Dress Code

Dress Code 2018-06-15T17:25:12+00:00

There are three different levels of dress for Youth and Government events:

  • Casual – Saturday Night Entertainment and other free time when no sessions are scheduled
  • Business Casual – Pre-Leg I, Pre-Leg II and before the banquet on Friday of the Springfield Assembly
  • Professional – Friday during and after the banquet and all day Saturday and Sunday at the Springfield Assembly (except Saturday Night Entertainment)

Casual Dress

For both males and females – Jeans, shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other casual clothing are permitted. Clothing must not be printed with sexual references (direct or indirect), obscenities, or otherwise offensive subject matter. Clothing advertising alcohol or tobacco products is not appropriate. No indiscreet attire will be permitted. Hats may be worn.

Business Casual Dress

Males should wear nice pants or slacks and nice shirts or sweaters.

Other business casual guidelines for males:

  • Pants should be khakis or khaki-style pants or dress slacks. Corduroys are acceptable.
  • Shirts may be dress shirts, turtlenecks, sweaters, or nice sport shirts. Short-sleeved dress shirts are acceptable – no polos.
  • Suit jackets or sport coats may be worn but are not required. Ties are not required.
  • Dress or nice casual shoes are required. No athletic shoes, combat boots, work boots, sandals, or other similar shoes are allowed.
  • Also see additional guidelines for business casual dress

Females should wear nice pants, slacks, or skirts with blouses (no polos), turtlenecks, or sweaters. Females may also wear pants suits or dresses.

Other business casual guidelines for females:

Professional Dress

Males must wear dress slacks with a dress shirt, tie, and sportcoat, or a suit with a dress shirt, tie, and jacket. Jackets and sportcoats must be worn at all times (except mealtimes).

Other professional dress guidelines for males:

  • Pants must be dress slacks (including khakis) or suit pants. Corduroys are not acceptable.
  • Shirts may be dress shirts or nice sport shirts and must have a collar. Shirts with a banded collar or no collar are not acceptable. Short-sleeved dress shirts are acceptable.
  • Suit jackets or sport coats are required and should be worn at all times (except mealtimes). Ties are required.
  • Dress shoes are required. No athletic shoes, combat boots, work boots, sandals, or other similar shoes are allowed.
  • Also see additional guidelines for professional dress

Females may wear nice pants (including khakis), slacks or skirts with blouses, turtlenecks, or sweaters. Females may also wear pants suits or dresses.

Other professional dress guidelines for females:

  • Pants must be dress slacks or suit pants. Corduroys are not acceptable.
  • Dress shoes are required. No athletic shoes, combat boots, work boots, sandals, or other similar shoes are allowed.
  • During the Friday night banquet only, females will be allowed to wear semi-formal or dance dresses which are permitted to be sleeveless and/or have spaghetti straps. After the banquet, however, females wearing these dresses will be required to change clothing in order to comply with the regular Professional Dress guidelines for all sessions following the banquet.
  • Also see additional guidelines for professional dress

Additional Business Casual and Professional Dress Guidelines

  • No denim, chambray or camouflage at any time. No tank tops or sweatshirts. Clothing must cover the torso even when the arms are raised. Underwear must not show.
  • No golf or polo type shirts, t-shirts, or sweat shirts are allowed. Shirts must be tucked into the waistband at all times. No denim or chambray shirts are allowed.
  • No cargo pants or other workpants are acceptable. No overalls are allowed. Overall-style jumpers are acceptable for females.
  • Dress or nice casual shoes are required. No tennis or other athletic shoes, combat boots, Birkenstock or Birkenstock-type shoes, work boots, thongs, sandals, or other similar shoes are allowed. Socks, knee-his, or trouser socks must be worn with pants. Hose or tights are required with skirts and dresses. Socks are not appropriate with skirts or dresses. Females may wear heeled shoes, but for the sake of comfort, the height should not be excessive. Spiked heels are not recommended.
  • Hats and other headwear may not be worn.

Additional Guidelines for Females

  • Females skirts, jumpers, and dresses must be no shorter than 4″ above the knee and no longer than the top of the shoes. Open pleat, vent, slit, or buttoned opening skirts may not be open higher than mid-thigh. Denim or chambray skirts and dresses are not allowed. Cotton canvas or khaki material is fine.
  • Females shirts may be blouses, turtlenecks, or sweaters with sleeves. Short-sleeved blouses are acceptable.
  • Dresses worn alone must have sleeves. Sleeveless or spaghetti strap dresses are not acceptable worn alone (except as described under Banquet Professional Dress). A sleeveless dress may be worn with a jacket, cardigan, or sweater if the jacket, cardigan, or sweater is worn at all times.