Today is Black Friday, the annual phenomenon in the American retail world that finds many waking from their heavy tryptophan-induced slumber to save 10% on a TV. In recent years, this “holiday” has been exploited by said retailers capitalizing on in-store deals by expanding them to the world wide web on Cyber Monday for an additional day of merry marketing goodness.
Cynicism aside, with one month to Christmas Eve, today feels like a perfect opportunity to present some picks for BAMF Style’s somewhat-annual Holiday Gift Guide… whether you’re seeking to treat a loved one, a friend, or yourself!
For the 2017 gift-giver, I created three different gift guide categories:
- Eight relevant essentials of classic style icons and where you can find the best options based on your budget
- Two BAMF-approved gift packages based on products that I regularly wear, use, and appreciate
- A roundup of (mostly) new books for BAMFs and others to enjoy
For my birthday today (July 21, same as Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams), I hope you’ll excuse an indulgent post as I explore the suits that grabbed my attention from a young age and stirred my early interest in men’s style. Though, given the dapper white jacket that Sean Connery wore on the cover of GQ the month I was born, I should have known what direction my life would eventually take!
While not necessarily the greatest suits to every appear in the movies, these five each contributed to my interest in menswear that led to the eventual creation of BAMF Style a decade later. Interestingly, all of the featured outfits are from period films, highlighting fashion of an earlier era (the 1930s, in more cases than not) and accentuated by a musical soundtrack designed to emphasize the character and the moment.
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One week left! Is there more Christmas shopping to be done, or are you looking to treat yourself? (Or are you just looking to treat yourself anyway?) Either way, back for 2016 is BAMF Style’s unsolicited list of gift ideas for you and yours.
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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.
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!
A few weeks ago, I called for the esteemed readers of this blog to Show Us Your BAMF! I received many excellent submissions from around the world, and I’m honored to present each gentleman’s look – along with a short bit written by them – in person. The submissions received prove that BAMF Style has some of the snazziest fans out there.
So, in the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I’d like to thank all of my wonderful readers, followers, and commenters. It’s hard to believe I’ve been at this for more than three years, but you’ve all kept me going! Continue reading
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think all of you who follow and comment on this blog are some of the coolest dudes around. BAMF Style just celebrated its third anniversary (on September 26th, if you’re curious), and I couldn’t have made it this far without all of you.
To show my appreciation, I’d love to get the chance to highlight some of the looks you guys are sporting. Whether it’s based on a movie or TV BAMF or just a stellar combination you’ve found on your own, feel free to send a photo or two of an outfit that makes you proud to TheSartorialBAMF@gmail.com, along with a few words like the manufacturers, fabric, and even an anecdote about it.
It’d be my pleasure to sort through the submissions and get a post up – probably around Thanksgiving, since I’ll be literally giving my thanks – featuring all of your great style.
This one’s for you, BAMFs!
Also, check out this cool article by Guy Trebay for the New York Times, where Trebay talks about classic sprezzatura style icons like Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Cary Grant, and Marvin Gaye. Trebay even talks about McQueen’s somewhat anachronistic – but badass – attire in The Great Escape.