In another lifetime, I would have been a spy. Well, probably not—but a girl can dream, right? I can just picture myself in a slinky dress with a dark wig, sitting at a blackjack table and staring down some James Bond lookalike.
OK, so maybe I only want to dress like a secret agent. And after watching the new Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation trailer, who can blame me?
There are only a few times in your life where you can get away with an all-leather look, but dressing like a Mission Impossible spy is certainly one of them. Black leather pants are a must for any spy, paired with a chic crop top, ankle boots and dark red lipstick. A lighter leather jacket breaks up the dark palate, while still looking kick-ass.
I am such a sucker for this 1940s Hitchcock flick about a woman who goes undercover to seduce a bad guy—all while madly in love with Cary Grant. Ingrid Bergman has the best style as Alicia: lots of menswear, hats, striped shirts and plunging necklines. Try this modern take with a Bardot-style striped top, retro accessories and a midi skirt to add a pop of color.
Sydney Bristow is one of the classiest spies of all time. Sure, in her downtime she wears jeans, but her missions are all about sophisticated dresses, sky-high pumps and a plethora of brightly colored wigs. Oh, and we can’t forget the lingerie. This girl often spent more time out of her clothes than in them. Do Bristow proud in a tight sheath dress with leather details. Just don’t forget to manic-panic that hair for any top secret missions.
So he might not be the most serious spy around, but everyone loves the frozen-in-time English spy. This psychedelic look is a nod to Powers’ 1960s roots, with a brightly colored mod dress, round-framed glasses and white platform sandals. Very groovy.
The first book in The Agency series, A Spy in the House follows orphan Mary Quinn after she’s offered a spot at Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls. It’s the 1850s, London, and the academy is actually a secret all-female unit called The Agency, where young girls are trained to become spies. Her first mission sends her into the world of a rich merchant and Mary must use all her detective skills to solve a mystery, stay alive, and yes, fall in love.