Corduroy bear: Given their classic, casual nature and enduring coolness factor, it doesn’t seem like corduroy pants would have much to worry about. But when the worldwide population of cord-lovers is small enough for you to count them on one hand, what does that say about the future?
Corduroy has been around for centuries — first appearing in ancient Persia as a type of broadcloth. The word “cordurory” was used in England as far back as 1440 AD to describe a particular variety of fabric. But it wasn’t until the late 19th century that the world got its first glimpse at a new fad among men: trousers made from this strange new cloth called “corduroy.”
Corduroy has continued to ebb and flow within fashion circles ever since, but hasn’t quite caught on with the general public just yet. That might be because there are so many options for how to wear it and where! If you have fallen in love with your own corded companion, here are some ways to show it…
50 Ways to Love Your Corduroy Bear
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There was a time when wearing corduroy was so uncool that even the proto-hipsters in Grease put on blue denim to show their non-conformist side. Corduroy, once the fabric of choice for schoolboys and sportsmen, went out of fashion in the 1980s along with leggings under jeans, double-denim and neon. But this struggling old friend is staging a comeback and once again looks cool. But how do you love your corduroy bear? Here are 50 ideas to get you started…
Go to high-end department stores.
Corduroy was originally a fabric for the outdoors, so seek out high-quality versions for indoor wear. Luxury brands like Brioni, Canali and Corneliani are good places to look for quality corduroy. Top-end department stores are also the best places to try out different colours, patterns and designs. If you find a suit or pair of trousers you like, but in corduroy, buy it. You may never be able to find it again. Now is the time to invest in some real, high-quality corduroy, whether as trousers or a jacket. Since corduroy is a heavier-weight fabric than, say, flannel, it will last a lot longer. The best corduroy is thick and dense, and has a slightly ridged surface. Look for the back of the fabric to be densely woven, with a slight sheen.
Make sure it’s real corduroy.
Corduroy is made from cotton woven in a diagonal ribbed pattern, so is often seen in heavier fabrics. If you are buying a cloth that isn’t corduroy, then it will be smoother, more like a denim. If your bear has a slight sheen, you may have a synthetic version, whereas natural fabrics have a duller surface. Some synthetic fabrics are made to resemble the look of corduroy, but they don’t feel the same, and definitely don’t last as long.
Wear more than just jeans.
Corduroy trousers, especially in a thicker, winter-friendly fabric, are a classic piece that will never go out of fashion. You can wear corduroys with almost anything, but they are especially good with sports jackets, sturdy oxford shirts and sweaters. They look great on their own with a shirt and a thick corduroy sports jacket is a great layering piece for colder months. If you want to make your corduroys more of a statement piece, try matching the colour of your trousers to your shoes or even your shirt. If you want to make an even bolder statement, wear a brightly coloured shirt with a black pair of trousers.
Get some chunky shoes.
The best shoes for corduroy trousers are chunky, sturdy boots such as Chelsea boots, brogues or monk shoes. Anything with a thick sole, such as a desert boot or oxford, is also a good option. For a jacket, you can wear almost any shoe, though chunky footwear or Oxfords look good with a sports jacket. For a looser-fitting jacket, you can also go for a sneaker, but make sure it is a classic, high-quality shoe such as a Stan Smith or a Wallabees.
Try a dark-colored suit.
For a three-piece suit, opt for a dark colour such as a navy, grey or black. You can also wear corduroy in a two-piece suit or even a single-breasted jacket with dark-coloured chinos. A dark-coloured suit will look classy with a pair of dark-coloured corduroy trousers, especially in black, charcoal or navy. If you go for a lighter coloured corduroy suit, like a beige or tan, make sure your shirt and tie are dark, so that the whole look is balanced.
Add a waistcoat for warmth and colour contrast.
If you go for a three-piece suit, adding a waistcoat in a thicker, louder fabric is a great way to add colour contrast to your outfit. It is also a great way to keep warm in the colder months. For a two-piece suit or an odd jacket, add a regular waistcoat in a neutral colour like grey or navy blue. For a pair of corduroy trousers, you can also add a cardigan. It’s a great way to warm up and make your outfit a bit more interesting. For a pair of corduroy pants, a cardigan in a solid colour looks best. If you go for a patterned cardigan, make sure it is not too bold, so that it doesn’t compete with your pants.
Wear it as a jacket, not just trousers.
A corduroy sports jacket is a fantastic item to own, and it can be worn with a variety of outfits. A sports jacket is a great way to add texture to an outfit and add colour, especially during the colder months when a full suit isn’t necessary. You can also wear a full suit jacket in a bold colour such as red or cobalt blue. A bold-coloured jacket is a great way to stand out from the crowd and make a fashion statement
Try different designs and fabrics in corduroy.
Corduroy comes in a variety of designs and fabrics, so you can try different looks with your bear. For example, some corduroy is textured, with a little bit of herringbone or a tweed-like pattern. Other fabrics are nubby or have a slight houndstooth pattern. Some fabrics come in a crinkle finish, which is a great way to add texture to an outfit. Crinkle fabrics are also great for colder months, since they are thicker and warmer than regular corduroy.
Check out more vintage options for your bear.
If you want to step up your corduroy game, you can try vintage styles such as a double-breasted corduroy blazer. There are also great vintage corduroy trousers, such as double-pleated grey flannels and double-pleated brown flannels. Vintage corduroy trousers are a great way to add texture and interest to your outfit. They are also a good option if you want something different from the modern designs of today but don’t want to spend a lot. If you want to go all the way with vintage, try a double-breasted brown suit. They are rare, but they are out there.
Corduroy is great in the colder months.
Since corduroy is a thicker fabric, it is great for colder months. The thicker material traps more heat, so it is perfect for keeping you warm in the winter months. In the summer, it is a good idea to switch to a lighter fabric, like light-coloured chinos. This way you can look stylish in the warmer months without getting too hot. If you want to stay within the same colour palette but go for a lighter fabric, go for light-coloured chinos in a cotton or linen fabric. You can also go for a lighter-coloured corduroy, such as grey or blue. In short, corduroy is a fabric that is suitable for colder months and can be worn in a variety of ways. If you have been looking for a fabric to use in your outfits, try a corduroy piece. You will be glad you did!