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Sartorial Know-how25 August 2021

5 Style Lessons Sean Connery Taught Us

To celebrate the 90th birthday of the unforgettable star, we're sharing the five style lessons he taught us

Considered a true living legend in Hollywood, Sean Connery turned 90 in August 2020. The Scottish actor retired in 2010, but still maintains a special place in the hearts of his fans.

Born in 1930 in Fountainbridge, Scotland Connery started his acting career in the 1950s, when he was cast in numerous U.K. films and television programs. In the early ’60s, he landed the role of the secret agent James Bond in the movie “Dr. No”, continuing the role in seven films between 1962 and 1983 and gaining massive popularity. He worked regularly in film thereafter, and in 1987 won an Academy Award as a supporting actor for The Untouchables. Connery later starred in movies like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Hunt for Red October before retiring from acting.

A naturally talented performer and a man of irresistible charm, Sean Connery is also revered for his impeccable style, which, like that of his alter ego James Bond, embodies the epitome of the English gentleman. To celebrate the birthday of this unforgettable star, we’re sharing the five style lessons he taught us.


A suit is a man’s best friend

James Bond is probably one of the most elegant male movie characters ever. Like his famous alter ego, Sean Connery has often worn classic suits on the red carpet. He obviously dressed for his build: his jackets were tailored with a full chest, a gently nipped waist, and roped sleeve heads, and paired with trim forward-pleat trousers with side-adjusters.

If you are tall and slim, you can carry more volume with your suit adding a waistcoat to your custom. Alternatively, if you’re not that tall, keep it simple. As for the colors, keep it simple: grey, in all its shades, blue or dark brown, is a must. A little trick: Connery never forgot to unbutton his jacket before sitting down, so as not to ruin it.

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Shoes can make the difference

Connery usually sported quality leather footwear, whether smart or casual. The black calf oxford is the standard traditional shoe to wear with a dark suit, loafers, instead, work best with more casual outfits.

If you’re searching for sporty footwear, ankle boots can be a good option: Connery has never worn them a lot, but James Bond loves them, especially in black or sand color. 

Coat? Go for a long one

When the weather is cold, an elegant coat is a real “must” if you want to impress with your style. Sean Conney was a real lover of this item: he always chose it long just above the knee, as he went nonchalantly from dark single color to tweed to Prince of Wales.

When it came to the coat, the Scottish actor was very conservative, always wearing it buttoned up. If you want, you can complete your winter outfit with a scarf.

For leisure time, pick a polo

Being elegant in the summertime can be a hard mission for a man, except if your name is Sean Conner. In the hottest months of the year, the actor always wore a short-sleeved polo shirt, fresh and more elegant than any T-shirt.

So, if your job does not require a too rigid dress code, you can also wear it in the office, perhaps in solid color and honeycomb. You can match polo shirt with denim or cotton linen trousers. Do not forget to choose socks of the same color.

Pay attention to details

An elegant custom won’t be the same without a folded handkerchief in the jacket breast pockets, and Sean Connery obviously knew it very well. The clutch can be made of linen, silk, cashmere, or wool, but the most popular fabrics are certainly linen and silk. If in linen, the handkerchief should generally be worn white, and it matches any type of dress.

If you wear a white or light blue shirt, you should choose a handkerchief of the same color. If you are eccentric and you like colored handkerchiefs, then it is a must to use the colors featured in the tie.

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