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Corduroy and wales

Frankie

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Hi, I'm looking for camel color corduroys.

What is considered "medium wale"? Is 4-wale the widest wale?

And should they be designed like khakis with slanted pockets and a pleat or like jeans?

Do you have any brand recommendations that are affordable?

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Frankie
 

taxgenius

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Originally Posted by Frankie

And should they be designed like khakis with slanted pockets and a pleat or like jeans?

Thanks
Frankie


Are these for business, weekends, around the house....?
 

Frankie

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Ideally business casual compatible.
 

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Originally Posted by Frankie
Ideally business casual compatible.

If so, it should resemble a regular pair of slacks, but just be made of corduroy. Of course the wider the wales, the more casual it is, and probably cheaper as well.
 

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But the wider the wales, the thicker (warmer in winter) right?
 

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Originally Posted by Frankie
But the wider the wales, the thicker (warmer in winter) right?

I am not aware of any correlation.
 

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I've always thought that the number of the wale was measured by how many you could fit in 1". If that's true, then you could have a 1 wale fabric.

A lower wale would have fewer channels, less base fabric exposed, and is usually a much thicker fabric, so i would say it's warmer.
 

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Originally Posted by Taxler
and is usually a much thicker fabric, so i would say it's warmer.

I've always thought that the best judge of warmth for a particular fabric is weight; heavier corduroys will be warmer than lighter ones.
 

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Originally Posted by Mildly Consumptive
I've always thought that the best judge of warmth for a particular fabric is weight; heavier corduroys will be warmer than lighter ones.

True dat.

Though as a practical matter, wider wales tend to be made in heavier weights.
 

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The widest wale I have found available to a tailor is 5 wales per inch. I think anything lower than 5 wale is considered a "furnishing fabric" although you might find 4 wale if you are lucky. I much prefer the wider wale corduroy and would wear 1 wale corduroy trousers but that isn't going to happen unless I learn how to cut and sew! :D
 

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