The Staff
of Valet.

Wale Watching

Corduroy is a perennial fall favorite and for good reason—soft, warm and durable, it makes a great alternative to your everyday jeans (or blazer), which have been in heavy rotation all summer. But there's another reason why this classic fabric is so timely right now. Designers, already on the heritage bandwagon, were in a recessionary state of mind when designing for this season. So corduroy, with its working class roots (think Depression-era jackets with reinforced elbows), found its way into a slew of collections from Band of Outsiders to Junya Watanabe. "People want that security right now," Gilded Age designer Stefan Miljanic told WWD after his fall show. "Corduroy sparks emotions. It's the warm, soft but gutsy feel that makes it an essential fall fabric."

Corduroy jean, $89.50, Shetland cardigan, $128 at Rugby

  • Corduroy was first produced in Leeds, England.

The thicker the ribs (known as the wale), the more casual the fabric—so a narrow wale (called pinwale) can be dressed up, while thicker wale is used on barn jackets.


Related on Valet.


Related on the Web

From the Web


Style Browser


Ask Valet.

The Expertly Packed Carry-On


What should I pack for my first business trip?

- Matt, OH


With nearly every airline imposing a baggage fee nowadays, if you can get away with flying with just a carry-on, do it.

» The solution


Advertise on Valet

Most Popular On Valet


Was this a good piece?



Advertise on Valet


Get Valet Delivered


When a piece goes live on Valet, RSS delivers it to you.



We know you're busy. Subscribe to a weekly rundown of the best from Valet.



Want to know what we're up to or when a new piece is posted?



Add a drop of our style to your page.