Way back in November of 2008, GQ UK published an interview with Daniel Craig to promote Quantum of Solace (you can read a reprint of that interview here). And as part of the photoshoot for that article, Mr. Craig wore a Tom Ford ivory shawl collar cardigan. That same cardigan in black would be worn during Mathis Villa scenes in QoS. And the rest is history.
While finding affordable alternatives for the black shawl collar cardigan has been an obsession around these parts for a while (okay, my obsession!), that cream/ivory colored version also deserves a serious look.
And why is it deserving of attention you may ask? Because it looks really cool! The cream/ivory color evokes the classic and manly Aran knit fisherman’s sweater. But the simpler rib knit gives the sweater a more streamlined, less busy attitude. It’s like a perfect mix of rustic traditional and urbane. Both Daniel Craig and David Beckham wear it well.
And I even tried my own take on the look using a now sold out cotton alternative from Celio:
This has quickly become one of my favorite looks to just throw on for a casual night out. I just need to be careful not to spill anything on myself!
Features Wanted for the Tom Ford Ivory Shawl Collar Cardigan
- Rib knit texture
- Five button closure with black leather buttons
- Patch hip pockets
So basically everything we want in the Quantum of Solace cardigan. But in cream/ivory.
Best Option for the Tom Ford Ivory Shawl Collar Cardigan
I know some people have issues with the perceived quality of Banana Republic clothing. But I have to say I have always been a fan of their knitwear. As far as I’m concerned, this is a company that knows how to do affordable sweaters well. And I’ve never had any problems with the many knit pieces I have from them. I’m hoping this piece won’t be the poor exception. BR has used 100% Supima cotton yarn and gone with the classic rib knit. The color also looks to be close that of the Tom Ford. The inset pockets and brown faux-horn buttons less so. However, I’m willing to forgive those transgressions since Kevin Love appears to be a fan of the sweater! Banana Republic has sizes small to XXL in stock.
Yes “marshmallow”. This 100% cotton alternative from Selected Homme goes with a waffle/honeycomb style knit that’s seems to be so popular today. It also seems to have forgotten its pockets. But it still captures the style of the Tom Ford original. The cardigan no longer appears on the Selected website. But I did find it on Zalando, where they have sizes small to XXL available.
This one came very close to being the “Best Option”. It was the waffle knit and (I’m assuming) inferior cotton yarn that made it an “also ran”. A&F have sizes small to XL in stock.
This alternative from the famous American designer looks incredibly similar to the alternative from Selected Homme. Just the (in)famous Hilfiger flag logo on the chest seems to differentiate them. I’ve linked to Macy’s for this one for the simple reason that they always have sales going on. Be patient and I have no doubt the price will drop below $65.00.
At one point in 2016, Le Chateau had one of the best affordable alternatives for the QoS cardigan available on the market. Sadly, that option is long gone. But this season their Cotton Shawl Collar Cardigan is doing a decent job of meeting our current needs. Made from 100% cotton, the construction is a subtle rib knit. Again, the lack of pockets is an issue. But if you’re looking for something brighter than ivory, this is an option worth considering.
And now for the super-streamlined option. The REISS Millside is the opposite of chunky. Even they’ve used 100% wool yarn, the knit on the body is almost flat with the subtle rib knitting kept on the sleeves, collar and placket. One thing I really like is the placement of the two buttons at the hem. Since (traditionally) you’re supposed leave the bottom button of your cardigan unfastened, having two buttons close together really helps. REISS currently has sizes XS to XXL available.
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