I talked about it a little bit in this post, but it burns me up when bloggers perpetuate the stereotype that you have to have a closet full of Lilly Pulitzer, a stack of Yurmans on your wrist, and a designer handbag. So I've compiled some outfit ideas to help you out a little bit, and I vow to keep the majority of the pieces under $100!
My style is very preppy, and that is reflected in these outfits. If your style is a little more bohemian or high fashion or edgy, you can modify them to suit your personality! (If you need help or more suggestions, just shoot me an email - seersuckersass(at)gmail(dot)com!)
A friend of mine is going through recruitment at the University of Tennessee right now, and I was amazed to learn that there's a super casual round! This outfit is really similar to what she was wearing, and it worked for her, so I'm sharing it with you! My go to "super casual" weekend outfit is usually a sleeveless blouse, printed shorts, and my Jacks.
As for affordability, the shorts are on sale for $44. I have a pair and wear them allll of the time. The Jacks are also on sale. (In my opinion, Jacks are worth the splurge, because you can get so much wear out of them.) You can find great skinny belts, and pearl studs at Target much cheaper than the already affordable pieces that I linked.
And if Lilly isn't your style, I've linked to multiple pairs of printed shorts in the widget above, and they're all under $50 :)
I love this casual little black dress, and I especially love that it's less than $25!! (Dillard's seriously has affordable dresses for every occasion.) I couldn't resist throwing in a little tassel necklace, because y'all know how much I love tassels! Another look I love for a casual day is the paper bag skirt. They're super comfy, and if you pair it with a v-neck tee and sandals, you should be good to go!
At my university, recruitment has three rounds and the respective dress codes are casual, business casual, and dressy. This is what I would wear the night before preference. I think that blazers give this air of sophistication and professionalism, and I always throw one on when I'm trying to act like I have my life together. (Plus, they're great for chapter meetings, because ours were always freeeezzinngg cold!) If you can walk in heels, this is a good night to break out the heels. I don't feel too confident in heels, so I stick with flats.
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I have three pref night recommendations. 1.) Keep it simple! 2.) When choosing a dress, choose something that you would feel is appropriate to wear to a church or conservative event. This isn't the best time for mini-dresses and major cleavage. This also isn't the time for a prom dress. (I've seen it happen. It's not necessary, and it can't be comfortable.) 3.) Bring tissues. You might cry!
Three last tips to help make this a painless process:
1. Avoid wearing anything revealing or rubber flip-flips. Try to avoid revealing too much of the three B's - butt, belly, and boobs. My reasoning behind avoiding flip flops is that they're noisy, and you don't want to be clomping into a party.
2. Avoid spending a ton of money while shopping for recruitment pieces. Unless you have someone willing and able to foot the bill for a shopping spree, shop your closet!
3. Avoid wearing anything that makes you self conscious. If you're not comfortable with how you look in something, leave it at home! Choose pieces that make you happy and confident.
I hope y'all found these outfit inspiration images and tips to be helpful! If you need any help putting together a recruitment wardrobe, shoot me an email at seersuckersass(at)gmail(dot)com. I'll be glad to help you pick some pieces that fit your personality, occasion, and budget! (PS - This isn't a paid service or anything like that; I know how stressful recruitment can be, and I want to help eliminate stress!)
Do you have any tips for ladies going through recruitment? Or maybe you're on the other side of the fence and have questions as you prepare for recruitment? Feel free to leave questions and advice in the comments section!