Women’s Dress Code

Maranatha’s dress code is guided by the principles of modesty, appropriateness, gender distinction, and preparation for leadership in the ministry/workforce.

Casual Dress

Appropriate for on or off campus activities and games after 5:00 p.m.
Acceptable
  • Athletic pants (wind pants, sweats), loose fitting slacks, or capris.
  • Loose fitting shirts (must have sleeves unless it is part of a uniform).
Notes
  • Some activities (like sit ups and leg lifts) are not appropriate to do in shorts when the opposite sex is present.
  • Spandex may not be worn as outer garment.
  • Pajama pants are not appropriate for Casual Dress.
  • Tank tops and sleeveless shirts are not permitted as outerwear.
  • Knee-length, loose-fitting shorts (knee length is defined as coming to the top of the kneecap when standing) are appropriate for sports participation and P.E. classes only.

Class Casual Dress

Monday through Friday, from 12:10 p.m. for afternoon classes, evening classes, final exams [EC 5/11], Class Casual Days, and Summer School.
Acceptable
  • Loose-fitting skirts, jean skirts, tops, and dresses.
  • Casual shoes.
  • Jackets and zip-up jackets (logos must be smaller than your hand) [SL 8/09].
Notes
  • T-shirts with writing are not permitted.
  • Tennis shoes, Athletic sandals/slides, flip-flops, Crocks, and slippers are not permitted [SL 7/10].
  • Do-rags, turbans, headscarves and ball caps are not permitted.
  • Sweatshirts and sweatshirt “hoodies” are not permitted [SL 8/09].
  • Ankle or Athletic socks may not be visible [SL 6/10].

Note: ROTC Cadets may wear fatigues to class when required.

Class Dress

Monday through Friday for all daytime classes, chapel, and midweek church services
Acceptable
  • Dresses, suits, skirts, vests, blouses, and sweaters.
  • Non-casual shoes.
  • Jackets and zip-up jackets (logos must be smaller than your hand) [SL 8/09].
  • Jean jackets without frays or fading are permitted [SL 7/12].
Notes
  • T-shirts with writing are not permitted.
  • Sweatshirts and sweatshirt “hoodies” are not permitted [SL 8/09].
  • Tennis shoes, canvas shoes, athletic sandals/slides, flip flops, extreme/faddish shoes (high platforms, army/work boots), are not permitted.
  • Denim skirts are not permitted.
  • Untucked tops must be long enough to cover skin at all times—no matter what the activity.
  • Ankle or Athletic socks may not be visible [SL 6/10].

Note: ROTC Cadets may wear fatigues to class when required.

Church Dress

Required for Sunday services; university and Academy plays, concerts, recitals, dress rehearsals; special meetings, and when announced.
Acceptable
  • Dressy blouses, suits, dresses, and skirts.
  • Dress shoes/sandals.
Notes
  • Church dress is dressier than class dress.
  • Denim is not appropriate.
  • Casual khaki skirts (with patch pockets, etc.) are not permitted.
  • Sweatshirts and sweatshirt “hoodies” are not permitted [SL 8/09].

Semiformal and Formal Dress

Required for banquets, artist series, and when announced.
Acceptable
  • Floor or tea length dresses of formal fabric.
  • Dressy church dresses or suits.
  • Dress shoes and nylons.
Notes
  • Sleeveless garments are not appropriate.
  • Necklines lower than 3 fingers from the collarbone in front or 5 fingers from the base of the neck in back are not appropriate.

Clothing

  • To ensure that clothing is not form fitting/tight, dresses, skirts, pants, and shirts must have a minimum of one inch of fabric that can be pinched on both sides of the garment without stretching the fabric [SL 7/10].
  • Necklines may not be lower than 3 fingers from the collarbone in front and 5 fingers from the base of the neck in back. Cleavage should never be visible.
  • All hemlines (including kick-pleats and slits) must be no shorter than the top of the kneecap when standing or sitting [SL 5/13].
  • Clothing of sheer or revealing material may be worn only when the garment underneath conforms to normal dress guidelines.
  • Sleeveless garments are not permitted for any level of dress (unless it is part of an athletic uniform).
    • Sleeves must have material that is connected to all parts of the arm hole opening.
    • Cap sleeves must be at least 3 fingers from the shoulder edge.
  • All clothing and T-shirt logos must be in good taste.
  • Hoodies are defined as pullover sweatshirts with a hood [SL 8/09].
  • All clothing should be in good condition, should be without holes or frays, and should not have noticeable fading that draws inappropriate attention to specific areas of the body.
  • Leggings are not to be worn with dresses or tunics. Leggings are permitted for Class Casual [SL 5/13].
  • Clothing with wording, logos, or pictures that are inappropriately placed to draw attention to specific areas of the body is not permitted.
  • Only the Student Health Center nurse or a dean can approve level of dress changes due to physical injury.

Pants/Shorts

  • Students must get slacks and shorts approved by the Residence Supervisor prior to any activity, including work.
  • Blue jeans may not be worn for any activity without a dean’s permission.
  • Skinny jeans/pants are not acceptable for any category [SL 10/13].

Skirts/Dresses

  • Hemlines, kick pleats, and slits, may not be shorter than the top of the knee [SL 5/13].
  • Skirts must fit at the natural waist—not below.
  • Skirts should be in good condition, should be without holes or frays, and should not have noticeable fading that draws inappropriate attention to certain areas of the body.
  • Leggings are not to be worn with dresses. Leggings may be worn for Class Casual [SL 7/10].

Shirts/Tops

  • Untucked blouses and tops must always be long enough to cover skin at all times—no matter what the activity.

Hair, Makeup, and Jewelry

  • Hair should be cut in a feminine style and should be a natural color.
  • Tattoos, body piercing, and excessive (or unnatural) makeup and jewelry are not permitted at any time.
  • If a student gets a tattoo or body piercing prior to coming to Maranatha, she will be required to cover the tattoo if it is visible and to remove the body piercing, visible or not.
  • A maximum of three earrings may be worn in each ear: 2 earrings in each lobe and one cartilage piercing in each ear [SL 1/13].

Nylons, Socks, and Shoes

  • Nylons must be worn for semi-formal, formal dress, and when announced.
  • If knee-highs are worn, tops are not to be visible when sitting or walking.
  • Ankle and athletic socks may not be visible for class casual or class dress [SL 7/10].

Swim Wear

  • When swimming has been approved, swim wear must be a modest one piece suit or tankini [SL 7/10, 5/13].
NOTE: Due to the blatant endorsement of nudity, promiscuity, and immoral life style of Abercrombie and Fitch and Hollister Co.—as evidenced by their catalog and general advertising—the University deems it necessary and appropriate to ban any clothing that bears their name, trademarks, or other visible evidence of association with Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister Co. Victoria’s Secret outerwear may not be worn.