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Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA

School Dress Code

Guidelines for School Dress in All Divisions

The School’s dress code offers flexibility while emphasizing neatness and moderation. Responsibility for compliance is shared by students, parents/guardians, and faculty. Clothing that is deemed to be inappropriate or inconsistent with seriousness of purpose is unacceptable.
Guidelines for School Dress in All Divisions
  • Articles of clothing must be of the proper size and fit; in good, clean condition; and worn as intended.
  • Trousers for school dress must be plain, hemmed or cuffed, and worn at the waist.
  • Fatigue, neon, denim, or camouflage clothing of any kind is unacceptable.
  • Skirts must be no more than three inches above the top of the kneecap.
  • Form-fitting clothing is not allowed.
  • Bermuda shorts may be worn before Parents’ Weekend (October) and after Founders’ Weekend (May).

School Dress Code by Division

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  • Primary School

    • Chinos, corduroys, skirts, or dresses may be worn. Leggings are allowed only when worn underneath a skirt or dress. Sweatpants, jeans, and cargo pants are not allowed.
    • Dresses may have prints or patterns but should not have graphic designs or writing. "Bicycle" shorts should be worn underneath dresses or skirts. During the winter term, students should wear tights or leggings underneath dresses or skirts.
    • Shirts must have a collar: polo shirts (long or short sleeved), turtlenecks, or button-down shirts. Graphics or writing on shirts are not allowed.
    • Plain sweaters may be worn. Sweatshirts (crew neck and hooded) are not allowed.
    • Only sneakers worn with socks are allowed indoors. Winter or rain boots may be worn outside in inclement weather.
    • Accessories should be simple and practical, e.g. a watch or simple headband.
  • Lower and Upper School

    All Students
    • Blazers must be navy blue or black and should be traditional in design.
    • Shirts must have a collar and fully cover the abdomen. Polo shirts are not allowed. Sleeveless blouses and flannel shirts are not permitted. Turtlenecks may be worn in the winter term only.
    • Sweaters may be worn over the shirt and under the blazer, with length not to exceed the length of the blazer.
    • Belts must be worn on all garments with belt loops.
    • Pants must be dress slacks, chinos, or corduroys with regular pockets; cargo pants and jeans are not allowed. Leggings may not be worn alone as pants.
    • Athletic shoes and athletic socks may not be worn during the academic day.
    • Winter boots may be worn as school shoes during the winter term only. 
    • Bermuda shorts may be worn before Upper School Parents’ Weekend (October) and after Founders’ Weekend (May).
    • Moderation is required in the use of cosmetics, jewelry, and hairstyle. If hair is dyed, it must be a natural color. 
    • Dress slacks, chinos, or corduroys with regular pockets
    • A skirt or a dress. Leggings or tights may be worn underneath a skirt or dress.
    • Blouse or shirt with collar and sleeves
    • Shoes must have a closed toe and a closed back, and may not have a heel higher than two inches. Sandals with a heel strap are permitted after Founders' Weekend.
    • Dress slacks, chinos, or corduroys with regular pockets
    • Dress shirt with tie; turtlenecks may be worn during the winter term only
    • School shoes with socks

    In Lower and Upper School, students who identify as non-binary may request a modification to their dress code. To request a modification, a non-binary student and their parent or guardian must talk with the division head, who will make a determination.

Dress for Special Occasions

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  • Spirit Day Dress

    Spirit Dress is worn on announced Spirit Days, which mark the first day of athletic games each term, or on the days of special color team events. Spirit Dress is School Dress that includes a red or white shirt, dress code pants, or skirt. A Fay School t-shirt or sweatshirt is permissible.
  • Casual Dress

    Casual dress is worn on special “dress-down” days that are announced during the school year. Clothing is expected to be neat and presentable but may be more relaxed than school dress. Shirts must have collars and be tucked in. Neat jeans are acceptable. Belts, shoes, and socks must be worn. T-shirts, sweatpants, and sweatshirts are not allowed.
  • Play Dress

    Play dress may be permitted on field trips and class outings that involve physical activity or are outdoors. Reasonable athletic or playwear is acceptable. Shoes must be worn.

Purchase School Dress Code Clothing

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  • Mooseduds - Gently Used School Clothing

    All families are invited to check out the selection at Mooseduds, Fay School’s gently-used clothing resale shop. Mooseduds sells Fay dress code clothing for children in Kindergarten through grade nine, including blazers (for boys and girls), dress shirts, skirts, belts, and ties. As your child outgrows his or her school dress clothing, please consider donating these items to Mooseduds.

    Mooseduds also carries a limited supply of Moosegear (gently used sports gear) that varies on a seasonal basis. Mooseduds is open when school is in session on Thursdays from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. 
  • Tommy Hilfiger

    Click here to shop for clothing that can be customized with the Fay logo.
  • Lands End

    Earn funds for Fay when shopping for dress code clothes at  Click “Find My School” and link it to your Lands’ End account. The "Preferred School Number" for Fay is 900075573.
  • Brooks Brothers

    Brooks Brothers offers a 15% discount on all full-price Brooks Boys merchandise at all Brooks Brothers retail stores with a Brooks Brothers Incentive Card. To register/renew simply call toll-free 866-515-4747 with the school organization ID and Pincode: Organization ID: 05400/Pin Code: 40933. The card is valid for 2 years.
  • Mabel's Labels

    Keep that new blazer from getting lost! Click here to see choices of customizable iron-ons, stickies, bag tags, allergy alert labels, and more! Mabel’s Labels will give Fay a 20% commission on all sales.
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