Autumn is the season for both conventional worsteds and tweeds in tailoring. The hot summer weather has passed and the autumn weather is perfect for the most quintessential items of tailored menswear. While earth tones are most associated with autumn, it’s also the time when dark blues and dark greys come back into season after being largely absent for summer. Tailored clothing in three-season weights are perfect for autumn, and such clothes are represented here for this season.
1. Barathea Dinner Suit
Barathea is the most classic type of wool for a dinner suit, and its heavier weight means its best for cooler weather. Bond wears it often because it’s such a standard type of wool for formal tailoring. It has a slightly pebbled look that makes it stand apart from standard plain-weave and twill-weave suitings. In either black or midnight blue with peaked lapels or a shawl collar it is a classic dinner suit and a classic Bondian look.
2. Grey Sharkskin Suit
The grey sharkskin suit is a recurring Bond suit throughout the Connery, Brosnan and Craig eras. Sharkskin, also called pick-and-pick, is a two-tone suiting that has a pattern resembling a descending staircase close up, but from a distance it has a crosshatched appearance. Bond’s sharkskin suitings are either in shades of grey or in black and white and look more interesting than a more typical solid suiting. Sharkskin suitings are made in a variety of weights, but it’s a pattern that can be worn year-round for both business and social occasions.
3. Dark Pinstripe Suit
The pinstripe suit in either navy or charcoal worsted wool is the quintessential business suit, and it’s a suit that has every James Bond since Roger Moore has worn. Bond usually wears his pinstripe suits to the office in London, but he also wears them occasionally for taking care of business abroad. It’s the perfect suit for looking sharp and serious, and it’s something that can look both classic and modern at the same time. While it has the perfect look for the ‘back to work’ look of autumn, its another year-round suit.
4. Herringbone Suit
The herringbone suit in either navy or grey worsted wool is another classic suit for both autumn and the rest of the cooler half of the year. James Bond frequently wears herringbone suits, both as two-piece and three-piece suits. Like sharkskin, it’s a more interesting take on the solid or semi-solid suit. Pierce Brosnan’s navy birdseye suit that reappears in each of his films fills the same role as the herringbone suit that all the other Bond actors wear.
5. Brown Donegal Tweed Suit
Earth tones can be worn at any time of the year, but they are most at home in autumn in the country. Brown tweeds are particularly associated with autumn, and the brown Donegal tweed suit from Moonraker is one of Bond’s most classically autumnal looks of the entire series. Bond’s tweed suit is detailed in the classic British manner with sporty hacking pockets and a ticket pocket as well as a flapped breast pockets. The stereotypical elbow patches perfectly complement the suit and give extra strength for this suit for shooting in. Bond wears his brown tweed in a muted shade to look more modern.
6. Tan Needlecord Suit
The tan cotton needlecord suit from No Time to Die is the perfect suit for autumn thanks to its colour and texture. If the tweed suit fills the role of a sporty suit, the corduroy suit is a more casual suit. A suit in cotton is always going to be more casual than one in wool as it tends to looks slouchier. Cotton does not hold a crease or much shape, and corduroy is the worst offender of this kind. But it’s the perfect look for a retired Bond, and its the best suit for a person today who wants to wear a suit but doesn’t want to look too dressed up.
7. Brown Barleycorn Tweed Hacking Jacket and Fawn Cavalry Twill Trousers
Like the brown donegal tweed suit, the brown barleycorn tweed hacking jacket is a Bondian staple for autumn in the country. The jackets are hardly different from each other in style, though the true hacking jacket has a long single vent for horseback riding. In Goldfinger and Thunderball, Bond pairs his hacking jackets with fawn-coloured trousers in cavalry twill, a heavy, hard-wearing wool with natural stretch that makes it perfect for country activities. In A View to a Kill he wears dark brown trousers and proper riding boots for riding a horse in his barleycorn hacking jacket.