Wearing off-the-rack jackets, Rayban sunglasses and skinny ties, the royal dad is finding his fashion feet (in suede brogues!)

By Monique Jessen
September 02, 2016 12:30 PM
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Is Prince William taking fashion advice from Princess Kate?

Known for her love of both high street brands and rewears, Kate may be passing on some sartorial words of wisdom to her husband.

Recent months have seen William ditch his favorite navy suit for a more contemporary look of chinos and open-necked shirts (minus a tie!) that has had fashion insiders heaping praise on the usually conservative royal dad.

“I think he is reflecting a change in male dressing and rightly so,” Robert Johnston, Style Director at British GQ tells PEOPLE, adding: “It’s important that the royal family look relevant and a suit is just not an everyday thing anymore.”

The less formal look started back in April on the royal tour of India where William chose to forgo a tie at some official engagements and photocalls, which observers assumed was due to the intense heat. Back on home soil, attending the prestigious Wimbledon tennis championships in July, William debuted a much more trend-driven look, including (yes really!) – a skinny tie and Rayban sunglasses.

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“He wore a nice window-pane checked suit jacket, it suited him and he didn’t make him look like a stuffed shirt – it was the perfect Wimbledon look,” notes Johnston, who thinks William may finally be finding his fashion feet. “Unlike his brother [Prince Harry], he has a reputation for stiffness, but I think this more relaxed look still maintains a certain authority and he’s obviously discovered a look he likes.”

Wearing a similar checked jacket in pale blue with an open white shirt and crisp blue chinos on Thursday during an official tour of Cornwall (where those he met with also followed his lead, having clearly been briefed) he also debuted a shorter hair style. In Cornwall on Friday, he was back in a navy jacket, but in a more relaxed fabric than his old style and still sans-tie.

A fan of bespoke suits from Spencer Hart, Richard James as well as Gieves and Hawkes (none of whom made this new linen-mix summer style jacket), it seems that Williams look might even be off-the-rack. “It doesn’t look tailored and it’s definitely not bespoke,” says Johnston.

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