Men's Corduroy Trousers: How to Dress Up Your Corduroy

Men's Corduroy Trousers“Cords.” You may have heard the word before, but when was the last time you really considered adding men’s corduroy trousers to your wardrobe? If you thought they were too “smart” for casual use and too casual for formal wear, you might be surprised. Here’s what you need to know to dress up your corduroy pants.

A Brief Guide to Men’s Corduroy Trousers

Let’s start with an introduction to the uninitiated. What if you’ve never really worn corduroy before?

At its most basic, corduroy is a fabric weave that incorporates twisted yarns to produce a thick, ribbon-like structure. These small “cords” running down the side of the fabric make it easy to spot. The textured, warm feel to the fabric is just as unmistakable.

Corduroy is often considered a “cousin” of velvet, though velvet is usually much more expensive because it’s produced from silk. Corduroy, however, is usually produced with cotton, which in addition to lowering the price offers a comfortable touch.

Where Do Corduroy Pants Fit in Your Wardrobe?

After learning about what makes men’s corduroy pants so distinctive, your second question might be: “where do these pants fit in my wardrobe?” Are they casual alternatives to jeans or a little bit dressier? Are they just for hanging out with friends, or are they office-appropriate?

To place corduroy in its proper context, here’s what you need to know:

  • Men’s corduroy pants rate a tick above jeans on the “dressiness” scale, which makes them office-appropriate when paired with the right clothes. (More on that in the next section). There are even entire suits comprised wholly of corduroy.
  • Corduroy trousers might be considered a warm fall and winter alternative to khakis, as they come in a range of colors. If you want to add versatility to your wardrobe, investing in multiple pairs of cords in different colors will help you break up the monotony of the usual work uniform.

But let’s take it a step further and show how you can best dress up corduroy for office use, in formal wear, and at important events.

How to Dress Up Men’s Cords

Since corduroy is versatile enough for casual wear but easy to dress up, you have a lot of options here:

  • Match with a corduroy blazer to produce a corduroy suit. Corduroy suits are a little more casual than the usual suit, but no less office-ready. A normal jacket will work just as well. Stick with blues and greys if you’re going with the more common brown colors for the pants.
  • Layer a shirt and tie with corduroy. Corduroy does very well with layers, especially when the temperatures dip. This means you can pair a sweater, button-down shirt, and tie with your corduroy pants and never miss a beat.
  • Keep it simple. On cooler days, try pairing corduroy pants like our 8 Wale Luxury Corduroy with a crisp dress shirt and a simple vest.

To start your collection on the right note, visit our men’s corduroy pants section and pick out the option best for your wardrobe.

November 29, 2016 by Berle Editor
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