In the 22 existing 007 films so far, James Bond’s wardrobe has changed about as much as his cocktail order. Slim-fit Brioni suits, sporty Omega watches: his look stays more or less the same.
Not so for his women. With their wardrobes ranging from teeny belted bikinis to giant fur shawls, the Bond girls have stolen the sartorial spotlight in each of those films. Partially because they get the benefit of being novel, exotic characters whereas James is always just one dude, but also because whether they’re villains or heroes, they always look badass. It’s as reliable as that shaken-not-stirred martini.
So in honor of the 23rd 007 film, Skyfall—which comes out today—I’ll be borrowing a little of that Bond woman mojo for a bit, via the power-play items in the slideshow below. My day-to-day button-downs and loafers are great, but these are the sort of things that’d make me stand up taller when in a sticky situation. (For me, that might be less grandiose than saving the world—more like sliding into a meeting late or running into an ex-boyfriend at a bar. But that counts, too.)
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