Best Budget Style Finds September

Our Best Budget Style Finds for September shares the top discoveries from the previous month. Some of these will have already been included in past posts and are deserving of another mention. Some will be great alternatives found by the intrepid community. And some are just odds and ends that don’t currently have a home.

The fall collections are hitting the stores hard and fast. So there’s lots to share in this post to help you fill in those gaps in your fall closet. Let’s go!


A new (and awesome!) alternative for the Enjoying Death shirt

James Bond Skyfall Enjoying Death shirt

How long have we been searching for a good alternative for this Zara Youth shirt? Well, thanks to our Facebook friend Sean, it looks like we finally have one!


Proper Cloth Custom Shirt: $85.00

James Bond Skyfall Enjoying Death shirt alternative    James Bond Skyfall Enjoying Death shirt alternative

And there it is! Proper Cloth has a fabric in stock that comes as close to the Enjoying Death shirt as any I’ve seen in years. Plus, they let you customize your shirt. Which means we can add all the style details we need to get as close to screen-accurate as possible. The only big differences I see are the placement of the front shoulder seams and the chest pockets don’t have the bellows. But I can live without those considering the final price is pretty darn reasonable. Here are the options I selected to create my version:

  • Cloth: Light Blue End-on-End Micro Floral Print (SKU PCF2096)
  • Collar: Soft Franklin Spread
  • Cuffs: Soft Long One Button
  • Pockets: Western Style Flap
  • Front: Soft Placket
  • Back: One Piece Yoke
  • Buttons: Standard

If you’re a little nervous about ordering a custom shirt, don’t be. Proper Cloth offers four different ways to calculate your size, from question based algorithm to measuring a shirt you already own. Or you can just choose a standard size and make a few tweaks if you need to. We also have this article on How to Buy Your First Custom Shirt that gives you more tips. Thank you again for sharing this one, Sean!


A Connery inspired casual navy blazer
Jachs New York Navy Wool Blend Flannel Blazer: on sale for $79.00

budget James Bond navy blazer

We recently looked at alternatives for the James Bond navy blazer in this post. And explored how we can combine it with other pieces in this 4 Ways to Wear It post. Well, here’s another, decidedly more contemporary, option for you. Normally priced at $269.00, the Jachs Blazer is made from a 52% polyester, 47% wool, 1% Spandex flannel. They’ve also left it only partially lined with chambray. The styling is definitely modern, with a shorter cropped hem and a soft, unstructured construction. One major downside: the cuff buttons are functional. Which means it’s going to be a pain to shorten or lengthen the sleeves. Jach’s has sizes small to XXL in stock.


For that Winter Ninja Sölden Look
Schott Robson 1 Zip-Up Cardigan in Fine Gauge Knit in Navy Blue: on sale for £69.60/$140.00

Budget Style Finds September   budget James Bond SPECTRE winter jacket

This is one of those “last chance, grab it now!” deals. La Redoute only has sizes medium and large left in the Schott Robson 1. But it’s a great price and a pretty solid match for Bond’s Tom Ford quilted cardigan. I would just expect the front fabric to be a little shinier than what we saw on-screen. We’ll be updating our dedicated post on the jacket in October with new alternatives. But this would also be a good time to remind everyone that ROYALE Filmwear still has a couple of their very screen-accurate version left in stock for $229.00.


Jimmy, Where’s You Boots?
Hawes & Curtis Tan Leather Boot: £149.00/$229.00

Budget Style Finds September affordable James Bond Skyfall boots

Apologies to any Andy Stewart fans out there. Anyway, if we’re starting to look at sweaters you can be certain the boots will soon follow. To get us started, here’s a solid alternative for the Skyfall Crockett & Jones Islays Bond wore in Scotland. Hawes & Curtis makes the boots in Portugal from a pebble grain leather with a full leather lining. And they’ve used a studded Dainite type sole. There’s no mention about the construction, so I’m going to assume it’s Blake stitch. They’re out of UK sizes 9 and 10.5, but everything else is in stock.


Some McQueen Style for Your Great Escape …
Schott Crew Neck Sweatshirt in Indigo: on sale for $70.00

Budget Style Finds September Steve McQueen Sweatshirt

Seventy bucks for a sweatshirt ain’t exactly “budget”. But I really like the looks of this one. That washed out vintage blue comes really close to the one McQueen wore. And it even has the wider knit hem. Plus, it’s made in the U.S.A. Schott has sizes small to XXL available. If you’d like to see more alternatives for the King of Cool’s sweatshirt, check out this post.


Another Matchless Alternative
Bruno Magli Goat Suede Moto Classic Jacket in Light Brown: on sale for $258.00 to $342.40

budget James Bond suede SPECTRE jacket

That’ll get the job done for about a fifth of the original’s price. As the name states, this is actually goat suede. So it’s very soft and relatively durable. With that throat latch and the zippered cuffs, the style makes it more of a true cafe racer jacket. But they’ve kept the design clean and simple and given the jacket a trimmer cut. So the overall feel is very close to Bond’s jacket. Sizes small to XXL are available on Amazon. I’ll also note that Eric strongly recommended the Wested Leather Co Morocco Jacket repro in the comments for another post. At £199.00, it looks like a heck of deal. And you can find more alternatives for the Matchless jacket in this post.


Speaking of Repros …
So Shway Lightweight Cotton Bomber Jacket: $99.00/£79.00

budget James Bond Harrington Jacket

I included a So Shway repro of the Skyfall Levi’s Menlo in our post on the 7 Essential Bond Jackets for Fall. And I briefly shared why I chose theirs over the hundreds of other cheap replica makers out there. Turns out they also offer a version of the Quantum of Solace Harrington Jacket. I certainly wouldn’t expect ROYALE Filmwear or Magnoli Clothier levels of quality or attention to detail. But it looks like they managed to capture most of the original’s style. And since it’s coming from Amazon and they offer a 100% money back guarantee, if it turns out to be a dud, it should be an easy return.


I want old Bond movie posters on ALL my clothes!
Hero Seven James Bond T-shirt: €50.00

Budget Style Finds September

I’ve never heard of Hero Seven. But they’re offering ten different old school Bond designs on not-so-cheap white and black t-shirts. There’s even one with a Live and Let Die “boat jump” graphic to go with your Live and Let Die Orlebar Brown swim shorts! They’re expensive. But they’re also pretty cool.


Did you pick up any good Budget Style finds recently? Share your discoveries in the comments below! And remember you can catch us on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and Pinterest if you’re looking to stay on top of deals from around the net or just need some inspiration!

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6 thoughts on “Best Budget Style Finds September

  • October 27, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Anyone has chest measurement of the Schott Robson1 jacket?Any size will help.Thanks.

  • October 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    I just received my new “enjoying death” shirt from Proper Cloth! I am fortunate to have a few custom tailored shirts, so I knew my measurements. I used your guidelines listed above for the numerous options available.

    I ordered the shirt on 10/03/19 and received it on 10/15/19. The shirt is manufactured and shipped from Vietnam.

    The shirt looks fantastic and fits well. No complaints. Great communication from Proper Cloth. Highly recommended. My measurements are saved on their website, so ordering another shirt from them will be easier. They have a lot of different cloth to choose from.

    Now I’m now waiting for my Simmons Bilt leather jacket to start “enjoying death”!

    • October 17, 2019 at 3:02 pm

      That’s great news! I’m glad you like it and thanks for sharing the insights. And definitely let us know what you think of the Simmons Bilt! What leather did you go with?

      • October 18, 2019 at 1:07 pm

        Will do! I went with Horween Chromexcel Steerhide in Savana Brown. I also opted for the full collar.

      • October 18, 2019 at 1:16 pm

        That is going to be one sweet looking jacket! Next week I have a post on double riders and I’m going to include some tips on how to safely break in a leather jacket. Steerhide can be tough!

  • September 30, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    A couple of mini-reviews.

    The Proper Cloth custom Enjoying Death shirt was a blast to put together. I used the measurements from an off-the-rack shirt and went from there. Overall it was a fun project resulting in a quality product worth the effort and price. You can’t go wrong with Proper Cloth’s money-back guarantee.

    The Schott Crew Neck Sweatshirt in Indigo is a high quality US-made item. That said, the color is a marled indigo versus the solid “Air Force” slate blue color seen on screen. I highly recommend it regardless.


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