Sometimes a simple facet like texture can completely revamp an outfit for the better. Fabrics like velvet, velour, wool, tweed and corduroy can offer up a new dimension to an otherwise safe ensemble. Corduroy pants, colloquially called ‘cords’ have been a wardrobe staple for decades. Corduroy is a textile that is made up of twisted fibers of cotton that, when woven, lie parallel to one another to form its distinct pattern; a vertical ribbed ‘wale’. A hefty fabric, corduroy is mostly saved for the fall. However, this Fashionisto keeps it cool and casual and wearable even in the spring.
He is wearing a black undershirt layered with a light lavender sweatshirt. The purple color theme flows through the rest of the outfit. His cuffed eggplant colored corduroys with a high wale count are accented by black shoes and a pair of sunglasses reminiscent of peak summer. The thick corduroy fabric works against the soft cotton sweatshirt to create a look that is both comfortable and balanced.
Corduroy trousers can be a fantastic replacement for chinos in standard smart-casual looks. Paired with a simple white shirt styled with a pocket square or colored scarf and wingtips, cords can make for a perfect spring outfit. Knitwear on the top only adds to the texture. Wearing a thick sweater or a tweed overcoat can enhance the benefits of cords even further.
Hint: Candy colored cords are a great way to add a friendly pop of color to an outfit. This Fashionisto proves the brilliance of purple cords, which are the right balance of casual and sophisticated. A more staid color like bordeaux works for a more formal setting while a bright color like red attracts attention while staying relaxed enough.