Want to dress like Suffolk singing star Ed Sheeran? We show you how

Ed Sheeran in 2012. Photo: Ian West/PA

Ed Sheeran in 2012. Photo: Ian West/PA - Credit: PA

We might not be able to write lyrics like Ed Sheeran, but we can dress like the former Suffolk high school pupil, Ish. Mind you, the £34k watch might be a dream-breaker...

Another blast from the past. Photo: Carl Persson.

Another blast from the past. Photo: Carl Persson. - Credit: Carl Persson

Come on. Let's face it. Ed Sheeran being a good old Suffolk boy at heart (and we know that from his song Castle on the Hill) he's not going to let his head be turned by a fancy bit of clobber with a daunting price-tag.

We orbit Ipswich, not Islington. And our values are about what people have inside – in their head and heart – and not what they're wearing.

Seems to me the appeal of Framlingham's favourite minstrel is down to him looking like one of us – while being able to articulate our most personal feelings better than we can ourselves. Hope he never changes. Bet he won't.

Ed Sheeran, looking cool. Photo: Christie Goodwin

Ed Sheeran, looking cool. Photo: Christie Goodwin - Credit: Archant

Anyway, a pair of expensive trainers and strides isn't much good if you're going traipsing over Fram mere to sit on a tree-stump and gaze at that castle as the sun goes down, is it? Stands to reason.

Mind you, Ed does scrub up well when the occasion demands. Did you see the cover and spread he did for GQ magazine? Very stylish – with the shoot by photographer Norman Jean Roy envisioning the former Thomas Mills High pupil as a powerful guitarist and troubadour and looking a bit Hendrix-esque. There he is in the rain, holding a blazing guitar. Very moody. Very slick.


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All a fair cry from 2012, when the magazine's poll declared him the worst-dressed celebrity. Not that he was miffed, saying 'If I want to be smart, I can be smart. I just really don't care.' Naturally, he didn't harbour a grudge. Chatting to GQ's Andy Morris in 2014, he said: 'I dressed badly up until about six months ago when I met someone, who I'm currently with, who just bought me some shirts for my birthday and carried on getting me shirts. I'm just a little bit better dressed now.' He also revealed he liked watches. His everyday model was a Nautilus, after a Russian guy gave him one of the timepieces when Ed played at a bar mitzvah. He also liked Patek, he said. There was an Alexander McQueen jumper he liked, though he admitted it was in his rucksack and he tended to lose clothes because he moved around a lot, what with the job. With trainers, Nike, Jordan and Yeezy got the vote – mainly for comfort.

Ed wore a Manchester pea coat (navy wool) by Private White VC at �675

Ed wore a Manchester pea coat (navy wool) by Private White VC at �675 - Credit: Archant

And so to this year, with GQ celebrating Ed's 'true sartorial transformation' from fashion failure to stylish cover star in four years. The magazine remembered how in 2013 it had at least ranked the singer – then sporting a pea-green oversized hoodie – above football pundit Robbie Savage and BBC presenter Andrew Marr.

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He's a different man now, it concludes. 'Donning the likes of a Private White VC wool coat, a Sunspel rollneck and a Tom Ford tuxedo in our March cover shoot he looks a world apart from his 2012 ensemble.'

So, there we have it. Even if we can't afford such prices, we might still be tempted to give our wardrobe a springtime reawakening and adapt a few ideas, mightn't we?

Diesel Carrot jeans, dark blue, 74% cotton, £160

Diesel Carrot jeans, dark blue, 74% cotton, £160 - Credit: Archant

And don't forget: 'Ed wears local'. He's backing Rendlesham surf-and-skate brand HOAX.

The watch Ed wore for the shoot was a Calatrava Pilot Travel Time piece in white gold and featuring

The watch Ed wore for the shoot was a Calatrava Pilot Travel Time piece in white gold and featuring a mechanical self-winding movement. It costs �34,570 - Credit: Archant

The rollneck from Sunspel (�140) was inspired by classic 1960s style and borrows the spirit of Steve

The rollneck from Sunspel (�140) was inspired by classic 1960s style and borrows the spirit of Steve McQueens film Bullitt - Credit: Archant

Diesel T-Sirio Marl Crew Neck T-Shirt, Melange grey, 60% cotton, �45 - thought to be those worn be E

Diesel T-Sirio Marl Crew Neck T-Shirt, Melange grey, 60% cotton, �45 - thought to be those worn be Ed in the GQ shoot - Credit: Archant

Ed Sheeran on the cover of GQ's March issue. Out now

Ed Sheeran on the cover of GQ's March issue. Out now - Credit: Archant

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