RISD Guidelines for Secondary Student Dress




Clothes must be worn in a way that private areas are all fully covered. Undergarments, except straps and waistbands, should not be visible. All items listed in the “must wear” and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle.


Students must wear (while following the basic principle above):

● An opaque top with a sleeve or strap and must cover the stomach, back, and chest area

● An opaque bottom, such as pants, jeans, or the equivalent of a skirt, sweatpants, joggers, leggings, dress, or shorts

● Shoes or sandals

● School ID badge must be visible


Students may wear, as long as these items do not violate basic principle above:

● Fitted pants, including leggings, yoga pants, and skinny jeans

● Ripped jeans as long as underwear and private body parts are not exposed

● Athletic shorts and athletic skirts

● Religious headwear

● Hoodies (hood must not cover head)

● Pajama pants


Students cannot wear:

● Images, language or symbols that depict tobacco products, drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, violence, hate speech, profanity, pornography, gang symbols, or other illegal activities

● Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on a protected class or group

● Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon

● Bandanas of any color

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