What to Wear to a James Bond Party: 7 Ideas for Men

You’ve been invited to a James Bond party. As a man, it can be pretty intimidating living up to the image of the super-suave, sophisticated double agent himself.

What the heck should you wear?

A tuxedo is the obvious choice, and there’s nothing wrong with this option. But what if you want something a bit more… Well, imaginative?

In this article, we’ve put together 7 ideas for men on what to wear to a James Bond party.

The 3-piece grey suit

When Sean Connery rolled in the hay with Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, he wore what was arguably the most famous suit ever made.

The mid-grey 3-piece suit, designed by Anthony Sinclair, made Connery look cool enough to freeze a bonfire.

Admittedly, the handmade tailoring and exquisite detailing may be a little beyond the budget.

An off-the-peg version will look just as good. It’s a discreet yet knowledgeable nod to pure Bond style.

The bowler hat

If 3-piece suits aren’t your thing, dress like Oddjob.

Played by Harold Sakata, Oddjob was one of Auric Goldfinger’s henchmen. His party trick was throwing a boomerang bowler hat sharp enough to cut through stone.
To recreate the look, wear grey trousers, black tails, a wing collar white shirt and black tie. Most importantly, don’t forget the black bowler hat.

Attach some aluminium foil to the bottom of the brim… and try to resist the temptation to chuck it at anybody.

The brown suit

Bond is most often seen in black, grey and navy — but if you want to look like Daniel Craig (and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t?), go for Bond in brown.

In Spectre, Craig wore a dark brown Brunello Cucinelli suit with notched lapel collar, button-down front and open hem cuffs.

The secret weapon in this look is the fit and the tailoring.

It’s one of the more inconspicuous, undercover ways to dress the part.

The white dinner jacket

OK, it’s time to channel the late great Roger Moore. And no, we’re not suggesting you wear a beige safari suit.

One of Moore’s most iconic outfits was his white dinner jacket. He wore it in The Man With the Golden Gun in 1974.

Now, bear in mind it was the mid ‘70s so large lapels and flared trousers were a big thing back then.

You don’t have to go that far, unless you want to.

That said, make sure you pair the jacket with a red carnation and black bow tie.

The kilt

As you probably know, not least from Skyfall, James Bond’s father was Scottish.

So, what’s wrong with wearing a kilt?

The spy himself wore one (albeit briefly), when George Lazenby played Bond in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. He was working undercover as a Scottish gentleman.

Rather than the black bow tie, why not try a jabot (traditional white lace neckwear). It will give this outfit a more traditional Highland dress look.

In case you’re wondering…

Despite meticulous research, we haven’t found out what Bond wore underneath his kilt.

The white cat

We’re back to the villains. Specifically, the most famous of them all — Ernst Stavro Blowfeld.

His white, blue-eyed Persian cat is the most iconic criminal mastermind pet in movie history.

This villainous moggy has been parodied so many times that it’s difficult to watch Donald Pleasance’s original without laughing.

This look is dead easy. Just grab yourself a toy white cat and stroke it enigmatically now and again… with or without the pinky gesture.

The wet suit

How brave are you feeling?

James Bond made scuba diving glamorous. It all started with Thunderball in 1965, but there are underwater scenes all over the place in James Bond films.

The directors even made it easy for us to distinguish between the goodies and the baddies. Black for the villains, orange for the good guys… which was thoughtful.

If you go for black (and let’s face it, orange wetsuits aren’t cool), you’ll be a henchman.

Maybe leave the flippers at home. Otherwise you’ll fall over.

So now you know what to wear, it’s just a question of finding a spectacular party to wear it to.

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