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  • Agent00Soul 7 December 2021 at 03:30 on Cyril Castle Tailored James Bond’s Best Jacket SilhouetteI bought a bespoke jacket for my wedding with cuffs like these. They were based on the ones that Moore wore in Man With The Golden Gun but are basically the same. The tailor was David Reeves of NYC who Matt has interviewed on his podcast.
  • Rod+The+Mod 6 December 2021 at 20:16 on Adam’s Checked Jacket and Roll Neck in Live and Let DieLALD was clearly jumping on the blaxploitation film trend of the early to mid seventies and we see a certain Mr. J Shaft wearing a blazer or suit over a roll neck sweater two years earlier which was clearly an influence on this outfit.
  • LWMorton 6 December 2021 at 17:43 on Adam’s Checked Jacket and Roll Neck in Live and Let DieI love this outfit, and I feel like the roll neck and blazer combination is becoming more and more in-vogue. Both Tom Holland and Jake Gyllenhaal have worn them recently on the red carpet.
  • Matt Spaiser 6 December 2021 at 10:12 on Adam’s Checked Jacket and Roll Neck in Live and Let DieI think that the jacket could be difficult for some people to pull off. Such a large check needs a larger man to wear it. A very skinny or short man will look overwhelmed by the check. It also takes a certain personality to be able to pull off such a bold check. The man wears the jacket, not the other way around.
  • Ivan B. 6 December 2021 at 09:58 on Adam’s Checked Jacket and Roll Neck in Live and Let DieA fantastic and refreshing article Matt! While the style looks undoubtedly straight out of the 70s, Adam looks very stylish and tasteful for a henchman and is arguably one of the better/best dressed henchmen in the series. I also think that while his outfit does look fairly warm to wear in a climate like a bayou, he pulls it off very well and on cooler weather, it would be a perfect smart casual outfit. And as you said Adam's cool colour palette would have flattered Connery better in Diamonds are Forever than the warm outfit he wore in the movie which ages and washes him out considerably! Being a fan of navy myself, while pairing different navies together can be difficult, I think Adam combines them brilliantly so as to not clash together but instead harmonise with one another. Personally, if the lapels were a more medium width and the trousers not so flared, I think this outfit wouldn't look out of place in the modern day (or any era) and would always look sartorially elegant. I also find the colour palette very Bondian (the jacket resembles the dogtooth suit mentioned in Ian Fleming's novels) and would flatter a wide array of men. Would you agree? I look forward to seeing similar posts to this in examining the sartorial style of other characters in the Bond series, such as Felix's suit. My kindest regards!
  • Matt Spaiser 6 December 2021 at 09:31 on Adam’s Checked Jacket and Roll Neck in Live and Let DieThanks for your insights. I’ve been thinking of covering Felix’s suit for a while, so that will probably come eventually.
  • Bill Tanner 6 December 2021 at 03:38 on Adam’s Checked Jacket and Roll Neck in Live and Let DieGreat article! I like this ensemble that Adam wears in his scenes. The outfit does seem impractical for the Bayou. I would go with my seersucker suit in the Bayou. I use to visit family in Louisiana, and this outfit would be too hot. But I guess Bond wore his ensemble in Vegas. It is a shame to hear about his passing. Lane's henchman was remarkable in his own way. I may be bias because Live and Let Die is my favourite Bond film. Adam's attire contains some great casual statements. The look of a jacket with a roll neck has impressed me. Adam's outfit may contain a bold pattern check, but it does not compare to his accomplices style. I love the red pocket square with this sport coat. I think it ties the outfit up well. By matching all the blue with his check, just gives me the idea that he has the desire to look good. I feel that these classical menswear elements shadow his superior status of the gang. He remains mature with his clothes, but also remains to look flashy. I believe Felix wears a more conservative glen check suit at the Fillet of Soul. This outfit could be a nice cover. Great article Matt, and I certainly enjoyed this week's article. Happy Holidays Bill
  • Jovan Gauthier 6 December 2021 at 01:26 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?No, you should not wear black tie attire to a job interview. Most of them take place during the day, which makes the dinner suit inappropriate since it is evening wear. Additionally, they're likely to think you're playing some sort of prank on them or, ironically, not taking it seriously. Heck, I was overdressed in a suit and tie my last few interviews.
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  • Matt Spaiser 3 December 2021 at 18:21 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?They are only for warm weather. Here are some guidelines on how to wear it: https://www.bondsuits.com/james-bonds-warm-weather-black-tie-etiquette/
  • TheDalton 3 December 2021 at 17:36 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?Are ivory jackets always only for warm weather, or can it always substitute for black/midnight?
  • Roger 3 December 2021 at 17:25 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?Wear it to a job interview, you'll be the stand-out candidate.
  • Michel R. Archambault 2 December 2021 at 21:59 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?I personally will never give up wearing my tux nor my off white dinner ensemble even if I have to be the last man standing. It's wonderful at classical concerts, private evening cocktail parties, at 5 star hotel bars in the great capitals of the world and all sorts of official holidays, on cruises and the like. Dare to set the tone where others fail, it's empowering. On another note, other than Matt's tutorial on black tie Kirby Allison's primer on the proper practice of black tie is succinct and highly recommended to view(on YouTube) and supports what Bond has always known and followed. Long live black tie!
  • Saul 2 December 2021 at 20:28 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?It's better when you have agreeable company...
  • Travers Alvirez 2 December 2021 at 12:39 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?Wolf, It's a refined skill very rarely anyone gets, mirror shining the toe of a pair of calfskin shoes. The distinguishing shine of a well shined pair of calfskin shoes are also something only experienced eyes can tell from those other ordinary calfskin shoes. Besides, it makes for what a man determines - fake plastic or real leather. That which, in and of itself, patent leather used to be real leather. It's a complicated world we are living in, and not even a result of our working.
  • Wolf 2 December 2021 at 06:59 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?COVID has definitely put a dent in black tie dos - but then it also killed off most large scale social gatherings of any sort for quite a while. I have been to one black tie event since COVID and there have been other events that I could have chosen to go to. With the return of more social gatherings in the future, I am not sure black tie is quite dead yet. That said, the event I went to - a university reunion - had changed its dress code to be more informal than the last time I was invited: previously it had been white tie or black tie, with medals or decorations!
  • Wolf 2 December 2021 at 06:53 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?You're far from alone in disliking patent leather shoes with black tie. I'd say that - in general - in Britian almost nobody does. It is generally it is seen as a little 'infra dig' - one of those little social markers that is barely acknowledged but is still there. Perhaps the associations of cheap plasticky shoes have killed the wearing of patent leather, but well shined calf skin is almost invariably what people wear (apart from perhaps the one or two people who might have patent leather opera pumps, I suppose).
  • Travers Alvirez 1 December 2021 at 23:19 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?Remember the legendary, iconic introductions of Bond in Dr. No and Goldfinger? Remember how black tie ensemble wasn't needed, yet he was in his iconic shawl lapel dinner suit outfit, or the tropical ecru dinner coat? I don't mean you wear it everywhere, every time, at any given chance, but it's just that, if it felt appropriate, have courage, and just put it on. Don't wait for the occasion. Seize the day - or night.
  • Bill Tanner 1 December 2021 at 08:58 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?This conversation is very nice. I love black tie and I wish there more occasions to wear this ensemble.
  • Travers Alvirez 1 December 2021 at 02:54 on Two- and Three-Eyelet DerbyRevisiting this article at the end of 2021, I found myself at a marvel. Back in summer 2019, I had an MTO made with Joe Works of Japan; plain toe, two eyelet blucher, black Weinheimer smooth calfskin. I've always loved the simplicity of blucher, and Joe Works' model had almost all of it, except one thing - a little too plain around the lace tabs. So, being the amazing folks they were, they agreed to sew a line there, and it was simply perfection (except the heels couldn't be higher). Just imagine that it looks a bit more traditional than the Luffield, and you have the basic idea. The shoes kept me company through best and worst. But perhaps the best memory I had was that I wore them on Valentine's day of 2020, and I enjoyed a ride home with her, my Battle Buddy, who drove me back after I was done with a major meeting. I dressed myself to the simplest attire possible - two piece navy suit, super light blue shirt, navy tie, and of course, the blucher - and the compliments were endless. Just now, (re)reading this article, and glancing over my shoes (they're still kicking), I found myself at a marvel. They might be a pair of simple shoes, but the memories that they gave me, quite possibly, second to none. Get yourselves a pair of plain blucher in calfskin. Make it simple and traditional enough to go with a suit. You'll thank yourselves later.
  • Travers Alvirez 1 December 2021 at 00:28 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?While patent leather is traditional, I think it's far overrated. A well polished smooth or reverse waxed calf oxford will do so much better, and can be worn for other occasions, not to mention much easier to maintain and repair. Maybe it's just me, but at heart, I much prefer most of my garments to have some form of utilitarian nature to it.
  • Ekon 29 November 2021 at 22:56 on Two- and Three-Eyelet DerbyAgreed.
  • Ekon 29 November 2021 at 22:54 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?I go with well-shined wholecut black Oxfords (by Meermin now and eventually for me Crockett & Jones). I cannot justify nor stomach owning a pair of patent leather shoes being as I'm more than 30 years removed from my senior prom.
  • Paul Copeland 29 November 2021 at 20:29 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?Matt! The real scandal here is that there is no mention of the magnificent tan dinner jacket worn by Roger Moore in The Persuaders. Cyril Castle made, shawl collar, link button cuffs and narrow wrap double breasted. And did I mention it is tan?! But as I'm typing this dressed in a tan safari jacket may be slight biased (and deluded)! ;-)
  • Jtkuga 29 November 2021 at 19:46 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?Yes black tie is fading and I’m afraid that Covid may be hastening it’s demise. While I’m sure there will always be events that require black tie, my only annual event has been cancelled since Covid started and it doesn’t appear it’s coming back. I’m sure I’m not the only one this has happened to. Perhaps at some point the trend towards casual will reverse…
  • Alexander Svensson 29 November 2021 at 16:47 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?Det är då man ser till att skapa smoking-tillställningar i sin umgängeskrets, jag och några vänner försöker göra vad vi kan på den fronten. Kul att fler svenskar hänger här :) And for thoose of you that doesn't speak och know swedish, here is the translation from above: That's when you and your friends create black tie events on your own. Me and some of my friends try to do our best at that front. Fun to see there are more swedes on this blog :)
  • Rod+The+Mod 29 November 2021 at 16:38 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?They’re few and far between these days on my social calendar. When we lived in Houston we attended a New Year’s Eve party at the Hyatt about four years on the bounce. There seemed to be an ever-decreasing number of black tie wearers year on year, down to around fifteen the last year we attended. When we moved to the Tampa area we attended a James Bond themed New Year’s party a few years ago which far and away had the biggest quotient of black tie wearers of any event I ever attended. There was a broad variance in quality as you may imagine but at least almost everyone got into the spirit of the occasion. The one lad who turned up in jeans and a checked shirt hopefully felt totally out of place! I wonder if any readers have been on a cruise and worn black tie? It’s something we’ve thought about but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. One of the attractions for me is an excuse to dust off the tux, if anyone even bothers with that any more.
  • Matt Spaiser 29 November 2021 at 12:40 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?I've been to a number of black tie events in New York. They still happen in the UK too.
  • Fredrik Arnerup 29 November 2021 at 11:46 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?Is black tie events a thing where you guys live? I don't think it is here in Sweden. I haven't been invited to one since a party in my school thirty years ago. (I think most were wearing mint green or hot pink ties anyway.) I've worn white tie a number of times though, but I think that's mostly associated with academia and the Nobel Prize ceremony.
  • Matt Spaiser 29 November 2021 at 08:39 on What Makes A Tuxedo More Formal Than a Suit?Yes, black onyx studs are the most traditional studs for black tie.