The Thomas Crown Affair (1999): The 3-Piece Glen Plaid Suit


Just a few months before the release of The World Is Not Enough, Pierce Brosnan starred in one of his most notable films during his tenure as Bond, The Thomas Crown Affair. Milanese tailor Gianni Campagna made Brosnan’s suits for the film for a total cost of $400,000, at $3,400 a suit, according to an article from the San Francisco Examiner. But like in the Bond films at the time, Turnbull & Asser made the shirts and Chruch’s made the shoes. Thomas Crown is a rich man with luxurious suits, and his clothes are most appropriate for the character. Though the look is more old-fashioned than what Brosnan wore for Bond, there are many similarities between the two characters’ clothing.

Notice the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso with the branding removed from the dial as not to conflict with Brosnan’s Omega endorsement

This three-piece suit is made from a fine hopsack glen check in light blue and black with a blue overcheck, and it is almost reminiscent of the famous three-piece suit that Sean Connery wears in Goldfinger. The jacket has a button two front, but the lapels have a gentle roll more like those found on a soft button three suit. Double vents, flapped pockets and four-button cuffs detail the jacket. The jacket has a clean, structured look with padded shoulders, yet the shoulders have a natural curve compared to the straight shoulders of Brioni. The waistcoat has a six-button front, with the bottom button left open, and four pockets. The full-cut trousers have double reverse pleats and turn-ups and are worn with a belt. In comparison to what he wore as Bond, these trousers are much fuller.

Brosnan’s Turnbull & Asser shirt is made from a white cotton herringbone. The shirt has a spread collar and double cuffs. The tie has a dark grey ground with black polka dots and light grey stripes. The puffed pocket square is light grey to coordinate the with the tie. Brosnan’s shoes are black plain-toe oxfords.


  1. Very nice suit and tie, although I would have preferred slimmer trousers.

    If you are going to continue to search for material in other films, hopefully you check out Connery's 'Marnie' or 'Woman of Straw' (both from '64). Here are some screenshots from the last-mentioned:

  2. 1999 was a great year for me…"Entrapment", "The Thomas Crown Affair" and "The World Is Not Enough" within 6-8 months of each other, AND it was my first year of high school. "Thomas Crown" still probably stands as my favourite of the three, and I still watch it regularly. I particularly loved the navy peak-lapeled suit he wore with the blue shirt and silver-ish tie. Excellent non-formal evening wear.

  3. Brosnan !! Born wearing Suits !!! Talking about this movie which is one of my favorites last month I met Rene Russo and this women have the skin like a baby Under sun on the hottest day in Boston flawless !!!

  4. There's a whole world of difference between the previous post and this one!
    The trousers are a little too baggy for my personal taste, but the overall look is still excellent. Would love to see some more posts about this film, the character has an excellent wardrobe.

  5. I saw Thomas Crown Affair earlier and I saw the dinner jacket that Crown wore to the dance. Is this white tie or black tie? The bow tie was white but the dinner jacket wasn't a tailcoat. Could you tell me which category this would fit into? Thank You.

  6. Hi Stuart,
    It's a black tie ensemble. Brosnan wore a white bow-tie untied because he James Bond contract forbade him to wear black tie in other films. That allowed him to wear a dinner jacket, but he went as far as legally allowed.

  7. That french cuff looks a little wrinkly to me. Was it the material or was it just poorly pressed? Or am I just being finicky?

  8. William, the cuff wasn't folded evenly. A double cuff should not be pressed folded and there's nothing wrong with that material.

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  10. This is actually a button 3-roll-2 jacket, which can be spotted in the behind the scenes / Making of material of the DVD/Blu-ray. Will you find it? ;)

    Admittedly, I have never seen a 3-roll-2 jacket that completely hides the upper button that well. I was really surprised when I noticed the upper button (hole) at a certain angle as seen in the DVD/Blu-ray bonus material.

  11. Matt, do you think this collar is the same one as worn in TND? It doesn’t quite look like the TWINE one to my eyes. Although going by the recent T&A Bond experience video, he does have 4 different collar types amongst his pattern.

    (For those curious, the innermost collar outline is the TWINE one)

  12. Although some of it is made of blue and black, this all grey and white outfit looks beautiful and subtly understated. I think it could actually work well as a wedding outfit. Matt, what do you think ? Would you change something to the outfit if say you were the groom ?

  13. That cloth looks terrific. If one forgets about the waistcoat, the outfit could be close to a modern interpretation of Cary Grant’s North by Northwest glen plaid suit.

    • I can’t see a third buttonhole clearly there. In very clear photos of this suit, there is no third buttonhole in the top of the lapels where there would be one if it had it. The cut of the front is different than the button-three suits in the film.

      The lapels are about 9.5 inches wide.

  14. After looking at the collars for awhile I do ultimately think the TCA collar is different from the one in TND. The one in this movie looks to be a very standard prince of wales (apart from Brosnan’s usual taller band). He also wore this collar to the DAD press announcement when he’s sitting on the Aston.

  15. Matt, would you say the cloth color (not the pattern) is similar to the North by Northwest glen plaid, or does it look more like a medium grey ?

  16. Would you say both the Goldfinger 3-piece suit (the glen check one), the North by Northwest suit and this one have a cloth of similar weight ? Around 280 gr. maybe ?

  17. Matt, why exactly would you say that the character dresses in a more old-fashioned way than Brosnan’s Bond ? If anything I think some of his outfits look more modern -or actually, they try to be more hip than Brosnan’s Bond suit outfits (the blue on blue combination at Cipriani’s, the shiny silver tie contrasting with the again all blue outfit). Regarding the cut, the only differences seem to be slightly less strong shoulders and a wider trousers leg. Would that be the reason ? Both characters wear similar double cuffs shirts, belted trousers, solid or semi solid ties -with the occasional stripe-, an occasional pocket square, etc etc. Or maybe you were talking about Thomas Crown’s general style and not only about the suits ?


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