Heading to Ole Miss this fall? Considering participating in sorority recruitment? You’re in the right place.

Look no further – we’ve curated a day by day “what to wear” recruitment outfit guide that’s relevant for all you 2019 rushees and specific to Ole Miss, based on feedback from current, active Ole Miss sorority members.

Without further ado, let’s get to it!

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2019 Ole Miss Sorority Recruitment Outfit Guide

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Go Greek Round at Ole Miss, Fall 2015. Photos courtesy of a current Ole Miss Delta Gamma.

Round 1 – Greek Day

On Ole Miss’s Greek Day, potential new members (PNMs) will visit all 11 sororities.

What to wear: Panhellenic will provide you with a recruitment t-shirt (that you’re not allowed to alter). The 2018 shirts were white, but the color is subject to change. Most girls bring a couple of options to choose from, opting to pair it with classic, colorful Lilly shorts, denim skirt/shorts, or Lululemon shorts.

There is a quite a bit of walking and standing during this round, so be sure to bring comfortable footwear: APL or Nike running shoes are popular choices for girls that prefer running shoes. If you’re leaning towards sandals, lots of ladies pick Tory Burch flats – specifically, the Miller and Emmy sandals.

Don’t forget to add some jewelry. You can’t go wrong with pearl earrings, simple studs, or nice bracelets and a ring.

Ole Miss sorority girls during recruitment

Two Ole Miss rushees, dressed and ready for Philanthropy Day 1

Round 2 – Philanthropy (This round takes TWO days.)

Ladies will visit a max of 8 different sororities over the course of the two Philanthropy Days that make up this round.

What to wear: for Philanthropy Round, Panhellenic will give you another PNM t-shirt. 2018’s t-shift was white as well.  Philanthropy round involves the same attire as Greek Day, but since there are fewer houses, most ladies who wore running shoes the first day will slip on sandals.

Bring some fabric spray – two days means you’ll be re-wearing your Panhellenic-gifted t-shirt the second day too. Even better – if you can, give it a quick wash and iron it so it’s at its best for the next day.

If it’s wet and rainy, rushees will typically break out rain boots. Hunter rain boots are super popular right now – and a LOT of Nordstrom Rack’s have them listed for about 40% this winter. If you plan to snag some, check there first!

***Few days of break until you’re back at recruitment for Sisterhood Day.***

Round 3 – Sisterhood Day (There are two days of sisterhood round as well.)

You’ll visit a maximum of 5 sororities during Sisterhood Round.

What to wear: Recommended attire is a bright, colorful dress. Avoid thinner fabrics (they only highlight wrinkles and sweat) and opt for bright, fun colors. Here are some examples:


Photo credits (from left to right) Lilly Pulitzer, Lilly Pulitzer, Lulu’s, and Lilly again

(Note: it doesn’t have to be expensive or name brand – it could be a super cute dress you found elsewhere.  When picking a dress, prioritize high quality, well-made pieces that fit your body type and flatter your figure over brand names for the sakes of brand names.) P.S. the adorable white shift dress from Lulu’s pictured above is on sale here for only $52 right now.

Ladies plan out two dresses for Sisterhood round. Yes, you go to different parties at different chapters, but the other rushees will definitely see you both days in a row.

For footwear, most ladies choose neutral or metallic wedges or flats for these two days. Jewelry-wise, ladies will dress it up a little more here and add in some statement earrings (like Kendra Scott), some bracelets, and/or a pearl necklace.

Round 4 – Preference

During Preference Round, ladies will visit a maximum of 2 sororities.

What to wear: Preference is a more serious round, and ladies switch out the sundresses for cocktail dresses. The recruitment guide suggests a cocktail dress and comfortable shoes, but if I were to recommend a specific type – I’d go with a black, navy, or neutral colored dress.

Our recommendation? A black cocktail dress with black heels or black wedges and nicer jewelry. You’ll see a lot of David Yurman cable bracelets and classic pearl necklaces throughout the week, especially tonight.

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A Delta Gamma runs towards her new sorority sisters on Bid Day at Ole Miss.

Bid Day

You made it! Today’s the day you find out which sorority’s sisterhood you get to be a part of for the next 4 years. On bid day, Ole Miss Rushees will meet their recruitment counselors at the Grove where they’ll receive their bid cards. Ladies will rush to their new sororities, where they finally get to meet all their new sisters.

You’ll take a bunch of photos with your new pledge class (the PC term is new member class), and there will be a bunch of fun sisterhood events scheduled. New members receive their letters (aka matching sorority t-shirts) when they arrive at their sorority.

What to wear: On Bid Day we recommend wearing neutral colored shorts (like white, denim) that pair well with a t-shirt.  Some ladies will also be wearing jeans or Nike / Lululemon shorts. Tank tops are easy because you can put your new sorority letters shirt on right over them.

Want to see a little preview of Bid Day? Watch the video below, courtesy of Ole Miss’s Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority!

We hope you found our Ole Miss sorority recruitment outfit guide helpful. Planning out your outfits and shopping for recruitment is definitely one of the most fun parts of getting ready for rush.  We hope this clarified a lot of questions regarding both the schedule of recruitment events and corresponding outfits. Happy shopping!

Are you planning to join a sorority this next year? Helping your daughter research the sorority recruitment process? Check out these helpful links:

Read this article if you’re a mom planning to help your daughter get ready for sorority recruitment.

Read Legacy Status: Does it Help or Hurt Going Through Sorority Recruitment? if you’re a legacy planning to participate in recruitment this fall.

Read this page if you’re a PNM (aka an incoming rushee) who’s on the hunt for helpful recruitment tips and sorority-related resources.