Dress Code

The TeenPact Dress Code

When at the Capitol, it’s important to fit into the professional environment and as a leadership school, TeenPact understands that professionalism includes a dress code. Today’s culture constantly underestimates young people, yet we all realize that a young person who presents himself or herself sharply and professionally can and will make an outstanding impression. If our youth are to be taken seriously as leaders, they must learn to dress appropriately for their surroundings.

As you read the following information and begin your shopping and packing, please embrace the concept that our TeenPact dress code is an important aspect of leadership training: the fact is our Capitol class is a chance to present ourselves with studied professionalism. Even our casual attire allows us to set a standard of excellence. Our dress code is established to:

  • Impact our students: as our staff and students enjoy respect that they garner from the work world when wearing traditional business attire.
  • Impact others: as our staff and students dress unexpectedly and appropriately as leaders in a professional setting.
  • Impact the culture: as our staff and students dress in a manner that is attractive and modest among their peers.

TeenPact’s heart is to set a standard that will build respect, foster unity, and limit distractions.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. “
1 Corinthians 10:31

The Interns at your class have the authority and responsibility to ask you to change if your outfit doesn’t meet the TeenPact dress code either in professionalism or modesty. Make it your goal to respond humbly and graciously to any correction or suggestions you receive. Or better yet, make it your goal to follow the dress code throughout the week! Read the details of the dress code carefully and thoroughly before you pack for your class. Feel free to contact us if you have questions at 1.888.343.1776.

 

FOR THE GUYS: WHAT TO WEAR

TRADITIONAL PROFESSIONAL CLOTHES FOR GUYS (i.e. AT THE CAPITOL)

  • We require traditional dress pants (i.e. no jeans, corduroys, or cargo pants).
  • We require a traditional button-front dress shirt with a professional tie. Sleeves should stay unrolled and buttoned.
  • We require dress shoes (i.e. no flip-flops, sandals, TOM’s, or tennis shoes), and comfortable dress shoes are strongly recommended—expect lots of walking!
  • We highly recommend wearing a traditional suit jacket or blazer to ensure that your appearance is sharp and professional.

 

CASUAL CLOTHES FOR GUYS (i.e. NOT AT THE CAPITOL)

Feel free to dress comfortably and casually as you follow these guidelines:

  • We require that shirts not be sleeveless, tight, or too short (no midriff skin or boxers visible).
  • We require pants and shorts have no inappropriate holes, not be too tight, and not be worn too low (again, no midriff skin or boxers visible). Avoid short shorts. To check for tightness, pinch the sides of your pants and make sure there’s some wiggle room. To check shorts length, make an L with thumb and index finger and place at the top of knee when seated—shorts should be long enough to hit the thumb.
  • We recommend bringing comfortable shoes for playing Frisbee, hanging out, etc.
  • We recommend bringing shower shoes for all residential camps.

 

Shopping tips for guys:

  • You only need 1-2 jacket/pant combos or suits for the week. Just repeat them throughout the week! Change up your shirt and tie to vary your appearance.
  • Store suggestions: JC Penney, Dillard’s, consignment or thrift stores often have nice suits for a great price. Check out Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshalls for tie-shirt combos.
  • Ask men you know if you can borrow something for the week.
  • Tradition indicates that your belt should match your shoes and your socks should match your pants.

 

FOR THE GIRLS: WHAT TO WEAR

PROFESSIONAL CLOTHES FOR GIRLS (i.e. AT THE CAPITOL)

  • We require skirts/dresses to have a hemline that covers the knee when sitting and standing. Professionalism requires fabric should not be sheer, clingy, or too casual (i.e. no denim, broomstick skirts, etc.) No pants or shorts allowed for Capitol attire.
  • We require blouses to have sleeves (unless under a jacket that remains on). Professionalism dictates that tops should not be of casual fabrics such as denim; they should not be tight, sheer, clingy, low, or short.
  • We require dress shoes (i.e. no flip-flops, TOM’s, or tennis shoes), and comfortable dress shoes are strongly recommended – expect lots of walking. Hose are not required but are more professional and can help prevent blisters.
  • We highly recommend wearing a ladies’ dress blazer to help make your outfit sharp and professional. Scarves, jewelry, and other accessories also help make “Capitol clothes” fun and classy.

 

CASUAL CLOTHES FOR GIRLS (i.e. NOT AT THE CAPITOL)

Feel free to dress comfortably and casually as you follow these guidelines:

  • We require that shirts not be sleeveless, sheer, low cut, tight, or too short (no midriff skin should be visible).
  • We require that pants, skirts, and shorts have no inappropriate holes, be sheer, tight, or worn too low (again, no midriff skin should be visible). Avoid short shorts. To check for tightness, pinch the sides of your pants and make sure there’s some wiggle room. To check shorts length, make an L with thumb and index finger and place at the top of knee when seated—shorts should be long enough to hit the thumb.
  • We recommend bringing comfortable shoes for playing Frisbee in the afternoons and hanging out in the evenings.
  • We recommend bringing shower shoes for all residential camps.

 

Shopping tips for girls:

  • You only need 1-2 nice skirts. Just repeat them throughout the week! Change up your shirts, shoes and jackets to vary your appearance.
  • Store suggestions: Ross, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Old Navy, Cato, SteinMart, and Macy’s as well as consignment and thrift stores.
  • Ask women you know if you can borrow something for the week.
  • Be wary of shoes that you haven’t broken in. You will be happy you chose sensible over adorable!