This article is going to be a little different — instead of alternatives for a particular piece from James Bond’s wardrobe, I’m giving you a list of what I think are some great peacoats to choose from at a variety of price points. I’m not doing alternatives because I know the budget-friendly alternative everyone wants is the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat from Skyfall and the hard truth is that an alternative doesn’t seem to exist. It’s like looking for the Holy Grail.
Don’t get me wrong, a lot of peacoats have similar features but they don’t have the peak lapels. That peak lapel collar is unique to Billy Reid and it’s what creates the sleek, angular silhouette when you pop the collar — no other brands have anything close to the same aesthetic.
That said, there are a lot of beautiful peacoats out there. Just because there isn’t an alternative to the Billy Reid peacoat doesn’t mean you can’t get a great coat that’ll look sharp and keep you warm all winter long.
And peacoats are timeless so I absolutely recommend adding one to your winter wardrobe. If you’re in the market for a new peacoat this year, here are seven options that’ll fit any budget.
Double-Breasted Heavyweight Wool Blend Peacoat
This coat from Amazon Essentials looks like a contemporary no-frills approach to the classic peacoat. It’s made from a wool blend of 67% wool, 29% polyester and 4% “other fibers” (whatever that means). The design calls back to the peacoat’s nautical roots with six anchor buttons, an ulster collar and side pockets. This coat is shorter in length than the traditional peacoat, which gives it a contemporary look.
Reserve Collection Tailored Fit Peacoat
Jos.A.Bank gives the peacoat a more refined look with this tailored version. They replaced the anchor buttons with simple black plastic buttons and took in the sides to give the coat a sleeker look. The coat also has the ulster collar and side pockets we saw in the Amazon Essentials coat, and it’s made from 60% wool and 40% polyester. My only concern is that this coat might not dress down as well as some other peacoats because it has a more formal look.
This coat from Gap is a solid, classic-looking peacoat. Like the other coats we’ve seen so far, this one has six plastic buttons and an ulster collar. My favorite thing from a design standpoint is that there are both hand-warmer chest pockets and flap pockets. I really like functionality of double pockets in winter coats because the flap pockets give you a place to stash your gloves and the chest pockets can hold smaller things like your phone or keys. Very convenient! This coat is made from 60% recycled wool, 25% polyester, 10% nylon, and 5% “other” materials (I still don’t know what “other” means).
Land’s End (from Kohl’s)
Wool-Blend Double-Breasted Peacoat
Land’s End has a reputation for making high-quality winter coats, so including their peacoat on this list is a no-brainer. The overall design is very similar to the coat from Jos.A.Bank — there are six anchor buttons, an ulster collar, and side pockets. But this coat is fully lined with 60gram PrimaloftÒ for extra warmth throughout the winter. And it features an internal breast pocket, which I really like (I had one added to a peacoat I used to own) but they seem to be pretty rare among peacoats. The coat is 50% wool, 45% polyester, and 5% other, which does make it the lowest wool count of any of the options on this list.
Spier & Mackay
I’m going to be perfectly honest with you — I love this peacoat. If I didn’t already have the Bond peacoat Billy Reid, I would get this one. This coat embraces the peacoat’s functional past without compromising anything on style. It’s made of 100% wool, so it’s going to be heavy — just what you want in the middle of winter — but you don’t have to worry about restricted movement with it because they added an inverted box pleat on the back. The coat has six (what look to be) corozo nut buttons instead of black plastic ones, a wide Ulster collar, chest hand-warmer pockets, flap pockets, and a half-belt on the back. Overall, this coat is functional and super stylish. I’m a big fan.
Italian Wool Cashmere Pea Coat
This is another beautiful peacoat. As far as the design goes, I would say this is the closest you’ll get to the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat — the only obvious difference between them is the collar. Like the other coats on this list, this one has an Ulster collar instead of peak lapels. This coat is unique for its wool-cashmere blend (90% wool, 10% cashmere), which comes from the same Italian Zanieri mill as the wool used in the Spier & Mackay peacoat. Adding that little bit of cashmere will lighten and soften the feel of the coat without compromising anything on warmth. This coat also features six corozo nut buttons, chest hand-warmer pockets, and flap pockets.
The Billy Reid Bond Peacoat
There’s not much I can say about this peacoat that hasn’t been said already. This is the iconic peacoat worn by Daniel Craig during the Shanghai scenes in Skyfall and probably the most famous coat of the Craig era. It’s the reason I bought my first peacoat and I’m willing to bet it’s the reason peacoats came back in style with younger generations.
This peacoat features six horn buttons, chest hand-warmer pockets, flap pockets and the iconic peak lapels that give it a sleek, contemporary look. Billy Reid updated this year’s model so it’s now 75% wool and 25% nylon to make it a little lighter weight and easier to move in. It’s also a slightly more relaxed fit, although it still boasts a fitted chest and arms. This is the version of the peacoat I have (purchased back in August after wanting one for eight years) and I absolutely love it.
At $695 this is the most expensive option on the list, but in previous years Billy Reid have included the Bond Peacoat in their Black Friday sales so you might be able to get a good deal on it next week. But you’ll want to move quickly—they’re already sold out of Small and Large.
There you have it—my list of seven great peacoat options to fit any budget. If you’re looking for a new peacoat this year, or maybe your first peacoat, I hope you’ve found something here you like. And more importantly, I hope you’ve found something you’ll love that works for your budget, no matter what that is.
As always, feel free to let me know what you think about my list in the comments below. Or let me know over on Instagram (@bondonabudget). Happy shopping!
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