Unlike most famous people (including his bearded brother, Harry) Prince William is not really in a position to get crazy with his style. He’s a Royal, he’s British (so, you know, civility and all that), and has the wardrobe one would associate with an elegant, well-bred young gent. But we know there’s more to the Duke of Cambridge than just Savile Row navy suits.
Prince William with Kate in India today.
Today, on the 5th day of his tour in India, Prince William wore a patterned woven belt. For most guys, it’d just be a logical way to break up neutrals that are on the verge of being drab, a little rustic charm added to a basic linen shirt and chinos. But for the royal, this was a statement. This was a personal style swerve, tempered as it might appear to the Jaden Smith’s of the world.
This belt is actually something of a lucky accessory for William. He’s been wearing it for years, including at the great public unveiling of his first child in 2013 and a Canadian stampede in 2011.
Kate and Prince William leaving St Mary’s Hospital with their new son, Charles, in 2013.
Prince William and Kate at The Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta in 2011.
2011 Samir Hussein
Does belt doesn’t have the swagger of say, a satin souvenir jacket? No. But we’ll take what we can get with a public guy like Prince William—at least he’s trying. Should you identify with the Royals’ sense of restraint, or just dig this Argentinian add-on in particular, look to brands like La Matera, Estribos, or Polistas (who actually made Will’s belt) and pick up one of your own. Just be sure to style it like Will in 2016—with outdoor-friendly neutrals and suede shoes—to hit the right note.