Dress Code

Do you remember the first Nevada Grand Assembly you attended and how impressed you were with the appearance of the Grand Officers? They all looked so beautiful "floating" across the Grand Assembly room floor. They had that certain "look" of pride and confidence. NOW is your opportunity to carry on this outstanding tradition .... and to be that example.

One of the benefits of Rainbow is helping our members mature into responsible young women - prepared to meet challenges with confidence, dignity, and grace. Each year, the members of the Innovation Committee (also called the Jr. Members of the Grand Executive Committee) review the clothing guidelines, which are intended to help our members make appropriate clothing choices, based on the activities they will participate in as Rainbow girls.

YOUTH
Dress Code (PDF)

ADULT
Adult Dress Code (PDF)

Changes approved by Innovation Committee October 2021, effective February 1, 2022

“A dress code is a presentation of who we are.” 1997-98 Grand Officers

REGULAR MEETING

Recommended for Regular Meetings:

  • Short dress, includes tea-length and high-low length
  • Skirt or slacks and blouse or Rainbow polo shirt (tucked in) or sweater
    • Skirt: includes khaki or denim skirts; ideally, the hem should be no more than 3 inches above the knee; skirts that require “adjustment” after bowing or sitting are not recommended
    • Slacks: includes dress pants; jeans or denim looking pants may not be worn
    • Blouses: tops that button or a shell that can be worn under a cardigan or jacket
  • Shoes appropriate to the outfit
    • Shoes may include: flat dress shoes (including Bob or Tom style shoes) or heels (with no more than a 2 inches heel); open-toed shoes with a strap on the back (heel) are appropriate, as well

Tips: How to tell if a skirt has a Rainbow appropriate length? Try the “Length Test”, which includes:

*When bowing from the waist, are your undergarments visible, or do you need to hold your skirt - or shirt - down in the back? If so, it's too short for a Rainbow meeting.

*Ask your parent to stand behind you and in front of you while you bow from the waist. If they gasp, the outfit is not appropriate for a Rainbow meeting. Please select something a little longer and/or shows less chest.

*Ask your parent to use a tape measure to measure from the top of your knee to the bottom of your hem. If this distance measures more than 3 inches, the skirt may be too short to be worn to a Rainbow meeting.

Not Recommended for Regular Meetings:

  • shifts, miniskirts or split skirts (skorts)
  • sweatshirts, tank tops, or bare midriffs
  • running shoes, athletic shoes, beach sandals or flip flops, Birkenstock-style sandals or shoes

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FORMAL MEETINGS

Formal Meetings include, but are not limited to the following: Installation, Initiation, Formal Escort, Receptions, and Eastern Star or Masonic functions when Rainbow Girls are being honored. (Open Meetings may be short dress or formal, depending on the tradition of the Assembly and the preference of the Worthy Advisor.)

Please note: Grand Officers have a specific dress code, which they will follow for all statewide events, including Official Visits, Receptions, and Grand Assembly.

Recommended for Formal Meetings:

  • Formals should be:
    • floor length dresses; the hem should be no more than one inch from the floor with shoes on
    • To provide adequate support for the bodice, gowns must have shoulder straps; while two straps are strongly recommended, a single strap is acceptable if it provides adequate support and is at least 1 inch wide
    • pastel or jewel colors; designs that contain black outlines, eyes, noses, etc. are acceptable used in moderation
  • Crinoline slips may be worn under long dresses by all members
  • Hoop skirts may be worn, based on the traditions of a member’s assembly
    • hoop skirts should not be visible under a formal dress (bones should not be visible under the skirt and the hoop should not hang below hem)
  • Pantaloons may be worn under all formal dresses (instead of a slip ) and must be worn under hoop skirts
    • Pantaloons should be ankle length
  • Shoes should be appropriate to the outfit
    • Shoes may include: flat dress shoes (including Bob or Tom style shoes) or heels (with no more than a 2 inches heel); open-toed shoes with a strap on the back (heel) are appropriate, as well
    • Flat shoes must be worn with hoop skirts; heels are not recommended

Tips:

  • Shifts may be worn when traveling to/from a formal Rainbow event
    • shifts may not be more than three inches above the knee
    • shifts may be worn with or without pantaloons
  • Pantaloons are considered an undergarment; therefore, they may not be worn with a t-shirt

Not Recommended for Formal Meetings:

  • tea length or hi-low hem dresses are not acceptable for formal meetings; however, both are acceptable for short dress meetings.
  • low-cut bodices or those that do not fit close to the chest are not recommended because they may reveal too much, especially when we bow; strapless and spaghetti strap dresses are not acceptable for Rainbow events.
  • black fabric or fabrics that appear black from a distance are not acceptable at Rainbow events; brown, navy and other dark colors should not be the predominant color of formal wear
  • pajama bottoms, workout or yoga pants, sweatpants, or jeans may not be worn as pantaloons
  • running shoes, athletic shoes, beach sandals or flip flops, Birkenstock-style sandals or shoes

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ACCESSORIES

Recommended Accessories:

  • Bars: members should wear their bars to all Rainbow meetings, both short dress and formal
  • Pins: Worthy Advisor, Past Worthy Advisor, and Grand Officer pins should be worn over one’s heart

The following must be covered at all Rainbow meetings and events:

  • Tattoos that reflect violence, death, drugs, alcohol, race, sexism or related subject matter

PRACTICE

Appropriate clothing will vary based on the type of practice being held and the timing of the practice. For instance, girls may be asked to dress differently for Installation practice than for skit practice. Similarly, girls may be asked to dress formally for a practice that immediately precedes a formal Rainbow meeting or event, such as Installation, Official Visit, or Reception.

Recommended casual attire:

  • Blouse, t-shirt, sweater or sweatshirt, which do not convey potentially offensive messages and are not revealing, tattered, or torn
  • Pants, capris, shorts, skirts, skorts or sweats
    • pants should have not holes above mid-thigh
    • shorts and skorts should be at least mid to lower-thigh in length and have no holes
    • skirts should be a Rainbow appropriate length (Refer to the “Regular Meetings” section)
  • Yoga pants, workout pants, and leggings should be worn only if they are appropriate to the practice (dance practice) or event
  • Shoes appropriate to the practice

The following should not be worn to Practices or other Rainbow events:

  • Short shorts
  • Bare feet

ACTIVITIES

Appropriate clothing will vary based on the type of event. The Mother Advisor (or designated adult) will assist girls in determining the appropriate type of dress for the specific event. The following are offered as guidelines:

Fundraising or Fun Event: Refer to the “Practices” section.

Swimwear:

  • should be modest and may include one-piece, tankini, or two-piece swim suits that NOT string bikinis or thong style
  • Cover-ups must be worn between the pool and the car/hotel room/etc.
  • Bare feet are permissible while at the pool/beach, not while traveling to /from the location

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TRAVEL WITHIN NEVADA

In Nevada, we often travel long distances in unpredictable weather to Rainbow events (outside our geographic area). When it is impractical to travel in a short dress, casual attire appropriate to the weather is acceptable.

Upon arrival at the Temple or Lodge (or other destination), travelers should proceed IMMEDIATELY to the restroom/dressing room to change into clothing appropriate for the event. Likewise, when preparing to leave (after refreshments), travelers may change into their casual clothes IMMEDIATELY prior to their departure.

For safety reasons, changing at the destination (Temple, hotel, etc.) is preferable to changing in a gas station restroom, rest area or car.

The Mother Advisor or other designated adults may set specific clothing guidelines for Rainbow travel. Examples include requesting that a certain Rainbow T-shirt or traveling dress be worn on a certain day.

Recommended Travel Attire: Refer to the “Practices” section for guidelines on Rainbow appropriate casual, travel attire.

Tips:

  • While shorts and sweat pants may be worn while traveling IN Nevada; shorts and sweat pants may not be worn when traveling outside of the state of Nevada.
  • In the event of an emergency, it is important to have proper protection on your feet. Sandals and flip-flops do not offer this protection.
  • Pajamas and slippers may never be worn while traveling. (Pajamas and slippers are only appropriate for themed meetings, sleepovers, or shang-hi breakfasts.)

TRAVEL TO OTHER JURISDICTIONS

Please check with the Supreme Officer prior to traveling to another Rainbow jurisdiction to clarify any specific clothing requirements of that state.

Upon arrival in that jurisdiction, please be respectful of their clothing guidelines for specific events. For example, many jurisdictions require that ladies arrive at the Grand Assembly hotel/registration area in a short dress; others have limitations on tattoos, piercings, and swimwear.

Some jurisdictions wear only white dresses, while others do not wear hoops or hair pieces. Some jurisdictions wear short dresses for all Supreme Assembly Sessions; others alternate between short dresses and formals based on the session. It is not necessary (or appropriate) for Nevada Rainbow girls to purchase new dresses to comply with that jurisdiction’s dress code. When traveling, Nevada Rainbow girls are representing our state and our traditions. Therefore, it is appropriate to adhere to the Nevada Clothing Guidelines.

 

ADULTS

Adults are encouraged to set a positive example for our members by: complying with the Code of Conduct, honoring the provisions of Youth Protection Training, and following the clothing guidelines established for the girls. When adults abide by the same standards as the girls it creates opportunities for adults to lead by example and to demonstrate respect and appreciation for the high standards of our Order and our Masonic family.

CLOTHING RECOMMENDATIONS: ADULTS

ADULT REGULAR MEETING

Similar to the Clothing Guidelines for Members, women may wear the following:

  • Short dress, including tea-length and high-low length
  • Skirt or slacks and blouse or Rainbow polo shirt (tucked in) or sweater
  • Shoes appropriate to the outfit

It is recommended that men wear the following:

  • Slacks with a collared shirt and a jacket or a sweater
    • Men may remove their jackets if the Rainbow Dad removes his

ADULT FORMAL MEETINGS

Formal Meetings include, but are not limited to the following: Installation, Initiation, Formal Escort, Receptions, and Eastern Star or Masonic functions when Rainbow Girls are being honored. (Open Meetings may be short dress or formal, depending on the tradition of the Assembly and the preference of the Worthy Advisor.)

Women should consider the following:

  • Formals should be floor length dresses
    • Unlike girls, adults may wear jewel toned dresses but should keep in mind that black formals should not be worn to Rainbow events
    • Strapless dresses are not appropriate for any Rainbow function (for girls or adults)
  • Shoes should be appropriate to the outfit

It is recommended that men wear a suit or sports coat with a tie to formal occasions.

Some men wear tuxedos to Rainbow Installations. This is a personal choice and often depends on if the men own a tuxedo (due to membership in other Masonic organizations). It is not necessary for men to purchase a tuxedo to participate in a Rainbow event.

ADULT ACCOMMODATION

There are occasions when adults’ plans for their day may change unexpectedly and impact their ability to be appropriately dressed for a Rainbow meeting. Adults are welcome to attend the Rainbow function in their work attire in these situations.

For example, an adult serving in the military may attend a meeting in uniform, an adult working in health care may attend in uniform (or scrubs, if that is what they wore to work on that day). Ideally, this situation should be an exception, not the norm.

ADULT PRACTICES AND ACTIVITIES

Adults are encouraged to wear event appropriate attire to Rainbow practices and activities. IF the Mother Advisor (or designated adult) has provided clothing guidelines for the girls attending a practice or event, adults are asked to dress similarly, to the extent possible and practicable.

Adults are asked to keep the following in mind (The following are not recommended):

  • Yoga pants, workout pants, and leggings
    • these items should be worn only if they are appropriate to the practice (dance practice) or event
  • Jeans with holes above mid-thigh
  • Short shorts
  • Bare feet

ADULT TRAVEL WITHIN NEVADA

Please remember that the Code of Conduct and the Youth Protection Training, prescribed by the Supreme Assembly, include specific guidelines regarding travel, lodging, and dressing rooms.

Recommended Travel Attire:

  • While shorts and sweat pants may be worn while traveling IN Nevada; shorts and sweat pants may not be worn when traveling outside of the state of Nevada.
  • In the event of an emergency, it is important to have proper protection on your feet. Sandals and flip-flops do not offer this protection; therefore, they should not be worn while traveling.
  • Pajamas and slippers should never be worn by adults while traveling for a Rainbow event.

ADULT TRAVEL TO OTHER JURISDICTIONS

When traveling to other jurisdictions, it is imperative that Nevada Rainbow girls and adults respect the clothing guidelines for that jurisdiction.

For example, many jurisdictions require that ladies arrive at the Grand Assembly hotel/registration area in a short dress; others have limitations on tattoos, piercings, and swimwear. Additional information on jurisdiction requirements can be found on that jurisdiction’s website or through Nevada’s Director of Grand Representatives or Supreme Officer.

When traveling, Nevada Rainbow girls and adults represent our state and our traditions regarding attire. Therefore, it is appropriate to adhere to our guidelines and recommendations. It is not necessary to purchase additional/alternative clothing to attend a Rainbow event in another jurisdiction.

 

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