What to Wear to Sorority Recruitment

Happy Friday! Today’s post is a little bit different. I have received several requests for posts about sorority recruitment (or “rush”), specifically about what to wear. I was a Kappa Delta at UNC Chapel Hill for four years and can honestly say that rushing was the best decision I made in college; however, I went into rush not knowing a THING about it, and it was definitely very overwhelming and intimidating. You can avoid a lot of pre-rush anxiety by being prepared and knowing what to expect. 
As much as it sucks, you’re only going to have about 15 minutes the first day to make an impression… and a huge part of that is your appearance. What you wear and how you present yourself matters a lot, since the girls can’t get to know everything about you (and how awesome you are) in such a short amount of time. Your university’s sorority recruitment may be a little different than UNC’s, but we have four different rounds, which means you have to have four different outfits prepared. Generally, each day gets a little bit dressier, but let’s go through the rounds together.
Round One: Open House
This day is the most fun and relaxed, so you’ll want to wear something casual but nice. This is your first chance to make a good impression on each house, so wear something you feel confident in! Keep in mind that you’ll be visiting ALL the houses, so you’re going to be doing a lot of walking… wear comfortable shoes! Jack Rogers are a good option because they’re comfortable to walk in but still look really nice. DO NOT wear flip flops – they aren’t dressy enough! Another thing to think about while planning your outfit: it’s going to be hot outside and you’re probably going to sweat. If your outfit is going to show sweat rings underneath your arms, don’t wear it. A pair of bright, trendy shorts paired with a nice blouse is a good option for round one. This outfit will keep you cool but is still classy and cute! 
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Round Two: Skit Round
During this round, each house puts on a skit they come up with themselves, and you get to spend more time meeting girls. My suggestion for round two is to wear a casual top, a skirt or pants, and sandals. The attire should be slightly nicer than the last round. You’ll still be doing a lot of walking, so keep in mind those comfortable shoes! The outfit I put together for this round is bright, colorful but still on the casual side since I paired it with flat sandals.
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Round Three: House Tours
This round you’ll visit with each house for an extended period of time. You get a tour of the house and you also get to sit with one girl (KD did a craft and watched a video but they are all different). I would definitely wear a sundress this round, or a nice skirt and top combo. Dressy sandals or casual wedges are perfect for this round. 
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Round Four: Pref Night
Pref Night is definitely the best round of rush – and it’s the last one! By now, you’ll have narrowed it down to a few houses. If you’re at a house on Pref Night, it’s because they want you!!! This is a very special night… you’ll take part in a ceremony at each house, and this round will allow you to really connect with the chapters and determine in which sorority you would be happiest. For this round, I suggest wearing a dress or formal dinner attire, dressy sandals or heels (this is by far the dressiest night). If heels hurt your feet to walk from house to house, bring sandals to wear between rounds and switch them out before you get to each house (I definitely did this). The outfit I put together below shows off my personality – I love pink and bows, so I included both in my outfit! 
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Heed my advice about what NOT to wear: Anything too short, too tight, or too revealing. You want to send a positive message to these girls. If you would wear the outfit to a nightclub, then do not wear it to sorority rush. 
The best advice I can give is to be yourself! Being yourself includes how you dress, as well. Whatever you wear, make sure that it expresses your personal style. If you hate Lilly Pulitzer and Kate Spade, don’t wear it to rush! You want to end up in a house where you truly fit in.. and to do this you have to put your true self forward.
One more thing – I promise! I know that I used some expensive items in these collages, and I just want to say that you DO NOT have to have a lot of money to look great for sorority rush, or to join a sorority in general. I did not have much money when I was in college, in fact the dress I wore to Pref Night was from Forever 21! You can find some really affordable pieces that look just as nice and put together as the expensive options, I promise. And just for kicks… a picture of me on Bid Day, circa 2008 with blonde hair! Haha 😉
If you have any questions about sorority recruitment, leave them in the comments or feel free to email me! 

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  1. Awesome outfits! 🙂


  2. The perfect post for rush!! Loved all these outfits — and the rounds were the same for the University of Maryland 🙂 Great advice!

    xx Bee

  3. Love these looks! Such a great post! I was in Phi Beta Chi at Chapel Hill! I graduated in 2011! Love your blog and your style! Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  4. I don't know how it's possible but I love everything on this post!! Those gem colored sandals, the bracelets! All so pretty!


  5. I am not in college anymore but this post was great!! I love love love all the outfits you put together…so cute!!

    xo, Taylor

  6. Even though I've never rushed, I still love these outfit combos! My favorite is #1. Happy Friday girl

    XO Strawberry Chic

  7. Great looks! Fun post!

  8. These are all cute outfit ideas! I would wear them all the time 😉 🙂

  9. Anonymous

    Great looks, all of these are such great ideas. Plus, the picture of you is so funny because you have blonde hair!

  10. Love the outfit you put together for skit round! It's so gorgeous.
    PS: can you believe it'll have been SIX years since Bid Day 2008?! I can't believe how fast the time has gone!


  11. Such great advice to anyone considering rush:) wish I had this advice back in college!

  12. I just posted something similar! Great minds think alike! I was the Panhellenic Recruitment Director at my school so I added a few extra tips to help make your Recruitment week the best!


  13. I'm going through recruitment at UNC Charlotte this year as an upperclassman. I've been trying to decide what to wear for the first round of recruitment all summer, and this post was perfect. I love all of these outfits and can't wait for rush to start in a few weeks!


  14. I remember I was so clueless going into rush 6 (!!!) years ago at UofSC. I love these outfits you have put together! Great representations of the perfect outfits for each day. I'm with you, though- best decision of my college career.

    Lindsey | Dressy Casual

  15. I love these rush outfit picks Cait! Especially the last one with pink and bows- two of my favorite things to wear as well! Unfortunately my college doesn't have a Greek system but I've always wanted to join a sorority! 🙂

  16. These outfits are SO cute! Even if my sorority recruitment days are long gone, I still want to wear these- especially the pref round outfit!!

  17. My pref dress was from Forever 21, as well! Haha. AOT!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  18. Aww I was a sorority girl too! What a great post.

    xo Amanda

  19. Such a fun post! These outfits are almost exactly what I wore to my recruitment! haha xo Hayley dailydoseofdarling.com

  20. These are such great looks girl!!

  21. These outfits are ADORABLE! Thanks for the advice! I will deff pin these for future sorority rush next year! 🙂

  22. Such great advice and great information. You should do a job interview one, too. 🙂 Hope you are well.

  23. You're making me nostalgic for my DG days at SMU!

    Brooke du jour

  24. I've always wished I could have rushed, but we don't really do sororities in Australia. But I'd still wear these outfits! So versatile and cute. xx
    Amy xx

    Girl for Granted

  25. I wish LSU suggested more casual outfits like these!

  26. This was exactly how it was at UVA except we did January rush. So picture these ideas but warmer and with coats hahah! Girls would be walking from house to house in snow boots sometimes, it was awful!

  27. Loved looking at these outfits…the first is my fave! Those shorts and shoes are SO cute!

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