Twelve-year-old trunks: how to make your clothes last as long as Prince Charles’s swimwear

The Guardian - 03-20


I get a little exercised when I see the Duchess of Cambridge described as “thrifty” for wearing more than once an outfit worth several hundred pounds. But Prince Charles has just been photographed in a pair of Vilebrequin swimming trunks that he first wore at least 12 years ago. “Probably 16 years ago,” says a spokesperson for Vilebrequin, “because this particular style went on sale in 2003 and designs tend not to stick around beyond a season.” The trunks retail at £195 (leaving inflation out of it, this equates to £12 a year of ownership), so you will have to decide if their longevity amounts to thrift.