I had a notion recently of picking up a pair of dress corduroy pants as I saw a few that looked good in a catalog, but I am not certain if this is a good idea or not. I recently got three pairs of "casual" cords from Costco (brand is Lucky Brand) at a cost of $30 each, and my impression is they are probably slightly less formal than chinos, so OK for casual Friday at work, but not for M-Th. Can a 34 year old professional who works for a unit of local govt (i.e. not overly formal office) wear dress cords? I never saw them in person..do they look like the more casual corduorys I am used to, or do they look more like dress slacks? If you think i can get by with wearing it, what should be the proper wale? Does getting too high a wale [like 18] defeat the purpose of corduroy pants you think? Finally, if I get a pair of corduroy dress pants and get a cord sports coat, is it OK if the wale count is different?