Style Tips - Sorority Recruitment

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Calling all college bound girls! The beginning of a new school year is just around the corner, which means (for some of you) recruitment is even closer! With my little sister weeks away from rush herself, I've been dipping into old memories in an attempt to help guide her through this exciting adventure. When going through rush it’s super important to keep your options and mind open. Let’s face it—what you wear is just as crucial as acquiring recommendations when it comes to landing the perfect sorority. You'll have just enough time to bond over a story with a girl and then you'll be rushed to the next house. It's not called "rush" in most states for nothing, and sometimes your outfit can give you an edge that seals your bid. Walking into each chapter room looking your best is ultra important. The goal is to make a memorable impression on your potential sisters. Whether you’re wearing a dress, separates, or a required rush tee, it’s always important to look clean, fresh, and super cute. Of course the rules are different for every college, so be sure to check with your Greek Affairs office on appropriate attire beforehand. But regardless of what part of the country you're in, you should always look conservative, classic, and polished when going through recruitment. Here are a few ways to achieve the perfect rush-friendly look:

Colors: Bright colors are a great way to stand out from the crowd, but it’s essential to remember to choose shades that compliment your hair and skin tone. Sunny summer hues are a fabulous way to stand out from the crowd. Opt for simple accessories and a neutral shoe when wearing a bright dress to avoid looking overdone.

Dresses: As much as we all love a fabulous floral, this is the one time it’s best to opt for the less is more approach. Stick with small, delicate prints when it comes to picking your dress for rush. Remember you will be standing very close to these girls, so you want to avoid overwhelming prints. Also, stay far away from anything that’s animal print. Unfortunately a leopard print dress doesn’t scream cute college girl, no matter how chic it may be.

Separates: Some schools recommend wearing separates such as a skirt and blouse, which can also be a fabulous recruitment outfit option. Try color blocking by pairing simple dark and light colored separates together. When selecting your separates avoid blazers and sequin pieces. If your school requires you to wear recruitment tees, cute shorts are a fun way to show off your personal style. Scalloped shorts are a fabulous and trendy option, but stick with a classic color like navy or khaki. If you opt for a khaki or white pair of shorts, go for a tailed fit and avoid anything cut off or frayed. 
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Hairstyles: Your hair is really important. Avoid getting your hair cut, highlighted, or dyed less then two weeks before recruitment. You'll want enough time to fix any possible disasters. When it comes to styling, bright colored dipped tips may reflect your personality, but recruitment isn't the time to show that much individuality. Try a half up hairstyle to keep your tresses out of your face and it will also prevent you from fidgeting with it during the parties. Keep in mind that the sororities will need to be able to see your name tag, so a side ponytail is a great alternative too.
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Shoes: Let’s face it, walking is inevitable during recruitment week, so comfort is key. Be sure to break in any new shoes during the days leading up to rush. Try a stylish pump with a small heel or a super cute sandal. If you’re wearing a simple dress, add a dash of fash to your look with a solid colored heel.
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Jewelry: To avoid distracting from your conversations opt for minimal accessories. Leave your stack of bangles and over sized cocktail rings at home and instead opt for dainty earrings that compliment your hairstyle and a pair of pearls to add a feminine touch to your recruitment attire. It’s also a good idea to stray away from wearing a watch. You’ll undoubtedly be temped to glance at the time, which could give the appearance of boredom or even disinterest.

For tips on makeup and manicures and to see some of my favorite recruitment appropriate dresses be sure to check out my latest guest post on LaurenConrad.com
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138 comments:

  1. i like both outfits!!!! u style is amazin=)))have a lovely weekend=))) xx

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  2. SO STUNNING! Absolutely LOVE both outfits! That yellow dress is devine! Love it!

    Wishing you a lovely day!

    XOXO from the Netherlands,
    Lucia


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  3. omg, these are amazing tips, Anna. I have a feeling girls will be looking at this for years. Love both outfits.

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  4. I love reading your blog! I always get so inspired in every way :)

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  5. Love this ppost! Such great tips. Where are those red shoes from by the way? I have been searching for a pair like those for the longest time. Please tell them they are still available for purchase.

    xx Jenee C.
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  6. this yellow dress is amazing
    great tips

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  7. This couldn't have come at a better time. Rushing in two weeks and needed all this. Thanks so much, Anna.

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  8. Great Post with awesome tips...:)

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  9. you look lovely in this two outfits :)

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  10. I read this post on LaurenConrad.com earlier. Great job, Anna! I like the yellow dress better of the two since it just pops! :) They both look great on you, though.. as always!

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  11. Wonderful post, Anna. I agree with every bit and can't wait to rush next year. Thanks for all the fantastic inspiration.

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  12. I love the bright colors. Those red shoes are AMAZING!

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  13. Even though there is no such thing as sororities in NZ, I really enjoyed this post and found it really interesting.
    X Jane

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  14. Hi Lovely, thanks for stopping by - had just read this before I got your comment... Always following along, but don't always take time to comment... I wish I'd had this information before I started University, though I didn't decide to join a sorority in the end, I did go to some recruitment events and I'm certain my dresses were horribly wrong! hahaha xx

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  15. Never heard of this but sounds exciting!! X

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  16. Nailed it. Very helpful. I have to get this yellow dress. Thanks, sweets.

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  17. Love the outfits!! have a great weekend!


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  18. Pretty much obsessed with this post, Anna. You just keep impressing me. Loved this on Lauren's site yesterday and love it even more here.

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  19. Adore both outfits, just can't decide which one I like best!
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  20. Great outfits!!
    You manage to look always very classy and elegant, well done!!!!

    take care
    Gian
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  21. I really want the Lauren Condrad shoes! But I live in UK so I can't get them :(

    Lauren,
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  22. Another great post, and some nice tips c: thank you for sharing ^^

    xo, L
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  23. Love your yellow dress! Gorgeous! xo

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  24. Fabulous post, Anna. Makes me miss my college days so much.

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  25. Oh my, I want those pink heels. You look gorgeous as always dear. Congrats on another beautiful post. xoxo

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  26. Loved reading this on Lauren earlier today. I like the fact that the tips also work for just how to be classy. All these rules could apply to just every day life.

    I hope you have a great weekend.

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  27. Great tips, I absolutely love both of those dresses :)
    xx

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  28. Classic and chic. Great advice.

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  29. Great tips, The yelloow dress is perfect..


    Besos

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  30. Loving these Giuseppe Zanotti heels!
    xoxo
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  31. Love that yellow dress
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  32. Thanks for stopping by my blog! This is such a cute post!
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  33. Love that yellow dress of yours!! Makes the sun shine even if it's not shining from the sky!

    xx Cent4urthoughts.blogspot.com

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  34. Such beautiful outfits and great advice - oh and I love the low side ponytail as well :-) This post has made me wish we had sororoties in Australia! xx

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  35. Both outfits are so pretty! :)

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  36. I love both outfits but the yellow dress? Oh my God.. (in my Janis from friends voice). Everything about that dress screams my name.. the pleats. Oh my.. you look pretty.
    Jewel
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  37. Beautiful! What a great post. Congrats again,sweetie! Love your blogs:-) And thanks so much for your support and kind words on Classy Ever After.
    XO, Gina
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  38. Great post! I love your yellow dress :)
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  39. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and introducing me to yours! Great post! I live in a college town with a daughter just getting done with college and another heading there in a year so your tips on rush were spot on! Love your blog and I'll be following!

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  40. Fab post, great advice. I love your outfits! xx

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  41. that yellow dress is so pretty on you! xo

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  42. Ahh...I remember the days of sorority recruitment and having to be dressed up for the potential rushies. Love it.

    I like the yellow dress so much! You are rocking both dresses though :)

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  43. both outfits are great and the yellow dress looks really good on you:)

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  44. Lots of memories reading this post.Your outfits are spot-on!I was the girl at the "rush"parties dressed with gloves sometimes to match my outfit_AND_always a string of Pearls w/earrings.That was my "Classic style" then_in the late 60's_that is my style today.I feel undressed without my Pearls..I especially like "REAL Pearls"...:-)!

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  45. Great dresses, especially the yellow! I LOVE yellow! xoxo

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  47. Love this post! I was extremely involved with sorority recruitment at Auburn University and I would have to say you are on spot with the advice! Your sister will do great with your help :) PS: Just discovered your blog--looking forward to seeing more!

    xo, Rach

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  48. Great post and outfits!

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  49. Though I am too old for sororities, cute post! So sweet that you are helping your little sis out.
    I really like the yellow dress and the pink heels.

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  50. that yellow dress is amazing!!! Only color i cannot pull of though :-( fab outfit xox

    missy

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  51. Gorgeous gorgeous! Love both of these dresses and both pairs of shoes are amazing.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  52. Love the J Simpson dress girl!

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  53. Girl, you are stunning and fabulous. Really LOVE your looks! That yellow is gorgeous!

    XOXO Monica
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  54. Hey! Thanks for your comment on my blog! Although I'm far from a college girl, I enjoyed reading this post. Love the colorful shoes!... I'm off to explore more of your blog:)

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  55. well done Anna, wish I had these tips when I was going through rush!

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  56. Love how feminine these looks are!

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  57. Hi dear ! The photos are so cool

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  58. I enjoy visiting your blog because every time you have better ideas.

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  59. Great tips!
    ~Sarah
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  60. This is a great post!!!!! You have some amazing tips and I sent this along to my little sister who is going to be rushing in just a couple weeks! She loved it, so thanks for sharing :)

    xoxo,
    Rachel
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  61. I am to old for college but I love the styling. :)

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  62. I love your dress ensembles, I'm going to a wedding this weekend and I got some inspiration about what dress to wear!

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  63. You look gorgeous, great ideas!!! XOXOXOX ILY

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  64. My college days are long gone. ha! Such great memories though. I love that yellow color on you, looks fantastic!!
    -amy
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  65. I'm in love with your bright color picks!Those strappy heels i always adore and the side pony that I love seeing with my gurl friends. Great tips!

    Thanks for dropping by!:)

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  66. Love the idea of showing girls how to dress for recruitment! It is my last year as a Tri Delta and I know girls going through rush at my school would find this so helpful!

    XO, Amanda

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  67. Both outfits are great! Sororities are rare in eastern Canada so I find the whole idea intriguing.

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  68. I love the sandals better than the pump! I am a sandal girl especially in the summer time :)

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  69. I want that yellow dress! It's so pretty. I think you did a fab job at both styling the outfits and giving us tips for the sorority life. :)

    xoxo Azu

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  70. i like both look.. both coool

    kuti
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  71. A trip down memory lane. As much as I loved Rushing...I am happy it's over. I think I would have been way too stressed out about my outfit if I had to do it again today! But these are great tips! I wish I had this post back in the day!

    Happy weekend!

    xo, jill from www.classywithakick.com

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  72. What great tips for ANY occasion! I'm doing college at home online, so unfortunately I'm missing out on these college activities.
    Great tips, though!
    And thank you so much for commenting on and following my blog. I've been a follower and lover of your blog for a while, so I'm thrilled you like mine!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xoxo

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  73. I love both of those outfits! And great tips for anyone going through rush. I remember it like it was yesterday and it's already been 11 years ago. Time just goes by entirely too fast!

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  74. wow great tips!lovely outfit!!

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  75. Beautiful outfits, love your red + silver tipped shoes!
    xx


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  76. I love the yellow dress, it's beautiful :) xx

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  77. These looks are really cute. I especially love the hairstyles you've paired with them!

    And I'm following you :)

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  78. Love the yellow dress ! for me, living in belgium, these sororities really are something i know from movies, funny to hear someone talk about them in real life

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  79. Just found your blog and I'm absolutely loving it! Great post, everything about rush can be so stressful! Following you now.

    xo Ashley
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  80. That yellow dress is beautiful! x

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  81. VERY PRETTY!!!
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  82. I absolutely love your blog <3 all your post are just simply amazing! You are definitely one of my favorite bloggers. Can't wait for the next post!

    Alexa <3
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  83. Love your blog! love the color and how you go about untraditional combinations! Great weekend!

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  84. Both are gorgeous looks, but I absolutely love the bright yellow dress
    xo
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  85. My school doesn't have greek life, but this was still a fun read! So many different things to think about in terms of what you wear...goodness. Haha it sounds stressful! Thanks for sharing! I like the jewelry, too :) Thank you again for stopping by my blog! x

    Alexa (not Chung)

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  86. You look stunning, Anna. Really enjoyed this.

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  87. So nice, i loved
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  88. WOW amazing outfits! LOVE the colours - I am a colour junkie too :) <3

    Following you now dear! if you like to take a look at my blog maybe we could follow each other?

    Jess XO

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  89. Aw that really nice of you to help your sister! I think the options you choose and the advice you gave are perfect!

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  90. I love the yellow dress. Jessical Simpson really has a very nice line.

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  91. Sorority Recruitment! I wish Canada had them, love the post. It showed some great ideas for outfits :)

    XO A

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  92. These tips are so helpful Anna, if only you had your blog when I was rushing in college. hehe

    xoDale
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  93. Although this is directed to girls wanting to rush a sorority, I think some of these tips are great in general! {How to look classy and put together} Cute looks too, as always!

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  94. love the yellow outfit. It's totally cute!

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  95. Love both dresses. College... that seems like a lifetime ago!!

    Amy



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  96. amazing outfit honey! <3 i`m just inlove with your blog. would u like to follow each other?
    kisses,
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  97. I just love your blog and your style! :) So gorgeous and beautiful! :) Best wishes

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  98. incredible this looks, i really love your stylee!

    xx

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  99. Nice look i like so much the combinations and style.

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  100. such a helpful post, u look lovely both ways:) x

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  101. Great post! Thank you for your lovely comment!

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  102. You wrote some wonderful tips but please know that some sororities have themed rush weeks, like mine. In Phi Sigma Sigma, we had the interested girls dresses for based on the event so based on how much work and effort and creativity she put, she was more notice and positive attention.

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  103. Great post and blog! Love your style.

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  104. Anna, such great tips for rush! I can't even believe it was so long ago when I rushed! The outfits are so important, great ideas.

    xo Amy

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  105. Really lovely post!! Hair is totally the MOST IMPORTANT!!xx

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  106. I love the second look! The dress is so cute!

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  107. Congrats on being featured! Love both looks :)

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  108. I love all this look!!!http://chiaralike.blogspot.it/

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  109. Both of these are perfect for rush! I'm especially loving the outfit on the right. That dress is to die for!

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  110. Cute post!!! Makes me miss college so much!! Thanks for visiting my blog!! Love yours and I'm a new follower! =D

    -Stephanie
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  111. Such a great post! I wish I could have read this 4 years ago when I was about to go through recruitment, this would have been so helpful! I love everything in this post, even now that I'm post-grad I think I'm going to go out and buy all of these outfits!

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  112. Thanks for the visit to my blog! And omgosh, this is soo classy. I love that yellow dress! And these tips on making a good first impression are amazing!

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  113. Great outfit choices and amazing and informative post!
    Hope you are doing great dear!
    Have a fabulous week!

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  114. This is a great recruitment guide! My cousin has been asking me soo many questions, and I think this is a great comprehensive brief guide to tips she would love to have.

    xx

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  115. "Let’s face it—what you wear is just as crucial as acquiring recommendations when it comes to landing the perfect sorority."..... Seriously?

    Way to go- emphazing to already nervous young college girls that how they look and what they wear will determine which sorority they will be in and how likely they will gain new friends or "sisters".

    You have annoyed me previously with your shallow posts but this one personally puts me over the edge. You have lost a loyal follower because of this post.

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  116. I love the top detail on the yellow dress. I'd love a little pleated dress like that.

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  117. I like the Simple Colors one..! it is simple yet appealing..

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  118. This post reminds me of my recruitment days at Auburn! Great tips :)

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  119. I liked two outfits, but the favorite is yellow one :)

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