HC on UK bros' fashion tastes?
A mountain man pulled inside very much against his will. Jeans and a shirt or overalls. Jacket, coat, but never gloves or a hat. Will swing to extremes in summer and wear shorts without shame.
Will wear and has worn beautiful, fancy things but he dislikes anything that makes movement or tasks fiddly or difficult. Has never been a fan of clothing where he can't dressing himself (as fashion of the higher classes became) and would rather take off pieces than put on
In short: incredible practical.
Scruffy intellectual. Has that annoying ability to wear something boring/ ridiculous and somehow make it work. An effortless style, loose fitting garments and toned down patterns that work really well with his slender shape.
Easily well dressed but in reality, Ireland has just figured out what looks good on his body and eyes up clothes designed for fit, more than pattern or colour. He does know what colours work best in him and he does pay attention but still prioritises the cut and shape of things over anything else.
In decades past he could look somewhat unkempt depending on fashion trends, but the man has always know what his body wears well and isn't shy of sticking to this, even if current fashion trends disagree
Has the type of legs that look ridiculously scrawny in hose and hated them
I have never liked the fanon and canon interpretation of England as scruffy or badly dressed. For me, Arthur is a man hyper aware of people's perception of him and knows that looks are important to make, and maintain, a good first impression and represent the position of power and social standing he wishes to portray
He's very good at blending and will happily dress up or down as the occasion calls for it (no over the top fancy clothes when with the lower classes, only high fashion amongst the upper) but likes to look nice. Is aware of the current fashions and will wear them but in a more muted, toned down way that doesn’t make him stand out too much
In a similar vein, he knows what colours and cuts he suits and will stick to reliable favourites rather than be experimental for fear of being mocked. In this way he can come across as plain sometimes or 'safe', though never dowdy
HATES being seen as 'silly', whether that be a foreign perception of his fashions or via being out of touch with his people and so waits for a new trend to be about a bit before trying it (e.g., reluctantly joined the ruff wearing when they were popular, though hated every step of the way)
Misses wearing excessive jewels and bright, bold colours more than he'll ever admit
Hoodies. These days, at least, and jeans. More than the rest of his brothers, he wants to fit in with his physical age group and will follow along with what they do, be that what it may
Will not wear shorts and is reluctant to be without a hoodie even in boiling hot weather
Can be stuffed into a suit and does understand the importance of public image, though is the least obliging of them all
Comfortable. Soft. Warm. (Stealable)
Wales, like Scotland, will dress for the occasion and mostly goes along with current, general fashions but similarly prefers clothes for their practicality, unlike England and Ireland who are more image conscious.
He is aware of what people wear these days but doesn't mind about following it overly much or experimenting. The main reason for this is that he doesn't prefer to use clothes to express himself- they're just clothes. They keep him warm or can look nice, at times but that's the extent of it.
He's very unbothered for the most part and buys things according to whether or not he likes the look of them, regardless of what anyone else is doing or even if they look good one him
The outcome of this is that he can sometimes appear oddly dressed in strange combinations but they work??? Like yes those wide-legged brown trousers DO go with that top and vest combination but only because it's Wales and his lack of caring gives him a confident ease that he really wasn't aiming for