Mid-Grey Flannel Suit

For his visit to the Minister of Defence’s office and Q-Branch in For Your Eyes Only, Bond wears a mid-grey flannel 2-piece suit. This is a typical Douglas Hayward suit, cut with soft, natural shoulders, roped sleeveheads, a low button stance and a high gorge. This suit jacket has a 2-button front with deep double vents, flapped pockets and 3-button cuffs.

The suit trousers have a flat front with frogmouth pockets, are cut with a straight leg, and are worn with a black belt. The trousers have a medium rise, which corresponds with the suit jacket’s lower button stance. Bond’s cream poplin shirt by Frank Foster has a spread collar, 2-button mitred cuffs, a placket front and a darted back.

For Your Eyes Only brought Bond back to his origins after the over-the-top Moonraker. Along with the more traditional suits, here Moore wears a grenadine tie like the ones Connery so often wore. Whilst Connery always wore dark grenadine ties, this one is mid grey to match the suit. This is the only grenadine tie that Bond has worn since Connery played Bond.

18 thoughts on “Mid-Grey Flannel Suit

  1. A favourite of mine and like all of the suits Moore wears in this movie it's excellent. The accompaniments too. A deep burgundy colour tie would also work very well with this outfit.

    I bought (on Ebay, earlier this year, and for an excellent price) a Hayward suit from this era and it's a carbon copy in style to this but a different colour. It looks, and feels, great.

  2. Apart from the very low button stance which I don't particularly care for, Moore's Hayward suits have stood the test of time, especially when one compares them with Cyril Castle's, which were much more flashy and fashion-forward rather than understated and timeless.

  3. A very nice suit. Although it was a bit sloppy to leave the tail end of the tie hanging below the front end. Other than that, very good.

  4. DaltonFan, what's more important is that the front blade is the correct length, at his waist. It's not like the narrow end is visible with his jacket on anyway. Ideally he would have needed a shorter tie by about 2 inches. But there's nothing sloppy about it. He's just doing his best with what he has.

  5. I'm curious to know, what is it, (other than the fact that this particiular style is not currently popular) that people dislike about the low button stance of Hayward's 1980's suits?

    In my opinion this style gives a very clean flow and displays very well the equally well cut shirt and tie. Certainly much neater than the higher button stance and lower rise trouers which are currently popular and which show off a section of necktie between jacket and trousers.

  6. Once again I must agree with David; the current "shrunken" look which exposes a section of necktie between jacket and trousers, while also exposing two inches of buttocks is horrendous. Oh how I miss well-proportioned elegance!

  7. I agree. In my opinion, even tho the top button could be positioned an inch or so higher, the button stance on the Hayward suits is far from extreme. I also think that quite a lot of two-button jackets found right now have a too high button stance, making the overall silouette very buttoned up and in certain cases almost comic-y. This here is quite a good example: http://www.mrporter.com/product/166720.

  8. Mr. Please,

    Absolutely horrendous – out of proportion, way too short, and grotesquely overpriced. Long live eBay!

  9. Doesn't the lower button stance also work well with Roger Moore's body shape by elogating his trunk and shortening his long legs?

    I must agree completely with David and Dan. While I personally like a slimmer suit with narrower lapels, the current look is for jackets that are too tight and too short. But as always, the fashion will swing back (it seems to be getting to a ridiculous extreme after about 8 years of trending ever-slimmer) so that five years from now we will no doubt be bemoaning boxy, loose fits.

    Roger's suit above is beautiful and the grenadine is a nice touch.

    • Agreed, the pants do not appear to sit well in that shot, though I’d be more inclined to blame the entire appearance on the following:

      A. The manner in which the shirt isn’t tucked in well,
      B. The fish-mouth pockets, which make the pants look unusually straight at the hips, compounded that this pant line is parallel (if not on the same plane of) the shirt edge
      C. Moore has his right leg forward of his left, compounding the odd look.

      -Kurt

  10. I don't get it either. The button stance appears no lower than on Connery's suits which most people here seem to like.

    I would have opted for something like these two colours for the tie instead. The grey seems rather matchy. I know Connery wore a matching navy grenadine with a navy suit once, but I didn't care for that either.

    http://www.samhober.com/grenadine-garza-fina-solid-ties/slate-blue-grenadine-fina-silk-tie-12.html

    http://www.samhober.com/grenadine-garza-fina-solid-ties/navy-grenadine-fina-silk-tie-11.html

  11. I liked those looks apart from the tie choice. It should have been contrasted by a different colour tie.

    You're right that they're garza grossa. I pulled up the fina pages without looking too closely at the weave.

    It's a damn shame none of the modern Bonds have worn a grenadine tie. They're timelessly stylish.

  12. Agree with Jovan: a dark colored grenadine tie would have looked a little better. The slate one would have been just about perfect

    I purchased a made-to-measure navy grenadine tie from sam hober a few months ago – excellent tie, reasonably priced, and personal service.

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