You probably didn’t notice it, but last Thursday was the fourth anniversary of an oft-overlooked holiday. Fans of corduroy deemed November 11, 2011 to Corduroy Appreciation Day since when the date is rendered numerically, 11/11/11, it looks similar to the pattern on corduroy.
While you may not choose to celebrate corduroy so formally, it is definitely a material that should be in your regular wardrobe rotation at this time of year. The cloth, which is a more rigid form of velvet, keeps you warmer than typical cotton and just feels appropriate as fall turns into winter.
To help you pull off corduroy with style, we pulled together some key pieces for our latest Lookbook.
1. SUPREME x NEW ERA BOX LOGO HAT
Supreme’s famous box logo, with its Futura Heavy Oblique font, looks good on just about anything. But it is especially sharp on this burgandy red corduroy New Era 59Fifty cap, the same style worn by major league baseball players.
2. BARBOUR BEDALE JACKET
From its waxed cotton with its unmistakable scent to the plaid lining to the corduroy collar, the Barbour Bedale has stood the test of time. The jacket is embraced by members of the British royal family and hipsters alike because you can throw it on over a suit or a plain white T-shirt and still look sharp.
3. LEVI’S 511 SLIM FIT PANTS
On those colder days when you want something warmer and cozier than your standard denim, nothing beats a pair of corduroy jeans. These 511s fit the same as Levi’s other slim fit jeans and the corduroy breaks in to an ideal softness after a few washes.
4. J.CREW 21-WALE SHIRT
Made with a super-fine corduroy (a higher wale count means thinner ribs), this button down looks just as good chopping wood as it does at the opening of a new restaurant. The black color will go with every pair of pants you own, too.
5. MARK McNAIRY SQUEAKY CLEAN DIRTY BUCK
Mark McNairy, who has collaborated with the likes of Pharrell and Adidas, takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to menswear staples, as evidenced by the name on these Bucks. But the shoes, which are made in England, are no laughing matter. From the brick red soles to the tan suede uppers, these are the perfect compliment to your best corduroy pieces.
6. OLIVER SPENCER FAIR ISLE SOCKS
Like suede bucks, a pair of Fair Isle socks are another pattern and texture that work well with cords. They all share a certain New England college professor vibe (the cool professor though) that is always in style.
7. HERSCHEL BROHM TOTE
It’s time to ditch that free tote bag you got at a music festival and go with something a little more sophisticated. Herschel’s Brohm combines two great textures, a woven blue crosshatch fabric on the bottom with a tan corduroy panel up top. There are also plenty of internal and external pockets so the stuff you need is easy to grab.
8. FREEMANS SPORTING CLUB BLAZER
A corduroy blazer is one of those coats you can throw on that will elevate your look without making it feel too formal. Freemans Sporting Club modeled theirs after a Brooks Brothers Sportcoat from 1962 and gave it a soft shoulder for a more casual feel. Be forewarned: wearing this coat, you may feel an urge to start smoking a pipe.