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Daniel Craig Shows Off How to Wear Linen Dangerously Late in the Season

Esquire logo Esquire 9/10/2019 Jonathan Evans
Lea Seydoux, Daniel Craig are posing for a picture: Daniel Craig chose a linen suit for his latest Bond-related outing. © Franco Origlia - Getty Images Daniel Craig chose a linen suit for his latest Bond-related outing.

Daniel Craig laughs in the face of danger. He takes a sip of a martini—stirred, not shaken, because this is the real world and shaken martinis are terrible—throws back his head, and releases a full-throated guffaw when met with any potential peril. So it should come as no particular surprise that the actor isn't scared of wearing linen well past Labor Day and the (unofficial) end of summer.

It makes sense that he'd take a risk. This is the man who rebirthed James Bond as a grittier, darker spy, after all. He's got a license to kill and (I apologize in advance for this) No Time to Die. But when you get right down to the brass tacks of his sartorial choice for the southern Italian photocall for that movie, previously known only as Bond 25, it turns out it's not as risky as it appears.

a group of people posing for the camera: Director Cary Fukunaga poses with No Time to Die stars Léa Seydoux and Daniel Craig on September 09, 2019 in Matera, Italy. © Franco Origlia - Getty Images Director Cary Fukunaga poses with No Time to Die stars Léa Seydoux and Daniel Craig on September 09, 2019 in Matera, Italy.

There are few reasons Craig's gray houndstooth suit looks so good in this context. First off, he's in southern Italy, which means that linen tailoring immediately becomes 623 percent more stylish. (Them's just facts.) Then there's the timing: It's the middle of the day, making a lighter color and fabric feel all the more appropriate. And then, sorry to be a bummer, there's the simple fact that the world is getting warmer. Yes, summer's not technically through until later this month, but don't be shocked if the warm weather stretches well past the official end date.

If trends—global ones, not fashion ones—don't change, there's a good chance linen will be a bigger part of all of our wardrobes in the coming years. Again, sorry to be a bummer. But, let's end it on a high note: At least we can all aspire to look as good as Craig does.

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