Rishi Sunak wears suits that are too short because he is held hostage to 2000s menswear trends, a leading menswear guru has said.
Derek Guy, who lives in California and writes for the fashion blog Die, Workwear, said the prime minister was “trend-aware” but “just a little behind the times.”
However, he dismissed conspiracy theories that the 5-foot-6 politician opts for shorts to appear taller, saying it was purely a matter of “fashion.”
In a forensic analysis of Mr Sunak’s fashion choices for his 460,000 Twitter followers, Mr Guy said: “It baffles me how the richest British Prime Minister in history could live just steps from Savile Row, the higher concentration of skilled custom tailors, and ended up paying $2k for an MTM suit with sleeves and pants 2-4′ too short.’
The fashion pundit picked up on his followers’ claims that Mr Sunak was trying to mask his short stature or opting for children’s sizes to “evade VAT”.
Rishi Sunak (seen in Whitehall) has become known for his ankle-length trousers and jackets with sleeves that appear too short.
Sunak reveals his shorts while speaking on Zoom with Gordon Ramsay during the pandemic
Guy said he was “baffled” by Sunak’s fashionable crimes when he lives so close to Savile Row.
He continued: “There are many conspiracy theories as to why Sunak wears such short pants and sleeves, but my theory is simple…
‘Sunak is a vaguely trend-conscious guy, but a little behind the times. He’s wearing Palm Angels flip flops, Common Projects sneakers, skinny chinos, etc.
“I don’t think I have a great theory about how short sleeves and pants make you look taller.
“He’s just used to wearing trendy things and therefore wears menswear trends from the early 2000s.”
“It’s not uncommon to see rich guys wear such cramped suits. In fact, this is the dominant skyline if you visit the downtown district of any major city.
‘Lots of guys wearing tight cropped pants, short jackets, bad sleeves. . . Men of all builds. It’s the fashion.
Guy, who has written for Esquire and the Financial Times, later suggested that Sunak had been eclipsed in the fashion stakes by US President Joe Biden, whose “off the shelf” suits fit him better even though they were probably too much. cheaper.
“It would be better if he just bought a longer coat and then stopped buttoning up and then had slightly roomier pants.” I mean, she lives in London. It would be very easy for him to get a good suit,” he told Times Radio.
“Ironically, I think this type of outfit makes a man look middle-aged, since it’s a 20-year-old trend and young people wear baggier clothes.”
Guy’s assessment of the Tory leader is in stark contrast to the praise he recently lavished on Spain’s King Felipe in the Wimbledon final.
Mr Sunak showing off a more casual outfit outside Downing Street last year
Mr Guy dismissed conspiracy theories that the 5ft 6in politician opts for shorts to appear taller, saying it was purely a matter of “fashion”.
The monarch, who saw his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz overcome a thrilling five-setter with Novak Djokovic on Center Court, was seen wearing a light gray suit jacket over a white checkered shirt, teamed with black tailored trousers and a tie. printed in navy blue and white.
Clearly a fan of the Spanish king’s suit collection, Guy said the 55-year-old royal looked “great” and that it was “very rare to see this level of tailoring today, even on the rich.”
He wrote: ‘King Philip always looks great, and it seems all his suits are cut by the same tailor.
‘Some basic points: 1. The collar always hugs the neck 2. Do not pull on either side. Things hang neatly 3. Lapels end halfway from neck to shoulder bone (good proportion).’
A roll-up lapel also aids Felipe’s appearance, while the slight curvature of a jacket lapel suggests “very fine tailoring,” Guy said.
Guy’s assessment of the Tory leader stands in stark contrast to the praise he recently lavished on Spain’s King Felipe in the Wimbledon final.
He also praised the “quarters” of his jacket, referring to how the front of a jacket sits, under the buttons, saying that the king’s quarters “sweep, creating a more dynamic line.”
Sunak has previously won plaudits for his fashion sense, with stylists hailing him as a marked improvement over his scruffy predecessor, Boris Johnson.
Celebrity hairstylist Lucas Armitage told FEMAIL: “Politicians aren’t known for having the best wardrobes, yes Boris I’m looking at you, but Rishi is always extremely well presented.”
Armitage said the chancellor’s wife, Akshata Murthy, the daughter of one of India’s richest men, could be behind his elegant appearance.
Ms Murthy runs a fashion label and can certainly offer advice to the MP on his sense of style and tailoring.
sir armitage said the key to Mr. Sunak’s appearance appears to be “clever tricks” employed by expensive tailors.
The chancellor regularly wears a dark navy suit, which comes from luxury tailor Henry Herbert, whose services start at a whopping £1,295.
Guy said that the quality of the monarch’s tailoring was rare “even among the wealthy”.
Described online as ‘true to the highest standards of traditional Savile Row tailoring’, the pieces are made from fabric sourced from mills in England and Scotland.
Celebrity stylist Rochelle White agreed, revealing, “I feel like Rishi’s style for shorts is a mix of comfort and style.
“I think he’s very aware of his body and what works well for him, and that builds into his appearance.
‘Shorts are practical for everyday use and more comfortable. They help lengthen the legs and body.’