Basic Considerations — How to Wear Corduroy
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.
Ianthe Wright is a London-based stylist and contributing fashion editor for Patter. @ianthewright
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