Spring Semester 1964

There is nothing better than wearing Shetlands, tweed, and the ability to layer. Well there may be at least one thing that is better which is warm weather. While the winter has been great for breaking out cold weather gear I have had my fill and I am over it. However, with the coldest month approaching I can do nothing but dream of warmer days.

Last night I was flipping through an old Wittenberg University yearbook from 1964 (no, this is not the year that I graduated) to get some spring inspiration. There were some cool ivy pics that got me excited for wearing shorts, madras, and white sneakers. It also reminded me that flip-flops & t-shirts have been on the scene for quite a while and that students have always loved kicking off their loafers! Before you start browsing the images below lets let out one collective sigh as we dream of warm weather and that student life.


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Jerrod Swanton is a simple man interested in simple, classic, and traditional style.

5 Comments on "Spring Semester 1964"

  1. FJW says:

    1970 was my senior year in high school and I can remember writing to colleges for their course catalogs. It was pre-internet (obviously) and I amassed a slew of catalogs. I received one from Marietta College with similar pictures as the Wittenberg yearbook but one I photo can clearly remember. It was a student sitting in a classroom and he was wearing madras shorts, a rowing tee shirt and top siders…and I thought how cool would it be to be able to go to a school where you could dress like that.

    Well, I did. But when I arrived on campus in the fall of 1970 I found out the cool guy in the madras shorts graduated in the spring of ’70. I never had a chance to thank him.

  2. oxford cloth button down says:

    FJW – Haha, I enjoyed your story very much. Thanks for sharing!

  3. andrew friedman says:

    Not my generation, but I still wear the madras shorts I picked up in ’89 (right after college) every summer. Nothing quite like cotton worn in over thirty plus years.

  4. Pat says:

    Great to see the Ivy League look made it to the Buckeye state.
    Embrace your winter wool, summer will be here soon enough

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