Your Perfect Winter Pants for Warmth & Style? The Traditional Corduroys
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Whether you’re a bit old-fashioned or just want to experiment with more traditional looks, corduroy makes for a great fall and winter fabric, offering you warmth, durability and versatility. Thinner corduroy pants can be dressed up in the same way you might wear khakis, while thicker cords make for perfect outdoor work attire (it’s no accident it was the preferred fabric of European peasants for centuries).
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Corduroy is easily recognized by its ridged texture, described by the number of vertical ridges (known as wales) per inch, with higher wale counts denoting finer textures and lower wale counts denoting thicker textures.
To help you find your perfect pair of corduroy pants, we’ve picked out seven of our favorite options across a variety of budgets and styles:
Todd Snyder Slim Fit 5-Pocket Italian Corduroy Pant
Combining the fit and styling of denim with the comfort and warmth of corduroy, these 5-Pocket Italian Corduroy pants from Todd Snyder might be the perfect fall and winter pants, versatile enough to wear to the office or on a night out. The 14-wale stretch cord fabric has a refined feel and texture, while the slim tailoring will complement your figure and allow you to dress these pants up or down with ease.
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Bonobos Corduroy Drawstring Pants
We love the fit and finish on these corduroy pants from Bonobos. The zip fly with button enclosure, the palm print pocketing, and the elastic waist with interior drawcord all marry comfort and convenience, while the dyed fabric offers the soft, faded look you love right from the jump. They’re also available in three colors, five sizes and three leg lengths, so you can easily find your perfect pair.
Flint and Tinder 365 Corduroy Pants
One of the knocks on corduroy as a fabric is that it’s too heavy and warm to be worn all year round, but the 365 pants from Flint and Tinder buck that trend. They’re cut like most jeans, thin enough to compete with khakis, and stretch like a pair of premium joggers, so you can wear them, well, 365 days a year. With five color options, three styles, and a wide array of waist and pant length combinations, you’ll have no trouble finding the right fit.
J.Crew 484 Slim-Fit Pant in Corduroy
Extra-slim through the hip and thigh, and sitting below the waist, this corduroy pant is for men who thrive off a tighter fit, but don’t think that means these are uncomfortable or restrictive. The traditional five-pocket styling and 15-wale cord evoke classic corduroy elements while the modern fit marks you as a man of style and sophistication.
Ralph Lauren Stretch Classic Corduroy Pant
The light brown coloring and high angled front pockets might cause the casual onlooker to mistake these for chinos, but the fine-wale corduroy is unmistakable to the wearer. They’re comfortable without being loose or baggy, stylish without being old-fashioned, and versatile enough to wear day or night, for casual or fancy occasions.
Lands’ End Traditional Fit Comfort-First Corduroy Pants
With built-in stretch and a straight cut through the hip, narrowing from the knee down, these are perhaps the most livable cords on this list, and among the most elegant. They’re available in four vibrant colors and 13 sizes, and the 14-wale corduroy fabric will feel broken-in from the first wear.
Carhartt Simple Pant, Corduroy
Who said corduroy pants had to be slim-fit or straight-legged? We love these rugged, casual cords from Carhartt made with high-density 15-wale corduroy with ultra-durable bartack triple-stitching. If you do manual labor or just want a pair of pants that’s rugged enough to withstand anything you throw at them, pick up these cords.
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