Prince William’s tour of the colonies has had its sartorial ups and downs. There was the Tom Ford-esque double-breasted tuxedo, balanced out by the sinking realization that yes, he really was planning on wearing the same blue-gray suit through the entire trip.

But our highlight by far was this snap of his future Highness at a Santa Barbara polo club. Here, he actually looks buttoned-down—thanks to his tropical whites and a few loose buttons. Granted, we would have preferred a little less billowing in the pants (or even, gasp, white denim), but this is about as sharp as royalty’s allowed to get. Any slicker and he’d be one of the common people

—R.B.

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