How To Dress Like James Bond

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Fresco is the fabric you want. It is a high twist fabric which gives it an open weave and, as a result, a light and airy feel to keep you cool.

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When it comes to styling, Bond liked to keep it simple.

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Think tonally. White shirt, charcoal tie, black shoes.

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Now all you need is the Aston Martin...

Get the classic Bond look with a classic light grey suit

I realize it’s a bit of a chiché to name James Bond as a style influence, but in my case it is completely honest and true. Watching those early Bond films on VHS with my father definitely had an effect on me. And I’m fairly certain that others reading this post have had a similar formative sartorial experience via Mr. Bond.

james bond light grey suit

James Bond of the Connery vintage was especially known for wearing a light grey suit and I’ve wanted that suit for myself for quite some time. In order to get it completely right, it was most important to consider the fabric.

james bond light grey suit

| WEARING | Michael Andrews Bespoke suit and shirt, Breuer tie, Rolex watch, Brooks Brothers cuff links, Cole Haan shoes | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Bond was always well-dressed, no matter what the climate. Often you see him in his signature light grey suit in tropical climates. This is achieved (comfortably) with what is known as a “tropical weight” wool, or fresco fabric as it is known. Fresco is such a great warm-climate fabric because it has a high twist. What that does is give the fabric a very open weave, which in turn makes it quite airy, allowing the breeze to blow freely through it, making you feel cooler.

james bond light grey suit

A bonus result of the high twist and open weave is that the fabric is somewhat coarse, giving it a very interesting feel in the hand as well as the appearance of texture. This inevitably increases the suit’s versatility, especially when you are thinking of breaking it into separates.

But let’s get back to the British spy portion of this post, particularly how James Bond like to style his light grey fresco suit. As a sartorial classicist, you are most likely to see Mr. Bond style his suits extremely simplistically. Often tonally, as I’ve done here. The perfect Bond shirt and tie combo with a light grey suit is as follows: white shirt, mid-grey to charcoal tie.

james bond light grey suit

While black shoes often reek of formality, somehow when paired with a light grey suit they don’t seem quite as stuffy, while still adding some gravitas. They also complete the tonal spectrum–white, light grey, charcoal, black–and provide the most solid anchor to this look that you could ask for.

james bond light grey suit

Well, now that I’ve got the suit, all I need is the Aston Martin!

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style


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  • Chris Cox

    In the books, he wore a navy blue suit, white silk shirt, black knitted tie and black slip-on shoes. The Rolex was on stretch metal band so it could be used as a set of knuckle dusters.

    Your Bond Movie styling is well done!

  • RJ Giddings

    Bond has made a lot of guys think about clothes. Watches. Cars. Women. Always super cool, James Bond owns the room wherever he might be. Makes all the ladies swoon, and the villians all scowl. I’ve seen Skyfall way too many times. Suit looks great, Brian !

  • Sunil Nat

    James Bond is the versatile actor who is always been Seen in the Blazer or in the Suits. Bond has made the trend of Suits and Blazers he has made his Image as a Action man but always in the Professional look. He makes all ladies flats with his charm and Intense professional look and People are more Eager to copy his wardrobe. He handle and carry the best attire which make his personality Groom and Well fitted formal Wear. You just made the Blog explore about Bonds Style and give us a great knowledge of Style.

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