Corduroy Pants, Jackets, Suits & How To Wear, Style + Buy Cords

Corduroy Pants, Jackets, Suits & How To Wear, Style + Buy Cords

Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette! In today’s video, we discuss corduroy, corduroy
pants, suits, jackets, the history of it, how you should wear it, what you can do, how
it got its name and anything else you want to know about this wonderful fabric. So first of all, what is corduroy? It’s also known as poor man’s velvet because
the fabric of velvet and corduroy is actually quite similar. The only difference is, there are twisted
yarns that create this ribbed structure as you can see here. Also, velvet used to be made exclusively out
of silk which was quite expensive whereas corduroy was made out of cotton which was
less expensive hence, poor man’s velvet. Corduroy is a very soft yet durable fabric,
and it is made out of cotton, either a hundred percent or a cotton blend, better qualities
are a hundred percent cotton blend. Traditionally, it’s popular for hunting apparel
or winter apparel, hiking apparel, and anything related to cold weather. Personally, I like to wear it during the fall
and winter when it’s cold outside because it’s extra warm and extremely comfortable. Yet, it is more stylish than a pair of jeans
or sweatpants. So now let’s talk about the interesting history
of corduroy. Corduroy is basically in the family of fustian
fabrics, and it includes moleskins. Fustian dates back to the year 200, and it
got its name from the Egyptian city of Fustat which is near Cairo. The city had a vibrant marketplace and was
known for its cotton exportation. Later on, it made its way to Europe, especially
to France. At the court of the French king, it was actually
an apparel that was given to the staff of the king for hunting. The king himself would wear fine silk, brocade
garments but they were too expensive for the staff, so they got the less expensive cotton
alternative that was very comfortable and especially durable. As far as the name corduroy goes, there are
different theories. One is that it comes from Corde Du Roi which
means as much as cloth of the king. Now, if you think about it, the king never
actually wore it but just his staff, I have my doubts about this theory. Other people argue that it comes from Cour
Du Roi which means as much as court of the king, I think this is more likely, but at
the end of the day, we’ll never know for sure and if you want to learn more about the rich
history of corduroy, please check out our in-depth guide on our website, here. Who can wear corduroy and how can you wear
it? Basically, it’s not just for old, stodgy professors. It’s even a modern thing that every gentleman
can wear. I think it’s a great idea to have at least
one pair of corduroy pants in your wardrobe because they are soft, they are durable, they
are warm and extremely comfortable. They also don’t wrinkle a lot and come in
a beautiful range of colors. When you start, I suggest you go with something
in either brown or tan because they’re very versatile and you can wear them with all kinds
of sport coats which is an ideal companion to them. Alternatively, you can also get a corduroy
suit which is a matching pair of jacket and pants. Now, while the look may remind you of 70’s
or 80’s characters, the good thing about it is, you don’t have to wear them at the same
time. You can either dress wearing the pants with
something else or just the jacket with a pair of chinos or even jeans.Of course, a proper
cut will eliminate any 70’s or 80’s reference. That being said, corduroy doesn’t drape as
well as wool; it’s thicker, but it gives a very special crinkly look, and you have to
like that. So if you’re not sure, start with a pair of
pants then either add a suit or add a jacket. Once you have the basic colors of either brown
and tan, you can extend it to olive green or black. Personally, I also like burgundy and navy
because they’re versatile and different and can add a pop of color to your outfit. Some people also wear lime green, bright red,
or pink corduroys; personally, I think that’s a bit over the top and difficult to combine
but if you can pull it off, good for you. If you don’t like olive green, I think a dark
green is very elegant yet unusual alternative. Because corduroys are rather inexpensive and
they last for a long time, it gives you a longer life span for your other garments because
instead of wearing out your suit pants, you can now pair it with a pair of corduroys and
get more wear out of it. Also, you up the number of combinations you
can come up with. Now, when it comes to washing them, I wash
all my corduroys in a washing machine. Or you have to bring it to the dry cleaner. Personally, the kind of used, washed out look
can be quite British, but you have to like it. When you look at corduroy, you can see the
ribs have different sizes, and that’s referred to as wale. The wale is defined as how many ribs you have
per inch which is 2.54 cm. Fine wale corduroy will have as many as 16-18
ribs whereas a regular will have about 10-12 ribs. You can also find corduroy which is 6-8 ribs
which is very wide ribbed and a very unique look. The lower the wale number, the thicker the
corduroys will be. What I’m wearing here right now is a house
jacket, they have a very high wale count and very thin cord corduroy. On the other hand, the pants here are a nine
wale count which means it’s a medium sized corduroy which is very timeless and classic. Just like with most things in classic menswear,
you want to avoid the extremes with corduroy as well. That means, neither go with a very fine cord
nor go with a very wide cord because they may go in and out of fashion very quickly. Instead, opt for about 8-10 wale cord because
you can wear that at all times and it will never go out of style. That being said, corduroy certainly had its
ups and downs over the years. If you want to go with a very thick corduroy
with wide ribs and low wale count, I suggest you keep it more in your pants. If you want a jacket, you can go with finer
ones. In terms of quality, you can find two major
classes. One is the Genoa back; the other one is the
tabby back. The Genoa back basically has the same twill
structure on the front side and the back side. Generally, the Genoa back is considered to
be the higher quality version which is usually heavier but also more comfortable to wear. The less expensive version is the one you
can see here with the so-called tabby back where you have a flat surface on the inside. Most corduroys you will find on the market
today are tabby backs and they ‘re still very comfortable but if you ever come across a
genoa back, know what it is, appreciate it, and get your hands on it. How do you wear corduroy? Basically, it’s a very three-dimensional fabric,
and so you don’t want to combine it with velvet because it’s too close. Personally, I really like to combine it with
tweed or wool. For example, the tweed jacket that I’m wearing
here right now with the tie and the shirt would go perfectly with the blue or navy corduroy. It would pick up colors in my tie and in my
jacket, and overall, have a very relaxed, positive, casual character. If I go on in the evening to a neighborhood
Italian restaurant, I sometimes combine black corduroy with maybe a burgundy vest and a
different kind of gray tweed jacket. Green, brown, and tan corduroys likewise go
well with any kind of vest as long as there are some amount of contrast. For shoes, I suggest you check out our how
to wear brown shoe guide because that’s really the best shoe color for this fabric unless
you go with black of course. That being said, I love to wear tan boots
with corduroys because that gives a strong contrast and a casual look that is unusual. if you want to learn more about corduroy,
please check out our in-depth guide on our website here. if you enjoyed this video, please subscribe
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59 Replies to “Corduroy Pants, Jackets, Suits & How To Wear, Style + Buy Cords”

  1. I would love to have a Dark Brown Corduroy Pants to start with…can u give suggestions about Velvet slippers & Suede shoes. 😇

  2. Hi, I have a double breasted ivory jacket. Do you think that black corduroy pants would work well with this for a dinner party or company Christmas party?

  3. That house jacket is one of the most stylish and attractive garment I've ever seen. Mr. Raphael, do you know where to get one, or have any other type of information regarding this article? I already know what my next buy will be. Thanks,, as usual.

  4. I only have one corduroy garmet; a tailor made (red) corduroy jacket (holland and sherry fabric), thats the most luxurious corduroy you could ever get.

    I love wearing it with dark indigo jeans, black loafers, white shirt and a navy silk pocketsquare, sometimes adding a black scarf.

    An amazing outside autumn and winter look.

  5. Great video. I always love to learn some history on the cloths I'm wearing.
    Since you did a video about corduroy, will we get a video about velvet ?

  6. I'm a big fan of a fitted corduroy suit with peaked lapels, particularly in a deep burgundy or crimson, as well as a lighter navy with a beige turtleneck. To me it oozes style, but that's just my opinion. I'm just trying to find a tailor that'll make me a nice corduroy suit though.

  7. Beautifully edited and very well explained ! This is the way every video should go from now on in terms of describing fabrics!

  8. Do chicks even like men in Corduroys? they seem to respond to chinos and dark wash jeans and how much is in your wallet of course

  9. Can you tell me what the orangeish jacket pictured in the thumbnail and @0:24 is? I have something very similar and am curious if it's the same one.

  10. Cord's been kind of a trademark fabric for me since junior high school, when my mom bought me a pair of brown trousers. I don't think I've gone without at least one pair in rotation ever since, and that was very uncommon back in the day (in that age group anyhow). It has that unique combination of dusty librarian vibe and yet cool and casual (and some 70s or 80s connotations are always cool), works well at almost all non-formal levels of dressing. For me, I don't think any other fabric ticks all the same boxes.

    I only have one jacket. It's dark purple, a color which would probably look silly/ostentatious in any other fabric. With the cord's texture muting the color, though, it's become one of my most versatile jackets.

  11. I love Corduroy! I just get tired of feeling cold in the winter and fall and it just is better and with the right color it looks so elegant and luxurious! Thanks for posting.

  12. corduroy (n.) 1780, probably from cord + obsolete 17c. duroy, name of a coarse fabric made in England, which is of unknown origin. Folk etymology is from *corde du roi "the king's cord," but this is not attested in French, where the term for the cloth was velours à côtes. Applied in U.S. to a road of logs across swampy ground (1780s) on similarity of appearance.

    CORDUROY ROAD. A road or causeway constructed with logs laid together
    over swamps or marshy places. When properly finished earth is thrown
    between them by which the road is made smooth; but in newly settled
    parts of the United States they are often left uncovered, and hence are
    extremely rough and bad to pass over with a carriage. Sometimes they
    extend many miles. They derive their name from their resemblance to a
    species of ribbed velvet, called corduroy. [Bartlett]

  13. I usually wear corduroy trousers as physical labor pants vs slacks..i find the idea of wearing them with a shirt and tie weird. Arent they…too casual? Wad this done in say the 1920s-1940s?

  14. I have a pair of corduroy pants, they came all shiny and with the crease. Any advice on how i should take care of them, should i iron ? Thanks

  15. Outstanding! I love this fabric. Wear it even in warmer months without feeling overheated.

    Another consideration, with regard to slacks worn with a belt, is that the weight of the wide wale fabric necessitates proper construction of the waistband. The waist band of better quality slacks will be padded in a way that enables them to rest comfortably on the hips, supporting the heavier fabric. I found that the Polo brand accomplishes this well.

  16. Just dug out my 46 year old corduroy Sport Coat. Same lapels and shoulder cut just like one of the one's shown. Time to put it back in rotation. Love the burnt gold jacket with black shirt. What trousers?

  17. A good cord jacket looks nice, there were many in the late 60's / 70s. Once it becomes popular the mass manufacturers churn out tight ** which looks awful, but often costs the same amount. Watch out for that one. (UK). The cord jackets shown are really nice. I'll bet they're £ expensive though.

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