Corduroy typically evokes images of ’70s-era academics (think bearded professors in bell-bottoms and elbow-patch blazers), but this season, the classic ridged fabric is getting a modern makeover. Where it once may have been considered somewhat frumpy, this fall’s cord interpretations are decidedly chic—and we can’t wait to get our hands on them. Literally. (It is one of the most touchable textiles, after all.)
What we’re really loving about corduroy’s current iteration are the sleek and unexpected ways it’s being used. Sure, there’s a bounty of cord blazers and five-pocket pants on offer, but there are also items like block-heel ankle boots, forward handbags, and on-trend wide-leg trousers—in colors way beyond brown—that give the fabric a fresh spin.
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Crisp air and cooler temperatures call for a luxe topper that’s not too heavy. The notched lapel and flap pockets of this single-breasted coat are a nod to classic tailoring, but the deep red hue provides a far-from-traditional twist. Elevated and effortless? We’ll take it!
Far and Wide
These aren’t your average cords. The belted paper-bag silhouette, wide leg, and pleat-front detail lend these trousers an elongating and feminine look—far from the traditional five-pocket style we’ve all grown accustomed to. Try them with a fitted top (tucked in) to accentuate the cinched waist.
Meet your new weekend bag. The traditional saddle shape gets a luxe fall update in navy corduroy, making it at once casual and sophisticated. Bonus: You can wear this versatile bag as a crossbody, wristlet, or clutch, meaning it works for running daytime errands and for a night out on the town.
Green with Envy
If you love a crisp poplin shirtdress in the summer, get your fix this autumn with a corduroy version. The tailored A-line cut and deep green hue make this a work-to-weekend winner—just swap your heels for sneakers. When the weather gets wintry, try layering a lightweight turtleneck and tights underneath to get more mileage.
Corduroy ankle boots are a quick and easy way to add texture to any fall outfit. Whether you wear them with slightly cropped jeans or a flowy dress, they make for a stylish and unexpected alternative to standard suede or leather. Hey, these ribbed block-heel booties may just become your go-to fall footwear.
Yes, cord can be ladylike (hello, dusky rose) and, dare we say, sexy (note the front slit). While this pencil skirt has an understated ‘70s vibe, it’s undeniably modern with its midi length and formfitting silhouette. Can you dig it?
Kick your look up a notch by opting for an oversize blazer in a chunky corduroy. The texture makes it far from standard issue and the olive green color goes with just about everything, so this blazer might just be the ultimate fall outfit maker.
The corduroy revival is officially upon us. No matter what form you choose to try it in, this trend is one you’re definitely going to, er, fall for.