Five Style Lessons You Can Learn From Daniel Craig

03 March 2020
James Bond Style, Daniel Craig, James Bond, 007, No Time to Die, Boots, Jeans, Jackets, Flat Caps
From block colours to flat caps, take a look at the easy-to-copy ways you can dress like the sharpest 007 to date

Daniel Craig may be best known for a run of stellar Bond films – from 2006's Casino Royale to this year's No Time To Die – but that’s not to say he’s a one-trick pony.

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While Craig will always be synonymous with James Bond, he's also starred in The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo, Cowboys & Aliens and The Adventures Of Tintin. Last year he starred in Knives Out (you know, the film in which Chris Evans wore that sublime knitwear).

Tom Ford has been one of Bond's tailors of choice since Quantum Of Solace, meaning only one thing: Craig is used to being superbly suited in beautifully cut black tie on set. However, in an unusual on-screen/off-screen parallel you'll find what he wears out of character is just as credit-worthy. When dressing himself off-screen, he follows the golden rules of how any stylish man should dress in his forties.

The key to his style success? He sticks to a more conservative colour palette of black, grey and navy – and he doesn't stray. Craig also has an eye for detail, which is why you'll rarely see him without a perfectly shaped pocket square or a stylish watch on his wrist when suited in his arsenal of well-tailored suits.

Want to copy his style? Learn from his best menswear moves below...

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Invest in a quality jacket

When he’s not suited up on the red carpet, Craig sticks to a uniform of jeans and casual snappy outerwear. He’s got a particular predilection for really great jackets, from his blue biker-inspired Harrington to a hooded Canada Goose. One that stands out to us is the chocolatey leather jacket he threw on for the promotional tour of Knives Out. If you're going to copy Craig, do as he's done and make sure that the jacket sits on the hips and that the sleeves don’t hang down further than the base of the wrist.

Brunello Cucinelli shearling jacket, $7650 at

Celine leather jacket, $3320 at

Go for grey

Craig's predilection for grey suits, whether he's wearing a Dior by Kim Jones one to the Knives Out premiere or to meet Prince Charles, is well served recently thanks to it becoming a mainstay in catwalk collections from the likes of Dior, Armani, Prada and Louis Vuitton. Whether it's concrete, stone or slate, you'll be hitting the trend spot-on.

Gucci suit, $3230 at

Cos suit, @293 at

Bring back the flat cap

When away from official duties, there's one item that defines Daniel Craig's wardrobe: the flat cap, a mainstay whether he's off-duty in London or travelling. Flat caps are seriously versatile: they suit men of all ages and can be worn by guys from all different style tribes (just take a look at the cast of Peaky Blinders for proof of this). The key to getting it right is to keep everything south of the hat up to date if you want to avoid looking like a 1920s paperboy. Oh, and David Beckham is also a super fan, so you know it's a good idea to grab one.

Double denim is always a good idea

Double denim is tricky to pull off without looking like you've come straight from the rodeo. However, once you nail it you'll see why the likes of Versace, Dsquared2, Celine, Loewe and even the Manchester City football team are all for it. Whether you go for the same hue up top and down below, or mix and match your denim as Craig has done, we can't recommend the Canadian tuxedo enough.

Balenciaga jacket, $1246 at

Balenciaga jeans, $575 at

Invest in a pair of brown shoes

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Looking for a pair of shoes that will go with pretty much anything? Daniel Craig demonstrates that brown should be your colour of choice. They are the most versatile shoe you can buy, whether you slip on some brogues to smarten up your jeans or suede lace-ups to dress down your tailoring for a more relaxed vibe. Not only can you wear them all year round, getting a pair will also allow you to keep your best black monk straps aside for more formal events.

Bottega Veneta monk strap shoes, $990 at

Berluti brogues, $1994 at

Paul Smith Chelsea boots, $505 at

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Via British GQ