rush: outfits

Hey girls!
My name is Caitlin and I blog over at Southern Curls & Pearls. I just graduated from UNC Chapel Hill, where I spent the best four years of my life as a Kappa Delta and made the most amazing friends I’ve ever had! I can honestly say that rushing was the best decision I ever made… however, I went into rush not knowing a THING about it, and it was definitely very overwhelming and intimidating. You can avoid a lot of pre-rush anxiety by being prepared and knowing what to expect. That’s why I’m here today… to talk about rush outfits!
As much as it sucks, you’re only going to have about 15 minutes the first day to make an impression… and a huge part of that is your appearance. What you wear and how you present yourself matters a lot, since they can’t get to know everything about you (and how awesome you are) in such a short amount of time. Let’s start with the basics: personal hygiene! Make sure your hair is brushed, your teeth are cleaned, your makeup looks natural (not overdone), and you have on deodorant. It may sound really dumb, but believe me, you’d hate to be known as the girl with stinky breath or body odor (yuck!).
Your university’s rush may be a little different than UNC’s, but we have four different rounds… which means you have to have four different outfits prepared! Generally, each day gets a little bit dressier, but let’s go through the rounds together.
Round One: Open House
This day is the most fun and relaxed, so you’ll want to wear something casual but nice. This is your first chance to make a good impression on each house, so wear something you feel confident in! Keep in mind that you’ll be visiting ALL the houses, so you’re going to be doing a lot of walking… wear comfortable shoes! Jack Rogers are a good option because they’re comfortable to walk in but still look really nice. DO NOT wear flip flops!!! I repeat, do not wear flip flops. Another thing to think about when planning your outfit: it’s going to be hot outside and you’re probably going to sweat. If your outfit is going to show sweat rings underneath your arms, don’t wear it. One more piece of advice for round one: the best accessory you can wear is a smile – it shows you’re friendly and confident and those are qualities that the girls admire.
A pair of bright, trendy shorts paired with a nice blouse is a good option for round one. This outfit will keep you cool but is still super classy and cute!
Round Two: Skit
During this round, each house puts on a skit they come up with themselves, and you get to spend more time meeting girls. My suggestion for round two is to wear casual tops, a skirt or pants, and sandals. The attire should be slightly nicer than the last round. You’ll still be doing a lot of walking, so make sure you keep those comfortable shoes!
I picked out a Lilly Pulitzer skirt for this round, as well as a hot pink statement necklace and a chic clutch. Lilly is definitely a sorority girl staple!
Round Three: House Tours
This round, you’ll visit with each house for an extended period of time. You may be getting a tour of the house, or just talking with more girls. I would definitely wear a sundress this round, or a nice skirt and top combo. Wear dressy sandals or casual wedges.  
For this round, I picked this beautiful hi-low hem skirt and paired it with a bold tank. I love that this look is ladylike and gorgeous but still “trendy.” The jewels on the shoes and earrings add more pops of color. I want this outfit for myself!
Round Four: Preference Night
Pref Night is definitely the best round of rush. By now, you’ll have narrowed it down to a few houses. If you’re at a house on Pref Night, it’s because they want you!! This is a very special night… you’ll take part in a ceremony at each house, and this round will allow you to really connect with the chapters and determine in which sorority you would be happiest. For this round, I suggest wearing a dress or formal dinner attire, dressy sandals or heels (this is by far the dressiest night). If heels hurt your feet to walk from house to house, bring sandals to wear between rounds, and switch them out before you get to each house (I definitely did this!).
For pref night, I picked a gorgeous neon pink cocktail dress and paired it with this beautiful, classic Kate Spade necklace. Wedges make the outfit slightly more casual.
Before I leave you, heed my advice about what not to wear: Anything too short, too tight, or too revealing. You want to send a positive message to these girls… that you’re a classy girl, NOT a floozy! If you would wear the outfit to a nightclub, then you definitely shouldn’t wear it to rush.
Lastly, the best advice I can give is to BE YOURSELF! Being yourself includes how you dress, as well. Whatever you wear, make sure that it expresses your personal style. If you hate Lilly Pulitzer, then don’t wear it to rush! You want to end up in a house where you fit in… and to do this you have to put your true self forward.
Good luck to all of you! If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to email me at {}.
Thanks so much for having me, duchess!
Love, Cait 
Thanks Cait!!

Don’t miss out on all the other rush posts including How to make a good first impression and rush 101

  • Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog)

    Love the advice you gave Cait.


  • Anonymous

    Can you do one for spring rush? I love a lot of these outfits, but I’m doing spring rush and it’s going to be cold out!


  • Katherine Nolden

    Hi Laine,

    I would love to post some outfits for spring rush! Come back on Tuesday to see them!