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How to dress like James Bond

Dress to kill with the perfect mix of sophistication and sex-appeal in our guide to this season's ultimate spywear

by 28 September 2015

With the much-anticipated release of the new Bond movie Spectre just around the corner, who better to inspire your new season wardrobe than Daniel Craig’s edgy double-0 agent, Bond, James Bond.

And while a vintage Aston Martin DB5 might be top of the list, followed by an Omega Seamaster, in reality, pursuing the refined and seriously cool style of James Bond is more about rocking a few simple, but key well-tailored essentials, and if in doubt wear Tom Ford.

Over the decades Bond’s style has evolved, yet some things have never changed and from the original early Sean Connery days to Daniel Craig’s modern adaptation today, Bond has retained a killer dress sense. A dapper daytime suit, the classic tux and impeccably tailored off duty wares are his mainstay and throw in a sleek over coat or tough luxe leather biker, and you are well on to your way to Bond style sartorial success.

With the next edition of the Bond adventure, Spectre, soon to be released, we shake up your wardrobe and show you five, well four ways to achieve Bond’s signature style, as the tux goes without saying...

The turtleneck

Spectre-turtleneck© 007.com

We are yet to uncover the finer details of Daniel Craig’s wardrobe as Bond in Spectre, but we do know that he is rocking a seriously sleek and slick turtleneck. Bond is certainly no stranger to the turtleneck - Pierce Brosnan in Die Another Day, Roger Moore in Live and Let Die and Sean Connery in You Only Live Twice have all sported the slick staple. The turtleneck is a cultured alternative to both casual and formal shirts and paired with denim or tailored trousers or as layered under a jacket or over a shirt, is a dapper option.

turtleneckFrom left: trousers: Acne Studiosboots: Officine Creative, turtleneck: John Smedleywatch: Omega

The daytime suit

Skyfall-movie-image-daniel-craigSkyfall movie image

Back in the early 007 days, Sean Connery’s Bond led the way for the seriously suave suit and all Bonds since have continued the legacy, proving a well-tailored suit a sartorial must day or night, on or off duty. The rules; go for dark grey or navy (slightly textured or a subtle pinstripe is a nice addition), a white or light blue shirt, a navy tie (a knit tie is classic yet cool), and don’t forget the pocket square for that all-important finishing touch. For the ultimate in refined suiting which is sure to impress Miss Moneypenny, it has to be a three piece.

jb1From left: Suit: Canali, shirt: Gucci, pocket square: Kingsman by Drake's, tie: Richard James, boots: George Cleverley

The casual calling

Movie-still-from-Spectre-Movie still from Skyfall

Even when Bond ditches the suit or tux, he still manages to look sharp. In Skyfall, Daniel Craig’s Bond was ready for action in simple dark denim jeans and polo shirt. Add a pair of dark aviators and some desert boots and you have a signature off duty Bond style. Just keep your separates trim, slim and with clean lines.

casualFrom left: t-shirt: Alexander McQueen, jeans: Burberry Brit, sunglasses: Cutler and Gross, desert boots: Paul Smith Accessories 

The winter wrap up

skyfall-daniel-craigDaniel Craig in Skyfall, photo courtesy of willstewartphoto.wordpress.com 

At the other end of the spectrum from Bond’s skimpy blue trunks made famous by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, is his somewhat more wearable winter wardrobe. A plush woolen overcoat is a seriously dapper way to cover up as the temperature dips and don’t be afraid of accessories. Leather gloves and a cashmere scarf will complete your 007 cover up.

winter-wrap-upFrom left: gloves: Berlutiscarf: Loro Pianacoat: Hugo Boss