Uniform Dress Code

Students at DMS are required to wear uniform dress on Monday-Thursday.


DMS pride and spirit are displayed through student dress. Our dress code is an opportunity for students to show pride in the Marlin tradition.
We discourage loss of instructional time resulting from inappropriate dress. Our staff and parents believe uniform student dress
is important in promoting pride, safety and well-being of all students. Dress for Success!


In adopting a uniform dress code, it is the intent of Destin Middle School to insure a standard appropriate student appearance.  Our staff and parents believe uniform student dress is important in promoting the safety and well-being of all students and limiting interruptions to the instructional process.

  • Monday-Thursday:  DMS uniform T-shirts or polos, spirit shirts, school club and sport shirts. No modification of DMS shirts: cutting, inappropriate writings, homemade shirts.

  • Friday:  Free dress (in accordance with DMS and School District dress code poliy). Jeans, full length pants, Capri pants, knee length shorts and skirts are considered best length choices to pair with tops. These choices are highly encouraged for wear during the normal school day because they reduce the risk of exposing undergarments while being mobile in active learning and social environments. Be alert that garment hemlines higher than mid-thigh greatly increases the risk for being dress coded. Parent cooperation that discourages the wearing of shorts having less than a 4" inseam during normal school operating hours is greatly appreciated. This common practice will help reduce the risk of possible uncomfortable exposure for all. Complying with this guideline will help minimize dress code violations in the school setting. Please note: School personnel will not measure garments but will givehelpful, friendly guidance not intended for embarrassment but to promote modesty and to keep the learning environment free of distraction and/ or disruption. 

  • SAC Approved dress code:

  1. Basic Principle: Certain body parts must be covered for all students at all times. Clothes must be worn in a way such that private body parts are fully covered with opaque fabric. 

  2. Students must wear, while following the basic principle of Number 1 above:

  • a shirt (midriff must be covered)

  • Pants/jeans or equivalent (for example; skirt, sweatpants, leggings, a dress, or shorts) and

  • Shoes

       3. Students May Wear, as long as these items do not violate Number 1 above: 

  • Religious headwear

  • Hoodie sweatshirts (DMS hoodie recommended/hood nust not be on head while indoors)

  • Fitted pants and skinny jeans

  • Leggings and yoga pants with a top that covers all private body parts

  • Ripped jeans, as long as underwear and/ or private body parts are not exposed

  • Shirts with spaghetti straps/tank tops with another top

  • Athletic attire

       4. Students Cannot Wear:

  • Violent language or images

  • Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol, and / or images of a sexual nature (or any illegal item or activity)

  • Hate speech, profanity, pornography

  • Images or language that creates a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or consistently marginalized groups

  • Any clothing that reveals visible undergarments or outlines private body parts

  • Swimsuit

  • Accesories that could be dangerous or could be used as a weapon

  • Any item that obscures the face or ears (except as a religous observance)

  • Head coverings (i.e. ball caps, hats, bandanas)

  • House shoes or bedroom slippers

  • Pajamas

Steps for violation of uniform dress code or wearing inappropriate attire:

  • Step 1   Warning:  Change into shirt provided by the office.

  • Step 2   Parents Notified:  Parent to bring proper shirt

  • Step 3  After 3rd Violation:  Student will lose ‘Free Dress’ privilege on Fridays after 3rd violation.

The administration reserves the right to modify the Dress

Code Guidelines to determine what might be disruptive and unsafe.