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Breaking Down Bond's Style: Accessories


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In our mini-series dedicated to James Bond's spy style, we've looked at 007's khakis, his package in those khakis, and, of course, his tuxedo. The only thing left to finish off your espionage look? Accessories. Because no international agent is sartorially complete without the right underpinnings to polish everything off.

First up, watches. James Bond has been bolstering watches since the series began with Sean Connery, and while you'll usually find a Rolex or Omega on his wrist, you don't have to be nearly as exorbitant with your choice, but you will need at least two options. The first is your kick-ass watch -- ya know, the one you wear when you gotta rough someone up. It should be durable, heavy duty, but also classic. Multi-face is fine, but don't go overboard with gadgetry because, after all, you aren't solving any international mysteries (we think). For your evening watch, the one you wear with at tux, you want to switch to a leather band and keep the face as clean as possible, just like the tux.

Speaking of that tux, one of the most important accessories you'll need is cuff links. There is nothing sexier than a perfect pair of cuff links peeking out from under your tux jacket. But, remember, less is more. No eight-balls or dice or other various wingdings that make you look like you're twelve. Just something sleek and understated, but not boring. It's always best to stick to the basic rules of composition: line, shape, texture, space, etc. And higher-end brands like Bottega Veneta down to basic department store labels make acceptable pairs.

Rounding at your Bond-age accessories are your shades, man. Being that the Bond franchise has basically started over, his style is back to classic, so aviators are your go-to sunglasses. You can never go wrong with a pair of Tom Ford plastic aviators, but, for Bond's on a budget, if you're doing everything else right with your look, any pair of knock-offs from H&M or some guy on the street will still look chic.


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