There are few other characters from literature and film as suave as James Bond. His style is the definition of “on point,” from the cars he drives to the suits he wears. In pop culture, he’s become an icon for men’s style throughout his many movies and iterations. Dating all the way back to Sean Connery, the actors who’ve betrayed him have all been some of the best-dressed in the business, and it’s no coincidence. The world’s greatest super-spy doesn’t just save the world: He looks good while doing it.
So what do you have to do in order to emulate Bond? It’s a process that requires mixing the proper cocktail, wearing the right tuxedo, and of course, following a careful list of dos and don’ts. It takes careful maintenance and a lot of attention to detail, but it’s not at all impossible for you to get on 007’s level.
1. Wearing the right suit.
2. Ordering the perfect cocktail
3. The quintessential James Bond car
4. Tying a bowtie
5. The “Don’ts” of 007
- Avoid colors: 007’s style is defined by his simple yet elegant choice of black and white, with the only real variation being his trademark midnight blue dinner jacket.
- No belts: Rather than using a belt, Bond can most typically be seen using suspenders. It helps accent the shape of your tuxedo, and makes for a more classic, old-fashioned appeal.
- No cummerbunds or waistcoats: While it’s true you may sometimes see Bond utilize a cummerbund to conceal a firearm, there’s a good chance you won’t have a similar need. Stylistically, simplicity is key, and best version of Bond is the one that sticks to suspenders.
- Beer: Unless it’s a not-so-veiled product placement for Heineken, the drink of choice for Bond is going to be the dry gin martini we described earlier. There’s nothing more stylish than a finely crafted cocktail, so keep that in mind when ordering at the bar.
With all this, you should be entirely prepared to go out into the world as the best-dressed and most cultured version of yourself that would make even Sean Connery proud. Find that suit, refine your drink ordering skills, and practice your bowtie skills, and we can guarantee you’ll be the life of any party you roll up to in your Aston Martin.