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The Royal Year in Review

How King Felipe VI of Spain became 2023’s royal style icon

The royals are no strangers to viral social media moments and this year, thanks to his tailoring, it was King Felipe’s turn.

Usually it’s the Princess of Wales with the fashion trends at Wimbledon. But when King Felipe attended the Men’s Singles Final to see Spanish tennis player Carlos Alcaraz beat Novak Djokovic for the title, he caused the latest viral trend and all because of his suit.

An X user by the username @dieworkwear shared his thoughts thusly: “Very rare to see this level of tailoring nowadays, even on the wealthy. So let’s talk about some of the reasons why it’s great.”

Derek Guy then began a serious thread all about how King Felipe is impeccably tailored. Examples included how the “collar always hugs the neck” and “things hang clearly” give way to “lapels end about halfway from collar to shoulder bone (nice proportion).”

In one message, he wrote how “His coat here also ends about halfway from the collar to the floor, which is again a very classic and flattering proportion. His sleeves hang very cleanly. His trousers are well-proportioned for his coat.”

There are also points for the King’s shirt collars, shoulder lines, pants, and the type of tie knot he uses (four-in-hand, which gives “a sense of ease.”)

Contrasted against photos of celebrities, Guy wrote: “This contrasts with many stars nowadays, who wear short, tight coats. The sleeves grip their arms, which means they never hang cleanly. When the sleeves grip your arms like this, they are prone to riding up on you.”

Almost 160,000 people put a big heart next to that first message. And users have taken the initial “Very rare to see this level of tailoring nowadays, even on the wealthy. So let’s talk about some of the reasons why it’s great” line and applied it to everyone from Aragorn from Lord of the Rings to Babar the elephant, to everyday people in obviously oversized suits.

In a year of stand out royal fashion, it’s the King of Spain who reigns as the ultimate style icon. Very rare to see…..

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About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.