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  • Todd O. 28 February 2017 at 00:15 on A Famous Photo of George Lazenby in Anthony SinclairI know you say this cut was out by the late 60s, but to my eye, it's better than anything he wore in the movie. This picture still looks like Bond. After this, it all went down hill, IMHO.
  • Matt Spaiser 27 February 2017 at 23:20 on The Fly Front Shirt for Black Tie and BeyondSure, I can do something on that.
  • Carmelo Pugliatti 27 February 2017 at 22:44 on The Fly Front Shirt for Black Tie and BeyondMatt, Often about Bond and more often about the 60s style is talk about "clean look". You can write something about the concept of "clean look" (for suits,shirts,ties and shoes) and in what a "clean look" differs by others classic styles? Thanks. Carmelo.
  • Jovan 27 February 2017 at 21:57 on The Fly Front Shirt for Black Tie and BeyondThat is good to know, I only wish more dinner suits were up to snuff. Andrew Garfield was one of the few with a well-made slim fit dinner suit which didn't show a triangle of shirt below the button, but the trousers were hemmed a little too short, beyond the "no break" point.
  • Matt Spaiser 27 February 2017 at 18:29 on A Grey Glen Check Suit in Amsterdam in Diamonds Are ForeverCorrect. The Diamonds Are Forever suits are the closest to the style of the Anthony Sinclair ready-to-wear suits.
  • anonymous 27 February 2017 at 18:25 on A Grey Glen Check Suit in Amsterdam in Diamonds Are ForeverThis looks very much like the design that Mason and Sons is selling under the Anthony Sinclair ready to wear suits, right?
  • Brandon L. 27 February 2017 at 18:06 on The Fly Front Shirt for Black Tie and BeyondI was pleasantly surprised to see a large number of fly-front shirts at the Academy Awards last night. It's my preferred style of evening shirt, as I like the clean, minimalist look, and I'm not a fan of putting in studs.
  • Andrew (Dirty Punker/Bond and Beyond) 27 February 2017 at 13:35 on The Fly Front Shirt for Black Tie and BeyondI always loved the clean look Bond's shirt have (nice placket and no breast pocket). Clean lines are something that I admired in Connery's 60's suits and seeing that extended into Bond's shirts is something that truly makes it unique.
  • joshgtv 27 February 2017 at 08:51 on The Virtues of Black ShoesIt's also a very Australian look. RM Williams with a suit. It says that you are a farmer rather than an investment banker. Although you are in fact an investment banker, and have never been on a farm.
  • Travers Alvirez 26 February 2017 at 05:05 on Why Does James Bond Wear Suits So Often?There is an element of what the iGents today called "Sprezzatura" in wearing a suit and do stuffs in it. The term "certain nonchalance" applies well to how Bond wears a suit and wield a pistol, fighting a bad guy, and ultimately saves the day. It is rather similar to the image of a knight, well armored with shiny plate armors, sitting on a nice horse, wield his weapon in a very showy manner, and look, well, presentable. "Judge not a book by its cover", they said. Well, still, the first aspect of qualitative assessment still lies primarily in the presentation of the outfit. For someone to be successful in one's job interview, the person is still expected to dress appropriately, even when further evaluations may be off the margin. Bond, thusly, is sewn to his suit, and will never be able to take it off, fully.
  • Ryan Hall 24 February 2017 at 23:42 on The Virtues of Black ShoesNobody I see wears full cut shirts anymore, even more classic fitting dress shirts still have some shape and are taken in through the back now, with darts or not. You would be hard pressed to find a full cut suit these days. All the suit trousers I see now are not that wide and are getting more tapered.
  • RobP 24 February 2017 at 20:37 on The Virtues of Black ShoesMatt. Thanks for the insight. Really enjoy your postings.
  • Dan Ippolito 24 February 2017 at 19:59 on The Virtues of Black ShoesAnd yet, well-polished oxblood shoes almost invariably make an outfit look a little more luxurious. Yet another reason to ignore the vagaries of fashion!
  • Matt Spaiser 24 February 2017 at 15:20 on Ivory Dinner Jacket in India in OctopussyAlong with the linen dinner jacket, voile is a necessity in India's heat. Voile is often made with a double-layer front to be opaque where it is seen but left more breathable everywhere else, but Frank Foster made this one only a single layer in front for the heat. When you're wearing a jacket over the shirt, I don't think the transparency is a problem.
  • Matt Spaiser 24 February 2017 at 15:14 on The Virtues of Black ShoesAlong with full-cut shirts and shapeless suits, oxblood/burgundy shoes falling out of favour is part of American fashion falling out of favour.
  • saul 24 February 2017 at 14:57 on Ivory Dinner Jacket in India in OctopussyWhat's your take on the transparency of the shirt? I was about to wear this shirt to dinner but my date stopped me; she said it was a bit too revealing. Your thoughts?
  • RobP 24 February 2017 at 14:17 on The Virtues of Black ShoesMatt. Why do you think oxblood shoes have fallen out of fashion? Until 10 years ago they were ubiquitous. Cary Grant's oxblood oxfords looked great with his iconic North by Northwest suit. I think they would look great with your new special order suit as well.
  • Martin 24 February 2017 at 12:17 on The Virtues of Black ShoesI see no problem with that. I do it all the time. Has to be a well maintained boot, mind you.
  • Dan Gale 23 February 2017 at 01:08 on The Virtues of Black ShoesThe last two decent leather shoes or boots I've owned have had leather soles and are very noisy when walking on a pavement. Clack clack clack. I sound like I'm wearing high heels. Not very discrete and not something I'd assume a man who's job it was too sneak around would want to wear. I'd assume Bond would go for quiet rubber soles.
  • Ryan Hall 23 February 2017 at 00:47 on Double Breasted Blazer in CorfuYes, that is a possibility as it is a very casual setting. The blazer still has standard flapped pockets, which are more formal. Hayward rarely used patch pockets on his blazers and he never used flapped patch pockets as far as I'm aware. The low button stance alone makes the blazer look very relaxed.
  • Matt Spaiser 22 February 2017 at 15:37 on Double Breasted Blazer in CorfuHayward may have wanted this blazer to look more casual.
  • Matt Spaiser 22 February 2017 at 15:33 on The Virtues of Black ShoesIt's very 1960s, but if the trouser legs have very narrow openings, I think boots in any form are better than shoes.
  • Dan Ippolito 22 February 2017 at 12:29 on The Virtues of Black ShoesMatt, what is your thought regarding black Chelsea boots with a suit? Too John Steed, perhaps?
  • Menno 22 February 2017 at 11:24 on The Virtues of Black ShoesI think it's quite acceptable to wear (very) dark brown shoes with a navy suit(or a medium grey suit). Of course there's a difference between brown and brown and I do agree with you that the lighter browns and tans mostly look like trying to hard when pared with a navy or charcoal/very dark grey suit.
  • Ryan Hall 22 February 2017 at 07:50 on Double Breasted Blazer in CorfuThis blazer looks fuller cut then many of Moore's other famous blazers. Usually his blazer's have more shape around the waist, across all his tailor's, What do you think was the reason for this Matt ?
  • Renard 22 February 2017 at 07:09 on The Virtues of Black ShoesBurgundy suits? Well, I don't know...
  • FS 22 February 2017 at 00:37 on The Virtues of Black ShoesI despise the look of brown shoes with grey or navy suit. It's a "try hard" approach that I'm not sure anyone can pulll off. Bond's example is best.
  • RobP 21 February 2017 at 16:46 on The Virtues of Black ShoesMatt. Thanks great posting as usual. I really enjoy your site. One modern trend that I have personally avoided is wearing tan shoes with a navy suit. It's just not me. Black is the only shoe color I feel comfortable wearing with a navy or dark blue suit. I thought I was just showing my age. Thanks for reaffirming my choice.
  • Matt Spaiser 21 February 2017 at 15:24 on The Virtues of Black ShoesI'd say black calf chelsea boots.
  • Dan Ippolito 21 February 2017 at 14:49 on The Virtues of Black ShoesDavid, you are so right! I still hold that skinny black suits with nondescript ties make most men look like undertakers...