Steve McQueen’s influence on Daniel Craig’s Bond style has been discussed repeatedly. As evidence, we can compare 007’s look when he visits Mathis in Quantum of Solace and pictures of McQueen from William Claxton’s book Steve McQueen: Photographs. From the sweater style to the pale beige pants to the suede chukkas, the inspiration for Bond’s look is pretty obvious. So it’s time to go back to the source and explore affordable alternatives for the Steve McQueen blue shawl collar cardigan.
Features Wanted for the Steve McQueen Blue Shawl Collar Cardigan
- Rib-knit merino wool or cotton
- Muted French navy/dark steel blue color
- Two patch pockets
- Brown leather buttons
The shawl cardigan style isn’t that difficult to find (unless you want black). And if the buttons on the alternative aren’t a match, it’s pretty easy to swap them out (you could try these or these). The really challenge here is finding a good color match. Which is why we won’t be including the multitude of pure navy options that are currently out there.
Best Option for the Steve McQueen Blue Shawl Collar Cardigan
When you have a company called “The King of Cool” devoted to delivering McQueen-accurate clothing, you kinda have to choose their cardigan as the “Best Option”. Read the story behind this piece on their site to see just how much research went into designing it. 50% wool/50% acrylic blend and sizes small to XXL are in stock.
VB Shawl Collar Cardigan in Dark Blue: £19.90 to £35.90
If you’ve been following this site for a while, you may remember this cardigan in black being a long time “Best Option” for the QoS Tom Ford. At least until it sold out a few months ago. However, the Dark Blue version is a solid affordable alternative for the McQueen cardigan and sizes small to XXL are still available. The fabric is a 40% cotton/40% viscose/20% polyamide blend. These used to be available on the U.S. Amazon site, but it looks like they’re no longer offering it.
Woolovers Pure Wool Shawl Collar Cardigan in French Navy: $82.00/£50.00
This option from Woolovers has slash pockets instead of patch and you’ll need to change the buttons. But it’s 100% wool and the color is a good match. This is definitely a choice for the bigger guys. Only sizes large to XXL are left, and Woolovers recommends, “You might want to try a size down,” if you want a more fitted look.
The color would ideally be a shade lighter. But style wise, Mango’s cardigan comes very close McQueen’s. Especially if you change the buttons. Material is 100% cotton, so it’s a great choice if you want something that won’t wear as warm as wool.
This alternative is coming to you from the National Geographic project Novica, a fair trade initiative that works with small scale artisans from around the world to bring their products to a larger audience. This particular cardigan was created by Peruvian weaver Nestor Yana. The material is 50% alpaca wool/50% acrylic and only size small is available. But if that’s your size, then this one is a close match with an interesting story behind it.
You get cold easily? Then this is the one for you. Aside from having nearly spot-on styling, this bad boy is made with over two pounds of 5 ply pure Merino wool. And it already has the leather buttons. Sure, the color may be a little bright. But the chances of you catching a chill when wearing this thing are between slim and nil.