They thought they were promoting a conservation campaign. But really they were hosting a battle to the death between the King of Style and the future King of England.
The two suits demonstrate the startling difference between Beckham’s of-the-moment fashion sense and William’s adherence to the look of classic tailoring. Compare Beckham’s spread collar and tiny knot to William’s conservative tie and classic collar.
Check out, also, the snugness of Beckham’s suit compared to the less constrictive look of William’s. Whichever style you prefer ought to dictate the kind of fit you request from A Suit That Fits, whether ultra-fitted, slim-fit or a relaxed fit.
In my opinion, both men are playing to their strengths here. Beckham’s status as the foremost men’s style icon in the United Kingdom rests largely upon his incredibly well-fitting suits, which come in all shapes and sizes from two to three-piece suits to double-breasted.
William, on the other hand, always opts for classically-fitted navy two pieces. He also nearly always wears a white shirt – and this puts him in the same camp as Beckham, who usually relies more on his suits than his shirts or ties to make an impression.
Whereas Beckham has the freedom to vary his style, Prince William’s public role necessarily restricts his fashion choices. Having to avoid coming across as either vain, frivolous or self-promoting means that a timeless style is more appropriate for him than the latest trends.
And yet, despite having less choices to work with, William always looks great – and this is due, of course, to his tailoring.