Striking The Right Cord

Let’s face it, corduroy has a rep as one of the most unsexy fabrics of all time. Even the name sounds uptight and stuffy. Corduroy is basically a form of ridged velvet but while velvet got invited to all the best parties in town, cord became the uniform of choice for professors and geography teachers alike. However, given the resurgence in popularity of velvet, it was only a matter of time before cord became cool again too.

With the 70’s having a major influence on autumn winter fashion, corduroy cropped up all over the runways for AW 17 from Marc Jacobs and Mulberry to Prada. Coming in a variety of autumnal shades from burgundy and moss green to chestnut and burnt orange, corduroy is all over suiting, skirts, outwerwear and more this season.

And because a burnt orange corduroy trouser suit might not be for everyone, I have styled these Zara cord culottes three ways to show you how to subtly introduce corduroy into your wardrobe.

Date Night

For date night, I styled my culottes with a simple black polo neck, a biker jacket and sock boots, topping it off with a black beret. Keeping everything else black allowed the trousers do the talking!

cords biker jacket

Culottes here;  Sock boots here; Sweater similar here; Biker jacket similar here

Sunday Lunch

For a chilled out Sunday lunch with the fam, I layered up my cords with a cosy Ganni inspired knit, floral ankle boots and the fluffiest of teddy coats. I just love pastels for autumn winter – a great alternative to all the darker colours associated with the season.

nuig cords

Culottes here; Sweater here; Teddy coat here; Bag similar here; Boots similar here

Saturday Shopping

For a Saturday afternoon shopping trip, I paired the culottes with a sweatshirt, trainers and a metallic biker jacket. A pair of plain white trainers are a wardrobe staple, while the metallic biker adds a texture clash to the look.

runner look

Culottes here; Trainers here; Sweatshirt similar here; Biker jacket similar here

So there you have it, one pair of cords styled three ways! Which is your favourite? Will you be trying the corduroy trend? I’ve linked some of my top corduroy picks from the high street below for some inspo and as always, you can shop the item directly by clicking on the image.

Stylishly yours,

Trish xx

Image 2 of CORDUROY JACKET from Zara

Corduroy pinafore dress | MANGO

Velvet corduroy trousers | MANGO

& Other Stories image 2 of Corduroy Trousers in Red

Manchester Jacket

Slide View: 1: BDG Puddle Light Brown Corduroy Trousers

asos cord jacket

cord hat


4 thoughts on “Striking The Right Cord

  1. Loving all your looks as always Trish. So stylish & effortlessly beautiful. I definitely need a pair of cropped cords. Zara here I come again. I always look forward to reading your posts & seeing your pictures to inspire me.


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