Sewanee: The University of the South

You know that creepy old guy who stalks and takes pictures of sorority girls? Yeah, that’s not me, but I am starting a collection of candid pictures from preppy campuses across the country.

First up is Sewanee: The University of the South, a liberal arts college in southeastern Tennessee. This was not a hard decision to make for my first photo essay, as Sewanee is easily one of the finest trad schools in the country, where the daily normal wear consists of chinos and dresses instead of baggy jeans and sweatpants.

Established in 1857, the school has produced 25 Rhodes Scholars and is 32nd on the US & World Report’s list of best liberal arts colleges.

Their Alma Mater:

Alma Mater, Sewanee
My Glorious Mother ever be.
I will give my All to Thee
God Bless Thee to Eternity.
Thou canst make me worth the while
O Guide and Shelter me.
And all my life, through Storm and Strife,
My Star Thou’lt be.
Campus. Love the Gothic architecture.


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Professors wear those badass robes.
Love the girls in sundresses.
Classy looking professor, classy looking student.
Typical professor: Anglo-Saxon Rim glasses, OCBD, Repp tie. Notice the class is also in robes. Since 1873, students in the Order of Gownsmen have worn academic gowns to class. Some are heritage and passed down from generation to generation.
Robes. Bow tie. Tweed jacket. Nantucket red pants. Boat shoes. Tartan pants on her. So much win! I can critique him further (pants are too long, etc) but I love this picture.Ties. Blazers.Chick in pony dress with popped collar. All for a regular day at class. Awesome.
Moving day for the freshman. Like Father Like Son. Definitely a laxer. College Bar hat, from UVA no less, check. Costa Del Mars, check. Frocket (pocket shirt), check. Critter shorts, check. High top socks with athletic shoes, done and done.
Warm August weather. Beach dress. Short shorts. Critter flip flops. Blond hair. Oh lawd.Orientation. Matching bowtie and pants. Ribbon belt.
Homecoming.GTH shorts. GTH kilts.
Ray Bans (the classics and the party kind).
The good ol‘ boys. Lots of fun memories I’m sure. Perhaps those two met at a fraternity/sorority mingle? More Bar Hats.Argyle Vest. Riding Boots.
Stop staring at the girls and look at those 2 kids in the background. They groom ‘em young.
Wish my school had an equestrian team so I can to stare at the pretty…horses, yeah.
Commencement. Those four years fly by.Getting the last bits of frattin‘ out of the system.Blue OCBD, green repp, khakis, fratty hairdo. Digging the dude’s floral tie and surcingle. Cute girl with pearl earrings.Cuz he’s a boss. Reppin in his Clubmasters.

Sources:

Sewanee Flickr

 

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15 comments on “Sewanee: The University of the South

  1. Remi Zagari on said:

    Really really timeless

  2. You should really visit Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia! You would love it!

  3. Oh my gosh! I know those profs! I used to live here. :)

  4. Suz Cate on said:

    Last picture: two seminarians (one of the great things that makes Sewanee right!). Both are now priests in the Episcopal Church. YSR, Mtr. Suz Cate+

  5. Tigers, tigers, leave ‘em in the lurch!
    Down with the heathens, up with the church!
    Yea, Sewanee’s right!

    I loved, loved, loved my time at Sewanee. The winter sunset picture really got me, gorgeous.

    And to Dex, better if he wasn’t in the Order of Gownsmen? Being a gownsman is a huge honor! I wore my gown everyday from the moment I got it, in spite of its getting tangled in my backpack straps, tripping me on stairs, and completely obliterating any vaguely cute outfit I might’ve had on. It was so special and certainly a daily reminder of how hard I needed to work to keep it – I couldn’t have cared less what it looked like, I loved it.

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