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What Should I Wear… as a Sorority Girl?!

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What Should I Wear…?! is a biweekly column that is here to answer that very question. If you have an event coming up that has you stumped fashion-wise, this is guaranteed to be your best source for outfit inspiration when you need it the most!

Sorority row at Washington and Lee university
At dawn, all’s calm on sorority row… until the sisters must awaken and decide what to wear. | Photo Credit

In my last article, CF reader Sara requested a post that would answer what she should wear as an elected officer for her sorority during the coming semester. More specifically, outfit ideas for events that occur during the first month of school.

While we do have a very helpful guide to sorority recruitment – a.k.a. Rush Week – we haven’t covered what to wear after active members have settled into “the house.”

As a sorority girl, you dress not just for yourself, but as a representative for an organization with rich history and tradition. An organization of women that know how to dress.

Sorority sisters 1950s
Practically prom posing, with matching outfits and pearl necklaces. So, nothing’s changed, huh? | Photo Credit

For this post, I have created outfit sets that correspond to all of Sara’s requests, and hope they help her and all of you other sorority girls out there. Even if you aren’t in a sorority though, and maybe even cringed when you got a glimpse of the title, I encourage you to continue reading. These outfits work for other occasions, too!

As for all the Thetas, Betas and Zetas, each outfit is attributed to a specific sisterhood. If you don’t belong to one of the sororities below though, don’t feel discouraged! Certain elements from each look (colors, mascots, flowers, etc.) can and should be altered to fit your specific sorority.

Also, I am aware that not all of these organizations are referred to as sororities (many were founded before that term was popularized) and I apologize for the generalization, but I am just trying to reference that they are all for female-based Greek letter organizations. Lastly, I just wanted to mention the sororities mentioned here were chosen randomly – CF has no favoritism.

Let’s get to it! From recruitment to stag outings, here is what you should wear as a sorority girl:

Campus Tours

Chi omega chapter house university of arkansas
Chi Omega Chapter House at the University of Arkansas | Photo Credit

Often one of the many duties for sorority girls that are in appointed positions, the outfit you wear to give campus tours has to look presentable (since accompanying parents need to be assured that you are the best kid on campus for the job) yet still reflect that you are a student, and thus approachable to prospective ones.

Chi Omega

Chi Omega inspired outfit
Product Information: Blouse, Shirt, Blazer, Skirt, Shoes, Pendant, NecklaceEarrings, Nail Polish

Look in-the-know when giving campus tours in the fall with this ensemble. Layer a basic tee over a sleeveless collared blouse, and tuck that combination into a skirt. Add a blazer, then accessorize with fun and character in mind.

Black flats not only match the blazer, but pull the whole outfit together. These LC Lauren Conrad shoes are a softer take on trendy d’Orsay flats, plus they’re super-comfy if you’ll be on your feet for a long period of time.

Chi Omega’s symbols are, as you probably deduced, the owl and – get this – skull and bones. Needless to say, they have been able to keep themselves looking pretty on-trend the last couple years while modestly displaying their sisterhood.

Delta Zeta

Sorority officer campus tours delta zeta inspired
Product Information: Dress, Jacket, Shoes, Headband, Earrings, Watch, Rings, Nail Polish

When you are in a sorority, a lot of events (and photo-ops) require a nicer dress, and it’s important to make that piece work for more than just one occasion… especially when you consider how valuable you closet space at school is! Throw a jean jacket over any dress and it becomes unrecognizable – no matter how many Instagram pictures are surfacing, I promise.

Continue that vibe by pairing the dress with edgier shoes. Now at this point, I know you’ve probably developed a habit of pairing pretty dresses with neutral pumps, but it’s okay to give them a break every once in a while; they will still be in your closet when you need them. Again, I chose flats because you will be walking everywhere when giving tours.

Finish up with accessories that add polish, but are also sneakily practical: a watch, because you can’t just keep whipping your phone out to check the time while giving a tour (you’ll just look like some punk trying to sneak in a text or two), and a headband for windier days (we must never sacrifice our image to the unpredictability of weather).

Confession: I chose Delta Zeta for this look because their mascot is the turtle and, if you are giving a tour to people, you are bound to think they all move slower than the Dee Zee’s green buddy!

First Meeting

How exciting! The first chapter meeting of the semester. If you, like our dear CF reader, Sara, are in a position of authority, you have to look reliable and remind others why they elected you in the first place. You need to dress for success, and I believe Zeta Phi Beta could help us here.

Zeta Phi Beta

Zeta Phi Beta sorority outfit
Product Information: Jacket, Top, Bottoms, Wallet, Shoes, Earrings, Necklace, Nail Polish

My first piece of advice? Wear pumps. Heels command the attention of the room, improve your posture and confidence, and are a must for any woman that is in a leadership role. Apply this when you enter the “big girl” world and get a “grown-up” job. No matter how cute and comfy those Tory Burch flats are, they are just not going to cut it in the board room.

Also, don’t forget a jacket or blazer for a polished look that exudes authority. Tone down your inner dictator though with soft additions, like the white lace top and delicate jewelry. The colored trousers also add a fun and on-trend touch.

Zeta tau alpha sorority girls
Female frat fun: return to the comforts of the lettered t-shirts as soon as you can, though! | Photo Credit

Recruitment

This time is also known as “Rush Week,” and discussions about what to wear are always focused on those pledging. However, the actual active members have just as much stress when it comes to figuring out what to wear.

Yes, it is intimidating when you are putting yourself out there as an outsider, but the women already in the sorority also feel the pressure of having to look good. After all, they have to make their house look the most appealing, right?

Zeta Tau Alpha

Zeta Tau Alpha recruitment outfit
Product Information: Top, Skirt, Shoes, Necklace, Earrings, Bracelet, Nail Polish

When it comes to formalities of the sorority recruitment process, you want to be able to deck yourself out in your Greek gear (you never wake up thinking you picked the wrong sorority), but the T-shirts bearing your letters are just not dressy enough.

Wear your colors – just in a nicer outfit – and have fun with jewelry that incorporates your symbols. (Here: the 5-point crown earring.) Get creative with how you rep it, too. For example, since the official philanthropy of Zeta Tau Alpha is breast cancer education and awareness, I chose pink peep-toe pumps.

Delta Sigma Theta

Sorority officer rush week delta sigma theta
Product Information: Dress, Belt, Shoes, Earrings, Ring, Nail Polish

If you have sorority colors that are bolder (like red), sometimes you just don’t want to deck yourself out in those hues head-to-toe. That’s where adding color “pops” comes in: use accessories to incorporate those bright shades and keep the base of your outfit neutral.

Again, use accessories to creatively represent your sorority; Delta Sigma Theta’s mascot is the elephant, so we picked this gorgeous gold ring. Also, you don’t have to wear your sorority’s flower as a floral crown on your head, so pick a nail polish color that matches those petals.

Delta sigma theta sorority members
This is how you do it. Clearly, they don’t need my fashion advice… pshh. | Photo Credit

The Parade

You could go all out in your Greek gear, but if you are a supporting spectator, why not get creative and go with a classically contemporary ensemble? You realize, of course, that you have to show up all those other houses, right…?

Delta Gamma

Sorority officer Greek parade delta gamma inspired
Product Information: Top, Bottoms, Shoes, Bag, Anchor NecklaceLifesaver Necklace, Earrings, Nail Polish

This outfit perfectly encapsulates the nautical Delta Gamma style and would be a great choice to wear to the Greek or Homecoming parades. Remember the overall theme your sorority has – sometimes that alone is enough to create an identifiable outfit that incorporates various trends, which is what we did here.

Choose pieces that not only represent the spirit of your sorority, but can be worn again and again. What do I mean? Well, here I picked out sailor “love knot” earrings and a lifesaver pendant necklace that communicates exactly how everyone feels after the craziness of Rush Week/during first month of school: “SAVE ME”! Neither of those are directly part of the Delta Gamma branding, but they are related in concept.

Alpha Omicron Pi

Alpha Omicron Pi inspired look
Product Information: Overalls, Shirt, Bag, Shoes, Earrings, Hair Accessories, Lipgloss, Nail Polish

Let’s just address these overalls first: I’m making a case for them, because I think they should go from trend to a closet staple. Thought a dress was a no-brainer? These are even easier to throw on, plus they are just as versatile as any ol’ pair of jeans. I think the pair pictured here is perfect for chiller weather, which makes it a unique choice for an evening parade this autumn.

Next, let’s focus on that adorable bag. Bet you wish you pledged Alpha Omicron Pi now, since the panda is their (unofficial) mascot. To pay more homage to the little guy, I chose a nail polish named “Red My Fortune Cookie” and hair chopsticks. The ’90s are back and everyone knows it; we have a feeling these hair accessories will be coming back in the near future, so get a jump on the trend revival now.

Alpha Omicron Pi is the only sorority with one color, which is why, to show our pride, we really painted the town red – I mean “cardinal” – with this ensemble.

Stag Outing

Gamma Phi Beta house at the University of Oregon
Gamma Phi Beta Chapter House at the University of Oregon | Photo Credit

The term “stag outing’ means something different to every sorority chapter, but it typically depends on what region you live in. Historically, stag outings (which is also a term for bachelor parties) were an outing for all of the original frat boys to burn off some testosterone and bond. You know, rafting, fishing, camping. When women began to organize similar groups, they also wanted to have these events, and still do.

Some female Greek letter organizations have stag outings that are day of community service. Others are sort-of grown up versions of a sleepover, meant for bonding, complete with an overnight trip and lots of “trust exercises.” Often, these will bring together different chapters of the same Greek letter organization.

The next three looks each represent one of the activities mentioned above: camping/outdoor activities, volunteer work, and sleepovers.

Gamma Phi Beta

Sorority officer stag outing gamma phi beta inspired
Product Information: Shirt, Pants, Vest, Hip Pack, Shoes, Socks, Earrings, Water Bottle

For a day spent in the wilderness, you will need to think out and plan your outfits based on the weather. This look serves as inspiration for some basic pieces you should bring with you, like comfy pants, basic tees, and sneakers. I chose Gamma Phi Beta for this category because their philanthropies all endorse youth fitness and camping.

I love the fanny hip pack for these type of activities, and you know they are back in when Victoria’s Secret makes a version. Another must-have is a water bottle; the one pictured here is from my favorite brand, Tervis. Plus, it’s already adorned with the Greek letters!

Kappa Alpha Theta

Sorority officer stag outing kappa alpha theta inspired
Product Information: Shirt, Bottoms, Backpack, Shoes, Socks, Earrings, Nail Polish

Sorority sparkly, but still perfect for volunteer work. Always wear shoes that cover your little toes (you never know what could happen) when doing more intensive work than usual. Also, make sure you still invest in a good pair of socks, like these no-show ones, to prevent blisters.

Pick your jewelry carefully. You don’t want to wear rings or a necklace – have you ever gotten your necklace caught on something?! One word: ouch! Small studded earrings are okay (these are twin stars, just like one of Kappa Alpha Theta’s symbols). You can also add some extra bling with nail polish.

Sigma Lambda Gamma

Sigma Lambda Gamma outfit inspiration
Product Information: Pajama Set, Robe, Slippers, Nail Polish

For overnight trips, especially when other chapters may be there (you have to dress to impress even as you rest!), a subtly sexy look is a good way to go. I chose Sigma Lambda Gamma for this category because they have the most classic and girly color combo for a sleepover: pink and purple. Plus, with a panther as their mascot, they know a little bit about that subtle sexiness I just mentioned…

Tell me what you think:

Are you in a sorority? If so, which one? Did yours appear in this post? Did these outfits help you? Did those of you not in a sorority still enjoy the article? Anyone pledging this year? For those planning to, CF wishes you all the best of luck!

Let me know in the comments if there are any special events or occasions you would like to see covered in “What Should I Wear…?!”.

Posted on on August 22, 2014 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , ,

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21 Responses to “What Should I Wear… as a Sorority Girl?!”

  1. 1
    August 22nd, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Wow! This is a SERIOUSLY great post, thank you! I’m not in college yet (so, so close though!) so I’m definitely going to save this post & come back to it next summer :)

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    August 22nd, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Great post with awesome outfits!!! One of Sigma Sigma Sigma’s symbols is the skull and crossbones too! :)

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    August 22nd, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    My school doesn’t even have sororities and these were still super fun to look at! :) Also, I agree with your stance on overalls: total closet staple.

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    August 22nd, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    I LOVE that this article included multicultural sororities!

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    August 22nd, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Hey! Thanks for answering my question! Love these, especially the first one! I didn’t think it was possible to be more excited about the opportunity than I already was, but now that I have outfit inspiration, I can’t wait for rush week to start! :)

  6. 6
    August 23rd, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Please include Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority next time, our colors are midnight green, pearl, onyx, and shimmering gold!

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    August 24th, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Hayley, love how you are planning/thinking ahead about everything collegiate, Greek life and outfits specifically here. I was the exact same way! Starting college (and even just getting excited about it in your future) is such an amazing feeling, and it is so great to totally embrace this special time in your life. I know you probably feel like you just can’t wait to move on in your higher education, but enjoy everyday (even if you have the worst case of senioritis ever) because it will be that time soon enough- trust me, dear!

    Keep us posted here at CF about how ALL of your plans progress and always feel you can turn to us for guidance, advice and especially inspiration! Besides…, you know we are going to be more useful to you than even Rate My Professor during those four year, am I right?!

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    August 24th, 2014 at 2:19 am

    Joanne, let me first just tell you that I have always loved your name! I am so happy that you thought the outfit sets were awesome, we aim to please here at CF and appreciate the feedback.

    Are you a Tri-Sig?!

    I didn’t even realize that was one of their symbols too, guess it goes with the “Faithful Unto Death” motto pretty well though….

    If you are a member, with that (still big with the celebrities those skull and crossbones), the rich royal purple and the always classic pearls, you would have no problem looking radiant in any of these outfits with those substitutions. Plus, you can probably pull off all the trends because I’d like to imagine that “Ever Forward” refers to fashion.

  9. 9
    August 24th, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Maya, let us start the revolution together!

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    August 24th, 2014 at 2:42 am

    Sara, I had to…you said the magic words: “What Should I Wear…?!”.

    Seriously though, I am glad you suggested this post because it was a great addition to the site and I am sure a lot of sorority girls needed this answered right now with the start of fall semester soon- and to serve as reference later even.

    Let me know what you decide to wear and how all your events go. We’re still so excited for you over here at CF, officer!

  11. 11
    August 24th, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Laura, I am having so many images and ideas come to mind already with those beautiful colors.

    I would love to do a continuation on this post, though I do not have one scheduled at this time. When and if that opportunity presents itself, Sigma Pi Alpha will definitely be included as you requested!

    If you asked “What Should I Wear…?!” though, regarding Greek letter organization activities or events that have not already been mentioned here, I would have to answer that…and soon…(hint, hint).

  12. 12
    August 24th, 2014 at 3:30 am

    Miriam, yes, every sorority was considered and chosen at random, but I am happy that the selection is such a diverse representation, too! In the end, it worked out perfectly.

    Let me know if you are in a Greek letter organization and if so, which one? Here at CF we are very interested in hearing about our readers (you know, their college lives) because it is important to know if a lot of our readers are sorority girls, that helps us better cater to your possible interests.

  13. 13
    August 24th, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Catherine, I am a sister of Sigma Omega Nu (Latina Interest Sorority).

  14. 14
    August 24th, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I am SO happy you included a range of multicultural and Divine Nine sororities as well as traditional Pan Hellenic ones. As a sister of Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc., another multicultural sorority, it makes me so happy to see our organizations getting recognition. Much love <3

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    August 26th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Miriam, good to know, thanks for sharing!

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    August 26th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Selin, I’m happy and proud of the diverse representation as well. Every Greek letter organization, especially when considering all you do with philanthropy, deserves proper recognition!

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    August 26th, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    i didn’t pledge in college but seeing all the different sororities (most of which i’m familiar with) and multicultural sororities included – this is a great post with great outfits!!!

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    August 27th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Jenny, I’m glad that you liked the outfits because even if you didn’t pledge or anything, these are still very on trend and practical for similar- though not related to Greek life- events!

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    August 27th, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    As a student at an HBCU with the divine 9 sorority and frats active. I WOULD NOT ADVISE any girl who is going for any of the divine 9 branches (DST,Zeta,AKA, SGro..ect) to dress in the colors of the organization you are interested in.. It is deemed disrespectful. From my experience basic colors that dont consist of the organization or conflicting one would be best especially if you are expressing interest. This would be mostly for the African American Sororities…this is advice i was given from other sorors and it was the best advice because unfortunately alot of petty penalties can go down…and color is one

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    August 28th, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Sha’mia, that is really great advice for girls that are pledging and I have heard similar advice. Yes, it would be pretentious to dress in the sorority’s colors, especially before even getting a bid! However, this article is specifically for girls that are already active sorority members, though we do have other articles that discuss those rushing. Still though, thanks for sharing that for the other girls who are still only hopeful sisters to read!

    Which of those sororities are you a member of, any of those already mentioned in the article?!

  21. 21
    October 5th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    @catherine…oh ok cool I had no idea my bad…I thought it was a rush article..I feel you now! However during my rushing and interview process the organization I interviewed for was put on probation…my school has a serious anti hazing policy.. So needless to say I’m considering grad chapters

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