We know you’ve had too much fun soaking up the sun all Summer long, but I’ve got some bad news… it’s time to go back to school! Whether you’re a returning upperclassman or a brand new freshman, the Fall semester is waiting for you! While it may be daunting that endless piles of homework and excruciating exams are headed your way, there are a few fun things to look forward to this semester, one of them being Fall Sorority Recruitment!
Eastern Kentucky University, where our original boutique is located, has a large Greek community and as a local boutique, we get tons of girls who come in seeking help with putting together outfits for recruitment. For new PNM’s (potential new members), this can be a nervous time mixed with lots of emotions while trying to decide not only if you want to “go Greek,” but also trying to figure out what in the world you’re going to wear to fit each day’s guidelines! Your outfit will always be the first impression you make, we’re here to help you make it a cute one!
While there are some rules about what types of outfits you need to wear each day, we think it’s SO incredibly important that you be true to yourself in the way that you dress. We’ve gathered up some awesome ladies from various chapters at EKU to share some advice from what they’ve learned during their own personal experiences going through recruitment, being on the inside of recruitment as a Greek member and fashion advice on what they’d wear if they were to do it again!
Day 1 & Day 2: Open House
For the first two nights of recruitment, the dress code is very casual! Panhellenic will give you an assigned t-shirt and you get your own choice of bottoms. Your t-shirt will be a comfy navy tank with pink Greek themed graphics, so it will be super easy to match your favorite shorts/skirt with! Even though everyone will look somewhat similar, don’t be afraid to show your personality with the pieces you choose. If you’re the kind of girl who loves color, go with something bright and eye-catching. If you have more of a relaxed style, don’t be afraid to wear your tank with your distressed denim jeans. Your personal style says so much about your personality; get out there and show it!
Karlee (who may just be the most fun little person I’ve ever met) chose to be bright! She wore our neon coral scalloped shorts and added a little sparkle to her plain white tee with a cute necklace. She kept it comfy and casual with cute white sneakers to complete the outfit.
How can your outfit express your personality during the first two nights of recruitment?
On the first night, getting ready is supposed to be easy because all we have to do is choose something to wear with the assigned t-shirt! But this doesn’t mean you can’t express your own style and personality. If you are a jeans and tee kind of girl, go for it! If you are like me and love colored shorts and a fun necklace, go for it! Just choosing part of the outfit can tell a lot about your style and your personality. Your first night is the night you get to make a first impression on all the chapters, pairing your t-shirt with your favorite shorts can help make you feel more confident in what you are comfortable in but at the same time allows you to express your own style.
Lexie chose some of our absolute favorite Lauren James seersucker bow shorts! She paired them with a simple pastel statement necklace and casual gladiator sandals to finish her look.
If you could go back and tell yourself one thing while you were going through recruitment, what would it be?
I would tell myself to be opened minded. Before recruitment, you hear all of these things about certain chapters but I think you should always try things out before you give up. All together, be open minded about all of the chapters. Don’t focus on just one because, you never know, that one sorority may not be where you see yourself at first but may up end up being your home!
Day 3: Philanthropy Day
Philanthropy day is where you really get to show your style! The dress level is casual but the style is all about you! The guide encourages you to wear sneakers or casual shoes but this doesn’t mean you can’t still look fabulous in your favorite dress! 2016 is all about mixing and matching your favorite Converse or Keds with cute, casual dresses; you’re in luck! If you’re not about the sneakers, it’s okay! Try some gladiator sandals or fun flats to keep it casual but still look great. We love how all of these ladies paired their comfy shoes with adorable dresses!
Hannah is as classy as can be in this printed shift dress! She added a little shine with stackable bracelets and baubles. She matched flat gold sandals to keep it casual yet cute!
Why is it in important to have a “Philanthropy Day” during recruitment?
It is important to have a Philanthropy Day because you really get to know about a chapter and what their values are. One of the philanthropies I support is PCAA, Prevent Child Abuse America. This is an organization that provides support to families and children who have been exposed to abuse or neglect. Sororities look for girls who are willing to give back and who enjoy supporting their philanthropy. We are looking for girls who are willing to help make a difference in someone else’s life.
Paige loves to be unique and stands out in all the right ways in this adorable romper. (Don’t be afraid to wear rompers, it’s totally okay!) She wore her flat sandals and greek bangles to finish her outfit.
What advice would you give to this year’s PNM’s?
My biggest piece of advice for someone going through recruitment is to be confident! This process is all about you finding your home. Be bold enough to ask about the values that are most important to you and find where you feel most comfortable. Going through recruitment can be a confusing experience, but in the end you will find a group of girls who will be with you for the rest of your life!
Paige looks perfect in this striped t-shirt dress and is undoubtedly as comfortable as can be! You can always add a little color to an outfit with a bright jewelry and we’re loving how she picked a royal blue tassel necklace that pops off her dress. Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without her go-to Converse.
What would you tell someone who was on the fence about “going Greek”?
I would tell anyone that was on the fence to “just do it!” Going through rush is a great way to meet new people on campus even if you don’t join a chapter. You’ll meet so many people, not only in your gamma chi groups, but also in each chapter!
Megan loves to have fun and just pops in this bold blue tank dress! Her cream tassel necklace adds the perfect statement to her look. Her Chucks are the perfect addition to this comfy and casual outfit!
What role has your sorority played in your life?
My sorority plays the role of my second family and home away from home. When you join a sorority you not only make new friends, but you get sisters. No matter what life throws at you, both good and bad, you will always have those girls there for you to support you through it all. I couldn’t have asked for anything more than the roles that each and every one of them play in my life!
Day 4: Preference
While we’ve been all about keeping it casual for the previous recruitment days, the Preference round is where you REALLY want to look as fabulous as can be! EKU Panhellenic suggest cocktail dresses and heels! Seeing as you are probably 17-19 years old, you’ve probably not been to a cocktail party yet, so let’s break down what this means. We suggest wearing a nice dress that you might wear to a wedding or formal event. Choose something that you feel confident and classy in! (It might be best to avoid low cutting necklines and extremely short hemlines.) You’ve been invited to a special event by the chapter and you want to dress to impress!
Hannah absolutely steals the show in this little black dress. With fun sleeve details and a flattering fit, she looks the part of a classy lady. She paired her dress with her favorite fringe heels and simple jewelry that doesn’t take away from her outfit but compliments perfectly.
How has being the president of your chapter impacted you?
Being the president of my sorority has helped mold me into the leader I am today. Without the support of my sisters I would not be in the position I am today. I have learned patience, strength, and most importantly, kindness. Each sister means so much to me and I would do anything for them.
Madi shines bright like a diamond in this fun, shimmery dress! Her necklace is a stunning statement piece that is a great match for this look. She paired it with tan wedges and stackable bracelets. During Preference, Madi wanted to make sure to sparkle!
What advice would you give to this year’s PNM’s?
Some advice that I would give for this year’s PNM’s would be to choose to go where you feel at most home. Do not be nervous, just go where your heart tells you. As cheesy as the saying “you find your home” is, it is so true. Just make sure to go where you feel the most comfortable. Greek life has been such an amazing experience for me; I am so excited for you all to find where you belong and start this new chapter in your lives! Also, always stay classy and always wear a smile; its the most important accessory!
Brianna looks amazing in dark colors and this hunter green scalloped dress was a the perfect choice! This unique shade is oh-so elegant and perfect for the Preference round, which has historically been about wearing darker colors. (Although you can wear whatever color/print you’d like now!)
What would you say is a fashion “don’t” when it comes to recruitment?
The biggest fashion “don’t” I would tell to the ladies going through recruitment is not wear something that you wouldn’t wear in every day life. Wearing something that is not “you” is the biggest fashion tragedy. Being comfortable during recruitment is important. Always be yourself and allow your outfit to reflect that. No one can be a better you than you!
Kristen chose to be original and step outside of the box! Look how incredible she looks in this simple print that stands out among the rest! She dressed up her look with cream wedges and a bold statement necklace that catches every eye!
Why is it important to be dressy during the Preference round?
Preference round is the most serious round of recruitment. This day is critical because it is the last time you will talk to your last two chapters before deciding the best fit for you! Unlike previous nights, this is more of an intimate party. This is also a time for you to express yourself with a dressy outfit that fits your style. On preference night, most woman think that they have to wear white or black, but this night is all about you! I mixed it up with the outfit I chose to show you don’t have to wear a solid neutral color; you can make it however you want it to look! This is the last impression you will make and the last moment you have with the chapters; have fun with your outfit and most importantly, be yourself!
We hope that this awesome advice from girls who have been in your shoes is exactly what you needed to prep for the upcoming recruitment! While it can be stressful, the most important thing is to have fun and be true to yourself when choosing what to wear!
I want to say an extra special “thank you!” to all of the sweet girls who took the time to participate in this project and donate their time/efforts! I had so much fun getting to know each of you a little better and you are all beautiful inside and out!