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.
It’s no secret that the corduroy renaissance is in full swing, and any tired allegations that the waled fabric belongs in the 60s and 70s have been well and truly stifled. The fabric installs instant texture into your outfits and applies well to almost any garment. But today, we’re looking at long-sleeve shirts.
Whether you’re looking for a new button-down or intend to wear one as an overshirt, long-sleeved corduroys are an excellent option. Winter might be on its way out, but you can wave it goodbye in style and carry your cords into spring.
1) The Real McCoy’s: Corduroy Open Collar Shirt Mustard
The Real McCoy’s Corduroy Open Collar Shirt is definitely more in the overshirt category of shirts, but it could certainly be used as a base layer as well. This made-in-Japan shirt is made of a 14 wale cotton/wool blend corduroy and features urea buttons, a rayon-lined shoulder panel, and dual flapped chest pockets. With minimal bells and whistles and minimal stitching, it’s clear that McCoy’s really wanted to draw attention to the texture of the fabric itself. And that’s really what you want from a corduroy garment, is it not?
Available for $301 from Lost and Found.
2) Norse Projects: Osvald Corduroy
Norse Projects always does a good job of creating refined shirts, especially when the fabric is on the more textured side, as is the case with their Osvald Corduroy. Available in four great colorways, these shirts are made from 18 wale Italian corduroy and finished with a single chest pocket and mother-of-pearl buttons.
Available for $215 from Norse Projects.
3) Portuguese Flannel: Lobo Button Up
If you want the most bang for your buck then Portuguese Flannel‘s Lobo ButtonUp is a strong choice. Available in a ton of colorways, both neutrals and bright, these shirts feature a classic long-sleeve pattern finished with a single open chest pocket, reinforcements at the cuff/collar, and mother-of-pearl style buttons. Shown here in turquoise, this is the perfect shirt when you want to embrace the incoming spring colors but the weather isn’t quite cooperating yet.
Available for $95 from Blue Owl.
4) Mister Freedom: Dude Rancher Corduroy Shirt
Mister Freedom‘s pronounced Western styles aren’t for everyone, but for those in touch with their inner ranch hand, the brand’s Dude Ranger Corduroy Shirt is a hit. Available in four colors, MF wasn’t pulling any punches with this one — it’s made in Japan from Japanese corduroy and features chainstitch runoff, western-style yokes and matching chest pockets, and side gussets.
Available for $380 ($348 for Heddels+ members) from Clutch Cafe.
5) Freenote Cloth: Jepson Corduroy Shirt
With so many bright corduroys this season it’s nice to see Freenote Cloth holding the line with these neutrally-colored Jepson Corduroy shirts. There’s something comforting about olive and brown corduroy and the outdoor memories it evokes.
The Jepson is a simple classic, featuring two chest pockets, Italian horn buttons, and a straight-back yoke. Available in both the aforementioned brown and olive colorways, these shirts are made in the USA from 13-wale Japanese corduroy with double-needle stitching throughout.
Available for $280 from Franklin and Poe.
Plus One – De Bonne Facture: Paneled Corduroy Button Down
De Bonne Facture‘s Paneled Button Down Corduroy is an instant classic. Shown here in the ‘Shades of Brown’ colorway, this shirt features brown, blue, green, and burgundy corduroys that come together in a shockingly cohesive way. Featuring Austrian corduroy, mother-of-pearl buttons, set-in sleeves, and felled seams, this shirt offers a whole lot for the money, both in terms of flair and build quality.
Available for $245 from Division Road.