If we had to make a list of people from whom we’d take fashion advice, we can guarantee that Prince Charles would not be on it. Which is why its fascinating to read that he penned an article in this month’s British Vogue offering his own sartorial tips on vintage clothing, wool, and how fashion can save the planet.
While we don’t have access to the actual article, according to ABC News Australia, the piece was written with a heavy dose of self-deprecation — at least the Prince has a sense of humor about his style. Prince Charles is apparently a huge advocate of vintage, but not necessarily for the reasons you might expect.
“I have a passion for reusing things and repairing them…On the whole, the older some things are, the more comfortable and familiar they become; they can even be adapted to look new in a different context.”
Charles believes that vintage “has a role to play in helping to confront some of the environmental challenges we face.”
“[Vintage] is not only about an attraction for retro design and the charm of the old, it is very much about the future. Fashion clearly makes people feel good, but now it has to do the world good, too, by contributing to the creation of a virtuous circle, with nature protected at the centre.”
He also gives a hearty shout out to wool which he says is “infinitely more ‘sustainable’ than artificial fibres made from oil derivatives.”
And so, while we never thought we’d see the day, we can’t help but agree with Prince Charles. The man may not know how to dress, but he apparently knows a thing or two about what makes for good style. Also, he might want to drop by Lily Allen’s vintage pop-up shop — it appears the two have a little something in common.