With the weather changing on us, most of us (both men and women) turn to the typical pair of jeans. We all seem to forget that there is another fabulous pair of trousers we could be wearing: Corduroy! How can we resist this thick, soft, stylish fabric? Some may think that cords are not as stylish as a pair of denim, but if you know how to pick and style the right pair of cords, the people in jeans will be the ones feeling out of style!
Corduroy is usually looked at as a casual piece of clothing. This is not entirely true if you pick and choose the right garments to go with them. Did you know that a pair of cords is either put in a casual category, or a business category depending on the wailing of the fabric? I am sure most of you men are asking, what in gods name is wailing?
Low Wail Cords– This type of corduroy is placed in the casual category. Why? Because, these cords are thicker, and there are less cords per inch, making them a tougher pair of pants. A nice pair of brown, camel, or even white cords is the key! Men seem to have a hard time adding white pants into their wardrobes, so try adding a pair of white cords! If you wore a light colored shirt and some boat shoes, like Sperry’s, you will be looking fly! Wear these cords outdoors on the weekend, and not at your office!
High Wail Cords– High wail cords, also known as pinwale, are very thin, so these are good for work days. Try sticking to grey and black colors, so you still look professional. Add your favorite button down shirt, a tie, and top the look off with a sports jacket and you will be looking sharp!
The fit: Cords can look like the retro style of the 1970’s if you get the wrong fit. To stay up-to-date in today’s fashion world, stick to the straight, slim fit, (but make sure you are still getting circulation) and they should sit rightbelow your waist.
Typically, we can choose between a straight skinny fit or a boot cut. Both of these styles are easily jazzed up by adding a pair of heels, or changing out a t-shirt for a blouse. We also have the great advantage of jewelry! Women: just remember to choose the right colors, so you still look classy and chic!
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