Going through sorority recruitment was nothing less than strenuous and unlike any other experience I’ve ever gone through, but at least I looked good doing it, as did everyone else. Something I noticed was the variety and individuality of everyone going through recruitment, but some outfits made me question if we were going through recruitment or walking down the red carpet.
That being said, here’s what I wore through recruitment.
Day 1: Welcome Round
This day was the hardest. Not only did every girl have to visit 10 houses and hold almost 80 conversations with 80 different girls, but this day was all about showing personality through an outfit.
Provided with a shirt from Ohio University’s Women’s Panhellenic Association (WPA), we were able to style it however we wanted. Many opted for white tennis skirts or jean shorts paired with white tennis shoes or a sandal of their choosing.
Personally, I wore a lilac Lululemon skirt with ruffles on the back I bought from Depop – definitely a smart choice. I felt it was important for a bold color so there was something to remember me by. I wore my Nike Blazers low 77s for comfort, as I did over 10 miles of walking.
Paired with the skirt, I made sure to accessorize with gold hoops and my Mathe Pearl Necklace With Beads.
Day 2: Philanthropy Day
This day consisted of going to eight houses – still a tiring day like Welcome Round day. My bed was never calling my name more than after this day.
This day had the most confusion regarding outfits. Some wore jeans and a nice top and some wore sundresses. Once again, this day was about showing a lot of personality through an outfit. This day was intense because at the end of the day you were dropping up to three houses leaving you with only five or fewer.
I opted to wear a pair of American Eagle N(e)xt Level Super-High Waisted Flare Jeans and my Princess Polly Abe Crop Top Lemon. I also had to pull out my white Gucci Rubber Slide Sandals. They might have made my feet hurt, but they make me feel like a live-action Polly Pocket.
I once again wore gold hoops, a different pair, and paired them with my Marha Calvo Marquesa Necklace and called it a fit.
Day 3: Sisterhood Day
A new weekend, another couple days of recruitment. This day was the most sincere in my opinion. Sisterhood day prompted a more dressed-up look compared to all the others.
I wore a dress from Leorena Baker. It was the Sage Mini Dress, which was a knit material – perfect for a casual event or a night out on the town. I paired it with my white Platform Chelsea Boots from Dr. Martens.
Of course, I had to wear a different pair of gold hoops – I’m obsessed with a classy gold look on my ears. I layered a thin pearl necklace and a gold necklace spelling out my name.
Day 4: Preference Day
My hardest but favorite day. This day really solidified my choice of what house I wanted to be a part of, which meant I had to dress to the occasion.
Almost every girl wore a dress this day, and the versatility was immaculate. I don’t think I saw any two dresses that were the same. I would compare the entire day to something one would wear to a wedding, which made it so fun.
I wore the Carsa Tie Dye Midi Dress Multi from Princess Polly. The dress had the perfect mix of pink and orange, pleasing to the eye. This outfit was definitely my favorite. I felt like I was straight out of a movie and had so much fun wearing it. I wore my white Gucci Rubber Slide Sandals once again.
Day 5: Bid Day
The most awaited day. The excitement to arrive on this day was too great and such a relief. Being able to run “home” was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Girls were told to choose whatever bottoms they wanted and then a top that could be layered upon. The sororities gave their new members a shirt to wear that best fit their house once they arrived at their new home.
I wore a white Lululemon Play Off the Pleats Mid-Rise skirt and my chapter’s provided shirt. I went for comfort once again and paired the outfit with my Nike Blazers low 77s.
I wore my Mathe Pearl Necklace With Beads and my Tiffany Devil Heart necklace with another pair of Palm City L.A. gold hoops – their Main Street Earrings.
Through recruitment, I was really able to see how no two people are the same. Everyone chose a different outfit to best show who they are, and I think that’s the beauty in having the opportunity to showcase outfits.
At last, those were my outfits for my sorority recruitment experience, and it was the best time. I’m thankful to have experienced everything I did and loved having an excuse to dress up amid lazy college days.
Kayla Bennett is a sophomore studying journalism at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnist do not reflect those of The Post. Do you agree? Tell Kayla by tweeting her at @kkayyben