Updated September 12th, 2019 – I’m a big fan of rollneck sweaters. Got more than a few in my closet. And I’ve been meaning to write a post about affordable alternatives for one of my “grails” for a while now. That would be the 100% cashmere Gieves & Hawkes navy rollneck sweater that Daniel Craig wore for a photoshoot with acclaimed photographer and director John Rankin Waddell. Shout out to that great Instagram account @whatsdanielwearing for the background story on the photos!
The original sweater retailed for around £795.00. Not exactly budget. And, needless to say, it’s unavailable now. Yet still I want one ….
The McQueen Connection?
We’ve already looked at some lesser known McQueen fall style in this post. Now if we pick the right navy rollneck sweater, we can also score an essential component of Steve McQueen’s classic look from Bullit! Here’s the King of Cool wearing his in a promo photo from the film.
For a detailed analysis of Frank Bullitt’s look from the film (yes, including the Mustang!), check out BAMFStyle’s excellent article.
Features wanted for the Daniel Craig Steve McQueen Navy Rollneck Sweater
- Navy cashmere or merino wool
- Medium to thick knit (this does NOT look like a thin sweater)
- Wider ribbing at the cuffs and hems
- Shorter rollneck, so when it’s doubled it sits below the chin
Best Option for the Daniel Craig Steve McQueen Navy Rollneck Sweater
A blend of 80% Merino wool/20% cashmere, this sweater from Woolovers checks most of the “want list” at a reasonable price. It won’t be as thick as the Gieves & Hawkes rollneck. And the ribbing on the hem and cuffs is a little more refined. But it’s also about £700.00 less expensive. Reviews note that the sweater fits a little longer and looser in the waist. So maybe consider sizing down to get the more fitted look?
If you’re looking for something at a slightly lower price, check out their Lambswool Turtleneck Sweater for $69.00/£49.00. And if you want to step up in price, their Pure Cashmere Turtleneck for $179.00/£129.00 should do the trick.
Made with 100% extra-fine Merino wool, this option may be a touch lighter weight and darker in color than ideal. But the design features are pretty much spot-on. And it has 4.9 out of 5 stars after seven customer reviews. They currently have sizes medium to XL in stock.
Well, I’m glad they confirmed it has long sleeves! The price on this one isn’t too bad. And the weight and knit details look pretty good. But it’s made from 100% lambswool. Which, if it’s not the very best quality, can be a little itchy. La Redoute has sizes small to XXXL in stock.
This is definitely one to check out. “No name” brand cashmere is usually the cheap, short-staple stuff that starts pilling after one wear. But Cashmeren certainly sounds like they know what they’re doing. They’ve used a long staple, 2-ply cashmere which they say is “sustainably sourced in Mongolia”. That right there ticks a lot of the right boxes. They even discuss how to hand wash the sweater to make it softer. And it has 4.1 out of 5 stars on Amazon, with the negative comments mainly focused on the small sizing. However, we all know we should always check the size chart, right? The color may be a little lighter than we want. It also doesn’t look like the heaviest sweater. So it may work best for the McQueen look. Sizes small to XXL are in stock.
John Lewis is also keen to share how they’re carefully sourcing their cashmere from Mongolia and “using only the longest, finest fibres” to create their sweaters. Again, style-wise this would be a great match for the Bullitt turtlenck. But it may be a little too lightweight for the Craig look. They currently have sizes small to XXL in stock.
Shephe Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater: $159.00 to $184.00
Looking for the slightly more refined, McQueen-style sweater? In 100% cashmere? At a good price? Then this could do the job. It’s made from 2-ply cashmere. And the fit is a little more generous. So going down a size for a more fitted look is probably the right move. There’s a bit of trick to this sweater. It’s sold on Amazon under the name “Shephe”. But it’s actually produced by a company called Cashmere Heartland. If you go to their website, you’ll see the exact same sweater on sale for $139.00. Cashmere Heartland seems like it’s on the up-and-up and the customer reviews constantly mention great service. So I wouldn’t be too worried about ordering directly from them.
A simple, classy option from a Royal Warrant holding and Bond approved brand. As most of you know, John Smedley made the black v-neck sweater Craig’s Bond wore in Shanghai in Skyfall. They’ve used a 30 gauge, extra-fine merino wool for this sweater. The links go to Harvey Nichols. They have the sweater priced at almost eighty bucks less than on the John Smedley site and still have almost all sizes in stock.
A 90% wool/10% cashmere option from the heritage Scottish brand (started in 1770!) that’s now based in Italy. In fact, that’s where this particular sweater was made. Farfetch currently has the best price. And I have to say that getting a made-in-Italy, high quality sweater for under two hundred bucks is actually a pretty good deal. Italian sizes 48 to 56 are available.
The Investment Piece
I think we could call this one the Gieves & Hawkes sweater’s baby brother. Officine Générale can lean a little more “fashion forward” with some of their designs. But they’ve kept things very traditional with this sweater. Made in the UK from 100% cashmere, it really is the closest match in terms of weight, color and details to the knitwear Craig wore. Once again, Farfetch has the best price I could find and they have sizes small to XL in stock.
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