It’s that time of year again; when we style lovers finally get to start layering on the hefty fabrics we’ve been looking forward to. Soft cashmeres, wooly flannels, rugid tweeds, velvetty corduroys, all that good stuff.
In this first segment of “Fall/Winter Fabrics”, I’m featuring corduroy.
Corduroy is a textile composed of twisted fibers of cotton that, when woven, lie parallel (similar to twill) to one another to form the cloth’s distinct pattern: a vertical ribbed “cord”, also known as a “wale”. An important characteristic of corduroy fabric is the size of its wale (i.e. the number of ridges per inch). More contemporary corduroy is typically finer wale, 11 ridges/inch for example. Thicker wales make the fabric heavier, softer and more velvety (velvet is essentially corduroy without the ridges).
Traditionally, corduroy is considered a casual fabric. However, as I’m showing here with three different looks, it can be used for a variety of garments and can be appropriate for just about any occasion.
Want to stand out from the sea of grey, black and navy suits that takes over NYC in the fall/winter? Try a tan corduroy. I promise you will receive compliments, plenty of them.
I love seasonal suiting. The majority of my suits are two-season or one-season fabrics. I have a lengthier post on the advantages of seasonal clothing coming soon, but the best part about fall/winter suits (other than weather-appropriateness and the feeling of unveiling a new wardrobe for the season) is that you rarely have to cover them up with the same-old overcoat. With a sweater, scarf, hat, gloves, and wool socks I can wear this corduroy suit even on those frigid days (provided I’m not hanging outside too long).
- Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic (42mm)
- Navy silk knit tie by Ralph Lauren Polo
- Khaki corduroy jacket (part of suit) by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Khaki corduroy trousers (part of suit) by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Green socks by Ralph Lauren Polo
- Bracelets (street vendor)
- Brown leather wingtips by Gucci
- Blue/white bengal stripe shirt by Ralph Lauren Polo
- 1″ tie bar from TheTieBar