Tuesday, November 27, 2012

{dressing the part} Robert Redford in 3 Days of the Condor...

I've traditionally always been into brunettes in real life, but to me, there were never, ever two more handsome young men than my "Butch Cassidy blondes" as I like to call them - Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Now, I've never seen 3 Days of the Condor, but Robert Redford's look in the navy pea coat from the film has become an iconic image of both historic handsomeness and on-point menswear. The film was directed by Sydney Pollack and also stars Faye Dunaway, so I think I'll have to see it asap.

Walking to work down Bowery yesterday it was quite chilly, and I encountered more than a few men wearing crisp, double breasted navy pea coats. They looked good. Good in a way that made me want to simultaneously be them and be with them. Call it the Robert Redford effect, but I don't think I can go much longer in life without one.

In the movie, released in 1975, Redford's character, Joseph Turner, is a bookish CIA researcher on a mission to find the people responsible for killing his colleagues at the agency, whom he finds dead upon returning from lunch one day. He meets Faye Dunaway's character by chance at a ski shop, and forces her to give him refuge and a hide out - having no one left to trust. Sounds like exciting stuff, right? The kind of thing that definitely requires a stealthy pea coat and mirrored aviators.

The fun thing about this dressing the part character is that the look really works for guys and girls. A chambray or denim shirt with a navy pea coat and aviators is a universally winning combination. I added the beanie because hey, it's freezing.

*The "dressing the part" series is one I haven't added to in a long time! Check out past posts here, and let me know if you like these - it's something I sort of miss doing.


  1. Love this, please do more! :)

  2. Love this series idea!
    What is is about men in pea coats? Totally crushing on this look.
    Isn’t That Charming.

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  4. Taylor, you are brilliant! That's the look I always loved, plus my top 10 favourite movie of all time :)