The clothing requirements of mental hospitals vary among facilities; some have uniforms for patients, while others let patients wear their own clothes, provided they meet facility requirements. Sometimes, people committed to mental institutions, especially those staying short periods of time, may wear street clothing, provided clothes do not express profanity or offensive images, say experts at the Timberlawn Mental Health System in Dallas, Texas.
Male and female patients may wear jeans, slack pants and comfortable tops, say experts at Timberlawn. However, no patient may wear clothing with drawstrings. Women can wear dresses if they wish, and both genders are encouraged to wear comfortable footwear without shoelaces. Patients supply their own underwear and may bring permitted toiletries from home.