In the wake of a triumphant (or tragic, depending on your level of sanity) presidential election, I realize it’s a bit odd to come back with a piece about a figure(head) from across the pond, but the more I look at photos of our president and politicians that flank him, the more I think about how as the years go on the group of “well-dressed” leaders gets smaller and smaller. And then there’s Prince Charles. While each new crop of politicians from across the globe seem to be worse dressed than the last, Prince Charles endures as the best dressed politician in the world (despite the fact that the Royal family doesn’t exercise any power anymore, but that’s beside the point.) Much like his great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfathered in title, Charles was born into the dominant British style that stretches from the bespoke suits of Savile Row to the tweeds and barn jackets of the countryside. During his younger years Charles’ style was more reserved, mainly leaning toward three button jackets in subtle patterns such as grey nailheads. Yet it was during his late twenties and thirties that Charles began wearing double breasted jackets almost exclusively, a testament to the more prominent tailoring style of Savile Row.
Since then Charles has built a wardrobe around his double breasted jackets complete with slightly roped shoulders and peak lapels, anchoring them with clean ties, Turnbull & Asser’s spread collar shirts, tassel loafers, and cuffed trousers. What ultimately sets Charles apart though is fit, and yes he does have the benefit of accessibility to some of the finest tailors in the world (and a lot of free time and money on his hands) but that doesn’t make him any less well dressed. Anyone with the funds can get a bespoke suit, but it’s Charles’ personal creativity in suit style and pattern that really elevate that Savile Row tradition and make his style so noteworthy. Even during all those ridiculous royal photo ops that have him learning how to djay and shoot a crossbow. It’s no secret that the Royal family has pretty much become glorified liaisons for their country, but if Prince Charles is going to be the face of his nation at least he does it while setting the standard for English style while he’s at it.