As if being named Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2013 wasn't enough, now Pope Francis has another impressive title to add his growing list of honours.
In a surprising announcement, Esquire magazine named the 77-year-old the Best Dressed Man of 2013, beating out other worthy candidates such as David Beckham, Frank Ocean and Idris Elba.
"The opulent jewelry and fur-lined capes of yore have given way to humbler dress, and this break from aesthetic tradition says a lot of the man and what he hopes to achieve while doing his earthly duties."
The Pope has generally avoided lavish clothing, preferring to don a simple white robe and matching skullcap. He also opted for a simple papal ring when he was presented with much more luxurious options and ditched the red leather shoes that used to be custom among past popes.
"Pope Francis understands that menswear is meant to express the character of the man wearing the clothes," Mary Lisa Gavenas, author of The Fairchild Encyclopedia of Menswear, told Esquire. She added, "No rapper-style popewear for him."
Besides, who needs a blinged out pope when we have Kate Middleton?
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