How to Wear Corduroy

HOW TO WEAR CORDUROY

We love the return of the '90s as much as the next person, and while it may finally be starting to fade back into the past, a staple of the decade is hotter than ever: CORDUROY.

Casual Pencil Skirt

Modernize a corduroy pencil skirt by throwing oversized pieces on top. Playing with proportions is always a great way to bring interest and dimension to an outfit, and here we've layered a Nike '90s jacket over a vintage tee, letting both hang over the waistline of the skirt to provide a 100% cool-girl silhouette.

CORDUROY X '80s SWEATERS

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A heavy jacket gets a twist when made of corduroy, and one featuring a sherpa collar is especially on-trend. To double-up on the warmth and play with textures, layering a corduroy jacket over the fun print of an '80s sweater provides tons of visual interest. Find similar versions of this vintage jacket here, here, and here in our vintage winter coat category.

CORD HARRINGTON W/ A TEE

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A lighter coat such as a vintage Harrington jacket is a great way to add subtle corduroy texture to a look any time of year. This grey corduroy jacket, layered over a denim mini skirt and a vintage t-shirt, adds a bit of casual-cool slouch without being too in-your-face about the '90s texture taking over your IG feed.

TOP 'N' BOTTOM

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Not at all interested in being subtle in your approach to corduroy? Good, friend—you're one of us. Pair some vintage corduroy pants with a corduroy jacket or shirt to really make a statement with texture—mixing complementary colors like fern green and maroon. We love combining corduroy pieces with two differently-sized wales (the width of the cord) and adding a pop of color with a ribbed beanie to really take the look up a notch.

THE MINI + '90s JACKET

There are tons of ways to style a corduroy mini skirt, but we love to offset proportions by pairing one with the loud and voluminous qualities of one of our vintage '90s jackets. Add a pair of sneakers and a bit of sass and voilá!

A PLAY ON PROPER

There's nothing quite like taking a piece known throughout time for its formal qualities, e.g. a blazer, and transforming it through various means into something that can be worn on an everyday basis. Here, one of our vintage corduroy blazers (similar found here, here, here, and here) is anything but your lawyer's suit jacket, and layered over a vintage tee, even a little bit rock 'n' roll.

CORDUROY X CAMO

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With camouflage having a moment, combine two trends and pair your woodsy print with a pair of corduroy pants. The mix of pattern and print is equally cool and utilitarian (corduroy is known to be extremely durable), and with a basic top and combat boots, you're all set for a Friday night out OR a camping trip.

DOUBLE UP ON THE 'ROY

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Layering one corduroy top over another is unconventional and dynamic, and by taking two pieces such as a vintage corduroy shirt (similar here) and a corduroy vest, the eye is left to compare and contrast the fabrics, pulling details like colors and buttons as means of comparing the otherwise similar tops. Add a pair of vintage jeans and throw your hair in a top knot to let the center of your body do all the talking.

OVERALLS FOREVER

Corduroy overalls are one of those statement pieces that everyone needs in their closet. Durable and different from your run-of-the-mill denim overall, we styled this pair with a checkered crop top and blaze orange beanie to give the outfit a bit of edge.