Bond, James Bond. Regardless of which generation of Hollywood leading men utters those famous words, we all know them to be synonymous with style, charisma, swagger and a dash of danger.
Who doesn’t love a dashing and debonair international spy who saves the day and gets the girl? James Bond 007 has captivated audiences for decades and in all that time, his appeal has not diminished one bit. In fact, his appeal seems to only increase as the years go by. A large part of which is thanks to the combination of the famous character’s elegance and devilry, along with his spy toys, his cars, and of course, capped off by his impeccable style.
While the actors depicting James Bond may change, from Sean Connery to Roger Moore, to Pierce Brosnan, and to this generation’s latest, Daniel Craig, regardless of the actor, the quintessential style of James Bond 007 remains as refined as ever. We’re giving you a few tips on how you can channel James Bond’s style for yourself.
When you think of James Bond, you undoubtedly imagine a suave gentleman dressed in a sharp tailored suit. Considering James Bond’s British origins, it comes as no surprise that his style can easily be associated with Savile Row tailoring. Regardless of the perilous situation the spy may find himself in, his suits, tuxedos and all his garments for that matter, always fit him exceptionally well – never too tight, never loose, always just right.
James Bond’s suits tend to stick to the traditional colors of black, grey and navy. Wear a grey single-breasted suit and trousers with a crisp button down shirt, a black tie, black shoes and a white pocket square to recreate the go-to James Bond ensemble. For an extra dose of style, elevate the look with a three-piece suit. Try an onyx or jet-black suit, vest and trousers, paired with a stark white shirt. If black seems a little too severe for you, another option is a grey pinstripe three-piece suit, worn with a tie in the same color tone and also a white shirt.
While the spy is almost always seen in black, grey and navy, he has, on occasion, been on the big screen wearing brown and cream colored suits. For a less traditional look, choose a beige or camel suit, worn with a white shirt and similarly colored brown tie. If you’re inclined to wear a cream suit, create a more casual look with a solid pastel colored shirt, sans necktie. Remember, James Bond is a spy and while looking sharp, still needs to remain inconspicuous. The key to his style is in the fit and tailoring, not in any flamboyant prints or patterns. Avoid colors that are too loud or too bright.
Aside from a perfectly fitted suit, when it comes to James Bond’s wardrobe, it’s all about the details. You need all the right weapons to create James Bond’s style and that means having the right accessories. Arm your closet with chic wayfarer or aviator sunglasses, a nice watch, and leather gloves, just to name a few. When the weather gets cold, James Bond always opts for sturdy leather gloves, a dark colored overcoat and a simple scarf.
Of course, James Bond isn’t always in a suit. There are scenes where he’s shown in more casual attire. However, when you’re James Bond, casual still means well-fitted trousers, a simple button down shirt, that is in fact, unbuttoned at the top, or even a sport shirt or turtleneck, depending on the location. Complete the slightly more rugged and casual James Bond look with a stylish jacket, preferably in suede.
When it’s time to order a martini, shaken, not stirred, you can expect to see James Bond dashingly standing by the bar in a sleek tuxedo. You can’t go wrong in a bespoke black tuxedo with peak lapels, worn with a white tuxedo shirt, trousers with the eye-catching side-stripe and a black bowtie. But we all know that James Bond never just plays it safe. Other than black, you can also wear a dark blue tuxedo with a black round lapel and matching blue trousers, or an all-white tuxedo worn with a white tuxedo shirt and black trousers. Whichever color you choose, do as James Bond and finish off the look with a boutonniere and a martini in hand.
With our tips, you’ll be ready to play James Bond himself in the next new installment, No Time to Die. While James Bond 007 may have no time to die, you surely have the time to follow in his sartorial footsteps.
Have you already watched the trailer of the No Time to Die movie coming soon? We cannot wait to see it!
*Update: The release date has been postponed due to the current situation in the world. What do you think? When will we be able to see the new James Bond?