How to decode the dress code when you’re rushing a sorority
Planning to go Greek? You’re in good company. The first female astronaut was part of a sorority, 85 percent of Fortune 500 executives have ties to campus Greek life and statistics show that retention rates of fraternity and sorority members tend to be higher than that of other students.
But, first, you’ve got to go through the rush process — which is steeped in tradition, a little bit of secrecy and — yes — lots of dress codes. Some sororities have gotten in hot water for their Mean Girls-esque dress codes. But, you’ll prolly just wanna’ steer clear of those sororities anyways.
Rush week looks a little bit different at every school — and you’ll want to dress the part for the varying events. In general, the events get increasingly formal — reaching their peak on “preference” night when the dress code is its dressiest.
Here are a few key pieces you’ll want for rush week — courtesy of J.Crew, a store that has attire that is polished, but youthful. When you buy through ShopAtHome.com, you’ll get 3 percent Cash Back at J.Crew.
A good pair of flats: You’ll be doing lots of walking — especially when it comes to house tours. Sneakers are too casual, so invest in a good pair of flats. These Darby Cap Toe loafers come in two neutral colors: Tan and black, which means they’ll play well with other outfits. And even though they are “flat,” they still have a chic, dressy look. For more formal nights, you’ll want to wear heels.
Casual jeans: But don’t read too much into that. Even though torn and distressed denim is popular right now, your jeans should still be a nice pair and in a classic fit. Slim black jeans work well, too, like these “toothpick” jeans in midnight black from J. Crew.
A fancy, feel-good dress: A dress that is somewhere between one you’d wear to the park and one you’d wear to Prom. The most formal night is preference night. We like a classic cut black dress with pearls for that All-American glam look. Check out the sweeheart-meets-V-neck cut on this Matilda dress from J.Crew.
A cutesy outfit for those semi-formal days: Many sororities have a “philanthropy” day or other events where the dress code is “semi-formal.” Sound confusing? Think of what you might wear to church or a summer wedding. We love this Luela dress with a strand of pearls.
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