James Bond Holiday Party Style Guide Part 1

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.

 

Sean Connery

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.

James Bond Holiday Party Style Guide

What to wear

Shirt: Fred Perry Slim-fit Plain Polo Shirt, $29.67 to $85.00/£83.99 (this is the made in the UK M3 version)

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

 

George Lazenby

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!

James Bond Holiday Party Style Guide

What to wear

Sweater: Wool Overs Cashmere and Merino Polo Neck in Orange Spice, £40.00/$60.00

Pants: White Stuff Duggee Moleskin Trousers in Brown, £49.95/$67.50

Jacket: Baracuta G4 in Brown, £329.00/$390.00

Boots: Herring Coltham Chelsea Boots in Cigar Suede, $277.00/£220.00

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

Gift for the Host: Hennessy V.S. Cognac, $35.40/£28.33

 

Roger Moore

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.

James Bond Holiday Party Style Guide

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

Coat: J.Crew Ludlow Double Breasted Top Coat in French Herringbone Wool, $475.00

Shoes: G.H. Bass & Co Cooper Tassel Loafers in Tan, on sale for $84.95

Tie: Gagliardi Brown and Beige with Navy Multistripe Tie, €39.00/£22.40

Belt: Herring Westminster Belt in Brown Calf, £75.00/$77.00

Watch: Seiko 5 Automatic SNXK97J1, $98.60

Gift for the Host: Fabrege Enameled Larissa Egg Replica, $59.00

 

Coming in our next post: inspiration from Dalton’s, Brosnan’s and Craig’s Bonds! If you’d like to see more Bond before then, check out Iconic Alternatives on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

*The inspiration for this post actually came from AJB007 member hcantrell who started this thread on the forum . Thanks!

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4 thoughts on “James Bond Holiday Party Style Guide Part 1

  • December 22, 2016 at 9:03 am
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    Looking forward to your Craig suggestions – I’m having a party tonight and I think I’m going for the Casino Royale balcony cardigan look.

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  • December 21, 2016 at 9:47 am
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    I really like this one! Can I suggest a ways to wear the navy blazer ? Also maybe mixing and matching the pieces of each bond in future posts. For example I’ll wear the Craig spectre chinos with the surcingle belt, and either suede loafers or playboy boots with the navy polo and Steve McQueen baracuta jacket for a Moore/Dalton/Craig hybrid look. I really like mixing the pieces like that. Or the linen pants, suede chukka boots, saffiano belt, navy cotton blazer with a white or light blue button down sometimes with a knit tie either blue or brown.

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    • December 21, 2016 at 10:16 am
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      Thanks Chris! We have many more “4 Ways to Wear It” posts planned for the coming year and they’ll give you more ideas for how to mix things up!

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