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Dress Code

Dress Code

American Legion Auxiliary New Mexico Girls State is a leadership program. Such structures as dress codes are designed to maintain the standing and integrity of the program, and to serve as a reminder to delegates of their role as leaders who are expected to hold to standards above the common and ordinary.

Plan on at least one outfit for every day with a change for special activities.
There are five (5) classifications in the DRESS CODE (A, B, C, D, E). The program/ schedule distributed at Registration will list the appropriate dress for that particular activity. There is a simplified schedule at a glance for more dress code details.  You can always dress upwards in these classifications as long as any specific requirements are met but never downwards (i.e. on a B activity you can wear A or B but not C or D, C activity you can wear A, B or C but not D)
Two (2) sub-classifications have been broken out to give detail on Inaugural Banquet and what is not allowed at ALA NM Girls State.


For God and Country/Flag Ceremony Uniform

Delegates are only required to wear once during the week for their cities assigned For God and Country presentation, unless volunteering for ALA NM Girls State Flag Guard and uniform must be worn each ceremony (morning flag raising and evening flag lowering).

Delegates will be given the opportunity to change into other appropriate clothing following the ceremonies if brought with them to meeting area.

See Activities During Session for more information on ALA NM Girls State Flag Guard. 

Navy Blue or Black – Skirt, Pant, Capri or City Short

White – Blouse, Polo or Sweater (Must be all white top)


Opening and Closing Ceremony

Business Dress

  • Dress, Skirt, Pant (Dress pants, Slacks, Khaki – no cargo)
  • Blouse, Polo, or Sweater
  • Dress Shoes, Sandals (decorative, leather, beaded, etc style)

No Capris, City Shorts, Jeans, Sneakers or Flip-Flops (Rubber Soled) of any kind.
Be sure shoes are comfortable for walking.


Daily Meeting

This dress code will be the majority of the week. Please see the schedule at a glance for a quick summary of dress and activities.

Business/Business Casual Dress

  • Dress, Skirt, Pant (Dress pants, Slacks, Khaki – no cargo), Capri, or City Short (knee length)
  • Blouse, Polo, or Sweater
  • Dress Shoes, Sandals (decorative, leather, beaded, etc style) or Casual Slip on Shoe

No Jeans or Flip-Flops (Rubber Soled) of any kind.
Be sure shoes are comfortable for walking.
Recommended to dress with summer layers. Some rooms are very air conditioned and some not. 

Delegates will be participating in party rallies on Wednesday. At this time all party members are encouraged to wear their party colors (blue or yellow) or clothing appropriate to their party theme. Delegates will be assigned their party at registration so all delegates are encouraged to bring clothing in both blue and yellow so they are prepared. During this activity dress code is relaxed for t-shirts and costumes with time given after the rallies for delegates to change into standard dress code c requirements.


Special Activities

Two (2) Nighttime General Session Activities (and others to be named) will allow for this dress code, and will be noted on your program/schedule distributed at Registration.

Casual Dress

  • Jeans, Capri, City Short (knee length) or Casual Pants (i.e. Khakis or Slacks) – no holes, rips, etc.
  • Polo or nice T-Shirt - no holes, rips, inappropriate slogans or logos
  • Casual Shoes (no Flip-Flops)

Recreation/ Dorm Time

General Athletic/Sleepwear

  • Jeans, sweats, shorts
  • T-shirts, sweatshirts
  • Tennis shoes, rubber soled flip-flops, slippers

No Bare Feet


Special Activities

Inaugural Banquet

  • Dress or Skirt required. Does not have to be Formal Dress but it is allowed. Prom or party dress, skirt and blouse, (strapless and spaghetti straps allowed)
  • Pants and jumpsuits allowed if dressy style. No khakis, capris, shorts, or casual style outfits. 
  • Dress Shoes

Not Allowed at ALA NM Girls State

You will be sent back to the dorm to change any inappropriate clothing.

  • No holes, rips, inappropriate slogans or logos.
  • Extremely short clothing is not acceptable. Skirts must at minimum touch ends of fingertips while standing straight and no tugging on garments. Please use better judgment and go longer if you are questioning whether something is too short.
  • Strapless, off the shoulder, or spaghetti strap tops (thinner than two finger width) and dresses, with the exception of prom dresses for the Inaugural Banquet, are not permissible for the week unless worn with a jacket or sweater. All straps must follow this minimum thickness including Racerback shirts.
  • Visible mid drift or undergarments. If any undergarments are showing you will be asked to put a sweater on or change so this is not visible.
  • Leggings without shirt or dress meeting dress length requirements (see bullet 1 in this section). 
  • High heels are not recommended for the week. While not banned we strongly caution against wearing them as there is a lot of walking and stairs so please plan for comfortable footwear such as:
    • Ballet slipper styles, flats, dress sandals, loafers, oxfords, canvas shoes
  • No bare feet. Slippers, sandals or other footwear must be worn in dorms at all times.
  • Rubber soled flip flops are recommended for the showers.



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