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If the mention of corduroy brings to mind memories of your high school geography teacher (great blazer, Mr Robbins), then prepare to have all your misconceptions wiped away this season. With fervent nods from the catwalks (Erdem, Giambattista Valli and more) and your street-style faves (ASOS Insider Scarlett approves), cord has had a cool-as overhaul and will be updating your outerwear in T-minus 3, 2, 1…  

Giambattista Valli AW 18 catwalk show

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If you've ever thought that corduroy was for flared pants only, then let us draw your attention to this Giambattista Valli runway pic right here. The freshest way to wear yours? As outerwear of course. If Valli's full-length mustard number is a little extra for your everyday commute, then take inspiration from corduroy's transformation from casual to smart, as well as that genius colour pairing – mustard and rust for the win.

ASOS insider Scarlett wearing corduroy

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ASOS Insider Scarlett is on board too, giving her cord creation a 90s update by adding a plain white tee and hoop earrings. Hers is actually a shirt worn as a light jacket (genius), from ASOS menswear, and is available to buy right here.
Monks corduroy jacket and skirt

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So you’re making your foray into corduroy but want to avoid going too dadcore. The key? Switch up the colour and shape. Try a trucker-style jacket which feels all brand new when worn with a matching mini. Skirt suits forever.


Monki Cord Trucker Jacket, $80