“You’re Dressed Very Wes Today”

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  1. A prestigious Northeastern American liberal arts school. See also: ACTIVISM, PRECIOUS, RAGE, HIPPIE, NAKED-DORM
  2. A follower of John Wesley. See also: METHODISM


  1. Anything with a particularly hipster, radical, eclectic, idiosyncratic, recherché and/or ironic quality. See also: KAFKAESQUE, INDIE ROCK, WILLIAMSBURG

You’ve probably witnessed the phenomenon that many Wes students experience between second semester freshman year and first semester sophomore year: a wardrobe “Wes”-ination (possibly coinciding with that nice stipend you got from your internship working for an activist New York-based newspaper?). This includes plenty of clothing that was preferably made either from finds out of your mother’s closet from the 1970s (artfully ripped/cut ironically) or bought for less than one would pay for a loaf of white bread in Minnesota from a thrift shop. (Of course, Urban Outfitters works too.) One’s closet gains plenty of skinny jeans, sweaters that looks like they were snatched right out of your grandfather’s closet, oxfords, Ray Ban-esque glasses (best when not even necessary to see properly), ripped patterned or colored stockings, collared button-up shirts, and plenty of plaid (enough to at least compete with your standard lumberjack). It is, however, more than the actual wardrobe; this Wesination involves how one wears these clothes. It involves a certain unkempt and disheveled appearance with a note of dirtiness but not in an I-slept-on-the-street-for-the-last-two-weeks sort of way. It often involves one keeping a pack of American Spirits (or the new Camel Williamsburg’s) in the front pocket of hir button-up shirt or back pocket of hir skinny jeans as well as keeping one handy behind-the-ear.

So your buddies at Wesleying, vaguely inspired by ACB threads concerning those well-dressed and Wes fashion blogs of the past, have decided to document this trend. We will be posting several people weekly whom we believe best exemplify “Wes” (note: as an adj. not a n.). Take a look at this week’s picks:

Nathan Palmer ’12 (top, left) rocks the cut skinny jeans with an SNL shirt tucked in using a brown leather belt. Note the fresh fruit & veggie co-op greens peeking out his backpack; not only is he extremely eco-friendly with the reusable bag, but also extremely open about the fact that he is helping to save the planet! Excellent work, Nathan.

Brian Lee ’13 (right) peeks out from behind his oh-so ironic “Save Our Troops” bag (referencing, of course, storm troopers). Note the button-up shirt and vaguely hipster-inspired glasses. Not overbearingly tongue-in-cheek, but efficiently displays his non-complacency and viewpoint concerning an important issue (and where better but Wes?).

Feel free to tell us about who you think was dressed very Wes today: staff(at)wesleying(dot)org.

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19 thoughts on ““You’re Dressed Very Wes Today”

  1. Anon

    This is a REALLY lame post. I know you were trying to be funny, but this just came off like you are a bunch of wesleyan hipster-dressing kids trying to make fun of themselves and therefore “be in on the joke.”

    I dress hipsterish, but I also don’t feel I have the need to justify how it looks or why I do it in a trying-too-hard-to-be-witty-and-ironic wesleying post.

    Sorry if this came off like a vitriolic ACB post. Just please don’t make this a regular feature on wesleying. It’s just kinda lame.

  2. anotheranon

    I can’t think of anyone I know (here or not) who would find this funny or clever.
    This is so, so TIRED. Please don’t do this again.

  3. anotheranon

    I can’t think of anyone I know (here or not) who would find this funny or clever.
    This is so, so TIRED. Please don’t do this again.

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