The Foundation for a Meaningful Life
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, and faculty. Clothing that is deemed to be inappropriate or inconsistent with seriousness of purpose is unacceptable.
  • 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. Baggy, cargo, form-fitting, and stone-washed pants are unacceptable.
  • Belts must be worn on all garments with belt loops.
  • Fatigue or camouflage clothing of any kind is unacceptable.
  • Skirts must be no more than three inches above the top of the kneecap and no longer than mid-calf. Form-fitting skirts are unacceptable.
  • Bermuda shorts or skorts may be worn before Parents’ Weekend (October) and after Founders’ Weekend (May).

School Dress Code

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  • Primary School

    • Chinos or corduroys, plain or pleated, with regular pockets; denim or jeans may only be worn on announced casual days.
    • Collared shirts: polo shirts (long or short sleeved), turtlenecks, or button-down shirts.
    • Primary School students are not required to wear blazers; if worn, blazers must be navy blue or black.
    • Flat shoes or sneakers with socks
  • Lower and Upper School

    • Navy blue or black blazer
    • Dress slacks, a skirt, or a dress
    • Dress blouse or shirt with collar and sleeves
    • Flat shoes with socks or tights; for Upper School, maximum heel height of two inches

    • Navy blue or black blazer
    • Chinos or corduroys with regular pockets
    • Dress shirt with tie; turtlenecks may be worn during the winter term only
    • School shoes with socks
    Additional guidelines:
    • Blazers must be navy blue or black and should be traditional in design.
    • Shirts and blouses must be collared, have a buttoned front, and fully cover the abdomen.Polo shirts are not allowed.
    • Sleeveless blouses and flannel shirts are not permitted.
    • Sweaters may be worn under a blazer, with length not to exceed the length of the blazer.
    • Trousers must be plain, hemmed or cuffed, and worn at the waist. Baggy, cargo, form-fitting,and stone-washed pants are unacceptable.
    • Bermuda shorts may be worn before Upper School Parents’ Weekend (October) and after Founders’ Weekend (May).
    • Fatigue, neon, or camouflage clothing of any kind is unacceptable.
    • Athletic shoes may not be worn during the academic day. Boots may be worn as school shoes during the winter term only. Flat sandals with a heel strap are permitted after Founders’ Weekend.
    • Socks must come up above the shoe and cover the ankle. Athletic socks may not be worn during the academic day.
    • Moderation is required in the use of cosmetics, jewelry, and in the choice of hairstyle and color.

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 or special, color team events. Spirit dress is School Dress that includes a red or white shirt, slacks, 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 neat and presentable, but is more relaxed than school dress. Shirts must have collars and be tucked in. Neat jeans are acceptable. Belts, shoes and socks must be worn. Track suits, t-shirts and sweats are not allowed.
  • Play Dress

    Play Dress may be permitted on field trips and class outings that involve physical activity or are outdoors. Any 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 parents 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 Wednesday mornings from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. and until 9:45 a.m. on days when Open Parent Meetings are scheduled.

    Before the start of the 2018-19 school year, Mooseduds will also be open during these times:
    Tuesday, August 7, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    Friday, August 17: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
    Wednesday, August 22, 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
    Thursday, August 30, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday, September 4: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

    If you would like to visit Mooseduds at an alternate time this summer, please contact Carol Gustavson at to schedule a time.

  • 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.
  • 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.