It’s not a fashion statement.

By Sarah Yang
Updated July 21, 2017
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Since the moment he was born, Prince George has captured the attention (and hearts) of the entire world. We’ve watched him grow from an extremely adorable and expressive baby, to a little toddler with a big personality.

Everything Prince George does is closely watched by the adoring public—from his trips around the world with his parents (most recently when he appeared sleepily emerging from a plane in Berlin) to his top-notch style. In fact, he has such a big effect on fashion at such a young age that many of his outfits he’s worn are sold out in stores immediately, much like his mother’s clothes.

If you’ve followed the young prince’s style throughout the years, you’ll know that he has a very distinctive look, which always includes a pair of shorts. But why doesn’t he wear pants? He lives in England, which isn't exactly known to be a tropical, warm weather location.

There’s a simple reason for this: it’s tradition, according to the editors at Harper’s Bazaar UK, who enlisted a British etiquette expert to answer the question. “It’s a very English thing to dress a young boy in shorts,” etiquette expert William Hanson told Harper’s Bazaar UK. "Trousers are for older boys and men, whereas shorts on young boys is one of those silent class markers that we have in England. Although times are (slowly) changing, a pair of trousers on a young boy is considered quite middle class—quite suburban. And no self-respecting aristo or royal would want to be considered suburban. Even the Duchess of Cambridge."

Hanson said he believes the fashion choice has less to do with class and more to do with tradition—something that the British Royal family adheres to very strictly. After all, Prince George’s dad and uncle both rocked shorts exclusively for the first couple years of their lives. The little prince will likely “graduate” to pants around eight years old, which is the custom.

Check out the full article here. Take a look at our favorite Prince George shorts looks—and our suggestions for how to nab similar finds.


To buy: Boys’ Stretch Stanton Short in Lightweight Garment-dyed Chino, $40;


To buy: Pop-Color Khaki Shorts for Toddler Boys, $8;

To buy: Eddie Bauer Boys’ Twill Shorts with Belt, $14;