Are these classics? I don’t know, but what I do know is that they are definitely Corduroy, and I love Corduroy. It screams Autumn to me. I know that when there’s a chill in the air I can bust out the cords and that makes me happy. It brings to mind a Country Casual vibe, or English Teachers with suede elbow patches on their battered blazers. I can almost smell the coffee breath from here.
My youngest son often proclaims ‘Your breath stinks’ to me, and at first I got concerned I had a bad case of halitosis, but it soon became apparent that by ‘Your breath stinks’, what he means is ‘Your breath smells of coffee and that reminds me of the teachers at school’. Teachers must need a lot of coffee to get through their day. I imagine every one of them owns of those enormous Sports Direct mugs specifically for that purpose.
But, corduroy, as I said, I love it. It’s warm, it’s soft and it comes in many shapes and sizes. I’ve rounded up some of my favourites for you.
At last count I own 6 pairs of corduroy trousers. Some may call this a little excessive. I may well agree with those people but currently I can’t bring myself to part with any of said trousers. I have 2 pairs the same, but in different colours from both Cos (sadly no longer available) and River Island (still for sale), a beloved Navy pair from Toast and an olive green pair that I bought in Italy over the summer. So clearly I don’t need another pair. If I did, I would get these ones from Topshop as I love the style and the colour range.
On a side note, I discovered this brand, A Child Of The Jago, recently after walking past (and into) their shop on Shaftesbury Avenue. They make this jacket. It’s run by Vivienne Westwood’s son. You can see the inspiration. I have splashed out on a suit from there to wear to a wedding next weekend. I love the ethos of the brand and individual stories of the historical characters that inspired each piece.
1. A Child Of The Jago Vesta Jacket
2. Vivienne Westwood Leather Cross Body Bag
3. Topshop Casual Cord Peg Trousers
4. Whistles Nelly Shell Top
5. & Other Stories Chunky Chelsea Boots
You don’t need to be a coffee breathed geography teacher to own a corduroy jacket. Honest. I have a great one that I bought in the sale at APC last year. I often wear it with semi-matching Navy cords for that full suit effect. In jeans news, I spy that River Island have got a new Mom jean option on the block. I swear by this style. They give me the illusion of a waist and every time I wear mine someone asks if I’ve lost weight. I know I should be PC and get annoyed at that comment, but I don’t. I just smile and say, it’s not me, it’s these jeans! I’m also lusting after this new Gucci Bag. but I DON’T NEED ANOTHER GUCCI BAG. Does anyone ever NEED a new designer handbag? No, they don’t. But they WANT it all the same.
1. M&S Pure Cotton Corduroy Blazer
2. Gucci 1955 Horsebit Bag
3. John Lewis & Partners Cashmere Turtleneck
4. River Island Dark Blue Denim Mom Jeans
5. Anthropologie Charlie Leather & Suede Trainers
I bet your mum had an A line Corduroy skirt in the early ’70’s. Maybe she even had a ill-advised bubble perm too. I know mine did. I too had a ill-advised home perm in the 80’s. Like mother, like daughter. My perms were alway done by my Mum’s friend Linda in her kitchen. I don’t know if Linda was even a hairdresser to be honest. But I can still smell those chemicals now, and that interminable wait of about 4 days for the perm to ‘drop’. Does anyone perm their hair these days? I doubt it. In boots news, Boden have added some absolute belters to their site recently. Yes, really, Boden.
1. & Other Stories Dinosaur Button Cardigan
2. Chloe C Leather and Suede Bag
3. John Lewis and Partners Crombie Coat
4. Toast Pleat Front Corduroy Midi Skirt
5. Boden Cavenham Buckle Ankle Boots
CORDUROY ALL IN ONE
Yes, I’m still advocating dungarees. It’s been over 3 years since I started this blog and I’m still banging on about them. A weekend essential for me. No waist restrictions and, if you get a pair in corduroy, a lovely bit of warmth and softness too. If you want to fancy them up a bit for a trip to the pub for Sunday Lunch, just add a nice blouse underneath and maybe a splash of leopard print. You could also try a cord boiler suit if you’re feeling brave.
1. Hush Black Corduroy Dungarees
2. La Redoute Suede Leopard Print Bag
3. River Island Puff Sleeve Top
4. Boden Dundee Leopard Shearling Boots
These two dresses have to be my favourite of all the corduroy items in this post. They tick all my dress boxes, long, but not too long, nice pouffy sleeves, look a little bit Holly Hobby. In fact Batsheva actually do a dress that has the original Holly Hobbie print on it. Step too far for me though, as much as I loved when I was 7, not sure I could rock it at 46. Justine Tabak is a small brand I discovered earlier this year. She makes the greatest dresses, often based on vintage designs, in excellent sustainable fabrics. She has done a few Autumn/Winter corduroy dresses this season, but this floral one is top of my list.
1. Batsheva Cotton Corduroy Puff Sleeve Dress
2. Boden Bardon Suede Ankle Boots
3. Justine Tabak Corduroy Vintage Rose Dress
Next week I thinking either layering, or Winter Wedding guest ideas. I’ll see which one grabs me more over the course of the week. I also did a sponsored post with M&S earlier this week. If you missed it, check it out here.