What to Wear to Sorority Recruitment

If you’re going through fall sorority recruitment, we bet you’re probably scratching your head right now, trying to decipher your university’s attire guidelines to figure out exactly what you should wear each day of the process. We know the guidelines can be vague, and sometimes even look as if they’re in another language altogether.

Well, lucky for you, we’re fluent in Texas sorority recruitment and we’re here to translate.

We know you want to look your best and wear “the right thing” each day so that you’re comfortable, confident and able to make the best possible impression on the various sorority chapters.

Scroll on to see exactly what these so-called “guidelines” actually mean!


Open House

Guidelines: Panhellenic shirt (will be provided to you), shorts and a comfortable sandal or sneaker

What it actually means:

What to Wear to Sorority Recruitment – College Suitcase

Listen, we’re going to level with you here. Fall recruitment usually goes down in August. In Texas. It’s going to be HOT. So when the guidelines say that you can wear shorts and comfortable shoes, DO IT. Don’t try to be a hero and be the girl in a skirt and heels. 1. You’ll look ridiculous when everyone else is wearing shorts and sneaks and 2. You’ll be incredibly uncomfortable. There’s a LOT of walking and standing during this phase, so just take our word for it, we beg of you.

Sneakers: Adidas “Superstar” in White & Rose Gold, available at Journeys

Sandals:  Chinese Laundry “Posh,” available at DSW Shoes

Denim Shorts: One Teaspoon “Brando” raw-edge shorts, available at Nordstrom

Linen Shorts: Wilfred “Allegra” short, available at Aritzia



Guidelines: Comfortable daytime dress or sundress and a flat sandal

What it actually means:

What to Wear to Sorority Recruitment – College Suitcase

Think of this day as a step up from yesterday in the “dressy” department. Your feet will probably still hurt from the open house round, so again, don’t try to be a hero in heels. WEAR FLATS! Also, be mindful of the length of your dress—you’ll do some sitting on this day, and you don’t want to wear something that will ride up to an inappropriate length when you’re seated.

Sun Dress: Off-the-Shoulder Dres  available at Chrome in Lubbock, TX

Printed Dress: “Happer Shift Dress” at Lily Pulitzer

Sandals: Halogen “Eliza,” available at Nordstrom



Guidelines: Tea-, luncheon- or church-appropriate dress or skirt with a sandal or low heel

What it actually means:

What to Wear to Sorority Recruitment – College Suitcase

Are you starting to see a pattern? This day is another step up in the “dressy” department. On this day, you can finally break out those heels you’ve been dying to wear. Your dress or skirt/top combo should still be daytime-appropriate, but dressier than what you wore during the philanthropy round, so think silky fabrics and special details, but NO SPARKLE…yet. And again, be mindful of your dress or skirt’s length as you’ll probably do some sitting on this day.

Pink Ruffled Dress: “Frilled Dress” at Zara

White Dress: “Afternoon” dress, available at Reformation

Studded Sandal: KARL LAGERFELD Paris “Honore,” available at Dillard’s



Guidelines: Cocktail attire—sometimes black is preferred—as well as heels

What it actually means:

What to Wear to Sorority Recruitment – College Suitcase

This is it. You’ve made it to the Preference round, which (blessedly) happens in the evening (so no scorching sun). And evening means cocktail attire. It’s time to break out the dressy nighttime dresses. While lace, ruffles, and a sensible amount of sparkle are appropriate, don’t overdo it! This isn’t prom! Wear a knee- or cocktail-length dress—nothing that would be considered black-tie or formal.

Black Off-the-Shoulder Dress: “High Heels, Black Dress” at Beehive

Heels: Steve Madden “Carrson,” available at Macy’s

High-Neck Dress: Blue Lace Dress at H&M


Bid Day

Guidelines: Casual bottoms, fun jewelry and comfortable shoes

What it actually means:

What to Wear to Sorority Recruitment – College Suitcase

You did it! You’ve been invited to join a sorority! The dress code for this day is similar to that of the Open House round. You’ll likely be given a new t-shirt to wear once you get to your house, so choose a relatively neutral bottom that’s comfortable. Again, you’ll want to wear comfy shoes because it’s still going to be a long day, and throw on some cute jewelry to complete the look.

Espadrille Sandal: Soludos “Lace Up Sandals,” available at Nordstrom

Sneakers: Vans “Old Skool,” available at Vans

Shorts:  Denim Shorts in White, available at J.Crew

Necklace: Layered Charm Choker, available at Charming Charlie


If you prefer to shop locally, we recommend hitting these stores near campus:

Lubbock – Texas Tech

  • Chrome: Great selection of dresses, ranging from casual sundresses to semi-formal and cocktail dresses
  • TC Elli’s: Great casual options as well as cute daytime dresses

Fort Worth – TCU

  • Esther Penn: Trendy, affordable pieces that will enhance any outfit
  • Beehive: Best bet for cocktail and semi-formal dresses

College Station – Texas A&M

  • Merge: Unique accessories galore to add some personality to your look
  • Sabi Boutique: Fun and interesting heels and flats to add an unexpected element to a casual outfit. Great selection of dresses for different occasions.

Denton – UNT

  • The Palm Tree Boutique: Utilize their store stylist to help you create an outfit that represents you at an affordable price
  • La Di Da: They’ve got the right shoes for every possible outfit

Austin – UT Austin

  • Valentines: Perfect place to splurge on a statement accessory or shoe
  • Adelante: Satisfy your boho side with eclectic accessories and clothing perfect for the more casual rounds


  • Aunt Brenda
    July 25, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Wow Kate, great job! The incoming students wanting to get into a serority will or should be excited. Excellent tips/hints/advice plus you’ve listed out stores, etc. You go girl!!!!!

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