Prince Philip was recently included among GQ’s best dressed men for 2014. Citing his double-breasted suits, the magazine honoured the Duke for services to “classic British tailoring.” This caused me to wonder: what do they mean by “classic British tailoring?” Take a look at some of Prince Philip’s best moments and find out how to dress in a “classically British” style.
For a start, men like Prince Philip never introduce passing fads or “this year’s colours” into their wardrobe. Not that it’s wrong to do that (Prince Philip isn’t an absolute style arbiter), but the fact remains that “classic British tailoring” does not mean adding white piping or a contrasting collar to your sports coat or investing in a teal, caramel or electric blue suit. Watch the Prince on public engagements and you’ll see that he almost always wears a navy, grey or (rarely) a black suit. For less formal occasions, he might wear a plaid tweed, as when he emerged recently from a stay in hospital (see below), though look how expertly he matched the plaid with the colour of his tie.
Of course, being a Prince means that Philip sometimes ups the formality to levels that not everyone may feel comfortable with: witness the proliferation of gold buttons on his navy, peaked lapel, double-breasted blazer recently (below). But the Prince always pulls it off beautifully. Here’s to classic British tailoring, something that’s, of course, very close to A Suit That Fits’ heart.