At Iconic Alternatives, we try to focus on affordable clothing that will help us get the Bond style we want without emptying our wallets. So it doesn’t make a whole lot of financial sense to invest in a piece and then only use it with one “screen accurate” look. Versatility is the name of the game. That’s where our “4 Ways to Wear It” series comes in: we take one piece of iconic Bond clothing and combine it with other affordable 007 inspired alternatives to extend our wardrobe and get the most bang for our buck.
A solid affordable alternative for the Tom Ford Harrington jacket from Quantum of Solace is still one of the most sought after garments from the Daniel Craig era. It’s easy to understand why: the Harrington is a classic style (see the Baracuta G4), and the lack of elasticized knitting on the cuffs and hem on the Bond version gave it a more sophisticated look. For our examples below, we’re using the Howick Regatta Harrington Jacket available at House of Fraser for £85.00, although Marks & Spencer also offer an excellent option for $81.00.
The Screen Accurate Look
Belt: Nordstrom Saffiano Leather Belt, $49.50. Alternative for the QoS Prada belt.
The Riviera Polo is definitely an investment, but it’s a pretty iconic piece of Bond kit in its own right. Levi’s are pretty consistent at offering good value for the money, and have a wide selection of fits for different body types. The belt from Nordstrom has the same Saffiano/cross hatching pattern as the original Prada, and can be used as a dress belt in a pinch. I know I mention the Florsheim chukkas a fair amount on this site, but $129.90 for Goodyear welted boots is a great deal anyway you look at it.
Belt: Entourage ‘Good Vibe’ Reversible Braided Leather Belt, available at Overstock.com for $20.99. Alternative for the Brunello Cucinelli woven leather belt from SPECTRE.
We all have days when all we need to do is get out the door and get stuff done. Combining the Harrington jacket with the linen shirt, belt and boots from SPECTRE, and the beige jeans from Quantum of Solace gives us a versatile outfit that allows us to jump from the car to the street to the store without overheating or getting too cool. That Murano linen shirt is a steal right now (regular price is $79.50) and the lack of the chest pocket makes it a very close match for the Orlebar Brown.
Afternoon in the Park
Belt: Badgery Queenslander Hand Plaited Kangaroo Leather Belt, available at Amazon for $56.50 plus $4.95 shipping. You can read our review of the belt here. Alternative for the R.M. Williams Plaited Belt.
Okay, okay, so the belt isn’t “Bond”. But it sure is one of Daniel Craig’s favorites and its more casual style works well with the Adidas Skyfall sneaker alternatives. Speaking of sneakers, these will be a comfortable choice for walking around, chasing after kids (your OWN kids!), or jumping into an impromptu game of football. If the afternoon’s too hot for the long sleeve polo, you could also bring a little Connery Bond into the look and try a light blue short sleeve polo, like this one from Perry Ellis, available at Lord and Taylor for $34.50. The slightly darker grey/taupe color of the Esprit alternatives for the Brunello Cucinelli Morocco chinos is a nice change from the more typical beige khakis or jeans.
Evening at the Beach
Shirt: Daniel Cremieux Signature Short-Sleeve Solid Camp Shirt in Bright Berry, available at Dillard’s for $79.50. Alternative for the Sean Connery Bond Camp Shirt from Thunderball.
Shoes: Tom’s Grey Linen Rope Sole Classic, priced at $55.00. Alternatives for the espadrilles Connery’s Bond wears in Thunderball.
When the temperature starts to drop at the end of long day at the beach, throwing on the Harrington will help with the chill. That bright pink shirt may be a little much for some of us, but hey: you’re at the beach! The 6.5″ inseam and chambray material of the J.Crew crew shorts makes them a little more versatile than straight up swim trunks if you want to head to a restaurant or bar. They won’t be the fastest drying swimwear, but hopefully you’ll be in and out of the water all day anyway. And yes, you can get cheaper espadrilles, but Tom’s does good work (you can learn more about their projects here).
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