I had a dark-blue corduroy Jacket made when I was in India. I managed to like it so much that I had some pants made before I left. I use it as a combo at least once a month. Cheap.. 40 bucks for the whole combo.
Cords have always been classic. I wear wide wale in winter with sweaters and jackets, occasionally with a tie and thin wales in spring and autumn. I don't know why anyone would say they have been "played out." Cord pants, suede shoes, cashmere jacket - perfect.
I start wearing them when the leaves begin to change, and wear them until Easter. Usually with an OCBD and a sweater. Occasionally with an odd jacket, usually tweed. My cords are all very Orvis-ish though.
I don't wear cords. The thought of them reminds me of when I was 4 years old and my mom would dress me in brown cords. I wasn't particularly fond of them. Plus the only people I see wearing cords now are old men.
I love wide-wale corduroy trousers in winter. I have a couple of pairs, in a chestnut colour and in navy. I wear them with an odd jacket (usually cashmere in either a donegal tweed or herringbone weave), with micro-check shirts, ideally worn with a knit or woollen tie, and typically either my suede, captoe Tramezza or a pair of brown, wingtip boots by Loake.