With all the rightful attention James Bond’s wardrobe gets, Bruce Wayne often gets lost in the cinematic style shuffle. Like 007, Batman got a much needed reboot in the last decade. Since Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne has been outfitted in dark, sharp, conservative stuff. He’s got the billions of Tony Stark, but none of the flamboyance. What follows are more affordable alternatives to not just what Christian Bale’s Wayne wears in the final chapter of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, but select pieces from a few characters in the film. Lots to look at here and here.
The Bruce Suit: SuitSupply Sevilla Antra Striped – $399.00
Grey & pinstriped is apparently the cinematic male butt-kicker’s choice for fall. Unlike Skyfall’s Bond, Bruce Wayne goes with a more traditional two button. Stripes have some width between them and the lapels have some beef as well. Pant legs have lots of room too. New suiting wunderkid SuitSupply has something awfully close with their $399 striped Sevilla fit. Lapels are a little wider, and the wool is super 110s from an Italian mill. The almost $400 cost here gets you the rep they’ve cultivated and a soft half canvas. Full review of a SuitSupply suit here. One of two non-bat suits Bruce Wayne wears in the film, both made by Armani
The Bruce Tie: Michael Kors Diamond Stitch Neat in Berry – $49.50
The one he wears with the suit above is a darker pink or fuscia, silk, and has a subtle pattern. That is a combination that can go wrong, really quickly, and when it does it can look dated. Check off-price stores like Marshall’s, ROSS, etc… for much, much lower prices on neckwear like this. For now, this (expensive) one from Michael Kors will do. The pinkish color isn’t too electric, and the pattern is nice and small. Ultra cheap options can be found at the tie bar, but they’re a little too nuclear bright.
The Bruce Watch: Emporio Armani Meccanico Automatic – $286.88
B.W.’s watch is a rectangular Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, which is simple, dark, and does a nifty flip trick. This one isn’t as simple, and doesn’t do a pirouette, but it is an automatic with a power reserve indicator in an awfully attractive setup. Under $300 ain’t a half bad price either, especially since it’s currently being sold direct through Amazon. 28 Jewel movement, and doesn’t that EA logo looks just a touch like a bat silhouette? Cheaper, quartz options include this Boss model for $175.
The Bruce Robe: Vintage Grey and Black Patterned Robe – $50.00
Is this one a perfect color match to what Christian Bale wears in the film? Nah. But until someone makes a replica (and you think someone will…) you’re best searching ebay and etsy. Shawl collar, print, long, with matching blocked collar and cuffs. Monogram the pocket in script and you’re set.
The Bruce T-Shirt: Old Navy V-Neck – $4.80 w/ ONBIG20 ($9.94)
Not like the man is going to wear an emerald green tank top. The key is to choose shirts with a V that doesn’t dip obnoxiously low. Part of the 60% cotton / 40% poly blend t-shirt group that Old Navy makes. The key is to SIZE DOWN with these. The poly gives them just enough stretch, as well as adding some softness.
Bane’s Shearling Coat: Stacy Adams Faux – $98.45 ($178) | Aston Krek – $308.67* ($1725)
Esquire took notice. And now, some random company is already trying to sell replicas on ebay. Knee length shearling coats aren’t going to be affordable. And that Stacy Adams faux number just looks like a bathroom rug circa 1978. But if you stomp around with a menacing look, people probably ain’t gonna ask what toilet seat you got your collar off of. The Aston Krek is the real deal, but it’s not quite as long. *Code ALJULY2 still gets you 30% off orders over $200 at STP through 8/8/12.
Bane’s Utility Jacket: Topman “Leather Look” – $140.00 | J. Crew waxed cotton – $228.00
Past the hip and belted. And let’s assume you don’t want to drop $600 on a Belstaff Roadmaster. Bane’s jacket is either leather or a waxed canvas, but skipping leather will save a boatload of money. A waxed cotton 4-pocket style jacked with shoulder and elbow patches should do. The J. Crew is a new arrival and not a bad price for using British Millerain & Co. waxed cotton. Also sort of in this ballpark, the Filson Oil Finish Weekender in black. The Topman is… wait for it… “leather look.” Ugh. Skip it. Sure it hits all the points, but it’s almost certainly going to look and feel regrettable in person. Check your local Army/Navy surplus store for better options.
The Lucius Fox Suit: Hilfiger Slim Fit Brown Glen Plaid – $174.84 – $268
Not sure if Armani outfitted the CEO of Wayne Enterprises too, but his brown glen plaid suit paired with a light blue shirt and red and gold bow tie is tremendous. Beltless too. A brown suit and bow tie might be a combo that’ll look better as we age, but the suit itself is extra sharp. The 52% wool/ 48% linen Hilfiger seen here is a pretty close yet affordable match. The $174.84 price reflects an extra 35% off sale that Bluefly was running. Might have expired already. Surprisingly good amount of sizes left as long as you’re a size 40 and up. Haven’t seen it in person or any sign of it being at a Macy’s where the Hilfiger suiting line is carried.
John Blake’s Watch: Seiko SNK809 Automatic Canvas Strap – $77.00
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays John Blake, member of the Gotham PD. He’s a cop, he’s a good cop, and he wears a no nonsense type of field watch. The well loved and inexpenive Seiko 5 automatic canvas strap is the obvious choice here, but it’s the right one. Watch Photo Credit
Alfred’s Drink of Choice: Fernet Branca
A bold as hell, bitter, digestief with a spicy finish. The kind of thing you drink when your tastebuds are shot. One of the ingrediants is Myrrh. No wonder the Magi of the Wayne family sips it on vacation. 45% ABV.
Selina Kyle’s (kinda) Pearls: Graduated Pearl Choker – $40 (faux) – $200 – $500
Anne Hathaway. Yowza. Kid’s come along way since that princess flick with Julie Andrews. The pearls she wears at the masquerade ball is a graduated pearl choker, probably leaning closer to the 14″ side. “Graduated” pearl necklaces consist of pearls of a different size, with the smaller diameter pears at the back, gradually building up in size to larger pearls front and center. Not easy to find online, and that’s a good thing… since jewelery shopping on the web can be a bit sketchy at best.
The Bottom Line Three Word Review: Needs more Catwoman.
Anything else from the movie worth a mention? Did it live up to expectations for you? Glad to see Christian Bale’s smoker’s voice Batman see his turn end? Leave it all in the comments below…