Breaking Down Bond's Style: The Tux

11.20.2008

By Seth Plattner

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Earlier in the week Popnography was obsessing about Daniel Craig's perfect package in his perfect khakis in the new James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. And while we can't say that his package, or those khakis, have been forgotten, we're moving on today in our break down of Bond's classic style to the most synonymous outfit in the 007 wardrobe, the tuxedo.

Tuxes today seem like a chore to have to wear, but boys should remember that there's hardly an outfit out there that, when done right, makes you look as good as a tuxedo does. That being the case, here's how to do it without looking like a cater waiter:

The easiest rule of thumb for the tux is to just go classic. A traditional tux may scream boring, but if it's perfectly tailored with the essentials -- notched, peaked lapel, bow tie, cumberbun if you wish -- it's going to look great. Just remember that at some point in the night that jacket is going to come off, so keep the shirt pristinely white and slim on that body you work so hard to maintain.

Most labels out there do their version of a tux, the most perfect of which come from the likes of Tom Ford and Dior. But, look to labels like Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren for equally impressive tuxedos at a fraction of the cost. And speaking of price, just suck it up and buy one. What's the point of renting every time you need one when a good tux will last for years? Surprisingly, tuxedos are even versatile enough to wear with a cool tee and tennis shoes. So, again, lay down some cash and get your own.

As we noted yesterday, gays aren't always keep to stick to the classic, so if you're one of those divas who just has to steal the spotlight from the bride, here are some suggestions on how to update the tuxedo:

Instead of a notched lapel, try for a slicker, but appropriately slimmer, shawl collar. For your jacket (and jacket only) there's always the white dinner coat or a velvet smoking jacket, and, if you really want to stand out in good way, opt for a midnight blue tuxedo (for Inspiration, Gucci makes a beautiful version). Still dark, still classic, but with just a bit if snap. Band of Outsiders also makes a perfect hipster tux if you're one to go against the traditional grain. And, as we see time and time again on the Hollywood crowd, the long tie is now perfectly acceptable for a tux. Bond would never do it, but if you do, make sure the color and fabric of the tie match your lapel.

Now you know how to go both casual and chic like Bond. Next up we'll tell you how to elevate it all with the perfect 007 accessories.

-- SETH PLATTNER

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