Corduroy pants are both fun to wear and keep you warm through the fall and winter season. They’re full of texture, color, and are a great way to masculinize a simple outfit. Corduroy pants will set you a part from all the denim trends while keeping you fashion forward and oh-so comfortable. Here are five tips to styling corduroy this fall:
Wear Colorful Corduroy
Classic corduroy pants are often seen in neutral colors like brown, camel and mustard yellow. But we’re not in the 70s and 80s anymore, so, spice the style up and opt for a red, white, navy, and charcoal. Adding color into your cords will make it stand out from jeans, keep your style up to date, and give you a fun color to work with throughout your outfit.
Pair with Boots and Booties
When fall arrives the boots and booties come down from the top shelf of the closet and out of the storage bin underneath your bed and into style spotlight. These shoes are perfect for the corduroy look. For booties, we recommend finding an ankle-cut off and for boots we recommend simple skinny and straight corduroy with a classic hemmed leg opening. Stick to neutrals with your boots as you don’t want to take away too much from the pant.
One of the best parts about corduroy pants is they are full of texture. Texture is fun after all. Take them one step further and mix your cord texture with a complete opposite texture. Match your cords with a leather boot, maybe a frayed suede jacket, or a thin silk and lace top. The key is to have just enough texture that each texture compliments the other—don’t add so many different textures that you look like you threw on the first three items you found in your floor.
If You Use Colorful Corduroy, Use Muted Colors on Top
Keeping in mind that we are styling for fall, color blocking with two or three bright colors is not the way handle this style in the fall. When you use bright corduroy such as a marsala you don’t want to pair them with bright oranges and yellows or light blues and tans. To keep the texture seen throughout the outfit, pair the pant with muted colors for your top. Take the marsala for example, you would want to pair it with a white, gray or darker brown top. This will keep the focus on the cords.
Do Not Wear Double Corduroy
Corduroy is great when it is the focus of your outfit—no doubt. However, if you put a corduroy pant with a corduroy shirt or jacket everyone around will have sensory overload, you’ll look like you just got off a time machine from decades ago, and like one continuous roll of corduroy material. Just don’t do it.