The fashion visionaries have gathered, and having debated at great length and intensity, they have settled on this season’s compulsory fabric for men.
It is corduroy.
Saint Peacock wrote recently about what a challenging material corduroy can be, unless you are eager to look like you’re ready have a crack at the north face of the Eiger, circa 1933.
That’s because while it’s a superb “outdoor textile” and can really take a hammering from the elements, it generally goes over like cardboard when required to perform any sort of style duty.
Nonetheless, fashion has spoken, and if fashion says “cords”, then cords it is.
Thanks to our good friend Fashion Gary, the styleking, there are, as the stylish like to say, “options”.
If you’re a top-down kind of dresser, the sort of person who puts a hat on first and lets that dictate the outfit, then kick the look off with this grey cord beauty. Get it at Matches Fashion here.
You know you’ve been waiting all your life to say “it’s dégradé actually” – well here’s your chance. What’s dégradé? It’s chemically deteriorated. Stick with dégradé. Get it at Matches Fashion here.
Don’t forget – if you’re going to slip into the “poor man’s velvet” make it the narrower cords (or “wales”). Get them at Matches Fashion here.
Show those low temperatures they’re wasting their time with this shearling trimmed masterpiece from Maison Kitsune of Paris. Get if from Matches Fashion here.
This a handsome piece that doesn’t require quite the same level of investment. You can get it from Weekday here.
This is classy, is lined with quilt, and makes you look like you criss-cross America in a massive lorry for a living. You can get it from Parka London here.
And don’t forget, if this little “edit” doesn’t meet your corduroy needs and you’d rather wrap every square centimetre of your body in this rustic cloth, then The Cords & Co, “the world’s first premium corduroy fashion brand for men and women,” are waiting to meet your needs in central London.
That is all.