Updated January 30th, 2021 – The Quantum of Solace black shawl collar cardigan that Bond wore with his Levi’s STA-Prest jeans and Church’s Ryder III suede chukkas during his visit to Mathis’s villa quickly became an iconic sweater. The QoS version was provided by Tom Ford, but Bond wore a similar cardigan in Casino Royale. And Daniel Craig’s character in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo also sported one.
Features Wanted for the Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan
- Shawl collar style
- Rib knit texture
- Black leather buttons
- Two front, patch-style pockets
Best Option for the Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan
A new alternative on this (very old!) block. And it certainly hits a lot of the right style notes! Coming to us from the venerable Canadian retailer, it uses a 100% organic cotton yarn and includes contrasting knit around the collar and placket to give it some visual interest. You’ll need to replace the buttons for a screen accurate look, but that’s true of almost all the options out there. Pick up something like these ones and it should be an easy fix. While cotton won’t be as warm as wool, I’d still be happy to wear this for a boat ride on a cool summer evening. Simons has sizes small to XXL on their website.
If you’re looking for an “easy to care for” alternative, this is it. COOFANDY (that name!) has gone with a 100% synthetic yarn. Which should keep things relatively low maintenance. However, they do recommend giving this a wash before you wear it. Why, you ask? Because (according to the reviews) if you don’t, it’ll shed fibers like crazy the first time you wear it. Not good when it’s being layered over a crisp white shirt! The other thing to note is the sizing. Unexpectedly (for me at least), it’s almost oversized. So there’s plenty of recommendations to order a size down from your normal size. Now, having focused on the weird/negative, I will say that it’s sitting with 4.4 out of 5 stars after more than 450 reviews. So it’s obviously making more than a few folks happy!
Jack & Jones Shawl Collar Cardigan in Black: on sale for $39.00
It’s a pretty light gauge knit. So the ribbing isn’t as pronounced as on the Tom Ford. And it’s missing the pockets and the correct buttons (of course). But $39.00 for a 100% cotton cardigan is a pretty good deal. And even though it’s not exactly screen accurate, it should still give you the right look if you want a lighter weight cardigan. Yoox is currently stocking sizes small to large at the sale price.
Another solid find on Amazon. The yarn for this one is a slightly nicer 65% wool/35% polyester blend and it has the ribbed knit style and patch pockets to match the original. And it currently has 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon, with most of the complaints focused on the sizing. So make sure you double check their size chart before you order. Amazon U.S. and UK have almost all sizes in stock.
Yep, yet another alternative from Amazon. This time we’re getting a 50% polyester, 20% Merino wool, 15% acrylic and 15% nylon blend yarn. Other than that, the design details are pretty similar to the other options above. Amazon has plenty of sizes in stock, and the cardigan is certainly well rated, with 4.7 stars out of 5 after 244 reviews.
Uxcell Shawl Collar Cardigan in Black: $39.99 to $45.99/£29.99 – £33.99
I can’t speak to the quality. But from a looks standpoint? The Uxcell (which used to be Allegra K) seems like a great alternative. Aside from the button, the style details line up quite well with the original. We’ve got the medium weight ribbed knit and patch pockets. The shawl collar and placket even have a slightly different knit to add some textural contrast and the cuffs are longer so we can fold them back the way Bond wore them. They’ve used a 60% cotton/40% acrylic yarn. Which is a bit of a sacrifice for those of us looking for 100% natural fibers. Also note that sizes are starting to run low. And a final FYI: on Amazon UK the brand is called “sourcing map”. But it’s clearly the same cardigan.
It doesn’t have the pockets. But that knitting along the collar is a great match for the Tom Ford. As should be apparent from the product photo, the color is actually a very deep, dark navy. Not ideal for screen accuracy, but I think it’s still worth a look since a lot of the other style details are a solid match. The yarn is a 60% cotton, 40% acrylic blend and UpWest has sizes XS to XL in stock.
The Investment Pieces
An investment in both money and patience. But boy, does Daniel Love’s ROYALE Filmwear do a top notch job of reproducing our favorite Bond pieces! Seriously, I haven’t been disappointed with a single item I’ve received from him. So if you want a high quality piece of knitwear with near perfect screen accuracy, then the price and the wait will be worth it. Daniel currently only has a size XXL available on his website for this 100% Merino wool beauty. But it seems like he does a new production run at least once a year. And with each new version he makes little tweaks to improve the fit and details. My advice is to send ROYALE Filmwear an email for the latest updates. Daniel is very good with his communication and he’ll give you plenty of heads up when it’s time to get one.
If you’re like me, you’ve gone through plenty of cheaper shawl collar cardigans over the last decade or so. And at some point you’ve probably said to yourself, “I just want that one special cardigan that’s going to make me happy!” Well, here’s a contender coming to us from Huckberry. First the bad news. The color is actually a very dark charcoal. And the rib knit is considerably wider than what we see on the screen used cardigan. So it has a slightly more “rugged” feel. Oh, and the buttons aren’t accurate. Now the good stuff. It’s made from a blend of 70% wool and 30% long staple cashmere. Which produces an incredibly soft hand, with a longer life and less pilling. And it’s very affordable for the level of quality their offering. It’s an investment for sure. But if you’re a shawl collar cardigan fan, then the cost per wear will make it worth it!
I believe this is the latest iteration of the Bond cardigan, now made with a 75% cashmere, 25% mohair blend yarn. Just leaving it here in case anyone is looking for something ridiculously cozy to wear around the house ….
I’ll keep looking for alternatives for the Quantum of Solace black shawl collar cardigan and add them as find them. In the meantime, if you have an alternative for the Quantum of Solace black shawl collar cardigan, tell us about in the comments. You can also visit our Facebook page, Instagram account, Twitter account and Pinterest Boards for more Bond and McQueen style advice and inspiration.