Know Your Fall/Winter Fabrics: Corduroy

December 4th, 2010

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3. Casual

These days you can find corduroy in just about any form, including accessories like ties and newsboy caps (post on accessories fabrics coming soon as well).

Corduroy’s best use, however, is (still) trousers and jeans. It’s durability, rigidness, softness and get-better-with-ageness are ideal characteristics for a good men’s pant.


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  • Rich Leonardi

    Too funny. I googled “are corduroy pants in style for men 2012″ and found your blog, which shows the pair of Levi burgundy cords you feature in your casual section. (Mine were “skinny” style, which I hope isn’t a faux pas.) In any event, my much-better half and I just returned from Paris and red pants are all the rage there; I went shopping for a pair and found two pairs of red cords on deep discount. I’m hoping the color — and fabric — catch on here.

  • pve

    I adore the “cord of kings” – I am hunting for some white cords. I love winter white cord too.
    pve

  • Martin Alexandre

    I live in Montreal, Canada. Corduroy can be worn almost all-year round or at least from September to May depending on the thickness of the corduroy material which comes in a great variety. As to the remark that «wear begins to show rather quickly», I really don’t agree if the handle with the appropriate care as suggested by British taylors. I own a lot of corduroy suits and pants, some for many years and there is no such sign. However, if you wash a pair of corduroy jeans in warm water again and again it is going to show signs of wear exactly like denim jeans. Don’t forget corduroy has to be washed on the wrong side. Don’t buy cheap corduroy either.

  • Anonymous

    What are some easy ways to wear a brown corduroy shirt? What would it pair well with? Thanks.

    • Martin Alexandre

      A brown corduroy shirt goes well with green corduroy jeans or tan corduroy jeans.

  • MC

    Great blog and really good to see someone promoting corduroy on men – It has never gone out of fashion for me and can look smart as well as casual, with a bit of thought.
    Keep up the great work!
    M

    • Martin Alexandre

      I agree with you with all you said about corduroy. It is rather cold today. I feel great with my Ralph Lauren navy corduroy shirt and my Levis olive corduroys. My cute 19 years old nephew says he would love to have some corduroy overalls. I have been looking for weeks to please him. I can’t find any. I am a college professor and I used to have 18-21 years old dudes who wore corduroy overalls especially olive or dark kaki corduroy overalls. Did some of you seen corduroy overalls recently?

    • Martin Alexandre

      BTW, as a college professor, I have a huge collection of corduroy suits and corduroy blazers to wear with corduroy pants or corduroy jeans. I love to wear double corduroy and I love to do great match : black and gray, navy and gray, brown and tan, dark brown and light brown, black and burgundy, brown and green, etc.

  • bapestaji

    always love your great choose on shoes.

  • Anonymous

    Gotta say, reading this, I thought “there is a man with my style!” I love my tan cord sports coat, because it goes with everything! I do question though, if your suit is a real suit, or two different shades of tan (pants and jacket) In one pic it looks great, but the closer shot looks like two different shades. All in all though, hail to the most versatile fabric!

    • Martin Alexandre

      I you buy only one corduroy sports coat, I agree tan is a great color because it goes well with any color. Black is as great. You will have no real trouble matching a black sports coat with any color of pants. However, if you want the corduroy look rather than the velvet look, beware of narrow wales corduroy in black, everyone thinks you have a velvet sports coat.

  • Cord pants

    I hardly ever see anyone else wearing cords these days but I love mine! I think it’s classic and dignified! It must be that only people with exceptional taste wear them. ;)

    • Martin Alexandre

      I guess it depends on the place where you live. I sometimes go for a weekend in the town where I was born. I never see men with corduroys. However, I regularly see young men with corduroys where I live and where I work. There is also a great choice of corduroys this year in stores and boutiques in Montreal in all kind of style from regular corduroys to skinny cords for young men and teenagers. Levis has a great choice of corduroys this year. Have a look on the net at Levis.

  • JMRouse

    SB, I think you missed one “con” for corduroy. It’s one of the worse lint magnets when in a dark color. That’s at least what my experiences have shown. :)

    Great post! Keep up the good work.

    • Martin Alexandre

      Sorry, as the owner of a huge collection of corduroy suits, corduroy pants and cordjeans as well as the owner of two golden 100 pound labradors (red fox), I don’t agree with your comment. The only pair of cords that did as you described were Italian made unwashable corduroys (dry clean only) made of synthetic material. I hate those corduroys though they looked great. Always go for the 98% or 100% cotton and take care of your corduroys the way that is recommended by british taylors (with the use of a brush for garments and a vaporizer) for the suits and the pants (Ralph Lauren thick 8 wale regular style as an example). I guess it is too dry in your house. Concerning your corduroy jeans, wash them inside out and don’t overdry with the dryer. However, I have the kind of problem you described with the 100% wool suits I own. When I wear a wool suit, I don’t touch the dogs before leaving the house. I never have that problem with my corduroy suits.

  • Justin

    Hey SB,

    I’ve noticed that sometimes you indicate that pieces are “custom by MAB” and other times you mention they are your own design. When you say you made the design, what does that entail? You made the pattern itself or you picked the fabric and details? Just curious. Thanks for all the tips!

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Hey Justin,

      Everything I wear from MAB is my own design. I recently started adding “my own design” in the captions in order to clarify, and to build my “portfolio” as I transition from stylist to designer. I don’t physically make the patterns, but I draft detailed specifications that explain how the pattern needs to be made (this includes dimensions, construction methods, fabrics, facings, linings, trimmings, style lines, sketches, renderings, etc…)

      Thanks for reading.

      Best,
      Dan

  • S.

    Great piece! I’m 17 and about the only person who’s wearing Corduroys to school these days. Glad to see that I’m not just an outlier. Maybe post some more casual/around town pieces? And some advice on how to stay warm and fashionable without spending more on clothes than your parents spend on mortgage?

    Best Wishes and Happy Holidays,
    S.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      The only student wearing cords? Oh how times have changed.

      More to come. Thanks for reading.

      Best,
      Dan

    • Bo

      Nice, I don’t assume too many other high-school guys read these style blogs. And yeah, its ridiculous that its out of place to wear corduroys or a nice sweater to school.

    • Martin Alexandre

      Keep wearing your corduroys young man, they might copy your great taste. I was a college student for almost 10 years and I have worn corduroys every single day. I had a huge color collection. When burgundy cordjeans came out I thought I would never see that. Almost all dudes wore double corduroy : cordjeans with corduroy sport coat or Levis corduroy jacket. No wonder I find a man with corduroys so sexy. College studies have shown that quite a larger number a people have confidence in a young guy who wears cordjeans than a young guy who wears denim jeans. The study has shown that between two young men with the same background the guy with corduroys would get the job first. It is not a recent study but not that old either. People say that the corduroy wearer is honest, easy-going, nice with people, etc.

  • Stephon

    Would you mind doing an article or linking to one about what type of shoes to wear when there is a lot of snow on the ground? I want to dress sharp in my suit AND keep my oxfords looking fly during the winter months.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Plenty of cold weather posts coming soon…hats, boots, outerwear, scarves, gloves, etc.

      Thanks for reading.

      Best,
      SB

  • PDXguy

    What kind of pants would you recommend with a chocolate brown corduroy sport coat? Jeans? Lighter cords?

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      My first choice would be british tan moleskin trousers. But a brown cord jacket is very versatile (although I probably wouldn’t do cord on cord unless they match, making it a suit). It would be great with dark denim, washed denim, khaki chinos, olive chinos or trousers, etc.

      Hope this helps.

      Best,
      Dan

    • Martin Alexandre

      Double corduroy was recommanded by the magazine THE FANTASTIC MAN months ago. Tan corduroys whether pants or cordjeans is nice with a brown corduroy sports coat. I have seen an interview the other day with a French designer who wore double corduroy the other way around : golden tan corduroy sports coat with dark brown corduroy pants or jeans. Loden green corduroy pants or jeans are fantastic with a dark brown corduroy sports coat. I have seen it in a GQ quaterly magazine and it looked real nice, even aristocratic. However, never wear wide wale corduroy pants or jeans with narrow wales sports coat. Either you wear same number of wales for sports coat and pants or wider for the coat. Personaly, I try to match with the exception of my wide wale black sport coat I wear with medium or narrow wales gray cords or a special patterned rather gray corduroys I own.

  • Brendan

    Love the last outfit man!

  • khordkutta

    Couldnt agree with you more, although i dont have a corduroy suit, i do own a camel corduroy sportcoat and without a doubt it is one my favorite, most versatile pieces of cloting i own.

    • Martin Alexandre

      Caramel colored corduroy sport coat is indeed great and can be matched easily.

  • Steezeman

    “but not if you’re suit pants are looking twice the age of the jacket”

    That “you’re” should be “your”. Just stating, not hating, I’m digging the style.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Grammar corrected. Thx

  • GreatJones

    A Master Piece. Well done Dan. We are proud of you.

  • Tommy

    Hey Dan,

    How often do you visit your homeland? Canada and Tim Hortons misses you!!!

    -T

  • herbafuckingvelli

    Arguably the best dressed man in New York(no dick-riding). Seriously though, nice job man.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Thanks!

  • Frank

    Hey Dan,

    The big question: Can you make it through a week in New York without spending money on clothes? Seriously. (No hostility)

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      haha that is the big question?

      I probably don’t shop as much as you might think. I’ve been collecting clothing for 5+ years (the advantage of staying classic-ish!), and there are of course perks to doing what I do.

      That said, I certainly shop more than the average 24 year old male. Keep in mind, however, that I’m a stylist – so, in a sense, this is my job. My attitude towards buying clothing is similar to that of an artist buying brushes.

      Thanks for reading.

      Best,
      Dan

  • Chris

    Speaking of hats… When are you going to do a post specifically on them? I, myself, occasionally like to break up a familiar look with hats that express a certain sprezzatura, so to speak.

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      Very soon! We already shot it, it’s in the queue. It seems I’ve been wearing hats almost every day lately.

      Thx for reading.

      Best,
      Dan

  • MondoSwaggerNYC

    SB,

    Sharp. Been looking to cop a cord suit this season. Well executed.

    One,
    Mondo

  • The Shoe Snob

    thanks for making sure that you incorporated your shoes into the mix. i appreciate being able to see what you are rocking. Love the green socks/brown wingtips combo!!

    http://the-shoe-snob.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.MensStylePro.com Sabir P.

    Hey Dan,

    The 1st look is by far one of the best executions I’ve seen wearing a corduroy suit. I have a black one and it is so versatile a suit separate too.

    • Martin Alexandre

      I agree with you about the versatility of most corduroy suits. I bought a wide wale DKNY black corduroy suit 12 or 15 years ago. I often wear the whole suit but, I often wear the black jacket with gray corduroy pants, gray cordjeans or burgundy cordjeans. I love to wear a cotton shirt same color as my corduroy pants with my contrasting black jacket. I get a lot of nice comments when I do so. As an example, I have a nice glazed cotton red wine corduroy shirt I wear with my red wine cordjeans with my wide wale corduroy suit jacket. I do the same with gray, with irish green, etc.

  • Jason

    Hey SB,

    Love this style, Where would you recommend shopping for a Corduroy suit and I’m also having trouble finding boots. Do you have any suggestion on where to look for a good price.

    Thanks, Jason

    • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

      You should be able to find corduroy suits in a range of prices. From the $2000 Michael Bastian’s to the $400 Club Monaco, to the $200 Uniqlo.

      What style of boot are you looking for? (Post on boots coming soon)

      Best,
      SB

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        To the $30 second-hand/vintage (plus approx $100 for alterations).

        -Dan

      • Jason

        a black pair that have a urban feel to go with jeans

      • Martin Alexandre

        Hugo Boss used to have fine corduroy suits but I haven’t seen any for a few years. I bought two Bugatti two or three years ago (500$ each) and I love to wear those corduroy suits. I bought a few Zara cord suit many years ago (200$ each). They still look great and I keep loving those unexpensive suits. A few years ago, I had a big problem to solve. Since I almost always wear corduroy suits, what should I wear on real formal occasions as an executive. I went in a reknowned boutique in Montreal and they recommended a navy blue 12 wales per inch (medium) customed made corduroy suit. I paid 1000$ but I got the most fantastic and confortable suit I have ever owned. I never had so many good words for a piece of clothing. I was so satisfied I went back and ordered another customed suit (gray 8 wales per inch suit to match my hairs!) I love that thick corduroy suit during the cold Winter. It may be expensive but they are still as new.

  • Thatguy

    where did you get that Moleskin peacoat?

    I’ve been looking for something like that for ages

  • SuperDopeCool

    4 WORDS-YOUR STYLE FUCKING ROCKS!!!

    SuperDopeCool
    Jackson, MS

    • Anonymous

      v neck much!