Category: Swimwear

John Wayne’s White Camp Shirt in Donovan’s Reef

John Wayne as Michael "Guns" Donovan in Donovan's Reef (1963)

John Wayne as Michael “Guns” Donovan in Donovan’s Reef (1963)


John Wayne as Michael “Guns” Donovan, island saloon owner and U.S. Navy veteran

French Polynesia, December 1963

Film: Donovan’s Reef
Release Date: June 12, 1963
Director: John Ford
Costume Designer: Edith Head


Who better than John Wayne to feature on the day before that most American of holidays, the Fourth of July?

Donovan’s Reef takes John Wayne from his familiar settings of the wild west or a world war and places him in French Polynesia (though actually filmed in Hawaii) as the grizzled manager of the titular island tavern.

John Wayne is hardly a name that comes to mind when thinking of classic beachgoers, but photographs like this from Duke’s Acapulco resort in the 1940s taken by Phil Stern prove that Wayne (and fellow macho pal Gary Cooper) could be quite natty when the time came to relaxing under the sun. Continue reading

From Russia With Love – Bond’s Gingham Shirt and Swim Trunks

Eunice Gayson and Sean Connery as Sylvia Trench and James Bond, respectively, in From Russia With Love (1963).

Eunice Gayson and Sean Connery as Sylvia Trench and James Bond, respectively, in From Russia With Love (1963).


Sean Connery as James Bond, British suave government agent and lothario

Berkshire, England, Spring 1963

Film: From Russia With Love
Release Date: October 10, 1963
Director: Terence Young
Costume Designer: Jocelyn Rickards
Tailor: Anthony Sinclair


I’m spending this week with family for a beach vacation, so I wanted to take a look at what James Bond would wear for his own seaside holiday outing.

The first appearance of 007 – the real 007 – in From Russia With Love finds Bond “reviewing an old case” in Berkshire in the form of Sylvia Trench, a casual fling that he first encountered while gambling at Le Cercle in Dr. No.

Punting man: It’s great sport, this punting!
Bond: (making out with Sylvia) I couldn’t agree with him more.
Sylvia: I may even give up golf for it.

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Limitless – Eddie’s Beach Attire and Maserati

Bradley Cooper as Eddie Morra, behind the wheel of a Maserati GranTurismo while filming Limitless (2011).

Bradley Cooper as Eddie Morra, behind the wheel of a Maserati GranTurismo while filming Limitless (2011).


Bradley Cooper as Eddie Morra, performance-enhanced investor and former struggling author

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Spring 2010

Film: Limitless
Release Date: March 18, 2011
Director: Neil Burger
Costume Designer: Jenny Gering


This final installment for this Car Week aims to get everyone geared up for any upcoming beach vacations and possible drug-induced professional success.

A brief sequence in Limitless portrays NZT’s effects as glamorous, and few things would be more glamorous than speeding around a tropical coast behind in a new Maserati. Eddie Morra, in addition to the unexplained circumstances that lead to his taking the wheel of this Italian sports car, finds himself hobnobbing with fellow bon vivants at Casa China Blanca, a stunning villa in Puerto Vallarta. Continue reading

The Wolf of Wall Street: Leo’s Floral Swimwear

I’m off to the beach for my annual vacation! I’ll have my phone, but I eschew technology when surrounded by sun, sand, water, and books, so I’ll be less responsive to comments and e-mails than usual (and I know I already need some improvement in that area!)

There’ll be a few posts planned for the course of this week, but here’s a quick snippet of a BAMF in relaxation mode that we should all try and emulate.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie as Jordan and Naomi Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).

Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie as Jordan and Naomi Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).


Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, swaggering stockbroker

New York City, Summer 1993

Film: The Wolf of Wall Street
Release Date: December 25, 2013
Director: Martin Scorsese
Costume Designer: Sandy Powell

How to Get the Look

The Wolf of Wall Street gives us a quick look at Jordan and Naomi relaxing on his yacht. He doesn’t have a care in the world as he lays next to his beautiful wife and wears:

  • Navy blue short-sleeve linen shirt with six white buttons down plain front and straight-hemmed bottom
  • Light blue “Hawaiian printed” polyester swimming trunks with a palm tree and orange floral print

The on-screen shorts have been positively identified as a pair of Breakwater polyester board shorts in the “Hawaiian Vibe” tropical pattern with a white drawstring waist. You can still find the same pair on eBay. (Thanks to reader Thawm for the ID!)

Belfort himself mentions a pair of “blue nylon” swimming trunks in his follow-up book, Catching the Wolf of Wall Street.

His Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses with black acetate frames, a fine choice for a successful young fella on holiday, sit on the back on his head against the pillow.

If you’ve got a special lady friend with you who also would like some shades, Margot Robbie is wearing a pair of brown plastic-framed Versace 477/B 915 sunglasses with gold Greek key temple logos.

Do Yourself a Favor and…

Buy the movie. Belfort’s original book was one of my beach reading materials during this trip last year, and it’s definitely an entertaining read.

Thomas Crown at the Beach

Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair.

Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968).


Steve McQueen as Thomas Crown, millionaire playboy and heist mastermind

Crane Beach, MA, Summer 1968

Film: The Thomas Crown Affair
Release Date: June 19, 1968
Director: Norman Jewison
Costume Designer: Alan Levine


Amidst all of the robberies and intrigue in The Thomas Crown Affair, Steve McQueen’s titular character decides to head off to the local beach with new girlfriend (sort of) in tow. From his romp in the sand, Crown offers advice on just what to bring for a quick beach getaway. Continue reading

Bond Hits the Beach in Thunderball

I hope you’re all having a warm first day of summer! If anyone is looking to hit the beach soon – and you hopefully will – take a few tips from Bond in Thunderball, who spends plenty of his time beachcombing and getting into underwater battles with international terrorists armed with harpoons.

Sean Connery and Claudine Auger in Thunderball.

Sean Connery and Claudine Auger in Thunderball (1965).


Sean Connery as James Bond, sophisticated British secret agent and sportsman

Nassau, September 1965

Film: Thunderball
Release Date: December 29, 1965
Director: Terence Young


Sensing both a genuine lead and genuine lust, Bond convinces M to send him to Nassau to do his part for Operation Thunderball. Luckily for Bond, it’s September (for the sake of this blog, let’s call it summer) and tourist season is in full swing. Bond’s first order of business is to visit the beach in Nassau. Continue reading