14 January 2018
Iconic Suits Through The Decades

Iconic Suits Through The Decades

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From Sean Connery to Colin Firth, the big screen is notorious for providing endless style inspiration, especially when it comes to men’s tailoring. With the party season upon us, Suit Direct talks you through some of the most iconic vintage and contemporary suits in movie history.

Cary Grant as Roger Thornhill in North by Northwest (1959)

When we think of Cary Grant, this is the character which springs to mind. A hapless New York advertising executive mistaken for a government agent, Grant’s 1950s 2 piece suit has left a lasting legacy on men’s fashion. Mid-grey with a glen plaid pattern, the suit is made from lightweight worsted wool. Grant accompanies it with a white shirt, grey tie and oxblood shoes.



Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger (1964)

It’s one of the most iconic James Bond suits to date. In the 1960s film, Goldfinger, Connery wears a brown tweed hacking jacket, matching cavalry twill trousers and suede boots.



Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby (1974)

Set in the roaring 1920s, the Great Gatsby is another showstopper when it comes to men’s tailoring. Famously crafted by Ralph Lauren and Theoni V. Aldredge, the pink linen 3 piece suit worn by Redford has become a lasting sartorial image. A white handkerchief, gold cufflinks and a light blue tie with a yellow floral pattern polishes of the look perfectly.



Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street (1987)

It’s considered one of the best films of the 1980s and Wall Street has since become a touchstone of men's fashion. Douglas’s ruthless character sports a blue pinstripe suit. His slicked back hair, braces and striped shirt with a white collar makes for the perfect 80s style.



John Travolta as Vincent Vega and Samuel L. Jackson as Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction (1994)

Simple, versatile and instantly recognisable. Quentin Tarantino resurrected the classic black suit and tie combo for his 1994 classic Pulp Fiction, which saw Travolta and Jackson as a menacing duo in black.



Christian Bale in as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho (2000)

We can’t discuss cinema's iconic suits without mentioning Patrick Bateman in the 2000 film American Psycho. Sharply dressed and meticulously groomed, Bateman’s Wall Street wardrobe consists of silk suits and bold ties, archetypal of eighties men’s fashion.



Colin Firth as Harry Hart in Kingsman (2015)

A wise man once said, ‘the suit is the modern gentleman’s armour’. That wise man was Harry Hart, the Savile Row tailor played by Colin Firth in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Hart is seen wearing a double-breasted mid grey pinstripe suit, a white shirt with a cutaway collar, a navy striped tie and white pocket square.