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.
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!
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.
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.
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.