Pierce Brosnan Shakes Up the Standard Suit in a Charcoal Jacket and Black Pants
James Bond has truly awful taste in non-standard cocktails. A martini that's shaken, not stirred? It's a watery mess, an affront to good martinis everywhere. And a Vesper, with its thimble of Lillet and bucket of gin (plus vodka, because to hell with it)? Cool name, but it ain't pleasant. Don't let this massive blind spot convince you that Bond isn't suited to modernizing the classics, though—it's just better if he does it in his closet, instead of at the bar.
Take, for example, the formative Bond of '80s and '90s babies everywhere: Pierce Brosnan. The actor was recently spotted in L.A. looking truly great in some top-notch tailoring. But crucially, he wasn't wearing a suit.
Pierce Brosnan: very good non-suit-wearer.
It doesn't take too keen an eye to see that Brosnan's double-breasted jacket and trousers aren't truly matched here. The jacket is charcoal gray. The trousers, black as night. As our colleagues at Esquire UK pointed out, James Bond himself—lover of tuxedos, as well as those questionable cocktails—would likely not approve of Brosnan's approach to tailored clothing. James Bond would be wrong.
The suit may be far from dead, but most guys don't need to wear one on the regular nowadays. Mixing things up with a slightly (though intentionally) mismatched jacket and trousers is a way to maintain clean line and sense of cohesion you get from a suit, while knocking some of the formality out of it. Throw in a crisp, white, unbuttoned shirt, and you've got a look that's at once elevated and (somewhat) easygoing. Well played, Mr. Bo—er, Mr. Brosnan.
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