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Basic Considerations — How to Wear Corduroy

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by Ianthe Wright

Forget all the tired tropes about corduroy and its loose association with geography teachers; this fabric is sumptuous and should be treated with the same age-old affection as its cousin denim. 

Corduroy is essentially a ribbed velvet – which explains its lovely lustre. Championed in recent collections by designers from Prada to Grace Wales Bonner, it’s now been embraced by the high street, meaning there’s a wealth of choice available for the autumn-winter season.

It can conjure images of elegant elderly men of the countryside in a deep khaki wale trouser, or Jarvis Cocker in a fine mustard three-piece suit. But that shouldn’t dissuade you – quite the opposite! Retro nostalgia isn’t always the order of the day, though, so to temper its somewhat fusty reputation we love it paired with crisp cotton blouses or a chic cashmere knit.

Basic Browns
Wood Wood
 Althea Trousers, £175; Dries Van Noten Trousers AW17,; Prada AW17 via, Zara Corduroy Trousers, £39.99

Wood Wood AW18
Dries Van Noten AW17
Zara AW18
Prada AW17

Easy Neutrals
Stretch Corduroy Pants £180,; Lacausa Trousers via NYC Bambi, lacausaclothing.comMonki Belted Corduroy Jacket £50,; Monki Corduroy Jacket £50, monki.comMiH High-Rise Corduroy Trousers £255,

Ganni AW18
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Monki AW18
Monki AW18
MiH AW18 via Matches

Bright Thinking
Isabel Marant
Corduroy Trousers; Paloma Wool Wadi Pant $155 lisasaysgah.comZara Corduroy Trousers £69.99;  Staud Hayley Jacket

Isabel Marant Resort 2019 via Vogue Runway
Paloma Wool via Lisa Says Gah
Zara AW18
Staud AW18

Classic Navy
Isabel Marant
Corduroy Wide Leg Trousers $480 lagarconne.comAcne Studios Corduroy Coat £750 acnestudios.comRe/Done Originals Stovepipe Corduroy Jeans £260; Other Stories Wide Corduroy Trousers £69

Isabel Marant at La Garconne
Acne Studios AW18
Re/Done at Matches
Other Stories AW18

Ianthe Wright is a London-based stylist and contributing fashion editor for Patter. @ianthewright

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