1. Flared trousers: Flared trousers became popular with a certain crowd in the 1960s and made it to mainstream fashion by the 1970s. This is the most fashionable trend we’ve seen in Bond’s suits and the most highly criticised one. However, Roger Moore’s flared trousers only hint at the fashion trend in the early 1970s.
2. Wide lapels: Moore’s lapels narrowed in Live and Let Die to a more classic width from what Connery wore in Diamonds Are Forever, though in The Man with the Golden Gun Moore brings back the wider lapels. Still, the lapels are acceptably wide. If Tom Ford has his way these lapels are going to become trendy again.
Castle’s jackets for Moore’s have flared cuffs that fasten with two linked buttons sewn back-to-back. It’s common for English tailors to flare out the sleeves at the ends (in any decade), but the link button is a unique touch. It emphasizes the sleeve flair to harmonize with the flared trouser, but it wasn’t mimicking any fashion trends.
Some may think the colour brown should be on here since brown was a trendy colour in the 1970s that Moore occasionally wore. But Sean Connery also wore a few brown suits, and Daniel Craig even wore a brown suit in Quantum of Solace, so it’s not limited to the 1970s. Moore wore brown suits in the Saint during the 1960s, and Moore was still wearing brown suits into the 1980s, when they became more popular in America due to President Reagan’s influence. Connery wore much duller browns than Moore since they better suited his cool complexion. Moore’s warmer complexion, on the other hand, looked great in warm brown tones. Moore’s brown suits were typically worn in the mediterranean, with some in America and Hong Kong. He didn’t wear nearly as much brown as he wore grey and blue, and he never wore brown in London, following the old (declared dead in 1939) rule “no brown in town.”
1. Flared trousers: The trousers widen with a more pronounced flare later in the 1970s to fully embrace the fashion trend.
2. Wide lapels: The same happens with the lapels—they widen. However, the pocket flaps stay narrow.
These are as trendy as Roger Moore’s suits get, and these are the suits that Moore is most remembered for. Though the details are influenced by the era, the cut of the jacket is not. Other dated aspects of Bond’s wardrobe include very long collar points to match the wide lapels, and tall heels on his slip-ons.
1. Low button stance: The only thing that dates Moore’s suits in the 1980s is a low button stance. Hayward preferred a lower button stance, though it seems that he made it even lower in the 1980s. A lower button stance lengthens the torso, which helps rather barrel-chested Moore. It also emphasizes the V-shape of the male torso, however it comes at a cost: the leg line is shortened. That is not much of a concern for Moore since he already has fairly long legs. Apart from the low button stance, Moore’s tailoring in the 1980s doesn’t succumb to any other now-dated fashion trends, such as over-padded shoulders. In most examples of 1980s tailoring with a low button stance, the gorge—where the collar meets the lapel—is lower as well.