Dress Check

Dear Sorority Girls Everywhere,

Remember how your Recruitment Chair would always circulate a list of outfit rules before each Rush period?  Remember how girls would still break the rules, and look ridiculous, and fall subject to scolding or–gasp!–sitting out a round or two until they get their act together?

Rush rules invariably included snarky gems reminding women to dress like adults.  At my chapter we were always told that everyone’s shoulders are too masculine for tanks; skirts are always more flattering than shorts; and you know there was always one who’d show up smelling like a bar if you didn’t insist she skip it that pre-rush night.

Don’t pretend you don’t default to “dress check” rules when in outfit doubt!

This is neither original nor unique, but check out this (nostalgia-inducing!) list of dress check rules from Cornell’s Pi Phi chapter.  Without further ado, from Fashionista, “no gross plastic shizzzz”:

On Clothes
– Denim leggings are appropriate as long as it’s done right: aka, not from American Apparel and worn with chic, cool, chunky boots over them and a longer top.
– No satin dresses. No one looks good in satin dresses unless it’s from Betsey Johnson or Dolce & Gabbana, you weigh less than 130 pounds, have three pairs of Spanx on and it’s New Years Eve.
– No Frumpy.
On Shoes
– Yes to nice flats: Tory Burch, etc. More evening-ish, understated, patent leather good. I’m thinking mid-height Mary Jane heels, or mid-height chunky Kate Spade.
– Booties ok if you can pull them off, aka probably not.

On Jewelry
– I expect everyone to be wearing accessories. This is an important part of every outfit and can make or break any ensemble.
– Bangles need to coordinate. I’m not saying you have to wear a Harry Winston wreath, but I am saying I won’t tolerate any gross plastic shizzzz. I love things on wrists and I demand earrings if your ears are pierced.

Full list attached under the jump.


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