Dressing & Grooming

“The way you dress sends messages about yourself to others and often influences the way you and others act. Dress in such a way as to bring out the best in yourself and those around you.”

–President Thomas S. Monson–

Dress & Grooming Standards

General Statement. The attire and grooming of both men and women must always be modest, neat, clean, and becoming the dignity adherent of a representative of BYU-Hawaii and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dress and grooming should emphasize appropriateness and cleanliness, avoiding any unusual apparel or physical alterations, such as color or style of hair, which bring undue attention to one’s self. So-called “grubby attire” may be worn only in the immediate areas of residence halls and at informal outdoor activities, but not on general campus, including dining or classroom areas. Grubby attire includes shirts without sleeves, sweats and jogging attire, work overalls, medical scrubbies, military camouflage or fatigue outfits, informal lava lava, and clothes with holes or see through or those which are noticeably frayed, cut off, or patched. Hats are not to be worn while indoors. You are not permitted to get any new tattoos while attending the university. All tattoos that you have had previously must be covered. Messages and pictures on clothing must be appropriate to LDS standards. Footwear is to be worn in public campus areas (flip-flops and slippers are permissible). Acceptable attire will be designated for each student body dance. Attire for all other school activities, including athletic events, should be consistent with these standards and guidelines unless otherwise designated by appropriate authority.



Appropriate Dress and Grooming for Men

A clean and well-cared-for appearance should be maintained. Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, revealing, or form fitting. Shorts must be knee-length or longer. Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extreme styles or colors, and trimmed above the collar, leaving the ear uncovered. Sideburns should not extend below the earlobe or onto the cheek. If worn, moustaches should be neatly trimmed and may not extend beyond or below the corners of the mouth. Men are expected to be clean-shaven; beards are not acceptable. Earrings and other body piercing are not acceptable. Footwear should be worn in all public campus areas (slippers and flip flops are acceptable).


Appropriate Dress and Grooming for Women

A modest, clean and neat appearance should be maintained. Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, strapless, sheer, backless, tight or revealing (leggings and tights), has slits above the knee, or is form fitting. Dresses, skirts, and shorts must come to the knee or longer. Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extremes in styles and color. Multiple ear piercing and all other body piercing and tattoos are not appropriate. If a tattoo was obtained prior to acceptance to BYU–Hawaii it must be covered at all times and no new tattoos should be obtained. Footwear must be worn in all public places (slippers and flip flops are acceptable).


Dress for Athletic or Sports Participation

Clothing including swimming suits must be modest in fabric, fit, and style (no midriff showing, bikini, or French-cut styles). Modest shorts above the knees, sweats and gym clothing are acceptable wear in athletic and living areas only. Appropriate dress for athletic participation as well as for dance aerobic classes includes modest t-shirts so that the midriff and back is covered. Tank tops worn should be modest so that underclothing or sports bras are not exposed under the arms. Appropriate footwear should always be worn.


Leisure Attire: For residence halls and informal outdoor activities - not classroom/campus buildings or dining areas.

Sweats and jogging attire are modest and cover the midriff
Shorts extend to the knee
Work overalls, medical scrubs, military camouflage or fatigue outfits
Informal lava lavas
Messages and pictures on clothing are appropriate to LDS standards
Footwear is worn in public campus areas; slipper/flip-flops are permitted
Men wear shirts at all times in public areas