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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.

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.

For all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors: The dress code regularly includes a blazer or Fordham Prep approved pullover, a shirt, tie, dress slacks, belt, appropriate shoes, and socks. During the month of September only, underclassmen are allowed to wear a polo shirt in lieu of a shirt and tie.

For all seniors: The dress code regularly includes a Fordham Prep approved polo shirt, dress slacks, belt, appropriate shoes, and socks. Seniors have the option of wearing a shirt and tie (or polo shirt) with Fordham Prep approved pullover.

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.


  • Solids
  • Thin Stripes

Not Allowed

  • Any Pullovers Not Approved by Fordham Prep
  • Flannel
  • Plaid / Wide Stripes
  • Hoods / Sweatshirts
  • Denim

(c) Slacks: Dress slacks with a belt.


  • Khaki
  • Twill
  • Traditional Dress Slacks

Not Allowed

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

(d) Blazer: Blazers are typically required from October 1 to May 1. Students may also choose to wear a Fordham Prep approved pullover in place of a blazer on any school day. 

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


  • Dress shoes
  • Docksiders/Topsiders
  • Loafers

Not Allowed

  • Boots
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals
  • Vans or similar shoes
  • Ugg slippers

Students not observing these regulations may be asked by the Dean of Students to return to their homes for proper dress and appearance. The Dean of Students reserves the right to determine whether or not a student is complying with the regulations on dress and appearance.

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