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BAMF Style is now on Patreon!

Blogging is hard work, but the much-appreciated support, encouragement, and feedback from my readers makes it all worth while!

If you’re willing and able, please consider supporting BAMF Style on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/bamfstyle.

Certain levels of financial support get special perks (A hand-drawn guy in a suit! A random vintage tie! Sneak peeks at new posts!), but please know that any and all support is always appreciated by yours truly.

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Thank you!

Iconic Alternatives – Reader Appreciation Contest

Iconic Alternatives has developed five incredible prize packages of items to help you live more like James Bond! There are sartorial items like a pale blue Mason & Sons cocktail cuff shirt, Magnoli Clothiers James Bond tie, Goldfinger watch strap, Herring suede desert boots, and a midnight blue dinner suit ensemble as well as a whisky set with cut crystal glasses and a bottle of Macallan 12-year-old single malt Scotch. One prize option will even bring you a step closer to 007’s kitchen with a Chemex coffee maker (as featured in Ian Fleming’s From Russia With Love), the “Q” mug from Skyfall, and Matt Sherman’s book James Bond’s Cuisine.

All that it takes to enter is a short form for your name, email address, DOB, and location. Enter here by 12 midnight (GMT -6) on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in order to win! Good luck!

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Iconic Alternatives – 5 Favorite Bond Looks

I’m honored to have been contributed to an article posted today at Iconic Alternatives, featuring my top five favorite outfits from the James Bond 007 series. Iconic Alternatives did all the hard work of tracking down fashionable and affordable options of suits, formalwear, and casual wear worn by Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Daniel Craig in From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, The Man with the Golden Gun, Casino Royale, and Skyfall.

Check it out here if you want to find out my five favorite outfits from the Bond series and affordable alternatives as researched by the pros at Iconic Alternatives. The entire site is a great resource for tracking down individual items to help you dress like the world’s sharpest secret agent.

Image credit: Iconic Alternatives

Image credit: Iconic Alternatives

Did I include any of your favorite James Bond outfits? Feel free to share your favorites or clothing that you’ve found on your own that reflects 007!

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).

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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

Background

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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Bullitt

 

One of my first posts about one of my favorite outfits – and one of the most iconic – deserved some more attention, so I’m rounding out this week with a post celebrating Steve McQueen’s “casual Friday” tweed shooting jacket, blue rollneck, desert boots, and raincoat in 1968’s Bullitt.

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Steve McQueen as Bullitt (1968). Steve McQueen as Bullitt (1968).

Dressing for fall – especially in a city like Pittsburgh – can be difficult when the morning is 40°F, the temperature climbs to 75°F at noon, and a humid rain falls just in time for the drive home. And yet, Steve McQueen found a way to be prepared for all weather while looking cool and comfortable at the same time.

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Steve McQueen as Lt. Frank Bullitt, San Francisco inspector (they don’t call them detectives in the SFPD)

San Francisco, Spring 1968

Film: Bullitt
Release Date: October 17, 1968
Director: Peter Yates
Costume Designer: Theadora Van Runkle

Background

The definitive Steve McQueen style blog has a great statement:

One thing sane people do, as we all know, is spend a good portion of their spare time on eBay searching for a brown tweed jacket a bit like the one in Bullitt.

Although a relatively simple look…

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Inauguration Suits of Every U.S. President

Happy Independence Day, USA!

To celebrate America’s 240th birthday, BAMF Style is showing off a great, well-researched infographic from the folks at SunglassWarehouse.com that breaks down the suit worn at the first inauguration of every American president from George Washington’s brown broadcloth suit in 1789 right up to Barack Obama’s dark, bullet-resistant suit in 2009.

I was especially interested to see what was worn by William Henry Harrison, the ninth President of the United States and the deliverer of the longest inaugural speech at 8,495 words… far longer than George Washington’s shortest address which came in at only 135 words. Harrison’s speech was the longest thing about his presidency, which lasted hardly a month before he succumbed to the fatal pneumonia that he had likely contracted by delivering such lengthy remarks without any outerwear on that cold wet morning in March. In fact, the greatest product of William Henry Harrison’s presidency may be the Parks and Recreation episode that lampooned it.

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For a BAMF Style breakdown of suits worn by presidents both real and fictional, check out these posts: