Sorority recruitment is an exciting and nerve-racking time! At the end of the process you will have, hopefully, found a new home filled with loving and supportive sisters. And yes, I am aware of how cliche that is, but trust me its true. Joining a sorority was the most amazing and life changing experience.
It is common to be given a standard t-shirt for the first round of recruitment. If thats the case for you, accessories are your best fiend! For years I was forced to wear a uniform to school (and sometimes I still miss it). I expressed my personality through scarves, statement necklaces, fun belts and colorful shoes. I took some fashion tips from my high school days and used them to dress up the t-shirt.
While shoes are not necessarily the first thing someone will notice, they do play an important part in an outfit. This tip goes for all of the days…. make sure your shoes are comfortable. Seriously, you’ll be standing and walking all day.
Another way to dress up a t-shirt is with a sweater. This is especially important if you have winter rush, as you won’t have your winter coat when standing outside of each house. Choose something like a cardigan or a wrap sweater, make sure the shirt is still visible.
Below I have linked jewelry, shoes and sweaters ideal for the first round of recruitment, all under $100.
** Secret #1: chose pieces that are conversation staters. Did you buy your necklace from a boutique you worked at? If the girl you are talking to you compliments you on it, that can act as a gateway into talking about your job.
(P.S. A few pairs are Tory Burch and they’re UNDER $100!)
The second round of recruitment, you may be told to wear something business casual. A simple dress, skirt and blouse combo, or a nice pair of jeans will work for this round. Wear bright colors or fun patterns, just make sure to follow the less-is-more mentality. If you’re wearing a fun pattern, tone it down with solid color bottoms and sweater. A simple t-shirt dress with a nice necklace and sweater would do. Avoid wearing leggings, anything too short or anything that reveals too much skin. Remember, you are impressing young women, not young men
I have picked out a few options below:
The final round of recruitment is called Preference Night, or Pref Night for short. This night is formal attire and should be taken seriously. Dresses should be worn with heels or flats. If you choose heels, make sure you can walk in them as you probably won’t be sitting during the whole party. There is a pretty good chance there will be a girl escorting you in and out of the sorority house. She will be keeping the pace, which is probably fast. (I wore a pair of heels that were a bit too small and it make walking in/out of the house difficult.)
Cocktail dresses are okay to be worn during this night. Remember that you are impressing young woman, not young men. Your dress should not be too tight or show too much skin. A fit and flare style dress is a safe call in this situation.
Here are my picks:
Secret #2: As for all of the nights, it is important to wear something you feel confident in. If you are confident, you will be comfortable. If you are comfortable, you are most likely to be fully yourself.
The most important thing to remember when going through recruitment is to remain cool, calm and confident. Be yourself, be polite, smile and crack a joke or two. You will find your perfect sorority. Best of luck!
If you have any questions about recruitment, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org