans Office.
Students are to be in dress code at all times during the academic day, whether or not they are in classes. Additionally, students are expected to be appropriately dressed and groomed for every occasion while on campus or while representing Wilbraham & Monson Academy off campus. Generally, students exercise good taste and judgment with regard to their appearance. In case of a difference of opinion, however, the faculty and staff are the final arbiters of what does and does not constitute appropriate dress.
Exceptions to Dress Code
Sometimes there is a medical reason why a student must be out of dress code. In those cases the Director of Health Services will excuse the student and inform the faculty.
Other times, the privilege to be out of dress code is granted for special occasions like spirit day or senior privileges.
- Athletic apparel, clothing with large displayed logos or advertisements, polo shirts, fleece coats or shirts, zippered turtleneck shirts or sweaters, ‘mock’ turtlenecks, denim material or any clothing designed to represent denim, or any flannel or military surplus clothing.
- Casual pants, jean-cut pants of any material, pants designed to be form-fitting, such as tights, leggings, jeggings, or ‘skinny pants,’ pants with sewn-on pockets on the front, sides, or rear, pants that are noticeably faded either entirely or in spots, overalls, shorts, cargo pants, pants that can be altered into shorts, military fatigues, carpenter/painter pants, Capri or 3/4 length pants, or any pants that are not properly hemmed to ankle length.
- Athletic shoes or sandals of any kind with rubber or foam soles including Birkenstock-style, Teva-style sandals, and any other casual shoes including flip-flops, moccasins, or slippers.
- Blazers may not have belts, epaulettes, or other such accessories. Lapel pins must be limited to those specific to WMA honors and accomplishments. Coats must be at least as long as the free-hanging blazer worn under them. Blazers may not be tucked or stuffed up into small, form-fitting coats.
- Boots may be worn as long as they are tied and worn inside pant legs. Girls may wear boots with skirts, but they must be formal and dressy in appearance. UGG-style boots and rubber or plastic rain boots are not dressy.
- Head coverings, unless religious in nature, are never worn inside buildings, except in dormitories.
- Clothing that reveals students’ undergarments is not allowed at any time. Hair must be of a natural human color and facial jewelry is reserved for times when the dress code does not apply.