The climactic battle at Bond’s ancestral home gave us some of the best wardrobe pieces in Skyfall, including the Barbour Beacon Heritage X To Ki To Sports Jacket and the Crockett & Jones Islay Boots. I’ve already provided some budget-friendly alternatives for both the Barbour jacket and the Crockett & Jones boots — the final piece you need to complete the ensemble is an alternative for the N.Peal 007 Crew Neck Sweater.
The N.Peal 007 Crew Neck Sweater was the first N.Peal sweater Daniel Craig wore as Bond but thanks to its popularity they’ve gone on to provide sweaters for Spectre and No Time To Die, in addition to launching his and hers 007 collections. The original sweater is a soft blue-green color, which N.Peal calls “blue wave.” (Admittedly it’s hard to tell how blue vs. how green the sweater is because the shading changes under the different lights and filters on the product photos. I think it’s supposed to be in the teal family, so that’s what I based all my selections on.) It’s made from 100% Mongolian cashmere, features fine ribbing along the hem and cuffs and currently retails over at N.Peal’s website for $350.
If you’re looking for a similar look as the N.Peal sweater at a lower price point, I’ve found four alternatives that’ll get the job done for well under $200. All of these options have very similar style features, so the main differences between them are the materials they’re made from and their colors. Keep reading to see my picks.
Italian Merino Crew-Neck Sweater
This Banana Republic sweater is made from 100% Merino wool, so it’ll feel soft and keep you warm all winter long. It has the same fine ribbing along the hem and cuffs as the N.Peal sweater, although the collar ribbing looks a little thicker here. The color is also a little different — it looks a little lighter and greener than the N.Peal sweater. Even so, this is a great budget-friendly option to give you that Skyfall look.
Cotton Crewneck Sweater in Garter Stitch
J.Crew makes their crewneck sweater from 100% cotton, which is less expensive than wool or cashmere but still provides great warmth and comfort. From a style standpoint, the only real difference between this and the N.Peal sweater is that this collar looks a bit more defined, though it appears smaller than the Banana Republic sweater’s collar. Once again, the color here is a little greener than the N.Peal sweater, but it’s closer than the Banana Republic sweater. All in all, it’s another great option.
Washable Merino Crew Neck Sweater
Like Banana Republic, Bonobos makes their sweater from 100% Merino wool to keep it both lightweight and warm. Again, the design is very similar to the N.Peal sweater with the exception of the well-defined collar that closely resembles the look of the J.Crew sweater. Like the other options on this list, the color on this sweater is greener than the N.Peal sweater. In fact, I think this might be the greenest alternative I found, but it still has enough of the blue-green color we’re looking for to stay on the list.
Fine Gauge Cashmere Crewneck Sweater
This is the only cashmere sweater on my list of budget-friendly alternatives, so from a materials standpoint it’s the closest you’re going to get to the N.Peal sweater. The big difference between them is that the ribbing at the hem, cuffs, and collar is probably double the size of the ribbing on the N.Peal sweater. It’s not exactly large — it’s just that the N.Peal ribbing is so fine that it easy to see the difference between them. The color is also a bit greener but it’s closer to the N.Peal sweater than some of the others on the list so it’s still a great option, especially if you’re looking for something that’s 100% cashmere.
There you have it – four budget-friendly alternatives for the N.Peal 007 Crew Neck Sweater. Adding any of these to your Barbour Beacon Heritage Sports Jacket alternative and your Crockett & Jones Islay Boots alternative will help you complete your Skyfall look on a budget.
What do you think of my picks? As always, let me know in the comments below or come find me over on Instagram (@bondonabudget). Happy shopping!