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How to dress like James Bond

Could James Bond really be Bond without a classic, relaxed-fitting tuxedo? It seems as essential as a shaken martini and an Aston Martin.

Although the idea of carrying a suit like Daniel Craig or Sean Connery may seem far off, “Skyfall” costume designer Jany Temime describes the looks as deceptively accessible. If Temime had her way, everyone would incorporate more of Bond’s sophistication into everyday life.

“I think we have a tendency of letting go,” Temime told Style Blog. “Men should wear suits, and they should run with it. And why not? That idea of wearing elegant clothes when you work and still have all the comfort, that is something which I wanted to do with Bond.”

Temime’s approach to the latest 007 film, which debuts in theaters Friday, makes adopting a secret agent’s sense of style sound relatively easy. The designer focused on a few key elements that could make any wardrobe more appropriate for MI6.

View Photo Gallery: Daniel Craig, as James Bond, is dressed in a light grey suit in the opening scenes of “Skyfall,” which were set in Istanbul, Turkey.

Step 1: Find a well fitting-suit.

First and foremost Temime says she knew she needed to find a suit. She worked closely with Craig, who was specific about his desire for suits that fit close to the body.

“I wanted to give Bond a suit that he could move in, so slim fit that you were looking at his body more than a suit,” she said.

Temime and Craig fitted several shapes of trousers and jackets before coordinating with fashion designer Tom Ford who manufactured the suits.

“I think the fit is something quite modern,” Temime says. “I just wanted to show a gentleman can wear a suit in modern life and look as trendy and comfortable as he would in jeans.”

Craig in a second, darker suit with light stripe details. (Francois Duhamel)

Step 2: Master the country-casual look.

Bond maintains the sense of elegance even out of the suit in the latest film, a symbol of his gentleman status, Temime says. For a sojourn in his home town in Scotland, Temime found a Barbour jacket for Craig, which she describes as “tough but not heavy.”

The heritage brand, which was founded in 1894, is still a favorite of Queen Elizabeth II, and felt entirely appropriate paired with a sweater and heavy boots.

Step 3: Discover the perfect swim trunks.

Spoiler alert — the iconic, teeny-tiny La Perla swim trunks that Craig wore in “Casino Royale” don’t make an appearance in “Skyfall.” In the sole swimming scene, Bond is training in a lap pool and is “in a moment of his life where he is not too high, so the very sexy swimming suit was not what he would be wearing,” Temime said.

Temime did, however, give a nod to Sean Connery’s infamous bathing suit scene in “Thunderball,” by dressing Craig in a pair of light-blue trunks.

Step 4: Buy a black Tom Ford tuxedo.

Craig in a casino scene from “Skyfall.” (Francois Duhamel)

The quintessential element to any secret agent’s wardrobe. The silk detailing and fit speak for themselves.


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Cara Kelly manages the development of editorial tools and presentation for new products and user experiences. She previously worked in the Style section, following the completion of her MA in journalism at American University.


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