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What to Wear On a Rush Date

Here at Wake, Greek life lends many opportunities to its members, including participating in philanthropy events, alumni networks, and most importantly, gaining lifelong friendships. For many first-year students, the idea of spring recruitment can be intimidating.  However, one of the biggest benefits of waiting until second semester for rush is having an entire semester to learn more about each organization and meet older girls. One of the best ways to do this is on a rush date.

Whether you meet a sorority girl in class, know someone from home, or get set up with your friend’s cousin’s girlfriend (this actually happened to me), it is likely that you will be asked on a rush date at some point over the semester. Because the recruitment process allows little time to truly get to know each potential new member, current members of sororities are eager to take the time to get to know as many collegiettes as they can. Finding the perfect outfit to make a good first impression can be tricky, so here are a few tips from Her Campus!

1. To the Pit

As much as we would all love to go off campus for every meal, sometimes good, old-fashioned Pit food is the easiest option. If your rush date is taking place at the Pit, don’t worry too much about your outfit — most likely your date will be in an oversized t-shirt and leggings (guilty). While this might not be your best outfit idea, do keep it simple: shorts or jeans, cute sandals and a cute tank top or t-shirt are all you need! A fun piece of jewelry can add extra flair without looking overdone; being yourself is the most important thing, and if you are overdressed you will likely feel uncomfortable and not be able to focus on getting to know the girls you are with. As the weather gets colder, jeans, leggings, boots and sweaters will soon be the easiest outfit go-to, so throw on your favorite chunky sweater and riding boots and you’re ready to go!

2. Off Campus

If you are lucky enough to go to a restaurant off campus, this is your time to put a little extra effort into your outfit. While jeans and a cute top are always still an option, a pretty sundress will show that you are excited to be there and want to put your best foot forward. However, keep in mind your location: if you are going to Brynn’s for frozen yogurt, you might want to stick to a more casual outfit, but if you are going to a nicer restaurant, like River Birch Lodge, a dress and sandals or boots are the perfect combo. Make sure to let your personal style show. Clothes are always an easy conversation topic, so let your outfit speak for itself.

3. To Starbucks

Sometimes the best way to accommodate everyone’s schedules is to just sit and have a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Don’t worry if you’re coming from the gym or simply didn’t have time to put together an outfit. Everyone knows that sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day and spending hours in the ZSR is always better in sweats. Throw on a pair of leggings, fleece and sneakers, and you will look comfortable without looking sloppy or like you are trying too hard. Take a look at one of my favorite blogger’s, Jessica Sturdy of Bows and Sequins, outfit: her put together workout gear is perfect for a Starbucks date!

Wherever you go, remember your outfit is not the most important thing, but looking stylish always makes a good impression! Be yourself and have fun; this is your time to find where you fit in and get to know girls from as many different organizations as you can! 

Hey collegiettes! I'm Arianna and I am a freshman at Wake Forest University. I love all things preppy, but also like to incorporate trends into my wardrobe. I plan to major in communications and possibly minor in French. I can't wait to begin my Her Campus career and hope you enjoy my blog posts!
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