Corduroy (The Cord Of The King)

Corduroy is a great colder weather fabric! The cords block wind to keep the cold out! This week we’ll look at how to wear corduroy the right way.

At first thought, corduroy might seem kind of old and frumpy. I’ve got news for you. It’s not. It truly is how you wear it. Check out Joel McHale wearing a corduroy suit. Now let’s take a look at how to pull it off.

The first thing to know about corduroy is that it comes in different wales. The width of the cord is called the wale. The lower the “wale” number (wales per inch), the thicker the width of the wale. A standard wale is 11 cords per inch. The lower the wale, the more casual the fabric.

Many people think of corduroy as always khaki. And there’s nothing wrong with khaki corduroy. Just know that it also comes in all colors.

But most importantly, even though you’re wearing corduroy, it’s still about fit. If your corduroy doesn’t fit, you shouldn’t wear it. Stick to the basics.

People love corduroy because it’s keeps you warm, it’s durable, it’s easy to clean, and it’s adds some great texture to an outfit. Up Your Fashion Game this fall with some corduroy in your wardrobe. It could be a corduroy blazer, some corduroy pants, maybe even get a little crazy with a corduroy pocket square!


“If you’ve never bought corduroys before, take care in paying attention to the size of the wales. Something with thicker, more widely spaced, plush wales will look a bit more old-fashioned; something very fine will look close to velvet. A mid-sized wale is a safe bet, though I don’t think there’s anything wrong with wide wales either.” – Derek from PutThisOn



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