It’s about time I looked into Sean Connery’s beautiful suits from 1964’s Marnie. There’s a wealth of material to draw from this film, including six suits, three sports coats and a dinner suit. Marnie‘s director Alfred Hitchcock had a huge influence on the Bond films and Bond style, especially with 1959’s North By Northwest as well as some of his other espionage thrillers. It’s quite fitting for Sean Connery to do a Hitchcock film.
The clothes look English, though it’s very possible that they are made by an American tailor. The suits are similar to his Bond suits, with a full chest and straight shoulders on the natural shoulder line with roped sleeve heads, but they don’t appear to be cut by Anthony Sinclair. In contrast to his Bond suits, Connery’s suits in Marnie button three as opposed to two, though the lapel rolls gently over the top button. The suits have narrow lapels and pocket flaps, 3-button cuffs and no vents. The trousers are very similar to Connery’s Bond trousers, with double forward pleats, turn-ups and side adjusters. But instead of the tabs extending forward as they ordinarily do, these tabs extend rearward. The suits pictured here are a medium grey with a narrow pinstripe (above 2) and a navy with an even narrower pinstripe (below 2).
The soft white shirt has a spread collar and single-button rounded barrel cuffs. The shirts resemble Frank Foster’s shirts, with a familiar collar shape and the placket stitching close to the center. The shirt also has shoulder pleats, to better fit Connery’s athletic build. His tie is solid black, tied in a half windsor knot and held to his placket with a tie bar. In addition to clipping his tie to the shirt, he also tucks in the tie. For a man of Connery’s height to tuck in the shirt he must be wearing a very long tie. Compare it to his Bond ties, which just touched his waistband. Look for more clothes from Marnie in the future.