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Is corduroy a bad idea?

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Curious about opinions re: corduroy pants and sport coats.  I like the idea of an in-between which can be worn with heavier cotton twill shirts and with jeans.

post #2 of 28
Corduroy is a very good idea, in both jackets and pants.
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Recently made the jump into this territory. Was happy with the result.

 

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Recently made the jump into this territory. Was happy with the result.

 

 

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Clag, I am looking for a pair of corduroy trousers in that same color. Deets on the make? Do you have any pics of the whole outfit?

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Lands' End. First pair of cords I've ever owned, so I can't speak to the quality, but it seems pretty solid.

 

I may get another pair from LE; I can't imagine wearing cords enough to justify a nicer pair (and unlike wool trousers, I'm not sure how much of a difference high quality cords makes).

 

http://www.landsend.com/pp/mens-tailored-fit-plain-front-original-corduroy-pant~241576_-1.html
 

post #7 of 28
Corduroy trousers: absolutely. Corduroy odd jacket, yes but you will find more polarized opinions on this item on SF.
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I used to have several Corduroy SC and pants, but found them requiring a lot of efforts to pair properly and have since moved away from them.
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I like corduroy pants. I don't have a lot of them, but I like the ones that I own.

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I used to have several Corduroy SC and pants, but found them requiring a lot of efforts to pair properly and have since moved away from them.

Really? I found they don't require any more effort pairing than khakis- which is to say, pretty much none at all. Olive or tan cords + tweed jacket = done. Need to pick up a gray pair sometime too.
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(and unlike wool trousers, I'm not sure how much of a difference high quality cords makes). 

I think the quality definitely matters in cheaper pairs. Not sure if EXPENSIVE pairs offer an advantage. I have two pairs of Uniqlo corduroy trousers and, while they're OK, I always feel like i'm wearing something delicate. They pull easily and the wales "dent" (make impressions - like when i cross my legs, etc) in a way that doesn't seem to come out until they're washed. I recently got pairs of both Banana Republic and J Crew corduroy trousers (both from their outlets) and they're WORLDS better. Obviously, I wouldn't consider those two "luxury" or "expensive" (or even "good quality"), but the quality difference is noticeable. I would say your Lands end are probably on par with or better than these two brands.
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Cords is stricly for Fall,, Winter, Spring, no?
Recently got a pair of Prada Cords, not a big fan, not sure how and when to pull it off
post #13 of 28

Cord sportcoats can go with pretty much any pair of jeans of khakis. I have a light brown and a dark brown cord sport coat, and where them quite often.

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My contribution of blue cords with a tweed jacket:

 

 

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Just got two pairs of cords from L.L. Bean so recently I haven't worn either of them yet. I am wearing a pair of Lands End cords at this moment. I think I must have about a half-dozen other pairs of cords. I couldn't imagine not owning several. They make a most excellent complement for a tweed jacket in most circumstances and look just fine worn without a jacket.

As for corduroy jackets, I don't own any at the moment, but I have owned several in the past that gave good service. Good for casual or the lower end of dressy casual wear, I think.

In the days of my youth, 50+ years ago, the olive corduroy jacket was almost as much a staple of the young man's wardrobe as the navy blazer. A lot of the boys at my prep school, myself included, had them. However, they have not fared as well over the long haul as the classic navy blazer.
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