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.
Is corduroy a bad idea?
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).
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.
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.
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.