Corduroy hasn’t been known as particularly “cool” in fashion for a while now, but this season that’s all changed. While it used to call to mind bell-bottom-clad stoners or bearded professors in elbow-patch blazers, the favorite fabrication of the 70s is now a style must-have.
Current interpretations of corduroy are sleek and yes, we’re saying it, chic. The updated versions out now are less frumpy and more forward with options like tailored pleated pants and moto jackets bringing corduroy into the modern era. Even the very retro-inspired cord pinafore dresses available now feel distinctly more sophisticated than their predecessors. And while the offerings in earthy tones like camel, olive green and rust are still abundant, we’re also seeing all sorts of unexpected hues, like blush and lavender. What’s old is definitely new again. But don’t worry, this touchable fabric is as soft as it ever was with just a bit more style.
Ready-to-wear isn’t the only category feeling the cord comeback. If wide wale clothing isn’t quite your thing, you can opt to add a touch of the trend to your look with accessories ranging from corduroy heels to handbags to headbands. It’s a fresh take on the material with less commitment.
No matter how you choose to embrace the corduroy trend, with the myriad of options out now, there’s a way to make it your own. Ahead, 13 picks we can’t wait to get our hands on.