Though much has been made of Meghan Markle’s dress when she married Prince Harry earlier this month, not much has been discussed of Prince Harry’s sartorial choices.  By welcoming the modern American Markle into the Royal family, they have truly ushered in a new era; one where modernity and simplicity are favoured over traditionalism and decoration.  And, make no mistake, the sartorial choices made by Prince Harry throughout both the engagement and wedding process will undoubtedly influence the choices of other men all over the world.   For the wedding dress code, they requested that men wear a ‘morning suit or lounge suit’, a slightly less formal dress code than what might have been expected for a royal wedding, but appropriate for a daytime event.  If you’re wondering what a ‘morning suit’ is, it consists of a tailcoat, waistcoat and trousers all made from the same material, while a ‘lounge suit’ is simply a matching jacket and trousers.  Here, we take a look at Prince Harry’s sartorial choices and how they will influence the future of menswear.

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The Engagement – For their engagement announcement and photos, Prince Harry opted for a more casual slim light-blue suit, paired with a classic crisp white shirt (similar here) and finished off with an understated slim navy tie.  This differs from his elder brother’s choice of a more conservative navy suit in a regular fit, accessorised with a more showy purple silk tie and white pocket square.  He also wore the same suit for both the announcement and the official portrait shots.  Proving that a nice suit should be worn on more than on occasion, no matter how special.

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The Ceremony – Her Majesty The Queen gave Prince Harry her blessing to wear his single-breasted black frockcoat military uniform of the Blues and Royals, a much more understated choice than his elder brother’s Irish Guards Mounted Officer uniform, which he wore to marry Kate Middleton.  While Prince William’s uniform was a sharp red and decorated with gold embroidery, gold buttons and a bright blue sash, Prince Harry’s was a more subtle black with few decorations and a simple white buckskin belt.

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The Reception – For the reception, Prince Harry changed into a dressed-down modern version of a tuxedo, eschewing the cummerbund, opting for a mismatched velvet jacket and wool trousers and selecting to pair his black butterfly-style bow-tie with a shirt that had an open placket instead of the traditional concealed style (similar here).  It’s a much more dressed-down approach to formalwear dressing.

The Dress Code (Morning Suit) – Patrick J. Adams, co-star of Meghan Markle on her television series Suits, showed up in an excellent example of their requested ‘morning suit’ dress code; the three pieces of the tailcoat, waistcoat and trousers are all done in matching fabric and impeccably tailored, and we like how he added a bit of color in the form of a red tie and a bit of a flourish with a pocket square.

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The Dress Code (Lounge Suit) – Idris Elba, on the other hand, opted for the more casual of the two dress codes, in a ‘leisure suit’, which is essentially what we think of when we say ‘work suit'; a matching jacket and trousers.  Choosing a style with a deep neckline, wide lapel, single button and slim cut in a textured material kept the look thoroughly modern and unique.

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Best Dressed – Mr. David Beckham undoubtedly nailed the ‘morning suit’ dress code, if with his own modern touch, opting for a waistcoat in a contrasting grey, which is a color that is traditionally acceptable for weddings.  As one of designer Kim Jones’ first designs for his new role at Dior Hommes, the suit strikes a nice balance between traditional and modern, with an immaculate slimmer fit, the contrasting waistcoat and the addition of a waistcoat chain (traditionally, this chain would be attached to a pocket watch, though we think this one was just for decoration).  Of course, he grounds the whole look with a crisp white shirt with French cuffs, of which we have something quite similar.