North by Northwest


Today is the 4th anniversary of BAMF Style, so I’m commemorating the occasion by posting a revised and updated version of my first post – an analysis of the iconic gray-blue glen check suit worn by Cary Grant in North by Northwest. Thanks for all the support over the years!

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Cary Grant as Roger O. Thornhill in North by Northwest (1959). Cary Grant as Roger O. Thornhill in North by Northwest (1959).


Cary Grant as Roger O. Thornhill, Madison Avenue ad man mistaken for an international spy

New York City, Fall 1958

Film: North by Northwest
Release Date: July 28, 1959
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Tailor: Arthur Lyons of Kilgour, French & Stanbury
Wardrobe Department: Harry Kress


North by Northwest is famous for being one of the best thrillers and espionage films of all time, but it has also received plenty of accolades as the greatest “suit movie” due to the sharply-tailored gray-blue Glen plaid suit that Cary Grant wears throughout the film. In August 2015, Esquire gave it the top spot on its Greatest Suits in Film list… which also included several other heroes you’ll see on the pages of BAMF Style.

The suit even inspired a short story from writer Todd McEwen, retelling North by Northwest from the…

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  1. Ryan Hall

    One of my favourite blogs, always been a huge fan of the clothes from films and it is great to see other people share my interest. I’ll alway be on the look out for more outfits Lucky.


  2. Le Chiffre

    Hi ! Great post, very nice. I did notice two pair of cufflinks but never four, M glad to have learned something mote on undoubtfully the most famous outfit ever worn. I also wanted to share some info with you. In some scenes, it clearly looks like Cary is wearing black shoes. Can’t tell if these are oxfords or derbies, but they seem black to me. You can see them at the first third of the movie, before he takes the train. I would appreciate to have your opinion bout this. And please, don’t disappoint me by getting yourself slightly killed 😉

    Cheers from France, keep up the great blog.


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