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.
- Every member of the WMA community is required to own one navy school blazer, available through Lands End, with the Academy’s crest on the upper-left pocket. The school blazer is required attire every Thursday and for special occasions on and off campus. Students may wear their school blazer every day if they choose, or they may wear a non-school blazer on days when a school blazer is not required. Blazers must be simple, dressy and formal in appearance, similar to what would be worn with a business suit, with sleeves hemmed to the wrists and worn that way. They may not have belts, epaulettes, or other such accessories. Lapel pins must be limited to those specific to WMA honors and accomplishments. Shoulders and midriff must be covered at all times, and neckline must be professional.
- 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.
- Professional 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 are not dressy). Timberland, professional winter boots and rubber or plastic rain boots may only be worn in the Winter Trimester.
- Head coverings, unless religious in nature, are never worn in buildings, except in dormitories.
- Blazers must be worn with dress pants. They must be worn at all times during the academic day. During the Winter Trimester, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, students are not required to wear their blazers if they are wearing a professional wool dress coat. If they are not wearing a professional wool dress coat, they must wear a blazer. Students wearing non-dress winter coats, such as snow coats, will not be eligible for this exception, and must wear a blazer. This exception does not apply on Thursdays. School blazers are required to be worn by all members of the community on every Thursday throughout the school year.
- Dress pants include: slacks, chinos, corduroys, or polyester/wool blend trousers. Pants are to be worn above the hips, even when seated, hemmed to the ankles and must have leg seams.
- Dress tops or blouses, with suit pants or skirts that are formal in appearance, similar to what would be worn with a business suit.
- 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. No mini-skirts.
- Dress shoes, including dress sandals.
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.