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Dressing Like 007: A Guide to Mastering the James Bond Look

James Bond has been a name associated with men’s high-brow fashion for decades now. So, if you want to look as sophisticated as ever this Holiday season, turn to Bond, the most iconic spy ever. Let’s take a look at how you can elevate your look and incorporate 007 style in your fashion choices!


Understanding the Bond Style

The famous spy's style is classic and timeless. Bond doesn't follow fads; he sticks to pieces that will never go out of fashion. So, to emulate his style and look sharp while playing your favourite casino games or going to charity galas, get yourself well-tailored suits, crisp white shirts, and perfectly polished Oxfords.

 

007’s wardrobe is not limited to suits. His signature style is versatile, so pieces that can be dressed up or down, depending on the situation, should also be on your shopping list: suit jackets, polos, and classic sunglasses that work for both beachside cocktails and casino showdowns.


Evolution of Bond Style Across Eras

Though Bond’s style transcends eras, every actor who has brought him to life has breathed something special into his look. The original Bond, played by Sean Connery, was rugged yet elegant. Roger Moore’s incantation of the spy was a bit more playful in his fashion. We could see him donning bell-bottom trousers, double-breasted suits, and wider lapels inspired by the 70s disco. When thinking of a typical Bond look, one doesn’t really have Moore’s style in mind. 

 

The 90s Bond - Pierce Brosnan revived the classic look. One fun fact: this is when the tux became synonymous with 007. Moving on to Daniel Craig’s era, which we can define as contemporary, timeless, and functional. Tom Ford's sharp tailoring defined his era, but in informal situations, Craig's Bond often wore tough jeans and bomber jackets and preferred henleys over dress shirts.


The Bond Wardrobe Essentials

Let's discuss the colours first. Charcoal grey, navy blue, and black have always been Bond's colours, but to emulate the look, you can also be experimental by adding browns and greens to your wardrobe.

 

When it comes to the fits, impeccable tailoring is critical. Whenever you get a new suit or a simple pair of jeans, make sure to have it tailored to fit your body perfectly.

 

The Key to the Casual Bond

When it comes to Bond in casual settings, a cashmere sweater is a must-have, especially in neutral tones. Pair it with dark denim jeans and put on a leather jacket, and you’re ready.


Bond-Inspired Shoes and Accessories

Oxfords and Derbys have to be on your roster. If you’re going more casual, then Chelsea boots and loafers are a go-to. When it comes to other accessories, you should keep them to a minimum - Bond isn’t flashy. A timeless watch like a Rolex and aviator sunglasses have been associated with Bond throughout the years.

 

Of course, we have to mention that the key to Bond’s style is his confidence. Before you set out, make sure to accessorise with your charisma and etiquette.

 

Though each Bond era had its own style associated with it, there’s an air of elegance and sophistication associated with the character every man wishes to emulate. If you carry yourself with the confidence of a successful spy, you’re already halfway there!

 

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