What is Standardized Dress?

By definition, Standardized Dress is a selection of clothing from which students may choose. Though not as stringent as a uniform policy, standardized dress adheres to certain guidelines concerning style and color options while still allowing for some individual expression.

Trinity Lutheran School observes a standardized dress policy because it:

  • Creates a sense of community and school pride among students.
  • Lessens distractions and improves student focus on learning.
  • Creates a more work-like environment and shows signs of respect.
  • Reduces peer pressure and unwarranted judgments.
  • Breaks down socio-economic barriers and brings all students closer to impartiality.
  • Helps people notice the individual rather than their clothes.

General Guidelines

  • Items may be purchased from any vendor (Old Navy, Wal-Mart, Target, JC Penny
  • All clothing must be clean, neat, and in good repair.
  • All clothing must be appropriately sized and no more than one size larger than the student’s measurements; nor may the garment be too tight.
  • Undergarments are not to be visible at any time.
  • Students may not wear or have on them any kind of design, logo, or message except our standardized logo.
  • The standardized logo may be added at Embroidery Connection ($7.00 for embroidered logo). The standardized logo is optional. You also have the option of ordering tops with logo through Land’s End. They charge and additional $5.50 to have the logo placed on the item.
  • Final discretion and decisions about whether a student’s dress is deemed appropriate and in compliance with the school standards is given to administration.


  • Solid navy blue, gray, white, light blue, or black polo shirts
  • Dress button down shirt in solid white or blue
  • Shirts are not required to be tucked in but must extend below the waistband when arms are stretched overhead.
  • No more than the top two buttons may be left unbuttoned.
  • The fit or style of the shirt may not be altered. For example, knots, bows, sequins, or rubber bands may not be added.


  • Cotton or cotton-blend uniform style black, navy, gray, or khaki solid colored pants, shorts, capris, skirts, or skorts
  • Cargo and carpenter style shorts and pants are not allowed. Shorts and or pants should not exceed having more than two pockets in the front and two pockets in the back.
  • No denim, nylon, or knit fabric.
  • Pants are to be worn at the waist.
  • The hem of the shorts, skirts, and skorts may be no more than roughly 4 inches above the back of the knee. Rolling up garments at the waist is not allowed if it makes the garment too short. Final discretion is up to the principal. Shorts may be worn from March 1-October 31, weather permitting. Please note: November-February leggings or tights MUST be worn with a skirt, skort, or jumper.
  • A pair of shorts, leggings, or tights should be worn under skirts for recess and P.E. activities. (K-4)
  • The layering of shorts with leggings is not allowed. Layering shorts with leggings from November to March is not allowed because shorts are not allowed.


  • Students may wear cotton or cotton-blend black, navy, grey, or khaki solid colored jumpers/dresses.
  • No denim, nylon, or knit fabric.
  • An approved standardized dress shirt must be worn under jumpers.
  • All jumpers and dresses are to be no more than roughly 4 inches above the back of the knee. Final discretion is up to the principal.
  • A pair of shorts, leggings, or tights should be worn under dresses or jumpers for recess and P.E.
    activities. (K-4)

Layered Clothing

  • Knee socks, leggings, or tights may be worn under dresses, jumpers, skirts, and skorts and must be white, khaki, navy, black, and grey in color.
  • Undershirts, camisoles, and long-sleeved shirts may be worn under approved collared shirts but must be solid in color and either matching or of suggested colors. (No Patterns)

Friday Spirit Wear

  • TLS theme or spirit t-shirts may be worn on Friday only.
  • These t-shirts include yearly school theme shirts, TLS issued club and sports shirts, and other previous or future TLS printed t-shirts.
  • Students may wear denim on Friday only. Denim must be solid colored, modest in cut, style, and fit with minimal to no embellishments that add color or sparkle. All denim must adhere to the above clothing standards for fit and length.
  • Denim skirts may be worn as long as it follows the length rule of no shorter than 4 inches above the knee, no distressing or embellishments and if during November to March will need to be worn with leggings.
  • Overalls are Not allowed.

Outer Wear

  • Sweaters, sweater vests, and cardigans in solid navy blue or gray may be layered over a uniform polo or button-down.
  • Sweatshirts and fleece jackets in black, navy, or gray in pullover or zippered styles.
  • Heavier coats and jackets that are worn outside do not have to be a solid color or particular type.
  • Hats, caps, and sunglasses may be worn only outdoors.


  • For safety, all shoes that are worn outside must be secure to the foot and have a closed heel and toes completely covered.
  • Shoestrings, if any, are to be appropriately tied.
  • Socks, tights, or leggings are to be worn with all shoes.
  • Any footwear that threatens physical safety is inappropriate.
  • K-4 must wear tennis shoes. Grades 5-8 must bring a pair of tennis shoes to school for P.E.


  • Jewelry should be modest and age-appropriate and may be worn as long as it does not distract form the learning environment or cause potential safety concerns.
  • Makeup may not be excessive or distracting.
  • Drawing and writing on the body are not permitted.
  • Hair must be neat and clean, and the student’s face must be fully visible at all times.
  • Hair for males must not exceed collar length
  • Unnatural hair colors (i.e. blue, pink, red, etc.) and extreme hairstyles are not allowed.

Policy Enforcement
If a student is inappropriately dressed or groomed, a private consultation by teacher or principal will be held to inform the student of the expectations. A discipline notice will be sent to the parents to be signed and returned by the next school day. Any concerns regarding this policy or its enforcement should be directed to the principal.

Non-compliance with the student uniform policy will not be permitted.

  • 1st violation- A warning is given. It will need to be signed by a parent and returned to school.
  • 2nd violation- Dress code violation slip will be sent home to be signed and returned to school.
    • The student will also find appropriate clothing to change into from the uniform closet.
  • 3rd violation and beyond- Parents will be contacted, and the student will be held in the office until approved attire is brought to school.