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Dress Code

Marin Catholic is committed to providing a safe, respectful environment for its staff and students. MC students are expected to follow our behavior guidelines, based on respect, at all times.

Enrolled families: Please refer to the Resource Board in MC Connect for the official Parent/Student Handbook which includes more detailed dress code information. 
Marin Catholic students are expected to dress in a manner appropriate for school. General appearance should not blatantly or subtly promote unhealthy or negative attitudes, practices or lifestyles. While on campus, students are expected to be neatly groomed, modestly dressed, and boys clean-shaven. Any clothing that is torn, stained, inappropriately patched, or in a state of disrepair is unacceptable. Appropriate shoes must be worn at all times. The Deans of Students will determine whether or not specific clothing and/or jewelry are appropriate for school, and they may make changes to the dress code as necessary throughout the year.

General Dress Code Guidelines:
  • All clothing must be neat, clean, and free from tears, holes, and patches.
  • All clothing should fit properly without being excessively tight or baggy.  
  • Headcoverings, of any style (including: hats, hoods, bandanas, scarves, beanies, etc) may not be worn indoors.
  • Hair must fall within the normal range of color. (Acceptable hair length for boys is to the collar and all male students must be clean shaven. Sideburns may not extend past the ear.)  
  • Jewelry may be worn, in moderation. No more than three ear piercings are allowed on each ear. Nose piercings and ear gauges are not permitted.
  • Footwear must be in good condition and appropriate for the classroom. For safety purposes, some classes (i.e. Art, Science, etc.) may require specific types of shoes to be worn. All shoes should be flat.
  • When face masks are required, they must be worn properly covering the mouth and nose at all times. Face masks should be solid color and not displaying logos/words/images.  Buffs are not permitted as a substitute for a face mask.
Daily School Attire: 
  • Polos: MC short or long-sleeved polo shirts, with MC paw on the sleeve, must be worn at all times. (items may be purchased at millswear.com)  
    • Polo shirts may not expose the midriff and the collar may not be tucked inside the shirt.
    • T-shirts may not be worn over the Mills polo.
    • Polo shirts distributed by Marin Catholic (i.e. Campus Ministry, Office of Student Life, Athletics, Performing Arts) may be worn in lieu of a Mills polo shirt. 
  • Appropriate outerwear (Sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, fleeces, vests, etc) may be worn over the Mills polo shirt.  
    • Outerwear from other high schools is not permitted.
    • Outerwear that is inappropriate (references to sex, drugs, violence, etc.) is not permitted.  
  • Jeans in good repair, solid colored casual pants, and appropriate-length shorts and skirts may be worn. 
    • Pants/shorts/skirts should fit at the waist and not expose undergarments.  
    • Shorts/skirts may not be shorter than 3-inches from the middle of the knee.
    • Pants made of leather or similar materials are not permitted.
    • Athletic bottoms (including yoga pants, joggers, sweatpants, gym shorts, etc.), pajama bottoms, and leggings are not permitted.
      • Note: If men’s shorts do not have a belt loop or zipper, they will be considered athletic bottoms
Liturgy Attire: 
All elements of the formal dress code must be worn throughout the entire day. (Logoed items may be purchased at millswear.com)
  • Solid tan/khaki or navy plain or pleated front pants
    • Pants with MC logos are preferred.  
    • Pants must be worn with black, brown, or navy leather belt.
  • Solid classic navy or khaki Millswear skirt.
    • Skirts must be worn within 3 inches from the middle of the knee.
    • Skirts may not be rolled at the waist.
  • White Oxford long sleeve shirt with MC logo. (Senior option only: Blue Oxford long sleeve shirt with MC logo).
  • Black, Brown, Navy or Gray dress shoes must be worn.
    • Athletic shoes, canvas shoes (i.e. Vans, Converse, etc.), sandals, flip flops, slippers, moccasins, Crocs, Uggs, or heels are not permitted.  
    • Only solid white, navy, or black socks/tights may be worn.
  • Ties are required for all male students.
  • Mills outerwear (Optional): crew neck, cardigan, V-neck, vest in Classic Navy, Navy blue blazer, MC Block jackets and athletic jackets. 
    • Sweatshirts/hoodies may not be worn during Liturgy
“Class Color” Attire: 
To encourage class unity and school spirit, each class will be allowed “modified dress” and wear their designated class color.
  • A shirt or sweatshirt/hoodie may be worn in the student’s class color instead of an MC polo or MC logoed outerwear.  
    • All logos/words/graphics must be school appropriate (no references to sex, drugs, violence, etc.). 
  • Shirts may not be low cut or showing a student's midriff.  
    • A shirt must be worn under any sleeveless jersey.  
  • Students may wear athletic bottoms instead of casual pants. Shorts and skirts may not be shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
    • Leggings and dresses may NOT be worn even if they are in the student’s class color.  
    • Sweatpants/Pajama pants may be worn only if they are in the student’s class color or if their top is in the class color.
Themed Spirit Days Attire:
To encourage school spirit and community, students will be allowed to dress according to a predetermined theme on Spirit Days.  Students that do not dress in accordance with the theme will be expected to adhere to Daily School Attire.
  • Shirts may not be low cut or showing a student’s midriff.  
    • A shirt must be worn under any sleeveless jersey.
  • Shorts and skirts must be worn no less than 3 inches from the knee.  
  • Leggings and dresses are not permitted. Sweatpants/Pajama pants may be worn only if the student’s top is in accordance with the theme of the Spirit Day. 
Game Day Attire:
Team captains may submit a proposal to the Deans of Students requesting their team to wear an alternative dress code on game days. 

Special Events Attire:
Modest dress is expected at all MC events including athletic competitions, performing arts events, retreats, socials, etc.  Students may be sent home from events when they are dressed inappropriately.

Semi-Formal/Formal Attire:

  • Semi-formal pantsuit, dress or skirt
    • Dresses and tops may not expose cleavage, midriffs, or have cutouts
    • Backless dress and tops may not be cut below the middle of the back
    • Stretchy/lycra, sheer, or illusion materials are not permitted
    • Length of dress or skirt should be no shorter than 4 inches from the top of the knee.  (Dresses that have to be pulled down to be the appropriate length are not acceptable.)
    • Slits may not be higher than mid-thigh
  • Flat shoes only (casual/dress sneakers are permitted; open toe sandals are discouraged.)
  • Semi-formal dress pants/slacks/trousers with a belt and/or suspenders
  • Button-up collared shirt
  • Tie (recommended)
  • Clean shaven