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Photographing the fashionistas of the early 1900s – Tom Phillips’ new book is fantastic

Taking a look at Tom Phillips’ new Menswear book, there is no denying that when it comes to perfecting the dapper look it is our elders that are the true masters. Looking fantastic in tweed and getting away with sporting the very finest of handle-bar moustaches without being labelled as try-hard or trendy, when it comes to fashion it would be wise for us to take a leaf out of the books of those a few generations back.

Compiled from a collection of over 50,000 photographs, the book – the latest to be published by Oxford’s Bodleian Library – features 200 photo postcards documenting the day-to-day wardrobes of the fashionable chaps from the earlier half of the 20th century. From bowler hats and suits to old smoking pipes and flying jackets (yes, complete with goggles), these men have sported them all, and maintained an admirable amount of style throughout.

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