Decoding the James Bond wardrobe

Updated: 20 November, 2015 10:58 IST | Ria Lawrence |

Considered the epitome of suavity and sophistication, James Bond's wardrobe continues to entice men's fashion universe

Some characters are designed to be timeless, quite literally, and there are a few quintessential ingredients that make James Bond the icon that he is.

Agent 007 is not just about martinis, murders, bikini bods, luxury and gadgets; style makes for a colossal part of the franchise. Going by rumours, Sean Connery used to sleep in his suits during the filming of 'Dr No' (1962), the first ever James Bond film to hit screens.

What's important to know is that one should not underestimate the power of showing up well dressed. On the eve of yet another Bond release, 'Spectre', hitlist gives you a lowdown on all that makes for the inimitable Bond style.

Trademark white tux
Sean Connery

Banishing the typical black suit look, Bond celebrated the white tux making it almost exclusive to the brand. Throughout Roger Moore's decade-long tenure as Bond, he took the tux a step ahead, while Daniel Craig can be seen donning the white tuxedo in all its glory in the upcoming Bond film. Designer Tom Ford describes it as a 'Windsor ivory viscose faille dinner jacket with peak lapel, single back vent and ivory grosgrain details.' Talk about attention to detail.

The tuxedo
James Bond
The most classic staple of them all. Sure the tuxedo has been around for a while, but over five actors in a span of five decades have immortalised the quintessential fashion trend. Sean Connery celebrated the tuxedo by making it an anytime wear, complete with a crisp white shirt and a classic black tie.

Bow tie
James Bond
If worn well, it can add a dash of sophistication to your attire. From batwing to butterfly to thistle shape, Bond men over the years have sported the bow tie with élan. It is simplistically black, and it's best to stick to that one rule.

Black turtleneck
Pierce Brosnan
When the first poster of Spectre came out, one couldn't help but notice that charming old trademark turtleneck. If you want to break away from the mundane suit combinations, opt for a turtleneck. Right from Sean Connery and Roger Moore to Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, they have all worn it and worn it in style.

Long overcoat
Daniel Craig
It is a bit of a risk, but if you are in the mood to experiment, take a cue from the brand and step out in this classy outwear option. From light windbreakers to standard military styles, Pierce Brosnan nailed it in this particular department.

Swimming trunks
Daniel Craig
This might not be a typical fashion trend, but let's face it: when Daniel Craig emerged from the ocean wearing those blue trunks in 'Casino Royale' (2006), he had us swooning. For his final scene as Bond, Connery stepped out in white trunks. Needless to say, it caught on and how!

First Published: 19 November, 2015 18:00 IST

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