Following the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in September, King Charles III is scheduled to take the throne on Saturday, May 6. And even before then, we have seen an ascension of fashion statements made by the new King.
During his reign as Prince of Wales for 64 years, Charles has repeatedly displayed a typical English brilliance in the way he dresses. His dedication to British craftsmanship is exactly what establishes him as a ‘mainstay of menswear class’. And who could ever forget his Royal tour wardrobe which consists of perfectly-tailored khaki pants, double-breasted coats, sleek ties and leather field glasses. Also frankly speaking, no one can pull off a short-sleeved safari jacket in such a manner he can.
As time passed, the former Prince of Wales became more comfortable in the essence of ‘quiet luxury’. Toning down from the usual polo shirt and khakis during his prime, he now wears exquisitely tailored suits from Gieves & Hawkes, laced up in Crockett & Jones shoes, dressed in sleek Turnbull & Asser shirts, countless Barbour outerwear to keep him warm, and Bentley & Skinner to accessorize with.
He also founded ‘The Campaign For Wool’ and continues to support it out of his unwavering love of fashion. Additionally, His Majesty put in a lot of effort to support the use of wool as an ecologically friendly fiber in both textiles and home décor industries.
In conclusion, King Charles III is the original creater of eccentric, stealth-wealth clothing. He was leading the charge for incredibly high-quality, exquisitely handcrafted investment pieces whereas this tawdry society may be a slave to flashy, tacky, designer labels. This is the man that prefers his shoes to have a deep polish in addition to being scrubbed.
In a statement, Jeremy Hackett, the British designer noted Charles as a ‘brilliant man who never blindly follows the trend’. “He still wears double-breasted suits when everyone else has switched to single. It was a brave, if unconscious, move but one that paid off because now he’s made that double-breasted style his own.”
Although he may be criticised for what he did in the past—and present—you have to admit that what makes his style so desirable is the assurance he exudes through his clothing choices, which is a confidence twirled in elegance.
And come this Saturday, the sounds of trumpets, the blowing of guns, the act of salutation and the singing of “God Save the King” are what will add to fuel his self-reliance. No doubt he will choose to be dressed accordingly in his British-rooted tradition, donning perfectly tailored suits, a sleek tie and a well-polished shoes.