Dress Like 007: A James Bond Shopping Guide
The art of the chase has never been more finely attired than in the latest James Bond installation, Spectre, starring Daniel Craig. The world’s favorite legendary spy shakes up every scene of this 24th installation of the Bond saga with his signature and quintessential style.
For the third time, designer Tom Ford dressed the 007 film; contributing his stylistic genius to Skyfall and Quantum of Solace. For Spectre, Ford collaborated with costume designer Jany Temime on a range of impressively tailored, bespoke looks that included evening wear, suits, shirts, knitwear, ties, accessories, and exclusive eyewear — all handmade from Italy, naturally. After all, when it comes to Bond, only the best will do.
“I tried to find a traditional look for Bond, a classic look,” Temime said. “Bond is a classic man. He is confident and sure of himself, and he has exactly the right clothes for the situation. He is the epitome of an English gentleman.”
If you’re seeking to bring another layer of classic polish into your wardrobe, plus a bit of secret-agent intrigue, then look no further than this shopping guide of sartorial staples necessary for a Bond-approved dress code.
The glorious suit practically has its own starring role in Spectre, where Craig has no shortage of memorable sportcoat-and-pants outings. When it comes to a James Bond suit, bespoke is the code word and impeccable tailoring is the name of the game. Tom Ford’s O’Connor base was created specifically for Craig and features a two-button front, narrow peak lapel, and signature designer details including a hand-rolled, three-fold hand cord and exclusive blend lining. Various incarnations of the O’Connor pop up throughout the film, including a gray pinstripe and a blue Prince of Wales checkered version — both worthy of a second take. Just make sure your O’Connor suit fits you to the nines.
The Ivory Dinner Jacket
The ultimate sartorial comeback, the ivory dinner jacket re-enters the lexicon of James Bond’s style in Spectre. The piece hasn’t been seen for 30 years — since the Roger Moore era of 007. No one better to reintroduce it than Tom Ford who does so with the height of elegance and class. Craig wears the ‘James Bond’ Windsor silk-blend tuxedo jacket that is crafted with padded shoulders and faille peak lapels for a sharp look. The suave design is likewise lined in sleek satin further heightening the luxe factor. Wear the dinner jacket with O’Connor black evening trousers, an evening shirt, a black satin cummerbund and a black silk grosgrain bow tie for total Bond-inspired appeal.
Oftentimes relegated to uncool status, the turtleneck has hurtled back into the current style vocabulary with a vengeance — and you could pretty easily convince us that James Bond had something to do with that. Fall’s staple sweater packs plenty of handsome appeal on Craig in Spectre. If you want to wear the exact sweater that’s on the back of the current Bond, then London’s luxury cashmere knitwear and accessories specialist N.Peal is for you. The N.Peal gray cable-roll-neck cashmere sweater and the lapis blue mock turtleneck both appear in the film. The brand’s dark charcoal turtleneck even appears on one of the Spectre teaser posters. But this is certainly not the first time we’ve seen the turtleneck on Bond — you may recall it showing up on Pierce Brosnan (Die Another Day), Roger Moore (Live and Let Die) and Sean Connery (You Only Live Twice).
Bond wears Tom Ford’s navy herringbone overcoat to meet M in the movie. A perfect balance between Italian gangster and sleek gentleman, the limited-edition 007 Spectre design is expertly crafted in Italy with the finest silk and cashmere blend and boasts notched lapels and a chest pocket. Perfect for the office or the evening, it layers well with tailored separates or a full suit — no meeting with M required.
What’s an international man of mystery without a pair of shades. We have Tom Ford to thank for those, too, as the frames seen on Craig are the shiny black iteration of the Tom Ford ‘Snowdon’ soft-square sunglasses with metal T temple decoration. Riffing on the classic Wayfarer shape, they immediately add a timelessly slick, retro-mod mood to any ensemble. Put them on, and you’ll immediately be channeling ‘Bond, James Bond’ in no time.
Bond is an Omega man; the legendary watchmaker has been on his wrist for more than 20 years. This time around, he counts the hours with two innovative, updated models of the iconic timepiece that were made especially for the film. The Omega Aqua Terra Limited Edition is inspired by the Bond family coat of arms while the Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre Limited Edition delivers a striking black dial and a rare ‘lollipop’ seconds hand, all presented in a robust stainless steel case with a sleek, black-and-grey striped NATO strap. Plus, ‘Spectre’ is engraved on the back for the final 007 touch.