What to wear
There is no actual dress code during recruitment week. At any given event, you will see quite a range of outfits. The most important thing is for you to be comfortable and to be yourself. It is not necessary for you to purchase a new wardrobe in order to participate in the sorority recruitment process.
PLEASE wear comfortable shoes! We strongly advise you not to wear a brand new pair of shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking, sitting, and standing; therefore, you will want to be comfortable. Seattle weather can be unpredictable in autumn; keep this in mind when deciding what to wear. An umbrella is always a good idea! To give you a better sense of what to expect, we have outlined some of the types of outfits we generally see throughout recruitment week.
Orientation is casual and comfortable.
Panhellenic Day will involve a lot of walking, so you will want to wear something comfortable. Clothing worn during this round is usually casual, such as nice jeans or shorts, which will complement the all-Panhellenic T-shirt you will be given at orientation. We understand that you may want to personalize the t-shirts provided for you. If you choose to do so, make sure the shirt is still appropriate!
House Tours Day is business casual. A dress, skirt or nice pants with a blouse will work well. Please keep in mind the length of your skirt or dress, you will potentially be walking up a lot of stairs. If you plan on wearing heals or wedges, which aren't advised for this round, be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes or flip flops for walking between events.
Philanthropy Day is slightly more formal, and a dress or nice skirt outfit would be a good choice. Many outfits at this round are those that would be worn to a luncheon or church service. If you plan on wearing heals or wedges, be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes or flip flops for walking between events.
Preference Day is the most formal event of the week with both potential members and sorority women dressing up. Typically, women wear a nice evening or cocktail dress; however, rhinestones, sequins, or formal gowns are not appropriate. If you plan on wearing heels or wedges, be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes or flip flops for walking between events.
Bid Day is casual. You will be moving into your new home, so you will definitely want to be comfortable. Typically jeans or shorts with athletic shoes or flip flops are worn, weather permitting.
General Tips for Successful Recruitment
- Be relaxed and enjoy yourself.
- Attend the Panhellenic/IFC sessions at Summer Orientation. You can have your questions answered by knowledgeable sorority women!
- Focus on the conversation! Avoid making decisions on material items such as clothes and house structures.
- Bring flip-flops to wear when walking from one chapter house to another,or break in your shoes!
- Disregard rumors from other women, men, and any other sources. Make decisions based on your feelings and experiences you have during recruitment.
- Don't be pressured to join a particular chapter because of a parent, sibling, friend, boyfriend or companion.
- Drink a lot of water!!
- Write down as much as possible: keeping notes will help you make the best choices throughout the week.
- Have personal down-time; try not to get burned out too quickly. Recruitment is a long week and you need to be adequately prepared.
- Keep your opinions about recruitment and specific chapters to yourself.
- Initiate conversations with your RC; don't be intimidated by your RC or anyone on Panhellenic, they are here to help YOU!
- Have fun! This is the experience of a lifetime, make the most of it!