4 Ways to Wear the James Bond Linen Trousers

At Iconic Alternatives, we try to focus on affordable clothing that will help us get the Bond style we want without emptying our wallets. So it doesn’t make a whole lot of financial sense to invest in a piece and then only use it with one “screen accurate” look. Versatility is the name of the game. That’s where our “4 Ways to Wear It” series comes in: we take one piece of iconic Bond clothing and combine it with other affordable 007 inspired alternatives to extend our wardrobe and get the most bang for our buck.

The James Bond Linen Trousers

4 ways to wear the James Bond linen trousers 4 ways to wear the James Bond linen trousers

Confession: Even though I live in a very hot climate, I didn’t start wearing linen pants until quite recently. Not sure what was holding me back, but when I finally did pick up a pair it was a revelation! Seriously, I went from one pair hanging in my closet to four in about month and I wear them at least three or four times a week. Can’t think of a stronger recommendation than that.

Bond has worn linen pants many times in the films, but we’re going to focus on the affordable alternatives for the Ted Baker linen pants he wore to play poker at the One and Only Ocean Club and in Miami in Casino Royale. The nice thing is these pants can also be used for the Madagascar chase scene pants from the same movie (although they’re a shade darker and missing the drawstring waist) and, in a pinch, for the Little Nellie look from You Only Live Twice. For our examples we used the Ted Baker Fivechi Chinos. They’re on sale right now at House of Fraser (sizes are running low), but you can also find other options in this post. We’ve also shared links to posts with affordable alternatives for the other pieces in each look, just in case you’re not crazy about what we used.

Poker at the One and Only Ocean Club

4 ways to wear the James Bond linen trousers


Shirt: Uniqlo Premium Linen Long Sleeve Shirt in 09Black for $29.90. Alternative for the modified, polyester Alfani from the film.

Shoes: Johnston & Murphy Tabor Cap Toe, on sale for $99.90. Alternatives for the unidentified black shoes Bond wears.

Watch: Casio Men’s MDV106-1AV on sale for $40.99 on Amazon. Alternative for the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean.

Keychain: Aston Martin DB5 Keychain, available at the 007 Shop for £9.99. Alternative for the real car the key fits.

Poker Set: KOVOT 300 Chip Poker Set, available for $31.99 at Amazon U.S. Alternative for a Caribbean Island casino.


So, the first thing we did was replace the completely impractical synthetic Alfani shirt with a lighter, breathable linen option. Poker is already stressful enough. You don’t need to wear the sartorial equivalent of a plastic bag to help you sweat. Now about the shoes. Honestly, from looking at the film, I can’t tell if they were oxfords (closed lacing) or bluchers (open lacing). And it’s hard to tell if there’s broguing along the edge of the cap toe. If anyone can positively identify the shoes, please let me know and I’ll update this post. In the meantime, I’m going with cap toe bluchers. They’re a less formal style that works better with the casual nature of the rest of the look. Poker set and keychain? Just to help you get in the right mindset …ur own home

Madagascar Chase Scene

4 ways to wear the James Bond linen trousersOptions

Shirt: Matrix Tropic Blur Woven Shirt, on sale for $37.46 at Backcountry.com. Alternative for the Madagascar Shirt.

T-Shirt: Any light grey t-shirt will do. If you want something screen accurate, check out Magnoli Clothiers. They have a screen accurate replica for $45.00.

Shoes: Frye Ryan Lug Midlace Sneakers for $83.00 to $188.00 on Amazon. Size 9.5 goes for $83.99; size 9 for $188.00. Go figure. Alternatives for the Converse Jack Purcell OTRs.

Watch: Casio Men’s MDV106-1AV on sale for $40.99 on Amazon. Alternative for the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean.


Not much to say about the Madagascar look. It’s a pretty specific style and won’t be for everyone. For those of us who are a little more conservative when it comes to clothes, at least this shirt/pant combo is fun without going full-on “where’s the luau!” wild. So it’s got that going for it ….

A Little Goldfinger Inspiration

4 ways to wear the James Bond linen trousers


Shirt: Murano Liquid Luxury Slim-fit Polo in black, on sale at Dillard’s for $29.70. Alternative for the black polo Bond wears under the black v-neck sweater in Goldfinger.

Belt: Nordstrom Saffiano Leather belt, $49.50. Alternative for the Prada belt Bond wears in Quantum of Solace.

Shoes: Converse Jack Purcell Signature Lowtops in Tumbled Leather ($80.00). Basically the shoes Bond wears while recovering at the end of Casino Royale.

Hat: Jeanne Simmons Paper Woven Straw Fedora, $18.24 plus $4.55 shipping on Amazon. Alternative for Bond’s golf hat in Goldfinger.

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Clubmasters, on sale for $112.50 at Frames Direct. Alternatives for the Tom Ford Henry.

Watch: Seiko 5 SNZH55 Automatic, $139.99 on Amazon U.S. Alternative for Omega Seamaster 300.

Watch Strap: Blushark Black and Gray NATO, $15.50 on Amazon U.S.


With the hat and Clubmasters, there’s a risk this look leans a little too “hipster” for some. My only defense is a) this look is based on clothing Bond actually wore in the films and b) you gotta protect yourself from the sun. If it’s still not doing it for you, skip the hat and swap the Clubmasters for some Aviators. Then you’ve got a sophisticated, sporty look that works for Friday afternoon drinks on the patio. Couple of other notes. Any black polo will work here, but I would suggest going with a slim fit and keeping it untucked. And definitely try some no-show socks with the sneakers.

Hot Weather “Put Together”
4 ways to wear the James Bond linen trousers

Shirt: L.L. Bean Slightly Fitted Linen Shirt, $39.95. Alternative for the Die Another Day white linen shirt.

Belt: Dents Plaited Strap Leather Belt at Amazon U.S. for $60.95, plus $2.50 shipping. Alternative for the Brunello Cucinelli woven leather belt.

Boots: Savile Row Brown Suede Chukkas, $187.00 on Amazon U.S. and 125.00 on Amazon UK. Alternatives for the Church’s Ryder III Chukkas.

Hat: Scala Sam Snead Coconut Snap Brim, on sale for $49.50 at the Village Hat Shop. Alternative for Bond’s hat in Thunderball.

Sunglasses: Ray-Ban New Wayfarers in Tortoise/Green, $140.00 at Frames Direct. Alternatives for the Tom Ford Snowdons FT0237s with the Havana 52N frames and the grey lenses.

Watch: Seiko SSB169P1, $217.95 at Amazon U.S. Alternative for the Rolex “Pre-Daytona” 6238 Chronograph Bond wears in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.


This, believe it or not, is a look I wear on a fairly regular basis now that I’ve discovered the joys of linen (and the need to protect my melon from frying) ….

4 ways to wear the James Bond linen trousers

Again, the hat may be too much for some. If it’s not doing it for you, then you could always check out these Bruno Capelo hats and see if you find anything that’s more your taste. You might prefer to omit the hat. And that’s fine; it’s your scalp. Just tuck in the shirt and this look is one of the most comfortable get-ups you can wear in hot weather while still appearing like you made an effort. Your feet may sweat a bit, but the rest of you will stay cool.

Got some favorite ways to mix and match your Bond clothing? Leave suggestions in the comments below! Or, if you’re feeling really sociable, you can email us a picture at info@iconicalternatives.com and we’ll post it in our Gallery!

Image sourced from The Telegraph.

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2 thoughts on “4 Ways to Wear the James Bond Linen Trousers

  • July 30, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    John, I always enjoy your take on Bond image clothes, but I have to say, I just cannot wear any of these hats. Perhaps I’m, just too old or have a different hat style because I do have a Stetson Diamond Jim Hat, made from the white toquilla plant. It’s a slightly more “cowboy” style hat, that I sometimes wear in the summer when I’m on the tractor, working around our horses in the barn or just running around town and the air conditioner isn’t working in our farm truck, LOL! It’s not some great big 10 gallon thing, it’s just a more refined cowboy-ish hat. If I could, I’d add a photo of it. So, I guess it’s just the hat style that I can’t wear comfortably, especially with the smaller “snap brim.”
    Oddly, when I was a lot younger, just before I joined the military, I sang lead and played rhythm guitar in a rock band. During that time period and then again during a break from the military while on extended vacation, or really just recovering from an arthroscopic knee surgery, I was doing DJ duty in a club, and wore a few different panama hats. One was very casual, like the second and third hats above with the brown color, though the brim was wider, more a fedora style. The other was a more refined “Panama Cuenca”, again in a more fedora style, with a wider brim, that was made from white toquilla plant material.
    OK, that’s it, I’m just too darned old to wear that style of hat because I associate it with a younger guy’s style. I’m thinking Justin Timberlake. And yeah, Justin Timberlake is more than a few years younger than I am. Does that make some kind of sense? LOL!
    Then again, it could be because I was involved in Operation Just Cause, which was a major pain in the a$$ and now anything that has a hint of Panama surrounding it just turns me off? LMAO! I have no idea, but it is strange what our subconscious keeps hidden away, in plain sight.
    Operation Just Cause came into my head when I began to consider that the hats being discussed are “Panama” hats.
    As usual, everything else is right on point, John. Another well done article. Written well and nicely illustrated. I’m so glad that you took the time to share your insights with the rest of the Bond Community, i.e., the rest of us, LOL!

    • July 30, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks Kia! And I know where you’re coming from with hats. Some styles I feel comfortable wearing. Other styles, I feel like the hat’s wearing me. But, after a small bout of skin cancer, I got over any hangups and almost always wear a hat when I’m outdoors now. I do have a Panama for more formal functions like weddings. But most of the time I use a baseball cap or an unlined linen flat cap with a slightly wider brim. And lots of sunscreen! Cheers!


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