Originally Posted by kraftar
I'm not sure I have the guts to try a corduroy suit, but this tread has definitely convinced me to try a sportcoat. Also, approximately how quickly would a corduroy jacket wear out compared to a wool jacket (assuming normal wear, 3-4 times a month, etc.)? If you did get a suit, would it make sense to go w/ 2 pair of pants (or even 3 if the pants wear out that quickly)?
Cord wears out more quickly. Colour may fade, too.
That said, I don't think you should get two pairs of pants. Why? Read on:
The jacket of a corduroy suit will be perferctly wearable separately, e.g. with jeans. So much so, actually, that you may end up wearing the jacket out before the trousers. (The trousers will be perfectly wearable separately too, so don't worry.)
Anyway, I've owned two cord suits; one off-white that I -- ahem -- grew out of (or perhaps it shrunk from body heat?), and one dark tan. The latter was only worn as a suit once; the jacket soon faded from being worn too much separately (back when I wore jeans to work), so if I were to put it on as a suit now, it would look quite ridiculous. As an odd jacket, and as odd trousers, they both still work quite well (except for that body heat shrinkage bit)...