In August 2021, Bama Rush took over the TikTok For You page with OOTD Videos, urgent bag shoppingand Bid Day reveals. #Rushtok itself has garnered over 282 million views, and #Bamarush alone has over 691 million views. This week is round two of the #bamarush frenzy as Alabama and other schools begin their recruiting process for this year.
The star of sorority recruiting is fashion. Of favorite day dresses at round sorority outfits, there’s plenty to shop and plan for as the busy week approaches. However, the last day of recruitment, and arguably the most memorable, is application day. Before heading home to your sorority and sharing the excitement with your new sisters, you must attend the offer reveal where you receive an invitation to a sorority house, which obviously deserves an outfit suitable for the occasion. .
The key to auction day outfits is to look cute yet comfortable.
Auction day is full of running, sitting in the heat and excitement. It’s a long day that wraps up an exciting week, so you should opt for something you can wear all day and pair with the shirt your new sorority gets you. Here are six auction day outfit ideas that are both cute and casual — because you’ve got a long day of partying ahead of you.
- athletic dress
On auction day, you want something casual and comfortable, especially if you’re going to school in the South where the humidity is almost unbearable. If you don’t want to wear a typical athletic outfit or denim shorts, opt for an athletic dress. They’re adorable and look like a real dress, but are made with breathable material for the hot, long day ahead.
This athletic dress from Halara is white, so you can put any shirt your sorority gives you over it. It also comes with built-in shorts with pockets so you can hold your phone or keys and don’t have to worry about your wardrobe malfunctioning while you’re running home. If you want color, try a dress like this one from Dillard who is always sporty and fun.
- Tank top and running shorts
Lululemon Align tanks have taken over Auction Day OOTD last year because of their support, versatility and adorable colors – I’m sure this year will be no exception. However, with all the expenses you will have during your time as a member of a sorority, Lululemon might be a little out of reach for your budget. Fortunately, Amazon has your back with a tricked for only $22. This long sports bra is lightweight, sweat-wicking and cute. You can have fun with the color as the tank will only be visible when revealed. Pair this tank top with running shorts, like these from Aerie, to create an easy, comfortable and casual outfit.
- Crop top and athletic skirt
An athletic skirt is a perfect addition to spice up your candidacy day outfit. Be sure to opt for a neutral color so it can be paired with the top your sorority is giving you. This ivory tennis skirt from Pacsun is comfortable, with an elastic waistband and built-in shorts. If you don’t want the typical tennis skirt silhouette, try this tie front mini skirt from Forever 21. Pair the skirt with a crop top or tank top to complete the look. Since you’re wearing a neutral skirt, you can play around with the pattern or color of the top.
- Matching set
Matching sets look cohesive and are easy to plan among all your other high-tech outfits. Since matching sets are monochromatic, they can easily be accessorized, whether with jackets, shoes or jewelry. Amazon has a surplus of matching sets with varying styles. You can have a one shoulder training set in beige, a seamless tank top and shorts setor one casual crop top and shorts set. The reality is that application day comes after a long week of many hours and hard work. It’s your birthday, so make it easy by planning a simple and comfortable outfit.
- Tank top and denim shorts
If you’re not the sporty style, denim shorts are just as good and are the most versatile piece of them all. Denim shorts can be paired with almost any type of top and color, which means they’ll look great with your sorority shirt. However, make sure they are not too tight or too short to be comfortable in the heat.
These slightly faded shorts by Cotton On are the perfect wash to pair with any top, or opt for these cuffed shorts from Dillard that are comfortable and cute. This seamless mesh bra top where royal blue tank top from Urban Outfitters is a great addition to add a pop of color and create a simple yet adorable look.
- One-piece jumpsuit
Similar to a matching set, a one-piece sports suit is easy to plan and pack. This peach seamless active romper of Forever 21 is easy, comfortable, light and versatile. Plus, peach is an effortless color transition from summer to fall. Jumpsuits also make the perfect layering piece. You can pair it with a linen button-down shirt or a zipped jacket. And when it comes to donning your candidacy day shirt, the bottom half of the suit doubles as biker shorts.
Keep accessories minimalist and neutral.
You want your outfit to be the center of attention, especially when you get your auction day shirt. That said, go for minimalist and neutral accessories that can be paired with any outfit. Last year, Kendra Scott took over the OOTD videos as the perfect complement to Bama Rush’s stunning outfits. Last year’s rush accessories were often seen as “usual,” which meant they were minimal compared to the eye-catching looks of the week. We’re keeping the trend going this year, which will also make your planning for peak week easier if you have accessories that can go with multiple looks. If you don’t know where to start, here are some suggestions.
- Delicate jewelry set
Delicate jewelry is just the right amount of accessory and doesn’t overpower a look. This gold jewelry set from Amazon can be paired with philanthropic dresses, casual candid day outfits, fraternity looks, and more. It’s simple and versatile yet stylish and cute.
- Simple white sneakers
When it comes to choosing shoes for your auction day outfits, be sure to choose something comfortable and neutral. These Reebok white sneakers are a departure from the typical Nike Air Forces. They’re comfy and casual, but elevate your look with a mini platform sole. Dillard’s also has some great options for white sneakers, like those shots of Steve Madden.
- Sun glasses
The sun can get annoying, especially if your auction day reveal is outside. Therefore, it is important to be comfortable in the sun with sunglasses, and they can be part of your look. These lavender sunglasses by Lulus are a subtle pop of color with a chic silhouette. They are small enough to fit in your pocket or shopping bag. Remember: Auction day outfits and accessories are all about versatility and comfort, and these sunglasses are just that and add the icing on the cake to your outfit.