At 64, it wouldn’t seem like Prince Charles would be the ultimate style icon. Style isn’t dictated by age, however, and Prince Charles brings it, year after year.
Of course he doesn’t believe it. At a recent reception at the Clarence House, Prince Charles hosted a few hundred menswear designers and confessed that he didn’t know how he was going to live with himself now that this new title (fashion icon) has been bestowed upon him.
Over the years, publications have bounced back and forth, calling him the best dressed man and the worst dressed man. What changed? Absolutely nothing. Prince Charles is a classy man, and not one easily swayed by trends. He sticks to the classics, or the ‘stopped-clock approach as he deems it, which aren’t always the most favoured among the fashion critics who love what’s new in style and fashion. Fortunately, this means he always looks the part of a well-dressed man, despite what any publications have said in the past.
Prince Charles: The Suits, The Style
Unlike the previous Princes of Wales, who could often influence the style of the country by stepping out in a new ensemble, Prince Charles has never sought to bring changes to fashion. He chooses his own attire on a daily basis, although he leaves the fitting and any adjustment needed to his capable and helpful tailors.
Prince Charles is a man of suits, tweed jackets, and trousers. He’s only ever been seen in a polo shirt when he was actually in the middle of a game of polo. Denim doesn’t seem to be a part of his vocabulary. His comfortable relationship with clothes like men’s tweed jackets and double breasted suits. The Italians refer to this as the “heritage trend,” but in reality it simply means that the Prince knows what he likes, and knows what to wear as a man of his station.
He’s also a man who knows how to follow protocol- in fact he’s a stickler for it. And that means that he often has to make appearances and attend events. The Prince knows that attending services and functions throughout Britain, and beyond, is a demanding position that requires more than a strong voice and a brilliant smile. It requires a wardrobe that will dazzle and awe. Don’t believe it? Consider for a moment the number of garments the Prince of Wales has adorned throughout his travel in the spirit of dressing appropriately for the local area. He’s warn a rastafari beanie hat in Jamaica, turbans, hard hats, robes, and feathered headdresses. When it comes to appropriate attire, he knows exactly what is expected of him and isn’t afraid to dress the part.
How to Dress Like Prince Charles
Stealing Prince Charles’ style doesn’t mean wearing exactly what he does. However, it does mean taking a page from his book. The first step to doing so is coming to grips with your personal style. Are you a follower of trends, or do you stick to the classics? Do you wear what’s necessary or do you follow your own path?
If you want to dress like Prince Charles, the secret is following protocol, but always knowing exactly what you want. After all, the Prince of Wales doesn’t have to don a beanie in Jamaica, but he wants to because it’s what is expected of him and he’s not afraid to do it. Consider how you can use this in your own life. Are you afraid to attend that black tie event because you’re afraid to try wearing dark men’s suits or tuxes? Step out of your shell and see how a little effort can change everything.
The second step to stealing the Prince’s style is to recycle the old. Prince Charles is constantly seen in his favourite men’s tweed jacket or suit. He finds they become more comfortable and stylish after years of use. Take this into consideration the next time you open your closet door, and perhaps mix and match. That older French cuff shirt may still have a few good years left in it, especially if you pair with a new pinstripe navy men’s suit.
While the Prince of Wales may be 64, that doesn’t make him any less of a style icon. You can learn from his fashion choices, so pay attention.