May 18, 2023
Written by Jericho Bundac
Image CreditJames Bond Looks with a License to Thrill at Weddings
Grey suit with a tie. Navy suit and an open collar. Maybe you see a tuxedo here and there at a wedding. A proper fit and the right materials will make you look good. But the ideal outfit will make you a shaken martini, not stirred. You won't just look good—you'll look great. Check out these five James Bond looks that give you a license to thrill.
Whether you're getting married or attending, a well-executed Bond-style outfit will make you the most polished (and stylish) man in the room.
Let's Start with a Bang: A Black Tux
Let's kick things off with a bold black tux so you know we're not messing around. Create an air of sophistication with a perfectly tailored black tuxedo, crisp white shirt and a classic batwing bowtie.
Daniel Craig dons the black tux in his first outing as 007 in Casino Royale. He becomes Bond once he puts on this outfit. The straight and padded shoulders and clean chest gives Craig a presence on the baccarat table.
The Turnbull & Asser shirt has a spread collar with double cuffs. The outfit is finished with a black silk batwing bowtie that oozes sophistication and confidence.
Word of warning: pay attention to the wedding dress code. If you turn up in a black tux for a beach wedding, you could look wildly out of place.
Bond's Cream Linen Suit for a Summer Wedding
If you're looking for a Bond-inspired look at a summer wedding, let's go to the forgotten Bond, George Lazenby. Lazenby's two-button cream linen suit caught our eye as a perfect warm-weather outfit. It veers from Connery's well-established blue or grey suit colours, which helps it make a lasting impression.
The suit is combined with a light pink shirt and dark blue tie. The pairing creates a beautiful contrast between the shirt and jacket but doesn't overpower the outfit. It's one of James Bond's looks to emulate for a summer wedding because the elements work together as one.
Connery's Three-Piece Gem of a Suit in Goldfinger
The cream linen suit is excellent for weddings that lean more on the casual side, but what if you have a formal event on your hands? The original James Bond has you covered.
For good reasons, Sean Connery's three-piece glen check suit is a favourite among sartorial cinephiles. The memorable suit looks a solid grey. But when you look closely, it's a fine glen check in dark grey and white.
The two-button design, narrow lapels, and immaculate tailoring (of course) give the suit a streamlined look that helps give Odd Job some problems—and you a fantastic wedding day outfit.
Is this the Most Iconic James Bond Look?
Possibly Bond's most iconic look, an ivory dinner jacket, has been worn by Bonds in six films. Connery, Moore and Craig wear the eye-catching and bold alternative to a midnight blue or black dinner jacket.
It's a secondary black tie look for Bond when he's attending formal events in warm-weather locales. Opt for the cream linen suit in the afternoon portion of a wedding, and pop on an ivory dinner jacket for the evening to double up on James Bond looks.
Finish off your outfit with polished black leather shoes and accessorize with a red boutonniere for an unmistakable 007-inspired attire.
A Study in Morning Suits
Timothy Dalton's morning suit in License to Kill is a more controversial James Bond look. (Don't get us started on the clipped-on cravat.) If you find an invitation to a wedding requiring a morning suit, look to another Bond for inspiration.
Roger Moore's take on a morning suit in A View to a Kill is a James Bond look we can get behind. The contemporary morning suit features a mid-grey mini herringbone. It's not a traditional British morning suit, but it makes Bond fit in at Ascot Racecourse. You can do the same at a formal wedding. Pick up a grey tie and a boutonniere, and you're ready for quite the party.
A well-executed Bond-style outfit will undoubtedly make you the most stylish guest at the wedding. Remember, the key to pulling off a timeless James Bond look is to keep it simple, timeless, and elegant. And if you need to rock a morning suit, make sure you look to Moore—not Dalton. (even though License to Kill is a better movie.)
Refined essentials for your Bond-inspired wedding look.