Hogwarts is technically a boarding school — as such (and according to canon), there is a uniform/dresscode. Below we have listed what constitutes appropriate wear for classes and other events requiring uniforms for students, and what is appropriate for casual wear outside of these events. Most infractions of the dresscode are dealt with In Character; that is, wearing sneakers/trainers to class or showing up with pink hair may result in punishment for your character by a professor, school staff member, or Prefect (if caught!). This is how improper dress was dealt with in the Harry Potter stories and in real-world boarding schools. Apparel suggestions for IC Staff (professors, school staff, etc.) are listed below as well, though there are no IC requirements. Some infractions, however, will result in OOC Staff interfering (for both students and IC Staff!), and these are listed at the bottom of this page.
PLEASE NOTE: It is required that students wear their Level Badge at all times one is In Character.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE: We have this dresscode for a reason and upon submitting your application you agree to ALL (not some) of these rules. It is our prerogative to question any outfit we see fit and staff simply doing their job shouldn’t be met with rudeness, offence, name calling or any sort of disrespect. Any of the above will consequently resort in you being removed/rejected from the sim. We ask that you abide by these rules not only for immersion but for common decency and proper etiquette of roleplaying a teenage character.
PLEASE ALSO, ALSO NOTE: We are inclusive in how you want to represent yourself and do not restrict any roleplayer to gender binary. If you do not identify with a certain gender then you are free to dress how you wish as long as rules are followed. Pants and skirts are not gender exclusive and furthermore, our images only convey a generic look when providing dresscode examples but can further be extended to non binary views. We have taken care to remove any gender restrictions on dress code and further try to keep rules equal for male, female or other.
WHEN TO WEAR YOUR STUDENT UNIFORM
Uniforms should be worn to every class, and every weekday from 7.30am SLT to 2pm SLT, whether in or out of class. After 2pm, uniforms are only required to be worn during class. Uniforms should also always be worn to official school events or feasts unless otherwise specified.
WHAT CONSTITUTES A CORRECT UNIFORM FOR A STUDENT?
The Harry Potter stories and films differed on what students wore to class. The books, the truest canon, were clear that wizarding folk did not wear Muggle clothing of any sort — pants, sweaters, anything. They solely wore robes! But, this is unrealistic for Second Life, so we also freely accept that students wear they uniform shown in the films. Our official description is as follows:
- White button-up oxford shirt (collared, standard dress shirt, both short and long sleeved)
- Simple grey, dark grey, or black sweater, cardigan or sweater vest, accented in House colours, worn over the oxford. No blazers.
- Simple solid or striped tie in House colours only (no plain black or grey ties)
- As an option to the skirt: simple grey, dark grey, or black full-length dress trousers (NOT JEANS). Unadorned, but may have very subtle or minimalist texture/pattern/fabric. Simple stripes in House colours on the cuffs are acceptable.
- As another option to the trousers: simple grey, dark grey, or black plain skirt. Skirts must, at minimum, reach midthigh, and, at maximum, below the knee. Simple stripes in House colours on the hem are acceptable.
With skirts: Solid white, grey, dark grey, or black dress socks longer than ankle-length. Simple stripes in House colours on the fringe are acceptable. Solid tights in white, grey, dark grey or black are also acceptable. If your skirt is midthigh your socks MUST be knee length or you must wear tights.
Allowed skirt lengths
(L-R) Long, Over Knee, Knee length, Mid Thigh, Short
Skirts longer than over knee length are only allowed in casual attire
- Plain dark grey or black dress shoes with no heel or a small kitten heel is fine. Only slink/maitreya flat feet may be worn UNLESS your flat shoes are on tippy toe. Shoes may have an accenting colour (black and dark grey with house colour lining or trim around edges). Heels, platform shoes, athletic shoes or plimsolls are not allowed in uniform. Black or Grey boots may be worn outside. Boots must be taken off when entering the castle.
- OPTIONAL: House robes and hat in solid dark grey or black. Accenting house colors are acceptable. Robes should be longer than the knee but not drag on the ground. Robes may have hoods if necessary. Often encouraged. (OOC note: Robes are a Wizarding replacement for blazers and school jackets. They are considered outerwear and formal wear. A robe should be fine for cold weather)
- OPTIONAL: white, grey, dark grey, black or house colour gloves, scarves and hats with uniform. Coats should be of black or grey or house colour in winter/autumn months of Hogwarts with trousers or skirt underneath. It is considered an IC infraction if students wear another houses colour while in uniform.
- OPTIONAL: A grey, dark grey or black pointed hat can be worn with uniform. Hats may have house colour lining or trim/accents on. At official events pointed hats should not have a rim.
PLEASE NOTE: Some events, such as feasts or assemblies, will require students to wear FULL uniform, which is the standard uniform plus robes. This is the formal uniform for Hogwarts students and is reserved for very important events during the year. The times this will be required will be specified in notices — for the most part, when “uniform required” is mentioned, it is by default referring to the apparel listed above without the robe and hat.
IC staff have much fewer limitations when it comes to what is allowed and what is not. The items listed below constitute what’s plain disallowed, but in general, staff have freedom to wear what they please. However, here are some guidelines for appropriateness with regards to canon and professionalism:
- Dress at least semi-formally. Staff are the leaders in the school and must not show up to class in jeans.
- Dress as “wizardly” as you can. While leather jackets are certainly cool, they are not professional nor feel very Hogwarts-y/Harry Potter-y. Try to keep the mood and style of the stories as much as you can!
- The same modesty rules apply to Professors as they do Students. Short skirts are to be worn with tights. Low cut or ‘busty’ looking tops are to be avoided. Open shirts for men are a no and heels must be kept modest. No 8” Platform heels.
Casual wear is comfortable, casual clothing. It can be worn around the castle any day after 2pm SLT, or at all times in the Common Rooms or on weekends (unless in class). Dressing appropriate for the student’s age is the only limitation; clothing must be appropriate and PG. There are few IC consequences for casual wear infractions; our limitations are very free, so breaking them is usually a more serious offence.
Casual wear is what you wear daily when not in uniform. You can wear what you wish within reason. Here’s a small list of what isn’t acceptable for casual wear
- Skirts any shorter than the diagram above are not allowed (For clarity, if you remove your tights and can see butt cheeks, please don’t wear it). If in any doubt, check with an ALO
- Heels over 3’’ (mid height), or platforms of any kind.
- Open shirts, blouses, tops without cover behind them.
- Sheer leggings with noticeable skin tone underneath. Leggings must be thick/opaque and tops worn MUST cover your avatar’s bottom.
- Booty shorts of any kind. Shorts must cover the entire bottom. Tights MUST be worn with shorts or skirts that are above mid thigh
Parties and Balls are a bit different. Students are allowed to dress up in ways they wouldn’t usually on a day to day basis. Please be aware of the following rules regarding Party/Ball wear.
- Dresses that are strapless must not have a low cut neckline. Cleavage must be covered as much as possible. Heart shaped necklines must not be skimpy.
- Slits in your dresses may be no higher than mid thigh. The same rules apply regarding tights; if the slit of your skirt is higher than above knee you MUST wear tights. Slits in casual wear skirts must go no higher than just above the knee.
- Heels are allowed for 4th year and above. However, they must be kept within our modesty rule. Again, no platforms or stiletto heels. If in doubt, speak to an ALO prior to the event.
- Low cut backs on dresses are allowed, however the back must go no lower than the belly button. Any lower and an applier must be worn underneath.
- Students must not wear any type of heels other than 1” (kitten heel) while in their uniform. In doing so they will gain punishment from Professors (if heels go overboard, OOC staff may ask you to change/remove them)
- Heels can be worn with casual wear by 4th year and above. However, please bare in mind that Platforms/Stilettos are still not allowed. 3’’ maximum (mid height). Anything more will be brought into question by OOC staff.
- Boots and Wedges are allowed. Gathering they stay within the above mentioned height limit.
- Slink/Maitreya High Heeled Shoes are not allowed to be worn on sim by students. However, Slink/Maitreya Medium feet may be worn with shoes that are under the 3” limit. Slink/Maitreya high feet may be worn if shoes are actually flat and mimic being on your tiptoes (see Orange Pekoe’s flat shoes for high feet meant for tippy toes)
Mesh bodies are allowed on sim. However, they must be kept realistic for your characters age. Students should not enhance their breasts or buttocks sliders and should monitor their bodies as they would with their normal standard SL body. However, we do not allow bodies with enhanced nipples or the showing of nipples through bras and tops. Any additional enhancement (Breast/Buttock) are strictly forbidden.
Toddler avatars are not allowed as they are not realistic for an 11 year old or older.
Mesh heads can be worn as long as they look realistic. We do not allow any non-realistic looking heads.Please remember that the majority of you are in your teens (in roleplay) and your face has to represent it. If you have any questions please speak with an ALO.
In your application we will ask that your character has minimal-to-no make up on, this is so that if your character gets in trouble ICly regarding their make up you have a fresh face to revert to.
Noticeable makeup may result in IC disciplinary action, including points loss and detention at the discretion of the professors/faculty.
In very rare circumstances a member of OOC staff may feel that your make up is too excessive, this will be addressed on a case by case basis however this would not be a frequent occurrence as we feel it best to be handled ICly
Make up is allowed at formal events.
OOC CLOTHING INFRACTIONS
These OOC offences are the same whether the uniform is worn or casual wear, and are listed below. Clothing and uniform issues are almost always dealt with In Character by school teachers and staff, as it would be in the real world. But, if an IC Staff member thinks the item(s) worn go beyond a simple character reprimand/points loss, and actually break sim rules, they will contact an OOC Staff Member and have them step in. Breaking any of these results in enforcement of The Strike System, with severity deemed by the OOC Staff member at hand.
Do not wear or show, under any circumstances. These rules apply to everyone male, female or other:
- Open chested shirts. We are equal so all sexes, genders or otherwise are to abide by this rule.
- Skirts any shorter than the images above – even with tights. We’ve simplified the rules and no longer go case by case. If your skirt is higher than what the pictures above show you will be asked to change
- Overly mature clothes. This goes case by case. We don’t want to see teenagers with BDSM related clothing, cinching corsets with excessive cleavage, etc. You are roleplaying a child.
- Sexualised corsets/bodices/cinchers are not allowed
- Offensive logos/words, logos referring to drugs, sex, alcohol etc. will be requested to be changed.
- Futuristic clothes; we are a themed roleplay and futuristic clothes do not fit.
- Two-piece bikini or shirtless swimwear. Wear a one-piece or shorts and a t-shirt.
- For those that have a penis, any visual bulges, outlines or the like must not be shown. In other words, you must be ken doll.
- Heels over 1’’/Kitten Heel while in Uniform and over 3’’ while out of uniform.
- Short-shorts. We know they are in style but we don’t allow them even with tights. Shorts must be longer than the image above. No exceptions.
- Tattoos, or facial piercings. Professors/Adults may have them but any student may not unless approved. Students may only have ONE single piercing in each earlobe.
- Visible underwear/bras/butt crack is not allowed.
- Excessive midriff. If in doubt please contact an ALO
The wearing or showing of any items listed above can result in one or more Strikes, depending on severity. The items listed below are absolute, never-ever-EVER no-no’s. Wearing or showing any of these items may result in a temporary or permanent ban from our sim. Because we have child avatars on sim, we must adhere to guidelines set by Linden Labs, and the presence of the items below in our sim can risk its continued existence, which we cannot tolerate. We hope you understand.
- Genitalia (the wearing or showing of any genitalia results in an instant and permanent ban, with absolutely no exceptions)
- Anything pornographic or insinuatingly pornographic (instant perma-ban)
- Preggo bellies or talking body parts
- Drug or alcohol paraphernalia (staff are permitted to use tobacco-based drug items, such as a pipe with tobacco in, or as long as students are not present, alcohol items, such as a glass of whisky in the staff lounge)