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. 

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.

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.

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.

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