Day 1: Open House
The first day of Rush is the most casual. Some girls wear casual sundresses, but most show up in a cute pair of shorts. The pair I'm wearing are the shortest length I would wear, as modesty is important in rush. I paired the shorts with a basic top, sandals, and pearls.
Some of My Favorite Shorts:
Day 2: Philanthropy/Skit
What happens on Day 2 (and possibly Day 3 and Day 4) depends on your school. At my school, sororities talk about their philanthropies on this day. Clothes become slightly more dressy, and I opted for a patterned skirt and basic shirt, so that my outfits had a lot of variety, leaving a dress for Day 3. I stuck with sandals again on for Philanthropy Day, after watching a lot of girls struggle with walking in heels throughout the first day. Let me warn you: there's a lot of fast-paced walking. It's called rush for a reason, and house parties are timed to the minute, so being comfortable in you shoes is important!
Some of My Favorite Skirts:
Day 3: Preference Night
This is definitely the fanciest night of rush. Every girl is in a dress, and almost every girl is wearing heels. I wore wedges, but kept the same sandals from the previous two days in my bag. Chattanooga is an old city, and the sidewalks are often unstable, and I wasn't feeling like a twisted ankle. I walked in the sandals and threw my wedges on right before I walked into the houses.
Some of My Favorite Dresses:
What I Kept in My Bag:
You aren't allowed to bring your bag into the houses with you. We left our right outside the houses, on the sidewalks, so make sure you're carrying one you don't mind setting on the ground. I definitely encourage bringing a bag though! I carried a large bag with me for a reason. In my bag, I carried:
A Water Bottle:
The houses will offer you something to drink every day, but it's often small, and there were girls who were over-heating.
Like I said, I was sweating a lot! I carried deodorant and shamelessly re-applied it a couple of times throughout the days.
I'm not saying to douse yourself in perfume in between every house, but if you want to spritz on what you sweated off every now an then, it's not the worst thing in the world!
This is so important. You will often times be standing six inches from a girl talking about your high school activities, major, what dorm you're staying in, and so on. Our Pi Chi's (Disaffiliated sorority members) had mints for us as well.
Tide to Go:
I'm overly-cautious and carry this with me everywhere, just in case.
Going back to the sweating-a-lot thing.
Sandals for Pref Night
Don't forget to have fun during Rush and be yourself! A lot of girls don't enjoy themselves during rush because they're so stressed they won't get into the house they want. Sororities will see how awesome you are if you don't stress too much about it, and you will definitely find your home away from home!
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