One of my favorite outfits from Pierce Brosnan’s time as James Bond is the Tomorrow Never Dies
Vietnam outfit. He wears a blue linen shirt and black joggers for his escape from Elliot Carver and during the motorcycle chase scene. You can learn a little more about the outfit at The Suits of James Bond
. Personally, I like this outfit because it is great for semi-warm weather (70°-80° F). I also like how spunky it is and how it’s really a classic 90’s style, which is making its way back as a fashion at the moment. Usually I don’t like to follow fashions, but I have been and will continue wearing this outfit after 90’s style is no longer in style. So let’s look at the screen accurate version and then see how we might be able to update it for those who are not completely in love with all the finer details of this outfit.
The Blue Linen Shirt
The shirt is a long sleeve, blue linen shirt with one left breast pocket, white buttons with a button pocket. The most frugal, yet still great quality, alternative I know is from Uniqlo
These shirts are 100% linen and absolutely fantastic for the price ($30.00 to $40.00 U.S.). This is the shirt I use for my version of the outfit. Linen shirts from (shown in order below) Perry Ellis
in Deft Blue, Claudio
, or Shades of Grey
can also work.
Bond certified brands like Ted Baker and Orlebar Brown
would also be great high quality options to keep an eye out for, if you don’t mind losing the pocket:
The pants are black joggers, cut wide and full down the leg with an elasticized cuff. It’s hard for me to tell if Bond’s joggers have a drawstring here. The waist is definitely elastic, and the outline of the a drawstring inside the waist is visible in some of the photos, but I have yet to see the drawstring itself. Possibly someone else can chime in on this.
For me, and keeping with Bond tradition, I prefer 100% cotton or a linen blend for the joggers. The type of joggers you chose for this can have a big difference on the formality of the outfit. You can get sweat pant joggers for a super casual look, or twill joggers for a more around the town type of casual. It looks like Bond’s joggers are somewhere in between, and I could be wrong but that’s usually what I look for. And, of course, you can opt for or against the drawstring. I found this pair of linen/cotton blend joggers from Guess
on sale for $53.40.
I liked that they are a linen blend, so I ordered them, and they were too long, but I have short legs. I also didn’t like the drop crotch so much, even though it wasn’t too extreme. Otherwise, they’re good quality, light weight alternatives. If you’re okay going with cotton, you have more options under $50.00 from Macy’s
The shoes are blue plimsoll trainers with 6 eyelets and white laces. The blue is a very similar shade to the shirt. The best option I have found so far are from Vans
for $54.95, although it only has 5 eyelets:
Variations and Updates
Remember, the point here is to wear what makes you happy. If dressing exactly like Bond in this case makes you happy, then go for it. But, if some of the details of this outfit don’t fit your own personal style or personality, there is still a very timeless outfit hidden in here that can work for almost anyone.
A long sleeve linen shirt is classic summer gear, and the blue is a conservative color. Some people might think that a short sleeve linen shirt would be better for summer, but I live in Florida, and a long sleeve linen shirt is just as effective at heat management and even more so at keeping the sun from transferring heat directly to your skin. The fit on Bond is outrageously oversized, but a relaxed fit is what you want in the heat. A medium relaxed fit that is not oversized and is certainly not snug and slim on your body is both classic and functional.
If you don’t like joggers, go with some cotton chinos or linen pants. You can do pants in black or in a dark navy. Pair the pants with a pair of sandals or flip flops, and you’ve got a great summer look. I’ve been wearing this outfit with navy chinos and flip flops for a while now, and it works perfectly for even the hottest Florida summer days.
That’s another thing about joggers: for me, they always keep my legs too warm during hot weather, so going with a chino or, better yet, a nice casual linen pant can give you the breathability that can make all the difference. I know black is not ideal for warm weather, but I like the color combination with the blue.
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This post was updated on May 13th, 2016.