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This Is How Filipino College Students Used to Dress

Long before oversized shirts, joggers, and Yeezys dominated student's wardrobes.
IMAGE COURTESY OF ALEX CASTRO
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Look back at a time when a regular school day called for white sharkskin suits. Here's a collection of vintage college photos that include future statesmen, dapper young gentlemen, and kolehiyalas in vibrant prints and patterns.

More: The Stylish History of Filipino Men's Fashion

A casual group photo with students in suits, ascot ties, and an essential accessory: books.

1887.

UP Debate Society's Deogracias Puyat, Pedro Camus, Carlos P. Romulo, Jacinto Borja, and Teodoro Evangelista

1928.

A regular school day called for white sharkskin suits.

University of the Philippines, Manila, 1937-1939 (2)

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University of the Philippines, 1930s.

Young Filipino students looking dapper in a full get-up.

A young woman walks to class in front of a war-damaged building.

University of Philippines campus building showing war damage, Manila, Philippines, July 1946

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University of the Philippines, 1946.

Two young women pose in front of a university building.

Delia and Aurora, Santo Tomas University coeds, Manila, Philippines, post war 1945-1946

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University of Santo Tomas, 1940s.

The '40s called for blouses and high-waisted skirts.

Santo Tomas University coeds, Manila, Philippines, 1945-1946

University of Santo Tomas, 1940s.

Only formal dress for a graduation ceremony

Philippine women graduating from Adamson University, Manila, Philippines, May 1948

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Adamson University, 1948.

A still from Tiya Loleng shot in UP.

University of the Philippines, 1952.

Young women walk down the hallway in university uniforms.

St. Paul University Manila, 1960s.

Vibrant colors and prints were all the rage for both men and women.

University of Philippines co-eds, Manila, Philippines, 1968

University of the Philippines, 1968.

UST students perfectly embodying the 70s.

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University of Santo Tomas, 1970s.

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