With his nuptials on Friday expected to draw a worldwide audience in the billions, he’s definitely the Groom of the Decade. With all the attention focused on Kate’s style, Wills has shown a marked lack of creativity and youthfulness in his wardrobe choices since their engagement was announced in November. The Windsors have a legendary sartorial heritage — i.e., the Duke of Windsor — and even his father, Prince Charles, is a snappy dresser. But William has taken a different tact, disappointing all the fashionistas but not wanting to draw attention to his clothes.
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In the last six months, he has repeated exact outfits such as the requisite navy suit, blue button-down shirt and maroon tie for more-formal events, and khakis and a similar blue dress shirt for casual outings. It would be refreshing to see him sporting suits in traditional patterns — Prince of Wales anyone? — with modern silhouettes or sportswear appropriate for his young age. With him now taking center stage on a global scale, he has a fashion responsibility to push men’s style and embrace his heritage.