Why Does Prince Harry Wear Baggy Shirts And Jeans?
There are just two males perusing the menswear floor in the TK Maxx store on Kensington High Street in London. Only a few days prior, Prince Harry admitted in his memoir Spare that he had shopped at the fancy outlet store for “everyday casual clothes.” Both are “working up one rack and down another,” as described in Harry’s book, before standing in front of a mirror while holding sweaters and pants up to their bodies rather than using the restrooms. The royal could be onto something.
Harry used to dress more like an everyman before relocating to California and adopting a more polished appearance that included designer clothing from companies like Celine and Brioni. He describes it as “nice and pleasant” in his book. The big designer outlet store provides shopping at its most basic. It calls its stores “no frills” stores. Simply said, clothing is separated into categories like tops.
The shop purchases current and previous season products from manufacturers who have created too many and department stores that have overbought in order to maintain its pricing low—up to 60% below the suggested retail price.
Products and brands differ from one store to the next. However, there are endless rails of Ben Sherman checkered shirts (£27.99), Tommy Hilfiger pants (£49.99), and Gant polo shirts (£39.99) in the menswear section of Harry’s neighborhood store on Kensington High Street. All of a sudden, Harry’s ill-fitting shirts and his baggy pants from 2013 made sense. Even a complete rack of his favorite braided belts is present.
There are no stock rooms, a staff member says, and they never know what supplies are arriving. Instead, they get a weekly delivery of merchandise on a Sunday (some businesses receive product every day), which they then unload directly onto the shop floor. Since every shelf is mobile, store managers may change the arrangement to accommodate the constantly shifting roster.
Before the store closed, according to Harry, he went shopping. The only time the business is very crowded, according to the staff, is around Christmas. They call it “madness.” It’s more likely that Harry used the Supermarket Sweep method to cut down on the time spent sifting through an unending sea of muddled-together bits of apparel.
Additionally, Harry says he was “particularly fond of their once-a-year sale,” which has caused many to wonder if he truly understands how the discount retailer operates. A spokesperson for TK Maxx says: “Whilst we’re delighted Prince Harry is a big fan, we thought we should explain we don’t actually do sales. Instead, we offer great value, style, and savings all year round.”
In his defense, there is a clearance area with yellow pricing labels providing even deeper discounts next to the men’s changing facilities at Kensington High Street. Consider a cord shirt from Ben Sherman for £18 and a pair of Folk cargo pants for £24.99. Very fitting for the late 2000s style of the prince.
The employees of the shop affirm that they have never actually seen Harry or any other royal. The “Love Island team,” who frequent the area, are thrilled to report that they just saw artist Stormzy. The first TK Maxx store in the UK, which originated in the US where it is branded as TJ rather than TK, debuted in Bristol in 1994. There are already 352 freestanding stores, with over half of them housed in retail parks, ushering in a new way to shop for designer items.
The sixth-largest fashion firm in the UK recorded a £2.1 billion turnover in September, up from £1.3 billion in 2021. The brand has developed something of a cult following over the years, particularly among the fashion set, and Harry’s remarks will undoubtedly spark even more interest.
The top weekly findings from the Oxford Street store are featured on the stylist Joseph Parker’s Instagram page, tkfashun. Meanwhile, experts claim that the Ealing store in west London is the finest for Vivienne Westwood, while the Fort Shopping Park location in Manchester always has plenty of Marc Jacobs.