What to Wear During Rush Week

Elizabeth McCumber ’13, Social Coordinator of Greek Council and a fellow Zeta, and Alex Kruse ’15, recently declared MLL Major (Congratulate her!) and another fellow Zeta, remind you to bundle up in style! Peacoats are indeed a gal’s BFF!

Elizabeth McCumber ’13, Social Coordinator of Greek Council and a fellow Zeta, and Alex Kruse ’15, recently declared MLL Major (Congratulate her!) and another fellow Zeta, remind you to bundle up in style! Peacoats are indeed a gal’s BFF!

Greetings from the Greek Council Office! Here at Kenyon, I wear multiple hats, especially when Gambier decides to reach temperatures typically found in the Arctic Tundra (Bundle up and use some hand cream like my girl Leslie Martin ’14 told you!). While I am a Fashion Contributor for The Thrill, I am also Vice President of External Affairs on Greek Council (Like GC on Facebook!). What does that mean, you ask? Well, folks, it’s a fancy way of saying I coordinate Rush Week for various Greek organizations, i.e. fraternities, sororities, societies, etc… which starts this week!

Read on for a guide to rush-week fashion after the jump!

As a sorority woman, planning multiple outfits to span the course of Rush Week can be daunting. Believe me, it is just as frustrating to find an outfit that is not only appropriate for the classroom and a Rush Event (I’m not trying to complicate my life with multiple outfit changes- nah, that ain’t me) but also on trend and most importantly, warm. On the topic of “What to Wear During Rush Week,” I chose to consult one of my favorite Theta Ladies/Human Beings, Meredith Bentsen ’15. As a goalie for the Kenyon Women’s Lacrosse Team and Sophomore Class President, Meredith understands the importance of a first impression and functional clothing. She’s one busy Lady, so her outfits have to be appropriate and on-trend. Here are some of Meredith’s “Words of Wisdom” :

“Last year when I was rushing sororities, the number one thing that made me nervous was what I was going to wear. Finding the right group of girls happens when you show who you are, and your outfits should be a reflection of that.

From the first night onward, you ladies will be meeting members of all four sororities. Be casual but memorable from the by wearing a bright scarf or fun earrings. Also, you’ll be standing and walking around during various events, so you should wear shoes that are both cute and comfortable.

Chain link bracelets (the one pictured is J.Crew) and a wool critter scarf such as this Elephant Scarf from Sophia Costas are not only eye-catching but can also be paired with a variety of outfits.

Chain link bracelets (the one pictured is J.Crew) and a wool critter scarf such as this Elephant Scarf from Sophia Costas are not only eye-catching but can also be paired with a variety of outfits.

Cowboy boots are a great conversation starter and add a more a casual, albeit colorful element to a dress or sweater-Leggings combo!

Cowboy boots are a great conversation starter and add a more a casual, albeit colorful element to a dress or sweater-leggings combo!

This year, the sororities are doing everything from going to a trampoline park to bowling and Chipotle. There is no dress code for any of the sororities’ events, but wearing a good-looking and put-together outfit shows the sisters that you are excited to be at their event and respect the group they are encouraging you to join. Grab a pair of jeans or corduroys, slip on some boots, and pull on a cute sweater on top.

Elizabeth is wearing a Kenyon Classic- Sweater, Leggings, and Riding Boot Combo but she spices it up with a fabulous Statement Necklace and on trend Ballerina Bun! Alex belted a sweet, sparkly Sweater Dress pairing it with simple, elegant jewelry, riding boots, and the most important winter essential, tights.

Elizabeth is wearing a Kenyon Classic- Sweater, Leggings, and Riding Boot Combo but she spices it up with a fabulous Statement Necklace and on trend Ballerina Bun! Alex belted a sweet, sparkly Sweater Dress pairing it with simple, elegant jewelry, riding boots, and the most important winter essential, tights.

The last night of each sorority’s rush week is an invite-only formal dinner. While the word “formal” often worries people, it is important that you take it to heart. Last year, the formal dinner was my favorite part of rush. It is the time to make a last impression and eat good food in fun outfits. It’s cold, wear tights and a dress or skirt you wouldn’t mind a professor or your grandma seeing you in. While what you are wearing is often the last thing on sisters’ minds, your outfit can make you both memorable and confident. Last year I met some of my best friends while rushing. This process is supposed to be FUN. Relax, have a blast, and I’ll see ya there!”

Should you have any questions, concerns, or just want to spontaneously GChat with me, contact greekcouncil@kenyon.edu. Can’t wait to see y’all out and about this week!

19 responses

  1. Even for those who aren’t interested in Greek life, this post still offers good advice about appropriate clothing in a more formal or business casual setting. People need to take a step back and not be so hasty to judge and be rude. Hiding your nastiness behind online anonymity must be really satisfying, huh?

  2. It’s easy to be critical of another’s written work. It’s even easier to do so with the security of anonymity. Virginia has published her thoughts online for her peers to read, and in your case, attack. I challenge you to do something equally courageous.

      • Instead of attacking others and putting down someone’s thoughts and opinions (in this instance, Virginia’s) please remember you are a student at Kenyon, a place that is supposed to be welcoming, friendly, and open. Seeing as you’re a bit hostile and choose to hide behind the name “goddam independent” maybe the “equally courageous” thing you could do would to grow a pair and write your own article with your actual name revealed.

  3. Here is some better fashion advice for rush week:
    Wear whatever the hell you want to wear, if bitches judge you based solely on what you’re wearing you probably don’t want to be their friends anyways. I wore sweat pants 50% of the time while I was at Kenyon and my friends (and sisters) were cool with it.

  4. amen to the h8rs – this is absurd. the type of article that should be at a state school, not kenyon. it doesn’t matter what you wear, if these people are the type you want to be in a sorority with they won’t care how you look.

  5. Wait… does this apply only to zetas or will it satisfy other sororities as well? Sorry, I’m just really nervous about what I should wear to my rush events!

    Thx! <3

  6. this is pretty shallow. If a group of girls won’t accept me in my batman t-shirt and secondhand jeans I don’t want to be their sisters.

    • I have many questions about this article, but I think this sums it up:
      Isaiah 40:21 Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded?

  7. I have many queries about this article. I am having trouble articulating though, so maybe this will suffice:
    Isaiah 40:21 Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded?

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