Corduroy | From Royalty to Subculture
Corduroy has become an essential fabric for any man’s wardrobe, particularly during the colder months. The fabric was originally created for the aristocracy, derived from the French for ‘cloth of the king’. But started to be worn by workers throughout the Industrial Revolution due to its tough nature but was soon donned by Ivy Leaguer, Beatniks and more throughout the mid-20th century. Perfectly casual whilst retaining an air of sophistication. We have collected some of our favourite pieces this season with some tips on how best to style them.
Tommy Hilfiger are known for their stylish and on-trend styles and their Dyed Cord Shirt is no exception. Perfect for those looking for an on-trend contemporary cord shirt, this subtle needlecord shirt is ideal to pair with some slim-fitting jeans and boat shoes from the likes of Sebago or Bass Weejuns for a smart casual look that remains understated.
Barbour Beacon have produced an impressive corduroy offering this season. The Askern Cord Overshirt is perfect for those craving a utilitarian, functional look. Crafted from a medium width corduroy and featuring a myriad of large patch pockets. This overshirt is perfect as a mid-layer when trekking through the forest or for pavement-based adventures through cities.
The Nineties Grunge
Amongst corduroys many subcultural meanderings, it permeated the grunge scene in the 90s. This excellent Oversized Worker Shirt from Levi’s pays great homage to the baggy, hyper-relaxed style of grunge coming in a jumbo corduroy and boasting an oversized fit. This shirt is perfect to wear unbuttoned over a white tee and some looser fitting denim.
Carhartt WIP are no stranger to workwear-inspired styles, and whilst the Madison Jacket does not carry the same workwear heritage as some of Carhartt’s heritage offerings, the classic zip-up style and point collar gives it a certain everyday style that pairs well with corduroy whilst the Icy Blue colourway adds a touch of streetwear style. Perfect to chuck over a flannel shirt and some regular fitting denim.
Sitting comfortably between Ivy League style and the hippie movement, the counterculture nature of the Beatnik was largely encapsulated in black turtle necks and corduroy. The Homecore Oxmo Corduroy Jacket is the perfect casual jacket. The addition of two large flap pockets and a single ticket pocket adds to the old school charm of this jacket. Pair with relaxed chinos and a half zip or turtleneck for a Beatnik inspired look.
Corduroy comes in many different styles and is found on some great pieces this season, from Lois Jeans classic jumbo cord chinos to some highly sophisticated caps from Stetson.