A Professional's Guide to Luxury Corduroy

It’s not easy to find a comfortable pair of pants that keep you warm in the winter, and looks professional enough for the office. Most men are used to thin suit trousers that are susceptible to wind and the chilly air. But in the case of luxury corduroy, you can have the best of both worlds: comfortable and office-ready trousers that will keep you plenty warm even in the dog days of winter.

But that doesn’t mean you’re already a master of luxury corduroy. If you want to wear it well, here are a few tips to keep you comfortable and stylish:

  • Start with a versatile color. A bold red pair of corduroys might look great for autumn, but when winter rolls around, you’ll start to find that you’re stretching your wardrobe for clothes that match it. It’s important to start out with a more neutral, versatile color that you can pair with lots of different shoes and tops. Not only will this give you more options when it comes to dressing around the office, but it will also help you to stretch your wardrobe budget and make the most of every dollar.
  • Get the fit right. Even though they’re not jeans, corduroy pants come in a variety of sizes and cuts, which means you can’t ignore the fit if you want to look good. But it’s not just about looking good. It’s also about not pulling up your pants every ten seconds, or having a pair of pants so tight that you can barely sit down. You’ve got to find the happy medium, which means entering in your own sizes if you choose to purchase luxury corduroy like our 8 Wale Luxury Corduroy Flat Front. Luxury corduroy pants and “comfortable office wear” don’t have to go hand in hand, after all. It’s up to you to make sure they do.
  • Keep it casual. But we’re talking office-casual here, gentlemen, which means that you don’t want to keep it too Corduroy pants aren’t really suit pants; they’re more appropriate for those office weekdays when you don’t have any big meetings with clients but you still want to look your best for your colleagues. How do you “keep it casual”? In the office, you’ll want to include button-downs, sweaters, belts, and often boots. Be sure to try and match your accessories (most specifically, belts and boots) by color; otherwise you’ll start to lose your “put together” look around the office.
  • Dress them up. The previous point just said to keep things casual—you’d be surprised at just how much leeway you get when wearing cords. Luxury corduroys allow you to wear everything from button-ups to ties to sweaters up top without looking like you’re over-dressed. That’s one of the reasons they’re so well-suited to business casual. Don’t be afraid to dress up the top and keep the cords in contrast and pull together the look with your matching accessories. There’s a different effect when you “dress up” cords as opposed to suit trousers.
January 18, 2016 by Berle Editor
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