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StyleFebruary 2018

This Week We’re Channelling: The Burglars, 1971

In between robberies, car chases and romance, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Omar Sharif’s outfits in The Burglars are a lesson in timeless style.

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We’re not sure who looks cooler in this still from The Burglars; Jean-Paul Belmondo or Omar Sharif. The wardrobe department comes out on top amid a cat-and-mouse plot that ranges from playful to faintly ridiculous, and the film was lauded as one of the 1970s’ most entertaining pieces of French cinema. That said, Sharif’s outfit is more reminiscent of the detectives in ’40s film noir thrillers, wearing a sophisticated trench coat that oozes authority and practicality. A starched white collar and bronze jacquard tie peek out from the gently folded collar, contrasting heavily – and intentionally – with Belmondo’s ‘anti-tie’ roll-neck in soft biscuit beige.

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Belmondo’s leather jacket, however, is the hero piece, with an action back, deep patch pockets (perfect for concealing stolen emeralds), ribbed cuffs and waist, and a contrasting shearling collar. Both jackets originated in the military and decades later remain strong choices of outerwear; the trench’s longer style offers an elegant finish and protection from the elements, the shearling bomber providing extra warmth and a dose of attitude. Belmondo also wears a Rolex Submariner (which we highly recommend) and flared trousers (which we don’t). As a modern alternative, gently tapered trousers in tobacco or dark brown would look great over tonal socks and penny loafers. Whether you’re baby-faced like Belmondo or moustachioed like Sharif, keep that facial hair in check with a professional shave or the next best thing, a proper razor.

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Anna Prendergast

Anna is a freelance writer and former staffer at The Rake. She is passionate about travel, well made clothes and homemade chocolate chip cookies.

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