The holiday season is now upon us. Which, for many of us, means festive gatherings galore. Family get-togethers, office parties, dinner with your friends, and of course New Year’s Eve. Obviously, you want to be more focused on having fun than on what you’re wearing. So let Bond inspire you. For our first James Bond Holiday Party Style Guide, we’ve created six looks, each one based on a different actor’s 007*. These should get you through most social events this season. Part one looks at Connery, Lazenby and Moore.
If there’s one Bond who’s going to blow off the snow, slush and socializing of London in December to escape somewhere warm, it’s Connery’s 007. Dinner party at Moneypenny’s? A bouquet of flowers sent to her flat with a polite “Will not be attending” on the card and he’s on a plane to the Caribbean. And the cash he saved not buying a gift for the host will be used to update his snorkeling gear. If you’re planning a similar trip over the holidays, Bond circa Thunderball is the man you want for inspiration.
What to wear
Pants: Perry Ellis Linen Cotton Twill Suit Pants in Natural Linen, $79.50
Shoes: Saludos Original Dali Espadrilles in Marina Blue, $42.00
Sunglasses: Oliver Goldsmith Consuls in Black, $405.00
Watch: Seiko 5 Diastar Automatic SSA281K1, $279.00
Hat: Sam Snead Coconut Snap Brim, $49.50
Swim Shorts: Sunspel Swim Shorts in Sky Blue, £100.00/
Snorkeling Equipment: U.S. Divers Cozmul Set in Black, $40.00
Heading to a more swinging get-together? Take your cue from Lazenby’s Bond. Look, I’m the first to admit George’s casual style from OHMSS has not aged well. But with a bit of effort and imagination (and a healthy dose of self-confidence) that look can be updated into something pretty cool. This one is all about tones and textures. Yep, there’s a lot of brown. But the suede boots and belt combined with the softer nape of the moleskin trousers contrasting with smooth fabric of the Harrington will keep things interesting. And do not fear the orange sweater! If you really want to embrace the retro-vibe, tuck it in and show off the suede belt!
What to wear
Sweater: Wool Overs Cashmere and Merino Polo Neck in Orange Spice, £40.00/$60.00
Belt: GAP Suede Harness Belt in Cognac Suede, on sale for $24.97
Watch: Tissot PR100 Chronograph with Rhodium Dial, on sale for $244.00
A more mature Bond for a more sophisticated event. Say what you want about some of Moore’s “fashion forward” looks from his tenure. When the man embraced the classics, he did it right. And there’s nothing more classic than a navy blazer paired with grey flannels. Of course this is Moore we’re talking about. He won’t take any of this too seriously. Hence the 70% wool/20% silk blend of the tie fabric. Not too mention the ridiculous gift of a fake Fabregé egg, a memento from his own adventures (a tale he’s sure everyone will find fascinating). It’s one part outside-the-box thinking, one part raised-eyebrow whimsy, and one part charming ego. That sounds about right for Sir Roger’s Bond.
What to wear
Blazer: Hawes & Curtis Plain Navy Slim Fit Super 120s Blazer, on sale for £129.00/$318.00
Shirt: Hawes & Curtis Plain Blue Poplin Tailored Fit Cotton Shirt, on sale for £17.99/$45.00
Trousers: Lands’ End Tailored Fit Year’rounder Dress Trousers in Light Charcoal, $89.00
Shoes: G.H. Bass & Co Cooper Tassel Loafers in Tan, on sale for $84.95
Watch: Seiko 5 Automatic SNXK97J1, $98.60
Gift for the Host: Fabrege Enameled Larissa Egg Replica, $59.00