Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
The weather is starting to cool and that means it’s raw denim season… or does it? While I like pulling the same pair of selvedge everyday as much as the next guy, sometimes I need to break up the monotony. And how better that with a great pair of corduroys? Sure, they don’t fade, but they’re comfy, durable, and have a great texture to boot.
1) Japan Blue: JBM0717 Vintage Corduroy in Burgundy
If you aren’t used to rocking cords and don’t know how often they’ll come out of your dresser, Japan Blue’s JBM0717 Vintage Corduroys just might be up your alley. Not only do they not break the bank in terms of price, but the cut and style are very similar to jeans, which makes them easier to fit into a denim-heavy wardrobe then a trouser-style pair of cords. These are made with a slim-straight leg, short rise, and medium-length inseam perfect for those of us who hate finding time to stop by a tailor.
Available for $128 from Denimio.
2) President’s: Icarus Jeans in Army Green Corduroy
President’s Icarus Jeans in Army Green Corduroy are another great option for those who like five-pocket-style pants made out of a corduroy fabric. This pair is cut with a fairly heavy taper below the knee and features black powder-coated rivets and top button, a custom brass zipper, tonal colored herringbone pocket bags, and an eye-catching back pocket design. They’re shown here in the Army Green colorway, but three different colors are available in total.
Available for $240 from Blue in Green.
3) Rota: High Rise Corduroy Trousers in Brown
Sadly, some of our jobs don’t allow us to wear selvedge to work (luckily not here at Heddels), but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your business-ready wardrobe. Rota’s High Rise Corduroy Trousers are perfect for both the business casual dresser and those of us who only need to dress up occasionally. They’re made in Fidenza, Italy from a 100% cotton corduroy and feature a high waist, cinch side tabs, slim legs, button fly, and slanted trouser pockets.
Available for $355 from No Man Walks Alone.
4) Naked & Famous: Slim Chino in Black 2-Way Stretch Corduroy
It is good to see Naked and Famous embracing their Slim Chino style, even if it does make for a confusingly named pair of corduroys. Generally this style of pant features similar proportions to N&F’s Weird Guy fit, but these appear to have a larger waistband-to-thigh ratio than most of their slim chinos do. Be that as it may, the fit on these is still solid, and the two-way stretch of the corduroy fabric will surely make these as comfortable as they are attractive. They come with slanted trouser-style front pockets, welted back pockets, and a zipper fly.
Available for $155 from Tate + Yoko.
5) Norse Projects: Aros Corduroy Pant in Khaki
Norse Projects Corduroy Pants are made in their popular Aros cut, a slim-tapered style with slanted hand pockets and buttoned welt pockets at the back. Corduroy pants generally seem to be a bit fuller fitting than other styles, so it’s nice to see a company producing some more modern fitting pants out of the material. Sadly, Norse Projects hasn’t produced a wide array of corduroy colors as of late, but khaki and navy have been thoroughly distributed to ease the pain.
Available for $215 from Need Supply.
Plus One – Chimala: Corduroy Tuck Pant in Navy
Too few companies produce corduroys these days, and fewer still produce truly unique pairs. Enter Chimala. Their Corduroy Tuck Pants are by far the most memorable pair of cords I’ve seen in many years and it’s not just the amazing fabric, which is colorful and neppy, almost reminiscent of raindrop camo. No, the cut and all the construction details are fantastic as well. They have a very relaxed cut as many corduroys do, and feature a buttoned coin pocket, stitched cuff, and double inward facing pleats. Now I know a lot of folks aren’t a fan of pleats, but 99% of pleated pants produced these dates feature outward facing pleats, and by folding the fabric inward the pleats are actually quite attractive and slimming (at least in my opinion).
Available for $380 from Unionmade.