Be like James Bond!
Personally, I don’t know a man who wouldn’t consider James Bond’s style an unattainable ideal. Each of us, in the rudiments of even the most diverse hobbies, identified with the character that proves masculinity is a multidimensional concept. Of course, I’m far from making any thesis, but in today’s post, I will make an attempt to break down James Bond’s style.
James Bond is a very broad subject fashion-wise as his sense of style can be compared to English conservativeness which at times, however, takes on an intriguing form. Nevertheless, today I’ll try to make a subjective interpretation of an outfit that undoubtedly became printed in our memories.
The first time when a tuxedo jacket played a vital part was in Goldfinger, where the eponymous character is played by the sturdy Sean Connery. However, I feel slightly unsatisfied because, to my mind, the shape of the flaps, and, thus, their width, did not allude to the dimensions of the actor’s figure, creating something obvious. It’s worth noting that the tailoring techniques that were implemented a few decades ago defined the silhouette as a rectangle, hence, looking for the waistline is worthless.
Coming back to present times, a stimulus that inspired me to action was Spectre, in which Daniel Craig brought back an outfit that gives men plenty of space to shine.
The key to success in monochromatic sets is appropriate proportions, so that a men’s silhouette doesn’t acquire a grotesque form. We often see a tendency of jackets to be too small. However, I need to highlight that it is acceptable, but only in casual sets. The primary principle is as follows: the length of the jacket should reach the thumb joint.
A mandatory element of this set was a shirt with a concealed placket and French cuffs. By definition, it is characterised by higher level of formality. For me as a pragmatist, it was important that the fabric used for the shirt was the least susceptible to creasing. That’s why I chose twill, which is used for both business shirts and denim shirts, and, what’s also important, it stands out with its interesting texture.
A bow tie is one of the most stylish accessories of a male outfit. It is an obligatory element in outfits that are situated higher in the hierarchy of formality, i. e. when it comes to a tailcoat or a tuxedo. The staple colours are: white – for the tailcoat and black – for the tuxedo. Bow ties may have straight tips or diamond tips. In my outfit, I incorporated a straight tip bow tie.
From a perspective of a man who treats elegance as something more than passion, I’m aware of the importance of a proper shoulder line that may disrupt the balance of even the most ideal outfit. In my case, the disproportion between the chest and the waist totals 26 cm with additionally heavily built shoulders. The recipe in such a situation is to sew a jacket without a construction, making sure that the measure is properly taken beforehand.
Another important element is high-rise trousers that allude to the elegance of the yesteryear. They additionally optically slim the legs and appropriately emphasise the waistline.
The icing on the cake – classic cap toe Oxford shoes are the most elegant men’s shoe type. It is a must-have in every men’s wardrobe – the most important piece. This is usually the starting model when it comes to the world of male elegance. Very universal – they will be perfect as men’s wedding shoes, but they will also be ideal as evening footwear, shoes for business meetings, and for everyday professional work, requiring elegant outfits. Connoisseurs value this footwear type for its compliance with the canon and for a wide spectrum of applications. The most classic of the classic pieces.