Mismatched Corduroy

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  1. Bounder

    Bounder Senior member

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    The other day, I had to go to an outside event at the last minute. It was pretty cold and the only thing I had available that was half-way appropriate was a corduroy jacket and non-matching corduroy pants. The jacket was a sort of chocolate brown with a very narrow wale while the pants were lovat/olive with a much wider wale. I thought it would look idiotic but, to my great surprise, it did not completely suck . . . or maybe I was just kidding myself. It was certainly warm, at least.

    So what is the SF group think on mismatched corduroy? Can it ever work? If so, under what conditions? Have you seen/done this yourself?
     
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    VinnyMac Senior member

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    I'd have to see it, but it doesn't sound good. I'm not a fan of mismatched POW, checks, etc., but I'm sure that someone has made it work.
     


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    Yea, I would agree...not always a good look. But if you have the personality for it, more power to you!
     


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    I guess I could see this sort of working if the colours really looked good together and it didn't look like you were trying to fake a suit, but I probably wouldn't try it.
     


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    Personality for it? :paranoia: You mean like some sort of escapee from the 60s?

    It certainly didn't look like a suit. And I think the comparison to mis-matched checks isn't quite right because the pattern, especially on the jacket, was almost invisible from any distance. The jacket was what Manton would call "functionally solid." You couldn't really tell it was corduroy unless you were within about six feet . . .

    I'm wondering if there are any pictures of the Duke of Windsor dressed like this. Then I'll know that it doesn't work.
     


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    It's not the corduroy that I don't like. It's the pattern and color combo that I'd be worried about. I think that corduroy is fine. I have a few pairs of corduroy pants. They're solid, and I usually match them with lighter/darker shades of the same color. I like to wear the chocolate brown pair with a medium brown vest and a khaki colored jacket...GREAT!
     


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    First post, so it counts for nothing, but I wasn't down with two different cords the one time it happened to me, so I don't do it anymore.

    Not to threadjack, but how do you all feel about two flannels or two tweeds? My leaning is two tweeds probably wouldn't work, but how about a navy flannel blazer with gray flannels?
     
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