A fabric that’s becoming quite fashionable recently.
First of all, I’d like to apologize for a long time without posting. A few things piled up, among them a lot of work and some technical issues involving my laptop (and some water). I’ll do my best to stay on schedule with my next publications.
So, corduroy. A ribbed cotton fabric, casual and looking maybe a little dated. It has its charm, and it’s a similar charm as an old armchair that has a shape of your body pressed into it, a favourite blanket, old wooden floorboards that no longer shine with varnish. It’s cozy.
No wonder this new wave of tailoring, aiming more to create clothes that not just look presentable, but project this feeling of warmth and comfort, has found a use for it, and for the first time in quite a while I’ve seen some corduroy on some stylish guys.
My relationship with this fabric is difficult, as it is very easy to make it look bad. My first jacket bought for my junior high school graduation, was black corduroy, a size or two too big. I remember one of my university professors wearing the same brown corduroy jacket, parts of it so worn down the ribbed texture was basically no longer visible. What I’m saying is: I didn’t think corduroy was particularly stylish.
But I’ve started to appreciate it more over time, and I’m actually kind of glad it’s making a comeback, adding to the palette of warm, cozy fabrics I enjoy wearing. It looks good creased, worn. It’s not formal at all, and the look of well-worn corduroy is not one for a night out, but perfect for a weekend in.
Obviously, corduroy trousers are the easiest to pull off.
In all shades of brown and olive, they will work great with thick wool jumpers, cardigans, tweed jackets.
Polish men are not exactly known for their love for light-coloured trousers, but I find off-white or light beige cords very appealing. Not nearly as easy to wear as browns, and they need to be washed more often, but they can look so good.
Jackets and suits
Corduroy jackets or suits are easy to wear badly. But when they work, they work beautifully, and give the appearance of very relaxed elegance.
Especially paired with shoes on a thicker sole, perhaps suede, maybe some split-toe derbies – it can be such a good look.
Corduroy outerwear. Unusual colours. Corduroy can be experimented with, and it’s a high-risk, high-reward kind of thing.
Even if you don’t want to go all the way to ordering a bespoke belted corduroy overcoat, getting a pair of brown or olive cord trousers is a really good idea. I’ve got mine.