Is corduroy a bad idea?

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  1. emc894

    emc894 Senior member

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    Trousers absolutely. With a jacket, you are flirting with Woody Allen / College professor territory so tread lightly.
     


  2. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    Couldn't one say exactly the same thing of tweed jackets?
     


  3. codeman92190

    codeman92190 Well-Known Member

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    What's wrong with that?
     


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    Especially with the khaki / brown combination.
     


  5. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I had an Isaia corduroy suit ten years ago that I wore to death as separates. It was made of cotton and cashmere and was as soft as angels wings.

    I love a corduroy jacket with jeans or khakis and corduroy pants with sweaters and/or tweed jackets. It is a classic all American preppy/ Ivy league look from the 60's.

    Isaia currently offers some very light weight corduroy for 3 season use and maybe even chilly summer nights. It looks relaxed and is quite comfortable.

    To me it looks best with patch pockets and casual details.

    There are some very nice corduroy fabrics from various mills out now made from wool, wool/cotton blend, cotton and cotton/cashmere blend.

    I'm actually thinking about getting a jacket made in a brown/tan.
     
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  6. Sartorial TO

    Sartorial TO New Member

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    I have a great Blue Corduroy with a medium wale made in an Ariston Cloth. Been one of my favorites in the rotation this season. As sharp with a shirt as it is with a Turtleneck paired up with it.

    Versatile as a trouser on its own as well.
     


  7. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Cords are the 'chinos of the winter season'. What's not to like?
     


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    This. I own corduroy trousers in tan, chestnut brown, dark brown, olive green, gray (wool, not cotton), and winter-white (with alternating wide and narrow wales; very cool). I wear them all the time in winter, with any heavily textured jacket, except corduroy, such as tweed. More casual shirts work well, too, whether or not I choose to wear a jacket. The dressiest shirt I'll wear with corduroy is an OCBD.



    This. I own a cheap-ass Lauren RL brown corduroy jacket that I wear with jeans, chinos, flannel or moleskin trousers, anything with texture except more corduroy. I also have a custom green/navy/taupe plaid corduroy jacket with patch pockets that I wear occasionally. I'm looking to upgrade the brown corduroy jacket to something that fits a bit better, but don't know if I can justify spending more money on corduroy, since it tends to go bald and probably has a shorter lifespan than woolen fabrics. Oh, and I also have a burgundy corduroy jacket that I struggle to find occasions to wear. It really is on the purple end of burgundy.


    But I am a college professor, so corduroy works for me!
     
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  9. NORE

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    My contribution, electric PRL Preston cords:

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    Thomas Senior member

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    THIS
     


  11. Gdot

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    How do you care for those brilliantly colored cords? Dry clean only?
     


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  13. Gdot

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    Good to know. I'll put 'lower quality' (JCrew etc) corduroy in the washer on delicate, and they do fine.

    But the really good stuff with a deep color and dense lovely nap deserves the dry cleaning treatment IMO.
     


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