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Dress and Appearance

This section outlines dress and grooming regulations at Fordham Prep. However, the Dean of Students makes the final decision on any issue regarding dress and appearance.

Please note: During the start of the 2020-21 school year, students will not be required to wear ties and blazers. All students at school for in-person learning may wear a polo shirt or button down shirt without tie as part of dress code regulations during the hybrid model in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The keynotes of personal appearance at Fordham Prep are neatness and appropriateness. Fordham Prep’s policy for school dress is as follows. Because the way students dress affects the way they behave and even how they view themselves, the Prep requires students to dress in neat, business attire. Good manners, cooperation, and neatness are required of every Prep young man.

Upon entering the building all students must change into proper attire and remain in school dress throughout the academic day.

The dress code regularly includes a sport coat or suit jacket, a shirt, tie, dress slacks, appropriate shoes, and socks. (Ties and jackets are not required at the start of the 2020-21 school year until further notice.) All clothing should be clean, neat, properly fitting, and in good repair. No hats, earrings, visible tattoos or body piercings are allowed and extremes in fashion are not allowed.

(a) Hair: Hair must be of a natural color and cannot be dyed. Hair may not extend below the collar, nor cover the ears nor reach the eyebrow. Full shaven heads or ponytails are not permitted. No extreme fades, wigs, or other extreme styles. Neat braids are acceptable. Hair accessories of any kind are not allowed. Seniors may wear mustaches and beards, which must be kept neat. All other students must be clean shaven.

(b) Shirt: Neat dress shirt with collar must be buttoned to top, tucked in, and not bloused.

Not Allowed

  • Long sleeve shirt under club/senior polo/pullover 
  • Flannel
  • Plaid / Wide Stripes
  • Hoods / Sweatshirts
  • Denim
  • Fleece Pullovers


  • Solids
  • Thin Stripes

(c) Slacks: Dress slacks with belt.

Not Allowed

  • Jeans/Denim
  • Rivets
  • Exterior Pockets
  • Cargo Pants


  • Khaki
  • Twill
  • Traditional Dress Slacks

(d) Jacket: Sport coat or suit jacket are typically required from October 1 to May 1. Seniors may wear a Fordham Prep approved maroon senior pullover in place of a jacket on any school day. On the last school day of the week, seniors are allowed to wear a Fordham Prep senior polo and no jacket.

All students may wear school approved athletic team and/or activities/club pullovers in place of jackets only on E days.

(e) Shoes: Dress shoes (with dress soles) below the ankle. Socks must be worn.

Not Allowed

  • Boots
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals
  • Diesel or similar shoes
  • Walking shoes
  • Uggs slippers


  • Hush Puppies
  • Docksiders/Topsiders
  • Loafers
  • Dress shoes

All details about student dress and appearance can be found on page 41 of the Fordham Prep 2020-21 Student and Parent Handbook. Any questions about student dress code can be directed a member of the Dean’s Office staff:

Mr. Steven Pettus

Dean of Students

Mr. Patrick Deane ‘88

Assistant Dean of Students

Mr. John Mercorella ‘07

Assistant Dean of Students

Mrs. Maryann Casaccio-Ortiz

Administrative Staff