Say hello to installment number three of my Sorority Recruitment Series! You can check out the first two posts in this series here and here. I figure it’s about time for all you PNMs to start planning out what you’re going to wear! Especially if you’re as much of a planner as I am. Everyone knows I love fashion, but I have some really practical tips for you regarding what you should wear and bring in your bag for in between parties. If you know of anyone getting ready to go through sorority recruitment, feel free to share this post!
- Dress for comfort: Comfortable doesn’t mean you can’t be cute! Wear whatever you want to wear, honestly. Just make sure that you are comfortable in it because you’ll be wearing it all day long. Also, there’s a good chance that comfortable will make you confident because you won’t have to be concerned with pulling down your shorts/skirt/dress, and you can rock your conversations.
- Don’t wear your highest heels: Nothing is more painful than shoes that are too tall. Nothing in this world. So save your super tall heels for another occasion and wear shoes that you can bear standing in for a while. Rationally thinking here, your feet will be hot and they will swell from all the heat and standing. Wear comfortable shoes!!! We’ll talk about this later on, but make sure you bring comfy flip flops in your bag that you can throw on in between parties to travel to the next house.
- Remember that you will be sweating during the day: My first pref night party was the first party of the day, so it was still really hot even though it was the evening. A girl in front of me was wearing SATIN. She was drenched in sweat and you could see it…bad. I felt terrible for her because I know she was embarrassed. I doubt the chapter cared, because they liked her for her insides, not her outsides. But, it is still embarrassing when you’re trying to impress a sorority. So when making your outfit selections, be aware that you will be sweating all day long. Cotton or flowy clothes disguise it well.
- Bring a tote bag filled with anything you could possibly need for the time in between parties: Don’t worry, the Rho Gammas/Rho Chis will watch your bag while you’re in the party. It doesn’t matter what the bag looks like, it just matters what’s in it!
- Comfy flip flops
- Mints (not gum!)
- Hairbrush & hairspray (also works to hold your makeup if you spray your face!)
- Oil blotting papers
- Any make up for quick touch ups
- Tide pen (in case you get lunch on yourself…you never know!)
- Band-Aids (blisters :))
- Mini battery powered fan or a handheld fan
- Deodorant & perfume
- Lip gloss/lipstick
- Safety pins
- Feminine products
- Hand sanitizer
- A snack that doesn’t melt (granola bars are pretty safe)
- Utilize your Panhellenic manual or website for dress codes: You can find out the dress code for each round of recruitment through Pan. They normally post guides online or in the recruitment manual that they send out (depending on where you go to school). I can’t tell you what to wear each round, because each school is different. Follow what your Panhellenic resource says, and you should be fine!
- Don’t be afraid to accessorize: You might have a few days (or the whole process) where all PNMs wear the same t-shirt. On these days, don’t be afraid to accessorize your shirt. Wear a cute belt and tuck it in or wear your favorite pair of earrings, for example. The shirts probably will be your school colors, so prepare for that. I don’t think you can go wrong with neutrals (white, black, khaki, denim) on these days and your jewelry can match your outfit, or you can stick to the staples of gold, silver and pearl!
- A sorority that likes you for your values and personality won’t care what you look like on the outside: Nobody is perfect, okay? The women in the chapters are aware that it’s 105 degrees and you just ran 17 miles to their house from your last party. They know it’s hot because, guaranteed, they are hot in their homes as well. If you are sweating and your hair is a mess, don’t freak out! I highly, highly doubt that when they are selecting PNMs to come back for the next round they say, “She’s got a great personality and would be an awesome member, but she looked really sweaty and gross. So, it’s a no.”
Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.