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KillarneyRose 09-09-2011 11:50 AM

Initiation Clothing
 
Disclaimer: I am not asking anyone to tell their organization's secrets. The answer to my question is one that could be answered by a non-initiated member. :)

When your organization told you to show up for initiation, what were you told to wear? What made me think of this question is a post AUAZD2001 made in the Polyvore Meets Panhellenic thread where she showed a (really snazzy) sample initiation outfit complete with accessories and makeup. My first thought was, "Other people are allowed to wear makeup for initiation???"

We were told to wear all white. This included the soles of our shoes and any stitching or buttons! No level of formality was stipulated; dress, skirt, pants, whatever...just so it was all white. Our faces were to be free of makeup and no jewelry was allowed except for engagement rings and wedding rings.

Anyone else?

sweetmagnolia 09-09-2011 12:03 PM

We were told white, dress or skirt- no pants. Jewelry should be limited to simple earrings if you must, and no makeup or nailpolish. Embellishments, embroidery, buttons and... everything had to be stark white as well. We were not as strict with shoes, though. We were told white, and if they were flat sandals, a wood/leather sole was acceptable as long as it was a neutral color.

I think we tried to be relaxed because we also initiate people in seasons where procuring stark whites is near impossible, and sometimes we don't give them a whole lot of warning for when they need to have them by :-/

DeltaBetaBaby 09-09-2011 12:14 PM

We generally didn't bother with shoes, until a CC happened to be there for initiation, found out, and freaked out about it. Then everyone went to payless and bought crappy pairs of shoes, and it was, in my opinion, much worse than just going barefoot.

lovespink88 09-09-2011 12:20 PM

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Originally Posted by sweetmagnolia (Post 2089605)
I think we tried to be relaxed because we also initiate people in seasons where procuring stark whites is near impossible, and sometimes we don't give them a whole lot of warning for when they need to have them by :-/

I think we're a tad bit lenient for this reason as well.

We were told to wear white and nice white shoes; no flip flops allowed, they had to be dressy. I think almost everyone wore a dress or skirt, although you could wear pants or capris. There was a girl who always showed up in a cream colored dress and it annoyed the crap out of me (I can be a tad bit anal, lol) I guess they let it slide though?

We were allowed to wear make up and jewelery, but if I remember correctly, we were told to keep it toned down and natural.

FSUZeta 09-09-2011 01:29 PM

no makeup or jewelry(except for our badge), pure white dress(not off white, cream, ecru, etc.), white shoes, white underwear. any embellishment on the dress had to be white. had to be a dress or a skirt and blouse.

PhoenixAzul 09-09-2011 01:33 PM

Again, us locals do things a bit different.

As a pledge, we were just told to dress "as befits the occasion", which we all kind of interpreted as dress clothes. I wore a pair of (ugly and probably ill fitting) trousers and a button down shirt. Looking back on it I wish I would have dressed up.

As an active, it was dressing in our colors. I always had a dress/shirt combo but found a perfect dress in the last few months of my senior year that I wore to my alumni initiation.

aephi alum 09-09-2011 02:11 PM

When I was initiated into my local, our initiation was a surprise. We were called to a meeting where we were told that our initiation would be taking place that night. We were to wear "all white (or as close as possible)", and told to go to our dorms and change and meet at X location at Y time. Nothing was said about makeup and jewelry, but it went without saying that we had to wear our pledge rings.

When I was initiated into AEPhi, we were told to wear white. A dress, a skirt and blouse, or pants and a blouse were all acceptable. Shoes had to be white. Makeup and jewelry were acceptable as long as it wasn't over the top.

33girl 09-09-2011 02:34 PM

We were told all white but pants were OK, until my senior year I think. I don't think any of us would have even thought of wearing open toed shoes, or going w/out pantyhose if we were in a skirt, since most of the time the weather we were wearing the whites in was rainy or snowy and we had to walk to where initiation was being held (i.e. in a classroom). Makeup and jewelry were fine, I can't remember anyone ever saying anything about someone wearing too much makeup. Then again we would't have been the chapter on campus w/ that problem. LOL

honeychile 09-09-2011 02:44 PM

Learn something new every day! We are provided with our ritual apparel by our chapter. Everything is taken care of "in house".

jenidallas 09-09-2011 02:52 PM

We were told "all white" and attire that would be "badge appropriate" (which we had already covered in our pledge training) and that the "all white included shoes and underwear" and to bring a pair of white socks. No jewelry or makeup.

These days I have a "ritual" section in my closet that has a white dress, white skirt, two white tops (one short sleeved, one long sleeved), and a white cardigan. That stuff is only for ritual stuff. I actually do not own white shoes other than a pair of sandals so I'm usually quick to slip my shoes off and wear socks. ;-)

33girl 09-09-2011 03:04 PM

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Originally Posted by honeychile (Post 2089661)
Learn something new every day! We are provided with our ritual apparel by our chapter. Everything is taken care of "in house".

I wish all groups would do this. It would be a heck of a lot easier.

honeychile 09-09-2011 03:09 PM

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Originally Posted by 33girl (Post 2089670)
I wish all groups would do this. It would be a heck of a lot easier.

Probably - but you have to arrive more than 2 hours before!

DubaiSis 09-09-2011 03:21 PM

I participated in an installation and we were told to wear white. This was very different than what we wore back in my collegiate days, probably similar to what honeychile is describing. I must say I don't know if policy changed, the fact that my chapter is very old (100 years old next year!) and we wore original initiation garb, or if installations are different than regular initiations. Besides, our initiations were done in the middle of the night with about 82 things that are now considered hazing, so I know at least part of it has changed.

Too bad we can't share stories - I've got one or two funny ones!

WhiteDaisy128 09-09-2011 04:09 PM

We are also provided with everything we need, though color of undergarments is suggested.

LouisaMay 09-09-2011 06:15 PM

In coaching the new members now, we tell them no jewelry that makes too much noise or could be otherwise distracting. The notion of noisy jewelry always makes me giggle.


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