The Ultimate Guide To Sorority Chapter Meeting Outfits

What do you wear to a sorority chapter meeting? If you’re staring at your closet struggling to figure out what to wear to chapter, then this guide was made just for you!

Sorority chapter meeting attire can be quite confusing as a new member and even as an initiated sister.

It’s truly a struggle trying to look cute while staying within attire guidelines.

But there’s also some days where you look in your closet and feel like you have absolutely nothing to wear to chapter. Been there, done that!

If you’re overwhelmed by all the outfit guidelines or are lacking fashion inspiration, this sorority chapter meeting outfit guide was designed with you in mind.

In this guide, we will talk about sorority chapter meeting attire guidelines and outfit ideas for each type of chapter meeting.

However, it is important for you to understand that the outfit guidelines I’ll be discussing today are from my personal experience being in a sorority for 3 years.

Your sorority chapter may have slightly different outfit guidelines, so please refer to your own chapter’s standing rules and bylaws for the best information for your own situation.

But without further-ado, let’s get started!

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Business or Formal Chapter Meeting attire

Business or Formal Chapter Meetings have the strictest and most conservative dress code out of all chapter meeting types. For Business Chapters you need to look professional, like if you were going to church on Easter Sunday or to a job interview.

What you can wear to Business Chapter

Tops

  • Nice blouses
  • Cardigans
  • Sweaters

Bottoms

  • Dresses*
  • Maxi dresses
  • Non-denim skirts
  • Dress pants
  • Jumpsuits**

Shoes

  • Heels or wedges***
  • Dressy flat
  • Ankle length boots
  • Knee high boots

* For any dresses you wear, make sure that they are finger tip length, full coverage in the bust area, and are either long sleeve or short sleeve. You may be able to get away with sleeveless, but it depends on your Standards Chairwoman and how strict she is.

** For jumpsuits, you can wear them as long as they are not low cut in the bust and have an appropriate sleeve length.

*** For heels or wedges, make sure they they have a back on them, even if it’s just a strap.

Examples of appropriate Business Chapter attire

This is appropriate for Business Chapter. Her dress is of appropriate length dress and she is wearing close toed ankle boots.

This outfit would be perfect for Formal Chapter. The top is full coverage, the skirt is of appropriate length, and she is wearing close toed ankle boots.

What you can’t wear to Business Chapter

Tops

  • Low cut tops
  • T-shirts
  • Crop tops
  • Sheer tops
  • Tube tops
  • Low back tops
  • Off-the-shoulder tops
  • One shoulder tops
  • Spaghetti strap tops
  • Denim jackets
  • Rain jackets

Bottoms

  • Any pants or bottoms with rips or holes
  • Leggings
  • Shorts
  • Super short dresses
  • Super short skirts
  • Spaghetti strap dresses
  • One shoulder dresses
  • Off-the-shoulder dresses
  • Low back or low cut dresses

Shoes

  • Sandals
  • Flip flops
  • Wedges or heels with an open back
  • Rain boots
  • Tennis shoes or sneakers

Accessories

  • Hats
  • Sunglasses

Examples of inappropriate Business Chapter attire

This outfit wouldn’t work for Formal Chapter because of the jeans. If you swapped out the jeans for a black skirt, you could make this outfit appropriate.

This outfit wouldn’t work for Formal Chapter because of the ripped jeans and tennis shoes. This whole outfit needs an overhaul to become appropriate for Business Chapter.

There’s definitely a lot you can’t wear to a Business or Formal Chapter meeting.

But remember that these are the most serious chapter meetings.

At these meetings you’ll likely have a ceremony, voting, or an important guest speaker coming to chapter, so it is important to look your best and represent your chapter well.

More Business Chapter outfit ideas

Business Casual Chapter Meeting attire

Semi-formal or Business Casual Chapter Meeting attire is similar to Formal Chapter, but you get to wear jeans or denim pants or skirts (with no holes).

However, you can always wear a dress or even wear the same type of outfits you would wear to Business Chapter Meetings.

What you can wear to Business Casual Chapter

Tops

  • Nice blouses
  • Cardigans
  • Sweaters

Bottoms

  • Dresses
  • Maxi dresses
  • Skirts*
  • Dress pants
  • Jumpsuits
  • Jeans*

Shoes

  • Heels or wedges
  • Dressy flats
  • Ankle length boots
  • Knee high boots

* You can wear jeans or denim pants or skirts as long as there are no holes or rips.

Examples of appropriate Semi-Formal Chapter attire

This adorable outfit would be perfect for Semi-Formal Chapter Meetings. The top is appropriate length, jeans are not ripped, and the accessories add a ton of personality to this simple outfit.

This chic outfit would be perfect for a Business Casual Chapter Meeting. The top is appropriate length and the jeans do not have any holes or tears in them.

What you can’t wear to Business Casual Chapter

Tops

  • Low cut tops
  • T-shirts
  • Crop tops
  • Sheer tops
  • Tube tops
  • Low back tops
  • Off-the-shoulder tops
  • One shoulder tops
  • Spaghetti strap tops
  • Rain jackets

Bottoms

  • Any pants or bottoms with rips or holes
  • Leggings
  • Shorts
  • Super short dresses
  • Super short skirts
  • Spaghetti strap dresses
  • Off-the-shoulder dresses
  • One shoulder dresses
  • Low back or low cut dresses

Shoes

  • Sandals
  • Flip flops
  • Wedges or heels with an open back
  • Rain boots
  • Tennis shoes or sneakers

Accessories

  • Hats
  • Sunglasses

Examples of inappropriate Semi-Formal Chapter attire

This outfit would not work for a Semi-Formal Chapter Meeting because of the tennis shoes. However, if you switched out the tennis shoes for wedges and threw on a cardigan or lightweight blazer, it would be a great outfit.

This outfit would be great for an Informal Chapter Meeting, but you can’t wear leggings to a Business Casual Chapter Meeting. If you switch it out for jeans, it could definitely work!

More Business Casual Chapter outfit ideas

Informal Chapter Meeting attire

We have saved the best chapter attire for last–Informal Chapter!

At Informal Chapter Meetings you can wear anything you want as long as it’s appropriate.

That means any of the don’ts you saw earlier under Formal and Semi-Formal Chapter Meetings are now do’s!

When I went to Informal Chapter Meetings, I would usually wear a pair of leggings, Nike shorts, and an oversized t-shirt. But feel free to wear whatever makes you comfy and confident–even if that’s Business or Semi-Business attire.

What you can and can’t wear to Informal Chapter

You can wear whatever your heart desires.

Leggings? Yes!

Shorts? Yes!

Ripped jeans? Yes!

Oversized hoodie? Of course!

But what you can’t wear are clothes that are of inappropriate length, so basically anything low cut, sheer, or would be mistaken for lingerie, and anything that has profanity or offensive language/imagery.

Informal Chapter outfit ideas

Concluding thoughts on sorority chapter meeting attire

Learning your sorority chapter’s outfit guidelines can be quite a learning curve especially as a new member. But it’s all part of the new member learning process, so don’t fret if you get an outfit wrong once or twice.

And as a sorority sister, it can get pretty overwhelming picking out what to wear each chapter if you’re in a fashion rut.

I truly hope this sorority chapter meeting outfit guide helped you learn the do’s and don’ts for each chapter meeting you will experience as a sorority women and be inspired to create new outfits for your upcoming chapter meetings. Good luck!

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