Updated September 26th, 2017 – 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 AJB007 user kadd on this thread. They’re 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 alternatives out there this season! But, as before, 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
So what are they missing? Well, the pattern is more of two-tone textured weave rather than a true puppytooth. And they don’t have the covered button. Or the frogmouth pockets. They’re also 100% cotton, so don’t expect much stretch. Wait, why are these the Best Option? Because I’ve seen them in store and they are really nice! And I’ve tried them on and the fit is slim but not ridiculously tight. The fabric is a mid-weight brushed cotton. Very comfortable to wear. So despite all the differences, I honestly feel these do a great job of capturing the spirit of the Neil Barretts. Massimo Dutti has sizes 30 to 40 in stock. If you’re looking for something more affordable, check out the Zara Birdseye Trousers in Grey for $39.90/£29.99 (note: at the time of writing, Zara has these listed as “coming soon”).
DKNY Slim Fit Trousers in Smoke: on sale for £14.00/$21.00
Well these certainly look like a bargain! Original list price was £135.00. So that’s quite the drop. The fabric is 98% cotton/2% elastane, which will give the pants some stretch. And even though it’s hard to see it, they claim the fabric has an “all over micro houndstooth print”. USC currently has sizes 28 to 40 in stock.
Limehaus Grey Puppytooth Trousers: on sale for £29.50
It could just be my monitor’s color calibration, but these look like they lean a little brown in color. These are cut more like a very slim fitting suit trouser. And Limehaus has used a 78% polyester/22% viscose fabric. But they are a genuine puppytooth pattern. House of Fraser has sizes 30s to 42r available.
Peter Werth Souvenir Textured Flat Fronted Trouser: on sale for £39.00
A holdover from last season. 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. They still have sizes 30 to 38 in stock.
White Stuff Wandsworth Puppytooth Trousers in Grey: £65.00/$88.00
I was seriously considering making these the “Best Option”. But when compared to the Massimo Dutti alternatives, I just felt the Wandsworths looked like they fit a little looser and were a shade too light in color. But for you guys with bigger thighs and calves, I still think these are an excellent alternative. White Stuff has used a 79% Polyester, 17% Wool, 3% Acrylic, 1% Nylon fabric with a micro houndstooth pattern. The have sizes 30 to 38 in stock.
As I mentioned above, I haven’t found any alternatives with frogmouth pockets yet. So if that’s a feature you really want, jeans may be your best option for now. These ones from Massimo Dutti have a honeycomb two-tone pattern that gives an effect close to puppytooth. The fabric is a 97% cotton/3% elastane blend, so they’ve got some stretch. Massimo Dutti has sizes 30 to 40 available. But a word of warning: these fit slim! Maybe consider sizing up? A more affordable option in jeans with a similar pattern is the Zara Basic Trousers with Textured Weave in Dark Grey for $49.90/£29.99.
Another micro-check pattern alternative, again in a nice dark charcoal. Le Chateau has used a 100% cotton fabric and kept the design clean and simple. What I really like about these is the fit (or at least the way the fit looks on the product page). Sizes 28 to 40 are available.
No, the orange accent stitching around the button holes isn’t ideal. But these 100% cotton alternatives from the UK based company are a real micro houndstooth pattern and have a fit that should accommodate those of you with larger legs. Superdry has sizes 30 to 36 in stock.