What to Wear During Formal Recruitment

Formal recruitment can make you feel a lot of things- scared, excited, intimidated. I know, I’ve been there. I remember panicking, unsure of what I was going to talk about. I remember freaking out because I felt like I had nothing to wear. I remember running to the mall a bunch of times buying outfits for formal recruitment because nothing in my wardrobe seemed fit. I sent all of my outfit ideas to my pi chi’s for their approval. If you’re unsure of what a pi chi is, they are simply the greatest people on earth. They are sisters of a sorority who disaffiliate with their sorority during formal recruitment in order to help girls that are rushing. The reason they disaffiliate is that way you feel no bias or pressure when talking to them. They are great for advice if you are nervous or unsure which sorority to choose, and also for helping to choose what is appropriate to wear. While I totally recommend asking your pi chi for approval on your outfit (or whatever they are called at your school) I’m going to provide you with two example outfits for each round of recruitment- one for fall and one for spring.

Round One: Open House

Your pi chi will lead you and other PNMs (potential new members) to each sorority house. For this round, you will most likely be given a tee shirt. My biggest suggestion for this round would be to remain casual and add one simple accessory that will make you stand out. When I went through this round, I wore a pretty, bold necklace that matched the wording on my shirt. When given a tee shirt, your best bet is to pair it with jeans or shorts depending on the weather, boots or sandals, and one stand out piece like a necklace or a headband. But in case your school doesn’t give tee shirts, here are two outfits that would be great for open house.

Outfit 1: Honestly, this outfit would work just how it is modeled below. But if the weather is warmer out, this top would be great paired with shorts and sandals. A funky choker adds a personal touch.

Urban Outfitters
American Eagle
Forever 21


Outfit 2: The top is pretty but casual enough for first round. Still, the top stands out enough on its own that no jewelry is necessary

Forever 21
American Eagle


Round Two: Philanthropy/ House Tour

This round you will learn a lot about the sorority’s philanthropy and be given a tour of the house if the sorority has one. This round is a bit more formal. Think business casual- but pieces like black jeans are still acceptable. Here is what I wore:IMG_3014

The top I bought is from Express. What makes it perfect for recruitment is that it is conservative and looks professional. I paired it with a skirt and a pair of stand out tights because once again, it’s important to add a stand out piece. This will help the girls you talk to remember you. Plus, it adds a cute detail that you’ll receive lots of compliments on. I also wore a pair of black wedge booties, but don’t feel pressured to wear heels. Most girls don’t for this round. Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable.

  • Top: Express
  • Skirt: H&M
  • Tights: Forever 21
  • Shoes: Amazon

Outfit 1: A casual dress works great, just as long as it isn’t too short, tight, or low cut.

Forever 21
Urban Outfitters

Outfit 2: A printed is casual enough for round two but also makes you more memorable.

Forever 21
Urban Outfitters


Round Three: Preference Round

This is the last round before you make your decision. This round is a lot more personal than the last two, and the most dressed up you will get during formal recruitment. While you are dressing formally, it is beyond important to still look classy. Don’t wear a dress that is too short or with a neckline too low. Look conservative. Also, avoid colors such as white or black because the sisters might be dressed in these colors. This is what I wore. Side note: the necklace I am wearing would be a great necklace to wear during open house.IMG_3020

Dress: H&M

Outfit 1: This is formal recruitment, not a night at the club. A classic dress in a bright color makes you pop while still looking classy.

Forever 21
Forever 21


Outfit 2: It’s okay to wear a sleeveless dress and open toed shoes when it’s cold out. You can show up to the house wearing a big winter coat and boots and change in front of the house- your pi chi’s will hold all of your stuff for you. This dress is perfect for preference round because of its high neckline and loose fit.

Forever 21


While what you wear is important, don’t stress too much. The most important rule is to wear clothes that are appropriate and that represent who you are. Be yourself, and get excited. Good luck!





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