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  • Carmelo Pugliatti 13 November 2019 at 23:15 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnAnd both JFK and Connery/Bond had the blue midnight dinner jacket,JFK with peaked lapels as for the Bond'white dinner jacket in "Goldfinger".
  • Keith Benjamin 13 November 2019 at 20:39 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnI always dress in colours that match my (warm) complexion, thanks to this blog and James Bond I also, as good as always, dress up a bit more than other people in my surroundings, as does Bond.
  • Saul 13 November 2019 at 20:19 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnIf you guys have any pics of your bond style i think it woild benefit everyone wanting to upgrade their style whether they are bond fans or not. I think we should be open to the harshest criticism as well It helped me, when my tailor told me if i dont lose weight he will refuse to tailor me anymore It helped tremendously.
  • tredstone 13 November 2019 at 20:09 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnJust for some completely useless trivia, but the necktie JFK was wearing when he was assassinated was Christian Dior, and the dress shirt was Charles Dillon.
  • jdreyfuss 13 November 2019 at 14:25 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnThe shirt is constructed in Turkey, and even with the fast-track customs for a bonded courier it got to Cleveland from Istanbul impressively fast. I believe it was sent Thursday and got to me on Monday. The fabric is their basic white. It's a 100s poplin (they call it broadcloth, but the weft has distinctive ribbing so I'm calling it poplin) at about 8 or 9 oz/yd. According to the website it's Turkish long staple cotton, milled in Turkey. It feels high-quality, similar to the fabric in a Sea Island Quality T&A shirt I have.
  • Carmelo Pugliatti 13 November 2019 at 13:47 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnIf I can complete my thought i have noticed that between JFK and Connery/Bond have many similitudes: both wear two buttons suits in blue or gray,solid or with sober pattern, both wear solid ties (Connery/Bond ever,JFK often),both wear for the most black shoes. Lapels of the jackets are for JFK and the first Connery/Bond slender but not slim,trousers are not to much slim compared with the average fashion of the times. In sportswear both wear polo shirt and swim trunks. JFK was "mid Atlantic,Connery/Bond British but with a modern twist,both could be not noticed and perfectly at ease il London or in New York....both have a hat in hand (and Connery/Bond briefly in head) but are for the most whitout hat. Both are symbol of jet age of early 60s.
  • Carmelo Pugliatti 13 November 2019 at 12:55 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnMatt, Can i suggest you a future topic? The comparison and mythical between the most famous two buttons of 60s: John F. Kennedy and Sean Connery as James Bond.
  • Hector Garcia 13 November 2019 at 07:20 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnI agree, I have noticed all the gentlemen you mention. I also feel very interested as well in italian style. In some cases, for example I like more some italians aftershaves and shaving products than English ones. I like both styles in general a lot. In my case just wearing a suit would be the most important Bond influence at all. Matt's great sense of taste and style are so important for me. I have a long way before me to acquire my own style. I like those italian cars so much, Alfa Romeo of the 50s and 60s. I would have liked that in the movie OHMSS they had remained true to the novel and have Miss di Vincenzo use a Zagato instead of the Cougar. Nothing wrong with the American car but the Zagato was so exotic and beautiful. Ciao
  • Travers Alvirez 13 November 2019 at 02:00 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnA personalized touch I often have on my suits is the asola lucida (commonly referred to as Milanese buttonhole). Makes for quite a difference. Despite having a lot of references drawn from Connery Bond, I wear Navy and Midnight suits more often than greys, which also makes for a difference.
  • Saul 12 November 2019 at 23:28 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnKeep us posted. Any idea where the shirt was constructed? Is the cotton Egyptian or japanese?
  • Daniele 12 November 2019 at 22:14 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnVery nice, it all is exactly what I do
  • Carmelo Pugliatti 12 November 2019 at 17:32 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnWell,i like Bond and as Italian i have the luck to have a bespoke tailor at reasonable prices,but sincerly i'm are now far to follow the so called "Bond style". I'm rather classic,so i prefer three buttons over two buttons,and i like double breasteds very much. When i was very young i considered the style of Connery/ Bond (and some stuff of Lazenby and Roger Moore) very sophisticated,but now i see it as too much minimalistic also for the 60s,and in this regard prefer others 60s style icon as some Italian actors ( the best known of which internationally was Marcello Mastroianni, but also Alberto Sordy had fantastic style). Now for my own style i watch to "timeless" icons as the aforementioned actors,or Fred Astaire or Douglas Fairbanks Jr or Laurence Olivier,very classics and constant over time,and if i must to have a reference model is a ideal well dressed ( anglophile) Italian gentleman of 50s/60s. Said this i'm still fascinated with the James Bond look...but i confess that for the most is not my cup of tea.
  • jdreyfuss 12 November 2019 at 17:07 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnUpdate: The fit is spot on. I'm a little surprised at how wide set the darts are in the rear. The watch allowance is there, which was a worry for me, since I'm left handed and I wear my watch on the right. I was worried they would cut the left wrist longer instead of the right, but they got it. I do have one issue, which is related to having a long torso. The widest part of the chest is set just a little higher than my actual chest. With a bespoke tailor I assume they would take that measurement into consideration. Otherwise no complaints. The buttons are real mother of pearl, or at least are close enough to the ones on my T&A shirt to accept them without doing an acid test.
  • Hector Garcia 12 November 2019 at 10:59 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnGreat article as usual. I think I needed this. I have acquired a few Craig era items that I hope are more versatile, like the John Smedley bobby sweater, other things I change colors, since I am medium skin tone, and I am afraid colors that look good on Mr. Craig will look aweful on me. I usually try to copy more of both Connery and Lazenby. Also, the geographical place has to be taken into account. I cannot buy clothing based on the excellent winter pieces good for the English or European thaters since I live in a place where we get only a few weeks of cold. It is a shame some times, one of the first articles I read from this vlog was the one on the Goldfinger Hacking Jacket. This is my favorite of all looks and I have a hard time only taking references and not going full cosplay on it. Thanks again for all these great articles.
  • Mateus 12 November 2019 at 10:28 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnI think Conor's comments are spot on. It is actually quite difficult to dress well with current fashions and I find myself cringing when I see the types of suits that some middle aged gents are wearing. I think if one went to a good tailor the suit would reflect what worked well for the individual, with the tailor's own style of cut. My impression is this is why the Connory suits work so well. They were meant to work with Connory, and Sinclair obviously had a particular style. It is similar to the North by North West suit. Grant had his own personal requirements but it was cut in a way that flattered him. Attempts at recreating the suit for someone else just don't work as well. So it is about finding a style that works for you, whether that be by using tailored clothes or off the shelf and having items tastefully adjusted. Much more difficult now than ever before, which is why using vintage materials and styles have so much potential.
  • Conor Bentley 11 November 2019 at 22:36 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnI definitely credit this site with much of my fashion education, or at least as the jumping-off point. Since my education at the Matt Spaiser school of style, I have tried to find ways to incorporate Bond elements into my wardrobe- sometimes with just one, and others with an entire look, but always from a bargain standpoint. I think that I enjoy finding great budget or vintage finds that reflect a Bondian look and feel, especially since modern suit and jacket cuts do not suit my body type, and I can find better constructed pieces that fit me better at second hand stores. Paying more attention to my wardrobe through a 007 lens has been fun.
  • Saul 11 November 2019 at 22:13 on (00)7 Levels of James Bond Suit AppreciationI actually had one of their double breasted suits
  • jdreyfuss 11 November 2019 at 21:09 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnOn a similar note, I received my Deo Veritas Connery shirt in the mail today. I haven't been able to try it on yet, but so far the specs look correct. It has the right cuffs, collar, and placket designs, with floating interlinings on all three. I haven't taken it apart yet, so I don't know if it has rear darts, and I don't know if they added in the half inch watch allowance on the right wrist. I can't tell if the buttons are real MOP or artificial. They are pearlescent layered over opaque solid white, which I usually associate with plastic buttons, rather than pearlescent over a darker or scraped shell backing like natural MOP, but they do pass most of the tactile tests. They're cool to the touch, hard enough to click when tapped, and don't have a perfectly even surface. I will have to check them against the buttons on a T&A shirt when I get home.
  • jdreyfuss 11 November 2019 at 18:55 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnThanks for the advice. I came to this blog off a tip from BAMF Style and it has not disappointed. I already had some idea of what style I prefer, and this has helped me solidify it. I feel like I've learned how to dress elegantly in tailored clothing, whether it's subtle or flashy, and how to dress so that I set myself apart from my peers without looking like I'm affecting a style that doesn't fit. In terms of Bond-specific inspirations, if I could go the rest of my life without wearing a belt again, other than with jeans, I will have this blog to thank for it - although I prefer suspenders to only wearing side adjusters. I also occasionally wear what I call the "full Connery," though I don't tell anyone else but my wife that. Gray suit, pale blue shirt, dark blue grenadine tie. Everyone always says it's my best look and I may or may not tell them I'm cribbing James Bond's style.
  • jdreyfuss 11 November 2019 at 18:33 on (00)7 Levels of James Bond Suit AppreciationEvery time I go to work before Thursday without wearing a suit or jacket and tie, I have to remind my wife that I choose to dress that way to work and that I'm not required to.
  • Michael Poplawski 11 November 2019 at 15:57 on How to Make Bond Style Your OwnMatt, great advice to someone that wants to upgrade their look.
  • Dan Ippolito 11 November 2019 at 11:13 on (00)7 Levels of James Bond Suit AppreciationSaul - as well you should!
  • Ivan B. 11 November 2019 at 11:04 on Suitings for the SettingThat would be very helpful Matt to have a guide on the differences of those colours. Thanks Matt, looking forward to that future post!
  • Travers Alvirez 11 November 2019 at 03:10 on (00)7 Levels of James Bond Suit AppreciationChester Barrie is another recommendation.
  • Travers Alvirez 11 November 2019 at 03:09 on (00)7 Levels of James Bond Suit AppreciationNo truer word spoken, Saul.
  • Matt Spaiser 11 November 2019 at 01:03 on Suitings for the SettingBeige is lighter and/or more grey than tan. Perhaps I need to do a post on the differences! There’s also ecru and buff to throw in.
  • SAUL 10 November 2019 at 16:33 on (00)7 Levels of James Bond Suit AppreciationAnyone here use any brands that are bond caliber but not connected to Bond? I would be interested in anyone's insight. I read Mr.Spaiser suggesting Kent Haste. I utilize Borrelli for shirts and E.Marinella for neckties Luciano Barbera sartoria for suits.
  • Saul 10 November 2019 at 15:07 on (00)7 Levels of James Bond Suit AppreciationInteresting how many times I have gotten stares when o wear a suit in california, especially if my wife and I are going to dinner. They stare as if there is something wrong with us. We take it as a compliment
  • Ivan B. 10 November 2019 at 14:40 on Suitings for the SettingPardon my question, but would you care to elaborate Matt, on the differences between tan and beige (and maybe cream)? I seem to see that beige, tan and cream are interchanged many times so I would like to clarify with you Matt.
  • Matt Spaiser 9 November 2019 at 23:15 on Basted for Bond: Examining Pierce Brosnan’s Brioni ClothesThe waist suppression is much less on Brosnan’s jackets, partially because the chest isn’t as full-cut and partially because Brosnan didn’t have as athletic a build. Connery‘s jackets still had a lot of waist suppression, they just didn’t fit closely in the waist because he was so athletic.