The Edwardian Gent

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In all things Edwardian, the Prince of Wales was the ultimate trendsetter. Most common was the three-piece suit with a coat, a waistcoat and upturned trousers. Shirts had stiff, high collars making turning your head a challenge. The Edwardian gentleman sported an array of accessories from bow ties, gloves, walking sticks with secret compartments to pocket watches. Most importantly, the man of the world wouldn’t dream of leaving home without a hat!

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To create an easy Edwardian look, pull on a pair of trousers, iron a shirt and adorn your neck with a bow tie or handkerchief. Put on a jacket, blazer or waistcoat, or just hold your trousers up with a pair of braces. A hat will finish off the costume. Make it a bowler, a straw hat or a cap. Accessorise with a macintosh, spectacles, walking stick or a flower in your lapel.

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Hair was short and neat, parted in the middle or at the side, and slicked back with pomade. Beards were out, pampered moustaches were in and servants were clean-shaven.

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Unidentified photographer, Postcard, possibly Turkish or French, C1910

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