October 13th, 2017
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Corduroy’s Comeback

The staple of my youth, corduroy, has come storming back. Wide wale is everywhere but it’s evident from this WSJ article, “Why Women Hate the fabric of the Moment”, that it’s not for everyone. I’m on the fence, frankly. Pinwale corduroy pants are one of my wardrobe staples, but I’ve yet to find a flattering pair in wide wale. However, I’m game to try and here are a few pairs that I have my eye on and will test drive: grey Marc Jacobs, navy Acne Studios, black Isabel Marant, pink Céline. These Vince corduroy cargo pants are very cute, although not wide wale.

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  • I’m loving the cord comeback but like you prefer needlecord to jumbo (British terminology. Though I do like ‘wide wale’)

    That's Not My AgeOctober 13th, 2017  8:43 AM

  • Good luck! Certainly, corduroy is warm and comfy but, the swoosh, shoosh factor and the perceived added bulk makes it a no go for these sturdy thighs

    ClaireOctober 13th, 2017  8:54 AM

  • My mother made me a corduroy skirt back in the ’60s. I was about 11-12 years old and it would have been in what would be called jumbo wale. I remember it being very “in” at the time, but not really as big a fashion statement since. Still, I’ve always had a thing for corduroy in spite of its liabilities ( it does “put on weight”). Glad to see it’s return. I’ll probably look for a jacket made in it this time around.

    AprilOctober 13th, 2017  10:40 AM

  • I bought a pair of green, straight leg, pinwale corduroys trousers by Frame on sale to test run given the ‘adds weight’ issue. Let’s see how much I wear them but maybe a skirt of jacket would be a better option.

    MMSOctober 13th, 2017  1:40 PM

  • I love corduroy! I’ve been wearing it for years and never stopped! I treat them like a pair of jeans for winter! My favorite pair is a dre cut in red from rag and bone years ago.

    TracyOctober 13th, 2017  5:29 PM

  • I wore tan and navy blue wide whale corduroys for most of middle school and high school and into my freshman year at college. I think corduroys only work if you are gorgeous, tall, skinny Ali McGraw, fresh out of Wellesley. Otherwise, not so much!

    Laura Zinn FrommOctober 13th, 2017  6:29 PM

  • Loving the cords, all styles, all colors. Particularly liked Jo Ellison’s Prada’s during MFW. The cord pieces from Prada are my favorite.

    LauraOctober 13th, 2017  9:54 PM

  • I have a couple pairs of wide wale, skinny leg corduroys from Rugby of all places – when I found out RL was shutting down that line I made a beeline to the store and purchased all of the remaining pairs in my size!

    As a California transplant the changing seasons still create a rush of excitement, putting on those corduroys with a bulky cashmere sweater really feels like “peak fall”. That the pants are comfortable (they’ve got a good bit of stretch in them) and flattering is a nice bonus.

    LauraOctober 14th, 2017  2:04 PM

  • Just ordered a pair by Ganni in deep olive green. They’re wide wale, cropped and if they work out will wear them like I do jeans. I was immediately sold on the color. The price point was very friendly too.

    KarimaOctober 14th, 2017  2:20 PM

  • I saw Ali McGraw at the Adobe in Malibu one night back in the early ’90s. Somebody said she owned the place. I heard she fled the coast after the wildfires of 1994. Thanks for the image.

    M. Kirk OkayOctober 14th, 2017  9:43 PM

  • I lived in colored Levi’s pinwale corduroy 5-pocket jeans – always with a turtleneck under a Fair Isle sweater, and with clogs! – in high school and college. I love my Frame corduroy jeans in ivory for winter but will be passing on the wide wale versions.

    Lisa MacOctober 16th, 2017  12:54 PM

  • Like April, my mother sewed a corduroy skirt (which I wore with a ‘poor boy’ turtleneck sweater). My favorite cord jeans in recent history were Cuccinelli: classic 5-pocket, slim cut, thin wale, and in beautiful, sophisticated colors (sage green, toast brown, black). I love the fabric! Thanks for the great suggestions here!

    PaulaOctober 17th, 2017  1:20 AM


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