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!



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  1. Cassie Arenz
    August 18, 2015 / 6:14 pm

    Great tips! I like the idea that not everything has to be designer! You can get something for a good price and still be stylish!CassieMy Pop of Color

  2. Jordyn Brown
    August 18, 2015 / 7:10 pm

    These are absolutely great tips! When I went through recruitment, I started shopping like…the year before! I wanted to do that so I could make sure to hit all the best sales and all of my outfits ended up being things I loved, didn't spend a ton of money on, and I've worn them countless times since then :)xoxo, SSThe Southern Stylista

  3. Breakfast at Lillys
    August 18, 2015 / 7:45 pm

    Great tips & amazing picks!I definitely shopped my closet when going through recruitment and still looked cute and put together — it's definitely possible.xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  4. A Peachy Sonder
    August 18, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    These are awesome suggestions, and I totally agree with your tips! I had no idea what I was doing when I went through recruitment and I'm sure it showed in my outfits. I didn't get anything new and managed to get into my first pick! I think it's more important to be who you are and not try to dress up/act a specific way!Wonderful post, as usual!xo.http://apeachysonder.blogspot.com

  5. Shane Prather
    August 18, 2015 / 11:10 pm

    I honestly never went through recruitment but any excuse for a new outfit!

  6. Fairy Princess Jord
    August 18, 2015 / 11:40 pm

    Wonderful outfit inspiration. I was SO clueless going through recruitment and looking back my outfits were SO cringe-worthy. I totally could have used your help girl (:

  7. Anonymous
    August 19, 2015 / 1:11 am

    These are all super cute! And definitely agree, none of it even has to be designer! You can thrift pieces for even cuter than designer pieces (hence my entire wardrobe, I now refuse to spend more than $25 on any one piece)Courtney// As We Stumble Along

  8. Tiffany Khyla
    August 19, 2015 / 1:48 am

    I love this because most things in my closet were from sales from stores like F21 and Charlotte Russe, are secondhand or are from stores like TJ Maxx and Ross. I'm always looking for a good sale. These are all such cute, affordable looks. I love the pink Darling dress!

  9. Lauren Ashley
    August 19, 2015 / 3:50 am

    Love your pick for pref night! So so pretty. That dress is seriously beyond perfect! LaurenThe Fashionista's Diary

  10. Annaliese
    August 19, 2015 / 3:53 am

    Love this post!! It totally took me back to two years ago when I was going through recruitment! My school didn't have a super casual round, but I think that's an interesting idea!xoxo Awww.southernbelleintraining.com

  11. Ashley
    August 19, 2015 / 5:04 am

    Such cute picks!! I am loving that gorgeous pink dress!xo Ashley

  12. Alex
    August 19, 2015 / 11:34 am

    A LBD and classic white top are an asset to any wardrobe because as a broke college student you can mix and match them so many ways.-Alexwww.monstermisa.blogspot.com

  13. Jasmine Watts
    August 19, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    These are really great tips and amazing pics! All are super cute!!

  14. Danielle Randall
    August 19, 2015 / 1:25 pm

    I Love this!!! I will be going through formal recruitment and that is one of the things some girls struggle with and complain about. Unfortunately, for some of us the outfits are already picked and included in our fees. The only thing I have to buy is a black pair of athletic shorts. I would invest in some of these items just to have. xoxo Daniwww.glamrme.com

  15. Tiffani
    August 19, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    Those tips are great for life in general! Your wardrobe choices are great for every type of girl!

  16. Allison
    August 19, 2015 / 3:22 pm

    Great tips! I love my jacks that I got over a year and half ago!

  17. Ashley @ Lilly & Lemons
    August 19, 2015 / 3:48 pm

    You chose great outfits and gave great tips! You're so right about the Jacks — I have three different pairs now and LOVE them!

  18. Savannah Ward
    August 19, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    Great tips, and thanks so much for picking budget-friendly pieces! Savannah from http://thealwaysblog.com

  19. Alexis Reliford
    August 19, 2015 / 6:08 pm

    Great tips! I love that you found gorgeous pieces that fit a wide variety of budgets.

  20. Nicole
    August 19, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    I love all of these and they are PERF for Recruitment!! I love the pref night ones! Nicole // Chronicling Home

  21. Lauren Scorzafava
    August 19, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    I love all of these!xxLauren Elizabeth Petite in Pearls

  22. Carley
    August 20, 2015 / 1:59 am

    This is so similar to what I wore during recruitment! These are great outfits!Carley @ preppylane.blogspot.com

  23. Alicia
    August 20, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    Flats were so essential for me during recruitment (except for pref, of course!) These outfits are adorable!xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

  24. Chaicy Style A Pastiche
    August 22, 2015 / 9:00 am

    Those are some lovely yet affordable picks, I love that lace dressStyle..A Pastiche! – New Post – Yoga

  25. Anonymous
    August 23, 2015 / 11:31 am

    Lovely picks! I always prefer to have basic essentials which I can spruce up or down with accessories for different occasions :)Pop over to my blogSarahhttps://everydayconcepts.wordpress.com

  26. Kelly
    August 24, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    You can never go wrong with Jack Rogers and I love that hot pink blazer!xx Kelly Sparkles and Shoes