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James Bond’s style rules
“Invest in one handmade suit rather than several ill-fitting off the peg ones,” says Lindy Hemming, who dressed both Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig for the role and co-curated Barbican'sDesigning 007exhibition. “Pick a plain colour in a super lightweight wool you can wear all year round, and build your look around this.”
“Keep it subdued and simple and don’t get into fashion trends,” says Matt Spaiser of thesuitsofjamesbond.com. “A white linen pocket square always brings your look up a notch.”
Don't blow the bank
“If you’re on a budget probably the best places to shop are Charles Tyrwhitt and TM Lewin,” says Spaiser. “They have the right kind of English style at reasonable prices.”
Join the Navy
“Bond should be blue. He’s a Navy commander and a man about town," says Hemmings. "Caramels and browns are too countrified. Use blue as the primary colour with greys added in."
A Spy's tie
“Bond’s shirts are usually a classic English style – spread collar, placket front and no chest pocket – in solid white or blue poplin. Ties should be darker than the shirt, but plain with texture or subtly patterned,” says Spaiser. “Make sure it fits properly around the collar, and keep it loose, but never baggy, around your torso,” adds Hemmings.
Shod is in the details
"Get a smart pair of black leather shoes – it’s a luxury every man deserves," says Hemmings. "As ever, classic English style is the way to go," adds Spaiser. "Bond never wears bicycle-toe shoes."
Watch and learn
"Bond has worn a classic Omega diving watch sinceGoldeneye(1995) and forSkyfallhis choice is the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Skyfall," says watch writer Tim Barber.
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