Updated October 25th, 2016 – The original trousers used in the SPECTRE teaser poster and London scenes are from designer Neil Barrett; as far as I can tell, they were originally identified by AJBoo7 user kadd on this thread. No longer available, unless you can find old stock at an independent boutique or for re-sale on the forums. For comparison, I found some Neil Barrett’s in a similar style (but all wool, no frogmouth pockets) available on Farfetch for £281.17/$425.00. The Suits of James Bond has more information on the pants.
Here is a close-up of the fabric and front pocket detailing, courtesy of AJB007 member kadd. Thanks for sharing!
Features Wanted for the Neil Barrett SPECTRE Trousers
- Slim/skinny cut with medium rise; not a traditional dress pant style
- Puppytooth/microcheck/tick pattern in charcoal or dark grey
- Frogmouth front pockets
- Covered front button
Lots of solid UK alternatives out there, but we may be forced to choose between the fabric pattern, the cut, and the frogmouth pockets. I tried to stay away from traditional dress pants/suit pants; you may get the pattern, but the other details didn’t really align.
Best Option for the Neil Barrett SPECTRE Trousers
Burton Menswear Black and White Tapered Slim Fit Trousers in Dark Grey: on sale for £20.00
The pattern isn’t as accurate as their now sold out puppytooth trousers. But these are still coming close. The tappered slim fit combined with the 72% cotton, 13% viscose, 12% polyester, and 3% elastane fabric means the fit is going to come close to the Neil Barretts and the trousers will have some stretch. They’re available in short, regular and long, and they currently have almost all sizes available in one length or the other.
A great suggestion from AJB007 forum member The Mantis (also known as David Zaritsky of The Bond Experience). Color and pattern come close to the SPECTRE trousers. And the material is a 97% cotton/3% spandex blend. So they’ll have some give. However, you still many want to watch out for the fit. According to the on-site reviews, they are tight. Or as another AJB007 forum member Westward_Drift put it, “Be aware that skinny means skinny!”
Topman Grey Check Skinny Chinos: £35.00/ $65.00
Obviously they’re a lighter grey than the Neil Barretts, and the pattern is a microcheck rather than the puppytooth. The material is also 100% cotton, so don’t expect much stretch. But they’re also a Topman skinny fit. Which means they’re also skinny. So it should be easy to get the SPECTRE poster look. They’re starting run out of the more common sizes now.
Racing Green Barnes Puppytooth Tailored Trouser: on sale for £43.20
Available at House of Fraser, the Racing Green Barnes are true dress trousers, but in a very slim fit. They don’t give the actual fabric composition on the product page. It just says it’s “wool rich”. Sizes are really beginning to run out now. Just out of curiosity, has anyone ever asked a dry cleaner to press a crease out of a pair of dress pants?
First of all, these are definitely a more relaxed fit than some of the other options we’ve seen. Which should make the guys with a bigger set of pegs happy. The fabric is 100% cotton, so don’t expect much (if any) stretch. But the pattern is interesting and goes beyond your basic micro-check. And the trousers have some interesting details. Such as the flap covered ticket pocket and button adjuster side tabs. Burton has sizes 30 to 38 on their site.
Thank you, BR, for making me type out that name. “Nanotex” is BR’s 100% wool, stain and wrinkle resistant fabric. It’s looks like this are a little looser around the cuff, but a side shot on the product page seems to show them with a pretty narrow leg opening.
Even though this alternative is a heathered fabric, it does create a similar effect to the Neil Barretts. The fabric is also 68% Cotton, 30% Polyester, and 2% Elastic. So you can expect a decent amount of stretch. AND they have the covered waist button.