Strike the Right Cord

The best corduroy items for men

Strike the
Right Cord

The best corduroy pieces
to flex in this fall

Earth tones make a resurgence every fall, and no fabric seems to fit into nature and the changing leaves as well as corduroy does. Known more simply as "cords," the 18th-century English fabric is soft and warm and has been a cold-weather staple for generations thanks to those qualities. But the old school fabric is feeling pretty fresh for 2018.

While more traditionally known as the unofficial outwear of classic countryside oil paintings, today's brands have applied the classic look to more updated pieces so you won't resemble a tenured philosophy major. What should you look for when on your own hunt? Check for the "wale," which refers to the thickness of the fabric's cord, calculated by how many wales appear per inch (11 being standard). Thicker cords with lower wale counts are less formal, but a fair trade-off considering they'll be a touch warmer.

Corduroy partners well with "work wear" pieces like denim, henleys and textured sweaters, so build around the staples you already own. Below are some of our favorites in stores now to help keep you warm when you're done washing sand off your feet and start peeling leaves off your boots instead.

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Our Favorite Picks

AG Matchbox Stretch Cords

Matchbox
stretch cords,
$198 by AG

Matchbox stretch cords,
$198 by AG

Uniqlo Long Sleeve Shirt

Long sleeve shirt,
$29.90 by Uniqlo

Everlane 5-Pocket Slim Pants

5-Pocket
slim pants,
$68 by Everlane

5-Pocket slim pants,
$68 by Everlane

Saturdays NYC Magnus Heavy Shirt

Magnus
heavy shirt,
$185 by
Saturdays NYC

Magnus heavy shirt,
$185 by Saturdays NYC

Dickies Construct Straight Slim Corduroys

Straight
slim corduroys,
$195 by
Dickies
Construct

Straight slim corduroys,
$195 by Dickies Construct

H&M Lace-Up Sneakers

Lace-up sneakers,
$34.99 by H&M

A Kind of Guise Matsuba Overshirt

Matsuba overshirt,
$260 by
A Kind of Guise

Matsuba overshirt,
$260 by A Kind of Guise

Mango Corduroy Cap

Corduroy cap,
$29.99 by
Mango

Corduroy cap,
$29.99 by Mango

Battenwear Cotton-Corduroy Overshirt

Cotton-corduroy
overshirt,
$220 by
Battenwear

Cotton-corduroy overshirt,
$220 by Battenwear

Pop Trading Company Half-Zip Jacket

Half-zip jacket,
$175 by Pop Trading Company

Half-zip jacket,
$175 by Pop Trading Company

FYI

Corduroy has also been known as corded velveteen, elephant cord, rib velvet and Manchester cloth.

FYI

Corduroy has also been known as corded velveteen, elephant cord, rib velvet and Manchester cloth.

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