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With a dad as stylish as Prince Charles and what we can only assume is a team of tailors always at hand, there’s little wonder why Prince Harry is rarely seen putting a foot wrong when it comes to cutting a dash. Not only does his royal status guarantee that his wardrobe is always full of perfectly-fitting tuxes and suits, but, as he’s fifth in the line to the throne, he can also afford to take a more relaxed approach to dressing than, say, his older brother William. The ability to switch between formal- and casual-wear seamlessly makes the 33-year-old prince one of the most renowned style icons of the 21st century. Here are his finest looks…
After a year of publicly dating, Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle announced their engagement earlier this week. And, as it was one of the most covered news stories this year, Harry had to look his sharpest – as expected, he didn’t disappoint. Dapper and dashing, the young prince donned a suit that ticked all style boxes, thanks mainly to its medium-blue shade. Far less serious than the darker, more traditional navy formalwear Prince William wore for his engagement photos, but also more subtle than the aggressive power blues often seen at Pitti Uomo, Harry’s two-piece conveyed enough cheeriness and elegance to celebrate this historic moment. Also, if you plan to steel this look for when you decide to pop the question, make sure to copy Harry’s cut (slim in the legs with just a slight break) and timeless accessories (dark, slim tie, crisp white shirt and black wingtips). Although this look may not be the boldest, it’s certainly one of the classiest.
In this image from 2015, Prince Harry is at St. Paul’s Cathedral attending a service that marked the 75th anniversary of the UK armed forces’ explosive disposal units. Here, he nods to his military past with a regimental tie (an accessory his brother frequently sports) in navy blue and claret, the colours of the Blues and Royals. Also, as he needed something worthy to wear in Sir Christopher Wren’s architectural masterpiece, he opted for a herringbone, notch lapel suit – a decision that gets our seal of approval.
When HRH attended the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews earlier this year, sporting a classic traditional morning dress, a pair of grey pinstripe trousers and a cream double-breasted waistcoat, he showcased what can be argued is his finest outfit to date. It’s said that his grandfather, Prince Philip, possesses five morning suits, three of which are have lasted over four decades, so expect to see Harry in these tails for many more years.
The royals certainly know to pick the right outerwear. While the Prince of Wales usually has a predilection for camel coats and the Duke of Cambridge is often spotted in a navy mac, here Harry has gone for a black, double-breasted greatcoat. His V-neck jumper and checked shirt combination is a bit suspect, but we’ll let him off this time given the grandeur of his top layer item.
Sure, there’s nothing incredibly striking here, but this open collar, off-duty look is worth a mention given that we’ve never seen a royal so relaxed.
Like his father and older sibling, Prince Harry often prefers a peak lapel on his tuxedo jacket, as seen here on his way to fill in for the Queen and Prince Philip at the Royal Variety Performance, 2015. Taking further style cues from Charles, Harry opts for a double-breasted jacket to give his whole outfit a bit of finesse without drawing too much attention. He’s also favoured a self-tied bow tie over a clip and hook option – a move that every modern gent should follow.
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