It may remind you of your old maths teacher, but cord is making a big comeback this season, and now it's more hypebeast than hypotenuse. Here are three ways to style it for AW15 to nail the 70s redux.
Three ways to wear corduroy
By Sarah Kershaw, 5 November 2015
On a jacket
Forget everything that springs to mind about professors, dusty libraries and baggy elbows – the new cord jacket is light, minimal and street-ready. Stick to seasonal sludgy neutral tones – think Yeezy Season 2 – and pair with similar shades to achieve peak cord coolness. A longline tee with a high/low hemline adds to the vibe, as do ripped jeans and Stan Smiths. Wear this weekend and look radder than all your mates – guaranteed.
The key to this smart/casual look is to keep it tonally very simple and keep the shapes interesting. These navy, slightly cropped, vaguely wide-leg trousers are just outré enough to show you're in the know, while still resolutely un-scary. Always go for a skinny rib (chunkier cords don't hang as well and look a bit too flamboyant), while white socks and Vans Old Skool kicks add a bit of sports luxe. Top with a patterned shirt and a classy wool jacket. Your next night out = sorted.
On a shirt
This is a softly softly approach for for novices. A pale grey Oxford gets updated for winter in a baby-rib cord so subtle it'll quickly tweak your go-to look into something more fashion forward. Layer over a white tee, dark skinnies (in cord, too, if you dare) and pair with Converse to keep the whole outfit low-key and subtly style-loaded.