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Corduroy Sportcoat/Jacket--How to Wear?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kaxixi, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. kaxixi

    kaxixi Senior member

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    Are corduroy jackets strictly casual? I am having trouble picturing one with even a nice pair of chinos. Thoughts?
     


  2. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    Are corduroy jackets strictly casual? I am having trouble picturing one with even a nice pair of chinos. Thoughts?


    Jeans?

    What color one do you own, if you own one?

    I am not a fan of them, like the corduroy pants though.
     


  3. kaxixi

    kaxixi Senior member

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    I don't own any yet, but JCrew clears 'em out on occasion (currently in Navy and Chocolate Brown).
     


  4. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Are corduroy jackets strictly casual? I am having trouble picturing one with even a nice pair of chinos. Thoughts?

    They go with anything up to about wool flannel. Best of all is a corduroy suit.

    I would not worry at all about pairing it with cotton trousers. Just fine.
     


  5. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    I don't own any yet, but JCrew clears 'em out on occasion (currently in Navy and Chocolate Brown).

    I am not a fan of corduroy suits with the possible exception of one in a brilliant color like orange which would be hip for play time. I dont know why anyone would want a corduroy suit but they do have a following and theyre alright, I suppose.
     


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    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.
     


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    It's a great combination with textures- pair it with flannels, an OCBD, suede shoes, and a knit tie.
     


  8. james_timothy

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    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".
    [​IMG]
     


  9. Brad

    Brad Senior member

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    I tried to find a still photo of Lebron before the Cavs/Pistons game the other night but I couldn't. He was wearing a corduroy sportcoat with a shetland v-neck, OCBD, tie, and jeans. The dude almost always looks cool and that night was no exception.
     


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    I don't know if you were posting that as an exception or an example, but that picture to me is the epitome of my second statement.

    That screams late 1970's man. . .

    You could get away with that in a bar around my house since people would just consider you "out of touch".

    corduroy blazer with jeans, a ballcap, a rugby shirt, typical "frat boy" stuff is liable to get you beaten.
     


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    i think cord jackets are best worn with jeans.
     


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    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.[​IMG]
     


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    I would also agree that a crod sportcoat paired with chinos would look fine.
     


  14. kaxixi

    kaxixi Senior member

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    Oh, man, forget it. I'm working toward a PhD (though not in Physics)...
     


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    Personally, I love corduroy sport coats.

    Someone at Styleforum had made a comment on Lex Luthor and his corduroy sport coat. Sadly, I can't seem to be able to find it.

    [​IMG]
     


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