How to Wear Coloured Cords
I don’t know if like us, you’ve noticed that all of a sudden coloured cords are everywhere? It’s as if a gaggle of fashion types had snuck into the wardrobe of an avid country gent and made off with his collection of trusty cords.
We thought that the panoply of mustard, ruby, plum and jade shades that we favour were strictly the preserve of country adherents. They set us apart from the fray. Marked us out as men of style and gave us something jolly to throw on with a Tweed jacket.
But now, heaven help us, we’re in danger of being in fashion!
Online fashion giant, Asos is awash with jewel bright cords. They might be calling them ‘corduroy jeans,’ they might be cropping them at the ankle and making them stretchy. But we’re not fooled – we know where they nicked the idea. And we’re not happy.
Where we most definitely part company with the fashionista is how we wear our coloured cords. Sarah Jessica Parker may choose to work her look with ballet flats, a purple chunky knit and a snappy white tunic, but our fingers wag in reprimand at her vulgarity.
Here’s how it’s done:
- Being cotton, corduroy breathes easily and is suitable for wear in all seasons. Light -weight, pale sun-bleached tones look smart but relaxed. Magee’s coral cords are the perfect example and look effortlessly stylish paired with Tweed in harmonizing tones.
- Captain Currey Cords have 8 ribs to an inch, a heavier weight suitable for winter wear in a selection of jewel bright, rich shades. Brighter shades look cheerier in the gloom of winter, they affect a smart appearance when paired with a dark navy blazer. Wearing a subtle checked soft cotton shirt, complements the texture of the cord and allows the clever dresser to pick up the cord tones in the check.
- For weekend wear corduroy is more comfortable than either the ubiquitous jeans, or chinos. Neutral tones fit well with this laid back look, soft merino wool adds additional layers of texture and comfort – a dog walking, paper reading, country classic.
- Getting the footwear right is critical to the coloured cord look. Whether you opt for glistening brights, washed out or neutrals, there is only one colour to opt for and that is brown, or potentially tan. Definitely no black.
- Lastly, never mix different weights of corduroy; it is jarring to the eye. No, no, no to a needlecord blazer with any cord trousers.