Standard Dress - Elementary & Secondary

In its quest for excellence, Mesquite ISD is committed to requiring a higher expectation of dress for our students. The district believes that students should dress in a way that is appropriate for the learning environment. Maintaining a school atmosphere suitable for academic study will help students focus on the business of school. The Standard Dress Policy is a vital step toward furthering excellence and better preparing our students for college, careers, and life as adults.

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Standard Dress at a Glance

This information is provided as a shopping guide and summary of MISD’s Standard Dress Policy. Students are responsible for reviewing and complying with the latest version of the policy in its entirety, which can be found in the Student Handbook (Manuel del Estudiante).

Student imageSHIRTS:
Wear solid colors. Wear polo or oxford styles. Keep shirts tucked. Be modest.

  • Shirts must be a solid color with no lettering, stripes, checks, or designs of any kind (unless it is a school-approved shirt).
  • Appropriate shirt styles are collared knit button polo-style shirts, turtleneck shirts, and oxford-style or dress shirts, or school-approved shirts. Cap sleeves or sleeveless styles are not permitted. Excessive layering of shirts is not permitted. Shirts may not be thermal-style, terry cloth, or zippered. Undershirts may be any solid color. Principal-approved, school-related shirts are allowed. In addition, students may wear polo or oxford shirts with official college logos or themes (see full policy for details).
  • All shirts regardless of style must be long enough to remain tucked in at all times. Tight, form-fitting, or low-cut blouses are not allowed.

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Wear khaki, navy, or black. Keep the fit loose and knee-length or longer. No cargos. Wear a belt.

  • Pants, shorts, and capris must be solid khaki, navy blue, or black Dockers® or similar style with a flat or pleated front. All must have belt loops and must be worn at the waist with a belt. Blue-jean style khaki pants are not permitted. Gauchos, corduroys, jeans, denim, cargo-style, carpenter-style, leather, suede, vinyl, or knit pants are not allowed. Studs or decorations are not allowed.
  • Clothing may not be oversized, baggy or extremely form-fitting. Sagging is not permitted. Pants and shorts that are tight at the knees and ankles are not permitted.
  • Ladies may wear knee-length or longer khaki, navy, or black skirts and jumpers. Skirts must be worn at the waist with a belt if the skirt has belt loops. Slits may not extend more than three inches above the knee.

Wear solid colors. Keep the fit appropriate. Always wear standard dress underneath.

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  • Sweatshirts, sweaters, and sweater vests must be worn over a standard dress-approved shirt, must be a solid color or school approved, and must be appropriately sized in the shoulders, sleeves, and length.
  • All must be pullover or cardigan style. Sweaters and sweatshirts may not be sleeveless or cap sleeved. Shrugs and short vests or sweaters that end above the waistline are not allowed.
  • Students may wear sweatshirts or hoodies with official college logos or themes.
  • Clothing may not be tight, form fitting, or oversized (bottom hem may not extend more than four inches below the belt). Tops and bottoms may not be the same color.

Wear solid fleece or light jackets in the classroom. Store other coats in lockers.

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  • With the exception of dusters or trench coats (which are never allowed), students may wear any outerwear garment while traveling to and from school. However, while in the school building students may only wear principal-approved school jackets, solid-color fleece, or solid-color lightweight jackets.
  • All outerwear must be worn over a standard dress shirt and must be appropriately sized.
  • Coats and jackets worn to school that are not approved must be taken off upon entering the school building and remain in the student’s locker. Heavy, oversized, or denim coats and jackets are not allowed in the building.
  • Students may wear sweatshirts or hoodies with official college logos or themes.

Always wear a basic, looped and buckled belt. Avoid oversized accessories.

  • Belts must be worn within the belt loops and buckled at all times. Belts may be any color or pattern, as long as they are leather-like dress style or canvas belts with an approved buckle. Styles of belts that are not allowed include scarves or ribbons, tie or fringe belts, sequined or excessively decorated belts or buckles, lettering on belts or buckles, suspenders, chain or metal belts.
  • Oversized buckles (larger than credit card size) or extremely large or bulky jewelry are not allowed.

student imageSHOES:
Stay away from casual shoes like flip flops. Socks/tights should be solid and matching.

  • Shoes may be any color or pattern, as long as they are leather-like or canvas lace up, loafer or tennis shoe, closed-toe mule or slide, or open-toe sandal with a back strap. Shoes must be a matching pair and must be tied or fastened at all times.
  • Unacceptable shoe styles include flip-flops or open-toed shoes without a back strap. Shoes must be tied or fastened at all times, and they may not be offensive, disruptive or gang-related.
  • Socks must be a matching, solid-color pair. Layering of socks is permitted as long as each pair of socks match and are a solid color. Socks, hosiery, leggings and tights can be any solid color—no checks, stripes, lettering, wording, or designs. Fishnet hosiery is not allowed.

student imageHAIR:
Keep the look neat and clean.

  • Hair must be above the eyes, well-groomed, and clean at all times. Large and extreme modes of hairstyles will not be allowed.  Hairstyles should not interfere with another student’s ability to see in class. Only natural hair colors are allowed. Letters, numbers, symbols, insignia, or logos cannot be depicted in hair. Any hairstyle or variation of a style that is deemed to be gang-related or that causes a disruption will not be allowed.
  • Designs and/or notching are not allowed in eyebrows.
  • Male students must be clean-shaven.



  • Brand logos may be no larger than 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches on all clothing items, including shirts, pants, and outerwear.
  • Outfits may not have matching colors on top and bottom (for example, black pants may not be worn with a black polo).
  • Clothing must be properly hemmed and/or cuffed (no rips, tears, cuts or frays).
  • Decisions regarding dress and grooming are campus decisions, and the decision of the principal is considered final.


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