Icon of the Month – Edward VIII: The Prince Charming

Prince Edward VII

It’s interesting to note that the ‘best dressed Englishman of all time’ was also one of the most decadent and controversial. Coincidence? Unlikely…

From the playboy antics to the nazi sympathy and bisexuality rumours, the Duke of Windsor was never far from the headlines. Like him or loath him, no one can deny that he was a snappy dresser. Indeed his wardrobe is the stuff of legend. Rumours include:

  • He often had jackets for his suits made on Savile Row, but the trousers made in New York.
  • He popularised the smoking jacket.
  • He popularised the Windsor knot (although some accounts point to Edward VII).
  • When he died his suit collection was valued at £15,000 – £1.2 million in today’s money.
  • He created a new version of the silk tie.
  • He popularised plus fours for playing golf.
  • He popularised the zoot suit in America

It’s amazing he found the time for all that gallivanting!

Below are 11 of King & Allen’s favourite outfits from that legendary wardrobe…

Double breasted chalk-stripe with a bold spotty tie. Note the left and right boutonnières.

11. Double breasted chalk-stripe with a bold spotty tie. Note the left and right boutonnières.

Another fine double breasted – this time a ‘two showfour’. The shoes and bootcut trousers really stand out.

10. Another fine double breasted – this time a ‘two showfour’. The shoes and bootcut trousers really stand out.

White double breasted for summer wear. Note the secondary colour in the pocket square is the same colour as the shirt.

9. White double breasted for summer wear. Note the secondary colour in the pocket square is the same colour as the shirt.

Probably the same suit as #12, but it’s the shirt collar, collar bar and pocket square that really set this look apart.

8. Probably the same suit as #12, but it’s the shirt collar, collar bar and pocket square that really set this look apart.

Some great countryside layering – and a fine combination of fine and windowpane stripes.

7. Some great countryside layering – and a fine combination of fine and windowpane stripes.

A Prince of Wales check suit in all its splendour. Those trousers are very well starched!

6. A Prince of Wales check suit in all its splendour. Those trousers are very well starched!

Summer linen – resplendent with pipe and bow tie.

5. Summer linen – resplendent with pipe and bow tie.

A high cut two button with a pocket square and perfectly tied tie.

4. A high cut two button with a pocket square and perfectly tied tie.

On the hunt – Prince Of Wales check hat and three piece suit.

3. On the hunt – Prince Of Wales check hat and three piece suit.

Breaking new ground – even in old age – with a fabulous windowpane check and enormous trousers!

2. Breaking new ground – even in old age – with a fabulous windowpane check and enormous trousers!

Older, (wiser?) and still enjoying the high life. Perfect shawl collar black tie – complimented by a white carnation.

1. Older, (wiser?) and still enjoying the high life. Perfect shawl collar black tie – complimented by a white carnation.

 

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