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Getting Recruitment Ready for Skit & Pref Rounds

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Emory chapter.

The second weekend of recruitment is upon us! Last weekend, the outfits were pretty straightforward: you wore the standard Recruitment 2016 tee on Saturday for Values Round, and you got to express your ~personality~ in your chicest casual outfit on Sunday for Philanthropy Round. This weekend though, the outfits are a little more difficult to plan for. We’re here to make sure you’re looking your best for Skit and Pref Nights.

Friday: Skit Night

Dress: Business Casual

When I saw this dress code as a freshman, my first reaction was, “huh?” Far from the working world, I really didn’t have many business casual options. Besides, the term is so vague—does it mean dark jeans and a nice top? Or should you go more on the dressier side of business casual? It’s important to keep in mind that you’ll be sitting on the floor. You’re going to want to pay attention to the skits and the conversations you’re having, rather than thinking about how you can cross your legs on the floor without flashing your underwear to everyone. That brings me to my first piece of advice: wear something that you will be comfortable in when sitting on the floor. This could mean wearing black pants and a blouse, dressier leggings and a longer top, or a comfortable skirt or dress than you can dress down—whatever it is, just make sure it allows you to move and (if it’s a skirt/dress) that it’s long enough that you won’t be tugging on it all night. Since it’s expected to be cold this weekend, you’ll also want to be prepared for the weather. Even though you’ll leave your heavier coat outside, a cute blazer or sweater to cover your shoulders and arms can really be key during that freezing walk from your line up to the door of the lodge. Lastly, remember to accessorize! Even though business casual more difficult to dress for than simply casual dress, you can still showcase your personal style with a cute necklace, rings, or earrings. Besides, cute accessories can also be a great conversation starter—especially if there happens to be a story behind them.

Here are a few ideas for Skit Night outfits:

Saturday: Pref Night

Dress: Formal

Pref Night is often when PNMs are most anxious. It’s the last night of recruitment, and your last chance to make a good impression—you just desperately want to join the sorority that you believe is the best fit for you. Like Skit Night, the key for this round is to be comfortable. This means making sure that you can walk in your heels without falling over, your dress is long enough that you won’t pull it down all night, and it’s not so tight that you’re afraid to unclench your stomach muscles at any moment. Many PNMs choose to wear a cute cocktail dress that would be appropriate for a nice dinner out with their parents. To keep warm, it could also help to wear warm tights with your dress. Of course, this dress code is more straightforward than Skit Night’s ‘business casual’ dress, so just relax and wear your cutest (yet most comfortable) formal dress and some simple jewelry. It’ll be a long night, but it’s worth it in the end!

Here are some ideas for Pref Night dress inspiration:

With all of this said, enjoy your last weekend of recruitment! The most important thing is to relax and be comfortable—these women want to get to know the real you! It’s only natural to feel a little nervous or anxious, but if you’re able to dress in a way that expresses your style and makes you feel most comfortable, then you’re already one step closer to finding the sisterhood that’s right for you.