Dress for Excellence 2019-20


Uniform Expectations: General Rules for Attire and Appearance

The Chesterton Academy of The Holy Family dress code supports the school’s purpose of forming morally serious persons.  Our uniform provides the students and local communities with an appearance that encourages and represents school identity, school spirit, unity, discipline, as well as a gold standard for an academic and professional look, the origins of which are classic and traditional. It promotes the values inherent in our school’s mission and allows our students to be recognized as members of the academy. Students must wear their uniform in a respectful manner, mindful that they are seen as representatives of the school and leaders in an academic environment. Learning to maintain a neat, professional appearance is part of a student’s education.  Students should thus be in uniform at all times while on school grounds, unless participating in a school sponsored after school activity with permission to change.  Students must arrive and leave school in full uniform, including blazer. 

Modesty, cleanliness, and formality will be the primary guides in all matters of the required uniform.  Students will be expected to present themselves in a way that reflects their great dignity, the dignity of their vocation as students, and the seriousness of our collective task.  Therefore, they will wear the Chesterton Academy of The Holy Family uniform in a modest and neat way, avoiding all manner of ostentation. The uniforms must be clean and in good condition with no rips, holes or stains.

It is the responsibility of both the parents and the student to know and abide by the school dress code standards and uniform expectations. Please make sure you are familiar with what is required and help your son or daughter to comply. When parents enroll their children in the school, it is with the understanding that the uniform code, along with other school expectations, regulations, and policies, will be followed. Uniforms are just that -- uniforms. They are not intended to reflect the fashion trends of the moment. The uniform policy pertains not only to clothing but also to accessories, jewelry, hair and like items. No article of clothing that is not part of the uniform (e.g. sweater, vest, sweatshirt, hooded sweatshirt, overcoat, raincoat, poncho, hat, etc.) may be worn in school.

Blazers, shirts, sweaters, trousers, skirts, ties and belts, label with the student's name (e.g. John Smith or Smith). The label should be placed on the inside collar of the blazer, shirt and sweater, on the inside of the trousers and skirts and on the back of the tie and belt. This simple expedient will save much money and anguish.

We are aware that often you can buy similar items at other places. Often, however, these reduced priced items do not wear as well, last as long, or look as neat as our uniform items. Therefore, we request that you purchase all the required items through Schoolbelles only.  This will streamline the process and help us maintain the highest standards of uniformity in the dress code during the ENTIRE school year.

Sandy Bruton is our Schoolbelles representative.  You can always contact her if you have questions or problems: Schoolbelles, 7763 Harlem Ave, Bridgeview, IL (708) 929-4695.  When ordering the first time, please do so at the Bridgeview store. Check the website for store hours. If you call the store directly to place an order, shipping is free.

We do have a highly recommended seamstress for alterations for uniforms, tuxedos and choir dresses: Harriet Wrobel 773-317-8247.  Her prices are reasonable. She has done the majority of choir dresses and we will have her on campus in late September for choir attire or you can call her for an appointment.

If at any time during the school year the policy needs to be changed, parents and students will be informed immediately. Please be aware that the final interpretation of the uniform policy resides with the executive director and headmaster


Uniform Standards for the Ladies

Ladies should aim for a simple elegance that is appropriate for these years. Uniforms should always be clean and blouses always tucked in. Additionally:

  • Makeup for ladies must be light, simple, and natural-looking.  Foundation, light mascara, and light blush may be worn, but no eyeliner or eye shadow. Chapstick or clear or light lip-gloss is allowed.  No colored lipstick or colored lip-gloss are allowed.

  • Nail polish is allowed but should be muted, tasteful, and professional (e.g., clear or light pink). Nails should be clean and of moderate length.

  • Hair accessories should be tasteful and professional. No athletic headbands, no bandana headbands, no bright distracting colors. Color of hair accessories should complement the uniform.

  • Ladies’ hair should be neatly groomed and clean at all times. Hair color should be natural hues. No streaks of unnatural colors (reds, pinks, greens, etc.) on any part of hair. Necklaces should be metal chains (no leather or woven materials). No tightly-fitting necklaces such as chokers.

  • Earrings should be in the lobe only. No gauges are permitted. Aside from an ear lobe piercing, no other body piercings or tattoos are allowed.

  • One religious bracelet and one watch may be worn. (No smart watches allowed. Fitbits are permitted, but text notifications must be off). One house lapel pin may be worn. No other lapel pins will be allowed.

  • All jewelry should be tasteful, professional, and not excessive in size or number.

  • No perfumes are allowed.

  • No head gear may be worn inside the building (winter hats, baseball caps, etc.).

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Acceptable shoes for the ladies.

Acceptable shoes for the ladies.


Uniform Standards for the Gentlemen

Gentlemen should likewise aim for a simplicity that is appropriate for these years. Uniforms should always be clean and shirts always tucked in. Additionally:

  •  Only solid white tee shirts may be worn under the white oxford. No wording or pictures on the tee shirt should be visible.

  • Simple chains and medals should be tucked under the shirt. No visible piercings or tattoos are allowed.

  • One religious bracelet and one watch may be worn. (No smart watches allowed. Fitbits are permitted, but text notifications must be off). One house lapel pin may be worn. No other lapel pins will be allowed.

  • Gentlemen’s hair should be neatly groomed and clean at all times, with no highlights or dyeing. Hair must be trimmed above the eyebrows, ears, and collar.

  • All young men should be clean-shaven with sideburns not extending beyond the middle of the ear. Facial hair is not permitted.

  • Gentlemen may not wear cologne.

  • No head gear may be worn inside the building (winter hats, baseball caps, etc.).

Acceptable shoes for the gentlemen.

Acceptable shoes for the gentlemen.