Originally Posted by Conrad
Don't buy one and if one is given to you take it to the local thrift store and hang it on the rack.
To me a corduroy jacket paired with anything but a pair of heavy wool pants, an OCBD, and sported by a man without a PhD in physics screams "douchebag".
However, if pulled off correctly it will scream "late 1970's man", which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Sure can't agree with much of this. To me, a well-made corduroy jacket (from Isaia, Kiton, Borrelli, or some less-expensive lines) that is of canvas construction and stylishly-tailored looks very cool with less dressy wool trousers (tweeds, cavalry twills, flannels) or nice cotton ones, a textured shirt and textured tie (or without the tie). I don't care for the cheap, throw-it-on-a-chair cord jackets; they're usually shapeless and cheesy-looking. But a nice one is definitely not merely "late-70s." I can understand the PhD reference, but would state this differently--to stress that a nice corduroy jacket conjures up an educated and perhaps intellectually-astute man.