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Dress Code

New Mexico American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary 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. All students and staff abide by this dress code during session.

Plan on at least one outfit for every day with a change for special activities.

Click here to see a full packing list for the week.

Daily Meeting - Business Casual / Casual

This dress code will be the standard for the week. 

Young Women

  • Top: 

    • 2 ALANMGS Shirts will be provided

    • Students can also opt to wear a Blouse, Polo, Sweater, or T-shirt - no logos, writing, or school names

  • Bottom:

    • Jeans, Capri, or Casual Pants (i.e. Khakis or Slacks) - no cargo pants.

    • Skirts or Dresses can be worn but must reach the ends of fingertips when standing straight

  • Shoes:

    • Sandals (decorative, leather, beaded, etc style) or Casual Shoe - No Rubber Soled Flip-Flops

  • Notes:

    • Recommended to dress with summer layers. Some rooms are very air conditioned and some not.

    • No holes, rips, inappropriate slogans or logos will be acceptable in any clothing items.

    • Be sure shoes are comfortable for walking.

Young Men

  • Top: 

    • 2 ALNMBS Shirts will be provided

    • Note: Official ALANMBS shirt must be worn to all meetings

  • Bottom:

    • Jeans, Casual Pants (i.e. Khakis or Slacks) - no cargo pants.

  • Shoes:

    • Casual Shoe - No Rubber Soled Flip-Flops

  • Notes:

    • Recommended to dress with summer layers. Some rooms are very air conditioned and some not.

    • No holes, rips, inappropriate slogans or logos will be acceptable in any clothing items.

    • Be sure shoes are comfortable for walking.

Recreation/Dorm Time - General Athletic/Sleepwear

Delegates are given some time in the afternoon for recreation time back in the dorms. They can choose to change to general athletic/sleepwear if they would like as long as they are in the approriate dress code for the evening activities.

Details

  • Jeans, sweats, shorts

  • T-shirts, sweatshirts

  • Tennis shoes, rubber soled flip-flops, slippers

  • No Bare Feet

Note:

  • Young Men must wear provided athletic shirts during rec

Special Activities

Inaugural Banquet

Delegates should wear dressy casual for the Inaugural Banquet to celebrate the newly elected candidates.

Talent Show

A fun evening activity for participants to show off their skills and share some laughs.

Young Women

  • Dressy Casual

    • Dress, Skirt, Khaki or Slacks​

    • Polo, nice blouse or sweater

    • Dress Shoes or nice sneakers

  • Notes:

    • No jeans or T-shirts​

Young Men

  • Dressy Casual

    • Khaki or Slacks​

    • Polo or shirt and tie

    • Dress Shoes or nice sneakers

  • Notes:

    • No jeans or T-shirts​

Extra Items for all

  • Costumes for Talent Show - Anyone interested in participating in talent show should bring any costumes, instruments, accessories that they need to perform. A piano and microphone are available.

Not allowed at NM Boys/Girls State

Any student or staff found wearing any of these inappropriate items will be sent back to the dorms and asked to change.

Details

  • 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. 

  • Strapless, off the shoulder, or spaghetti strap tops (thinner than two finger width) and dresses 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. 

  • Leggings without shirt or dress meeting dress length requirements. (see bullet 2)

  • No bare feet - Shoes must be worn at all times, even in dorms. Rubber soled flip flops recommended for showers. 

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