Prince Charles at the world premiere of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at London’s Royal Albert Hall on December 7, 2005.

With Prince Charles being hailed by Esquire magazine as the World’s Best-Dressed Man, I thought it only fitting to dedicate this edition of Royal Fashion Friday to taking a look at how the Prince of Wales earned his new title.

For starters, Prince Charles is almost always dressed in dapper business attire, for his many public engagements and visits. Even in the middle of winter or the scorching heat of summer, he is impeccably turned out. He is never seen in public in a t-shirt, or even collarless for that matter. I don’t know if he even wears jeans.

Prince Charles doesn’t wear just boring dark suits, either. As you’ll see here, he utilizes a wide array of manly fashion. A military uniform, bow tie, bowler hat, top hat, coat tails, even kilts and a white suit are all fair and fashionable. Of course, not all together. Some constants in his daily working attire, whether it’s brown, pinstriped or grey, are a silk tie, a handkerchief, a lapel pin and clean well-made shoes. I think any man who aspires to be well-dressed can take a few hints there, right?

So, let’s have a look at these various outfits modeled by the Prince of Wales (click on images for larger versions).


(Left) The wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles on April 9, 2005. (Right) The Prince of Wales shows how a properly fitted suit should look, at The Unicorn Theater in January 2008.


(Left) Prince Charles plays at the Kuoni World Class Polo day in Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Surrey, May 2005. (Right) Prince Charles in fine form on the slopes of Klosters, Switzerland in March, 2008.

(Left) Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in traditional Scottish costume during the Braemar Highland Games in September 2006. (Right) Prince Charles dons military attire for the Battle of Britain Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication at Westminster Abbey on September 21, 2008. Among the medals he wears with his military uniform are Order of Merit, civil version; Queen’s Coronation medal; Queen’s Silver and Golden Jubilee medals; Canadian forces decoration; and Knight of Most Noble Order of the Garter (source).


(Left) Prince Charles in a bowler hat as he attends the combined Cavalry memorial service in Hyde Park in May 2005. (Right) Prince Charles switches hats and more for the first day of the Royal Ascot in June 2006.

prince_charles_bg500_44383m_charles_p_b_g_06 prince_charles_bg500_80727J1_CHARLES_P_B_GR_02

(Left) Prince Charles wards off the chill in a long coat during a visit to Ashover in Derbyshire in December 2006. (Right) The Prince of Wales in cream during the Cartier International Polo Day in June 2008.

Prince Charles really deserves his Best-Dressed title, don’t you think?

Images: Bauer-Griffin