The 17 Best Corduroy Pants, Because What Else Would You Be Wearing This Fall
The season isn't complete without them
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There’s zero question about it: Corduroy is the unofficially official fabric of fall. This, in turn, makes corduroy pants the unofficially official pant of the season (at least, that’s what well tell anyone who will listen). While the ribbed cotton material is certainly a seasonal darling — rarely does the fabric make an appearance prior to the turn of the season, unless you happened to indulge in a pair of corduroy shorts recently — its appeal is as sensible as it is widespread. After all, the best corduroy pants don’t just drape your thighs in ribbony cotton comfort, but are a legit style move, too.
It’s for this exact reason that we need corduroy pants now more than ever. Allow the supple (yes, supple) fabric to imbue not only your wardrobe but the entire season with that familiar feeling of warmth fall is meant to provide, especially when rendered in rich hues — your chestnuts, olives, mochas, you understand. With so many iterations and silhouettes of the cord pant now available, there’s zero reason not to wear them all season long.
What Exactly Is Corduroy?
Let’s backtrack for a second .While we’re sure you’ve seen the material around (you probably own some form of corded apparel), you might not know what exactly corduroy actually is. Tracing its modern origins (corduroy-esque material cropped up as early as ancient Egypt) to industrial England, corduroy is typically made up of woven cotton, although blends with polyesters and wool are quite common, and is specially denoted by its piled ridges, otherwise known as “wales”. These wales, in turn, help to denote the texture and look of the corduroy: utilizing a gauge based on the number of wales in a single inch of fabric, the numerical gauge (typically 8-16) offers insight into how thick the cord ribs are. In other words, a low-gauge wale means that classic thick cord texture, while a high-gauge indicates a finer structure.
How to Wear Corduroy Pants This Fall
The joys of corduroy pants present themselves when it comes to season styling; perfectly appropriate for the office, outdoors, bar and beyond, the multifarious nature of cords allows them to mix and match with nearly any pursuit. We’re opting for a straighter, wider-legged corduroy trouser this fall, much in line with the general (and literal) expansion of men’s pants in recent years, but a tapered fit is fine, too, as long as you remain conscious of your general silhouette.
Because we’re firm believers in the power of fall (and the power of corduroy) we’ve highlighted 17 waled styles to incorporate into your wardrobe. From Alex Mill to Buck Mason to Gucci, the best corduroy pants for men are all you should be wearing this fall.
The Best Corduroy Pants For Men:
Bonobos’ corduroy is revolutionary not only for its insane price but for the built-in drawstring that moves with you. The rich plum color further only emphasizes the tactility and texture of the corduroy.
If you’ve recently taken your sock game to the next level, allow Uniqlo’s ankle-length cords to help you show it off.
Woven from a thin, 15-wale corduroy, J.Crew Classic Corduroy Pants skew more professional than professor. Their fit, inspired by cuts from the ’50s, sits slightly high on the waist, with a longer rise and easy leg to accommodate any offset proportion.
Who needs double-knees when you can wear midnight-black corduroy instead?
Don’t be afraid to move around in these cords from L.L.Bean, because that’s exactly what they’re made for. The rugged pants feature 2% spandex as well as an elasticized waist, so you can wear them for even the most strenuous of fall activities, like apple picking or chopping firewood. Or, throw ’em on while you pick up a pumpkin spice latte.
If you’re looking for a pair of corduroy pants that will remain part of your wardrobe for falls to come, there’s no going wrong with Flint and Tinder’s 365 Corduroy Pant. The cut of the pants is reminiscent of jeans, while they have the familiar feel of a chino. To top it all off, the pants are made with 2% spandex for increased movement. It’s the same 365 Pant you know and love, just now in corduroy.
Leave it to surf-centric brand Outerknown to create what might possibly be the first pair of corduroy pants to feature a genuinely breathable design. As though corduroy isn’t already cozy enough, the Seventyseven utility Pants seek to increase the coziness thanks to a trim silhouette.
Don’t fear the pleat, but embrace it with this pleated pair of corduroys from Alex Mill. The single-pleat detailing makes for a vintage looking pant while also providing just the right amount of slouch for that instant casually cool look.
Corduroy suiting is deceptively tricky: one wrong move and you can slip from Proffesor Jones to high school substitute teacher. Buck Mason’s High-Ridge Cord version of their practical Carry-On Suit lives up to its name, with an unmatched versatility that will take you anywhere.
Yee-stinking-haw. Heritage labels GANT and Wrangler have teamed up for a pair of crispy bootcut jeans that fall somewhere between disco fever and wild west. Ultra-snug and velvety to the touch, they’re the perfect pair for any ranchhand looking to flex this fall.
Modeled after utilitarian military pants of the ’50s and ’60s, Relwen’s Cord Supply Pant invites a contemporary, tapered silhouette into the timeless world of corduroy.
Sure, you might already have some relaxed-fit cords. Maybe they’re even pleated (a plus in our book, especially if you’re attempting some form of ivy style. But chances are, they don’t have embroidered huskies on them. This should change, ASAP.
Made in India from 100% cotton, these lightweight corduroy trousers, much like Corridor itself, are full of a subtle class. Blame it on the cropped fit, the burnished Tabaco hue or intentional tapered rise — regardless, they’re a fantastic pair of pants.
Knickerbockers 17.5 oz. eight wale cotton corduroy, sourced from Italian mill Duca Visconti, hangs beautifully, and its extra thick weave ensures additional warmth even on extra chilly days. Pair with some lugged loafers for the ultimate form-meets-function ‘fit.
If you find yourself in need of a slightly dressier pant this fall, but you don’t want to go the typical (and expected) wool trouser route, consider these corduroy trousers from Todd Snyder. The corduroy lends them a casualness that will allow them to be worn in a range of situations, whether you want to don them during the day to feel slightly more put together or dress them up for a night out.
Luxury might not be the first word that jumps to mind when you think of corduroy, but, like anything he touches, Italian menswear god Brunello Cucinelli has converted the standard pleated cord into a sumptuous pair of grail-level trousers. Finished in a rich cream hue, the Italian-spun bottoms are the softest piece of clothing you’ll ever own — if you can muster up the rack and change it’ll cost to cop them.
If Harry Styles were a pair of pants, we’re pretty sure he’d look something like these Adidas x Gucci Horsebit cords. That should be all the encouragement you need.
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