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Prince Charles breaks the rules


Cracking the gay wedding dress code with HRH


Words: Damien Woolnough

Photography: Instagram/@clarencehouse


11th September 2018

Black tie weddings have become as common as flash mob proposals and engagements that turn into weddings but Britain's Prince Charles has come to the rescue.

While tabloid readers disagree over his choice of consorts, they’re unanimous in praise of the Prince of Wale's style. The man regularly described as the best-dressed in England recently showed that dress codes are just a guideline and not worth losing your head over.

 

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Prince Charles and GQ Editor Dylan Jones.

Prince Charles was that star guest and honouree of the GQ UK Awards, receiving acknowledgment with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Philanthropy. The event was black tie, but the Prince played the boss move of wearing a standard silk tie with a dark double-breasted suit.

So the next time you’re struggling over a fitting into your old dinner suit for a wedding, or contemplating (ugh) hiring one, make like a monarch and dress up on your own terms.

The key to pulling off this princely move is making an effort and dressing with flair that shows you care.

Other honorees at the event followed the Prince’s push, with Chris Hemsworth in a blue shawl-coloured suit and standard tie, Jeff Goldblum in a metallic suit and Chadwick Boseman rocking a neutral double-breasted suit.

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Here are the advantages of breaking out of the box like Prince Charles:

  • You will not be mistaken for a waiter.
  • You will not spend the evening looking for a shirt stud that ejects after dessert.
  • You can go beyond cufflinks with dollar signs, how and cold water tap and emeralds to express your sense of style.
  • There is no risk of emanating the toxic BO trapped in a hire suit.

So the next time that you’re bored by the thought of donning a dress shirt, penguin suit make like a prince. And it’s not like Prince Charles doesn’t know how to bust out a black tie, he nails the traditional look on the latest cover of the men’s magazine.

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