Earlier this year, photographs began circulating suggesting that His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the heir apparent to the British throne, wears just two coats—and has done so since approximately 1988. The idea was almost too much to bear. One of the global faces of privilege and power, a man with access to the best tailors in the world and a great amount of money to throw at them, has apparently survived for nearly three decades with only two pieces of outerwear: a camel-hair coat, and a tweed coat from Anderson & Sheppard. Both are double-breasted with peak lapels. They go with everything—even high-visibility vests.
While it’s the women of the royal family that tend to grab fashion headlines, this outerwear rotation told us something about Prince Charles’s values, whose lifelong passions include gardening, organic farming, and environmentally conscious urban planning. Sustainable fashion isn’t simply about materials; it