corduroy is just a material, if you have a garment that fits well and happens to be made out of it, then I don't see why it wouldn't work. The pieces I personally own are the "corduroy jeans" by uniqlo, usually sold only the F/W. To be honest they have much better fades than the few pairs of jeans I own. Mainly because I wore them 90% of the time when I go to school and sit in lectures for 4-6 hours as they were more comfortable. My cord jeans look nothing like the cord slacks that Bobo is wearing stylewise, although that works well for him. There's nothing inherently retro IMO about corduroy, even though it was made popular in the 70's, it has been selling all along and has been modernized for the most part. If you were wearing a pair of bell-bottom cords that hugged your ass, I can see why your friends though you were retro, but I am sure that you weren't and that your friends just aren't as knowledgeable about clothing as others.