In Octopussy, James Bond comes to the office wearing a three-piece suit by Douglas Hayward in dark grey serge with a white rope stripe. Because the grey isn’t very dark, the rope stripe isn’t as overbearing as it could be on a dark navy or charcoal suit. And a white rope stripe on a black suit makes one look like a gangster The timelessness of the grey rope stripe is proven by it’s recent appearance in Skyfall, but now it is with a light blue stripe that coordinates with Daniel Craig’s shirt. The suit in Octopussy is a classic button three, cut with a clean chest and has natural shoulders with roped sleeve heads. The lapels are a little on the narrow side, in comparison with the classically-balanced lapels on the beige gabardine suit we see following this one. The jacket has double vents, three buttons on the cuffs and flapped pockets. The trousers have a flat front and medium-width straight legs with plain hems.
The waistcoat has six buttons, with the bottom left open. The waistcoat’s cutaway at the bottom is cut at an angle starting at the bottom buttonhole.
The ice blue cotton voile—a high-twist airy and semi-sheer fabric—shirt is made by Frank Foster and has a large spread collar, a front placket and large rounded single-button cuffs with oversized buttons. The brick red tie has the dull sheen of a repp tie, and it is neatly tied in a four-in-hand knot. The shoes are black leather apron-toe slip-ons. Bond enters the office carrying a medium grey trilby with a black ribbon. Even though none of the elements of this outfit match each other, everything goes well together in a most classic way.