Are You More Bond or More Q?

We finally saw the new Bond flick, and I think it’s safe to say it’s kick ass.   It has all the car chases, twists, turns and badassery we’ve come to expect from our favorite MI-6 secret agent.

Sitting in the theater we kept thinking, “Damn that guy’s got style.”  And it wasn’t only Bond that caught our eye.  Q, Bond’s own personal iGenius, had his own style.  A style that drastically countered Bond’s, but was equally blog-worthy.

So, here’s the question:  Are you more Bond or more Q?

Q

If you went to MIT and majored in math and science, you’re probably a Q.   If Skymall is your favorite magazine, you’re probably a Q.  If you have a little bit of Brooklyn hipster in you, you’re definitely a Q.  Q is young, smart and fashionable.  He wears skinny ties, cardigans and duffel coats capitalizing on emerging trends and styles.  In the art museum scene Q rocks a solid Chambray tie like this DIBI tie from our collection.  When Q dons a brown cardigan later in the movie, he shows off a neat woven tie similar to this John Varvatos piece.  And I’m sure these 4GB USB cufflinks are right up Q’s alley.

BOND

If you think tweeting, pinning and tumblr are wrestling moves, you’re most likely a Bond.  Bond has that undeniable old school class and cool.  He doesn’t get caught up in what’s “hot” or “trendy.”  He wears suits.  High quality, well-tailored suits.  His style is timeless (after all, he’s been around for 50 years).  007 knows the worth of a good white pocket square, which is a staple.  In the museum scene with Q, Bond shows off a durable straight navy necktie, resembling this Armstrong & Wilson piece.  When Bond is chasing down bad guys in his classic greys, he wears a tie similar to this Yves Saint Laurent look.  Of course, the best Bond look is that midnight blue tux. – Now that’s style.-  Whether you know how to tie a bow tie or not, we’ve got you covered.  We have this pre-tied Giorgio Armani or this DIY (good luck) Michael Andrews Bespoke for any formal occasion.

So, who are you? More Bond or more Q?

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Dapper Up: Seven Sharp Looks For Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner, and while cutting out two holes in a bed sheet and dressing up as a ghost is easy, it’s also not very impressive.  With the recent reawakening in menswear, it’s time to use Halloween as an excuse to dapper up instead of gross out.  Here are 7 ideas to impress that sexy nurse or that cute Big Bird across the room.

1.  Don Draper

While you may not be as handsome as Jon Hamm (who is?), that doesn’t mean you can’t dress like him.  Mad Men is one of the best shows on TV and it’s led by the painfully cool Don Draper.  Don’s 1960’s swag is actually easier to pull off than you may think.  Start with a textured grey suit and a clean white dress shirt.  Throw on a straight single color tie and some silver cuff links.  Add a crisp white pocket square and a pair of oxfords and you’re half way there.  Break out the brylcreem for that sleek back over the side part, put on a steely face and there you have it, Don Draper.  Don’t forget when you’re at the bar order an Old Fashioned, Don Draper wouldn’t be caught dead holding a pink Cosmo.

2.  Nucky Thompson

If you’re going for that 1920s Prohibition era look, Nucky Thompson from Boardwalk Empire is your guy.  Nucky’s style leans heavy on classic fabrics and patterns mixed with bold colors and accessories.  Go vintage with a double breasted herringbone flannel suit, then add some color with a pastel orange shirt and a white detachable collar.  Now it’s time for the accessories, this is important because Nucky’s accessory game is on point.  Nucky always wears high quality pattern ties, try a straight gold paisley tie and DON’T forget the collar pin and the oversize rose boutonniere, both Nucky staples.

3.  Pee-wee Herman

If you haven’t noticed the nerd-chic look is in right now, and Pee-wee nails it.  Begin with a slim fitting grey glen plaid suit, a simple white dress shirt and a neatly tied red bow tie.  Fold a double peak white pocket square, throw on some white socks and some white shoes and you’re a Paul Ryan haircut away from Pee-wee.  If you really want to impress your friends tell the DJ to put on Tequila and get down.  *Bonus points if you can get your hands on an old school Schwinn.

4.  James Bond

With the new 007 movie due out November 9th, Bond will surely be a popular Halloween costume.  Whether it’s Connery, Moore, Brosnan or Craig, the Bond style hasn’t changed much in 50 years.  Dust off that black tuxedo you save for weddings, put on a midnight black bow tie, a pair of classy cuff links and finish off the outfit with a white pocket square.  Bring a toy pistol, keyword toy, and remember to order your martinis shaken not stirred.   

5.  Mister Rogers

Back before hipsters co-opted the cardigan and skinny ties, Mister Rogers rocked them nearly everyday.  Throw on a pair of vans, a nice pair of trousers, a white button down shirt, a skinny tie and, of course, a colorful zip-up cardigan and it’s that simple, you’re everyone’s favorite children’s television host.

6.  Clark Kent

So you want to be a superhero, but you don’t want to wear the tights?  Well here’s the loophole.  Clark Kent has impeccable style, Superman – eh – not so much.  Wear a three piece suit (preferably something light colored or tweed) with a striped tie and a white pocket square.  Of course you’ll need a pair of retro black framed glasses to protect your secret identity.  Add a fedora and a Superman t-shirt under your suit and you are the Man of Steel Clark Kent.

 7.  Gordon Gekko

Wall Street may have come out in 1987, but thanks to the 2012  Presidential election reviving the conversation on corporate raiders and whether or not greed is good, Gordon Gekko has never been more relevant   No matter what your feelings on Gordon Gekko are, there is no denying his style.  To pull off the perfect Gordon Gekko look, wear a blue shirt with a contrasting white collar, pleated plants and a straight pattern tie.  Lose the belt, strap on the suspenders, finish the look with a gold tie bar and gold watch.  Slick your hair back and ditch your iPhone for one of those brick looking things.  Greed’s never looked so good.

There you have it.  Seven looks that will definitely get you noticed this Halloween. And maybe if you play your cards right, you’ll get a little more than just noticed.