Less than three weeks away from Father’s Day, it’s never too soon to start thinking about the gifts for the dad in your life… or to give your family some hints if you’re a dad as well!
Taking inspiration from a few recent (and classic) BAMF Style favorite movies and TV shows, I brainstormed a few favorites that he—or you—will actually want for Father’s Day.
CWU-45/P Jacket as seen in Top Gun: Maverick
For the dad who chases adventure
Despite decades of screen heroes popularizing military flight jackets, the sage-green Nomex flight jacket had gone relatively uncelebrated on screen until receiving its due in this year’s blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick. Tom Cruise’s G-1 jacket and its profusion of patches made a brief cameo at the start of the movie, but the CWU-45/P (“CWU” meaning Cold Weather Uniform) eventually took over as Maverick’s USN-issued update.
Also known as the “MA-2”, a marketing shorthand that emerged to reflect the jacket’s succession of the classic MA-1 bomber, the most frequently encountered versions of these jackets are the standard CWU-45 and the lighter-weight CWU-36, both made from Nomex, a flame-resistant nylon-like material pioneered in the 1960s. Many civilian offerings are standard nylon, but some genuine Nomex jackets can be found at a worthwhile premium.
Where to get it:
- Alpha Industries CWU 45/P Bomber Jacket (Amazon, up to $190) (pictured)
- Cockpit USA Nomex CWU Modified 36P Lightweight Jacket Z26P005 (Cockpit USA, $630)
- Mil-Tec US CWU Flight Jacket Basic Olive (Amazon, $102.95)
- Rothco CWU-45P Flight Jacket (Amazon, $56.99)
Top Gun tie-in jackets:
- Alpha Industries Alpha x Top Gun CWU 45/P Bomber Jacket (Alpha Industries, $325)
- Cockpit USA “Movie Hero” CWU-36/P Flight Jacket Z24A103 (Cockpit USA, $460)
SIS Training Gear as seen in Skyfall
For the active dad
Among the Tom Ford suits and Sunspel shirts of Daniel Craig’s tenure as James Bond, SIS Training Gear emerged as a wallet-friendly way to incorporate cinema’s most famous super-spy into your wardrobe.
Whether it’s by grabbing the warmup suit and performance T-shirt that Craig’s 007 wore while retraining himself or dozens of other products ranging from mugs and artwork to men’s and women’s T-shirts that pay tribute to the entire Bond series, SIS Training Gear has plenty to offer Bond fans.
RGT Supply Jacket as seen in No Time to Die, The Adam Project, and other recent productions
For the stylish dad
L.A.-based company Rogue Territory began in 2008 as a custom denim workshop, soon transitioning to a ready-to-wear lineup that has since vastly expanded to a collection of trendy yet timeless workwear. Arguably the most visible piece from their collection is the Ridgeline Supply Jacket… and you know the one I mean.
As detailed by James Bond Lifestyle, this waxed cotton jacket had appeared in several movies and TV shows over a half decade before it was elevated to a must-have staple after a tan unlined Ridgeline was worn by Daniel Craig during a brief—and I mean brief—scene in his final James Bond movie, No Time to Die.
Cut like a trucker jacket, the four-pocket Ridgeline fastens with five nickel rivet buttons up the placket in addition to Rogue Territory’s signature extra contrast-stitched buttonhole—a throwback to the days when men wore pocket watches. The Ridgeline can be found unlined, as favored by 007, or with a blanketed flannel lining, as worn by Ryan Reynolds in this year’s Netflix release The Adam Project.
Where to get it:
- Rogue Territory Ridgeline Supply Jacket (Unlined) (STAG Provisions, $295) (pictured)
- Rogue Territory Ridgeline Supply Jacket (Lined) (STAG Provisions, $398)
Red Jungle Bird Shirt as seen in Magnum, P.I.
For the vacation-loving dad
One of the most recognizable aloha shirts in history, Thomas Magnum’s red “jungle bird” shirt carries the rare distinction of being one of the only—if not the only—one of his fabled Hawaiian shirts to have appeared in all eight seasons of Magnum, P.I. The bright red tropical-printed rayon shirt became so iconic that one of Tom Selleck’s screen-worn shirts was even donated to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in 1988 after the show’s run.
True to the series’ sense of authenticity, the original shirt had been purchased locally, made by a Hawaiian shirtmaker appropriately named Paradise Found. More than 40 years after Selleck first leapt into that speedy red Ferrari, the “jungle bird” shirt can still be purchased from this original manufacturer, as well as a series of other prints and colorways featured on the series, offered via Hawaiian outfitter Aloha FunWear.
Where to get it:
- Paradise Found Original Magnum PI Hawaiian Shirt (Aloha FunWear, $69) (pictured)
- Paradise Found Cotton Magnum PI Hawaiian Shirt (Aloha FunWear, $69)
Striped Knit Shirts as seen in Goodfellas
For the dad with his own Sunday gravy recipe
In addition to the silk suits, spearpoint collars, and gold pinky rings, Martin Scorsese’s mob epic Goodfellas popularized the image of mobsters dressing down in colorful and sleekly striped knitwear, sometimes buttoned up with a suit or left undone to show their undershirts and gold necklaces beneath them.
This year, Scott Fraser Collection released the two latest entries in their Icon Series: the Idlewild and Salerno knit shirts, painstakingly made from fine Italian merino wool to screen-match two beautiful shirts worn on-screen by the late Ray Liotta as the wiseguy-turned-witness informant Henry Hill.
Where to get them:
- Scott Fraser Collection Idlewild Knit Shirt (Scott Fraser Collection, £262.50)
- Scott Fraser Collection Salerno Knit Shirt (Scott Fraser Collection, £262.50) (pictured)
Read more about the shirts in my exclusive Q&A with Scott, and listen to the episode of From Tailors with Love where I joined Scott and host Pete Brooker to talk Goodfellas style and this new collection.
Steve McQueen’s Persol Sunglasses
For the dad you’d crown “King of Cool”
Whether your dad knows his way around a ’68 Mustang or at least carries himself with the confidence of a guy unafraid to take on a muscle car racing through the streets of San Francisco, these blue-tinted, tortoise-framed acetate specs with the signature Persol temple logos would instantly upgrade his eyewear on par with the star of The Great Escape and The Thomas Crown Affair. Especially if he’s still wearing those 20-year-old Oakleys you’ve been begging him to replace.
Where to get the Persol PO 714:
Carhartt Baseball Cap as seen in No Time to Die
For the non-fussy dresser
There are plenty of James Bond fans who don’t have any desire to wear the secret agent’s expensive dinner jackets or drink his shaken, not stirred martinis. For decades, 007’s on-screen style may have felt worlds apart from these viewers, and then No Time to Die‘s depiction of a retired Commander Bond dressed him in a Tommy Bahama shirt and Sperry boat shoes… just like many dads may have in their own closet.
For a brief sailing scene from Jamaica to Cuba in No Time to Die, Bond supplemented this outfit with a Barbour jacket and a plain navy cotton canvas Carhartt baseball cap. Costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb explained in an interview with The Bond Experience that the hat was chosen to reflect one of Steve McQueen’s casual outfits in The Thomas Crown Affair, with the Carhartt branding patch removed for production.
While Carhartt knit beanies have become the favorite headgear for Instagram influencers, it was quite a breakthrough to see even a cinematic style icon like 007 wearing gear from this classic American workwear brand.
Where to get it:
From Tailors With Love: An Evolution of Menswear Through the Bond Films
by Pete Brooker and Matt Spaiser
Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli: The Epic Story of the Making of The Godfather
by Mark Seal
A Man & his Car: Iconic Cars and Stories from the Men Who Love Them
by Matt Hranek
A Man & His Watch: Iconic Watches and Stories from the Men Who Wore Them
by Matt Hranek
The Man with the Golden Typewriter: Ian Fleming’s James Bond Letters
edited by Fergus Fleming
This Was Hollywood: Forgotten Stars and Stories
by Carla Valderrama
All prices and availability current as of May 30, 2022. As an Amazon Associate, Kutoku affiliate, and ShopStyle Collective affiliate, I may receive commissions from qualifying purchases made through links in these posts. That said, this is not a paid or compensated post, and I’ve chosen all of the above selections based on my opinions alone.