Striking the Right Cord


Nothing says it’s sweater weather like the return of the PSL, a walk in the woods crunching dried leaves beneath your hiking boots and a great new pair of cords.

Today’s talking fashion focus is on cords–be it the velvetiest of pin cords known as baby wale (not whale as in baby beluga) to the chunkier wide-rib. This season we are all over cords and it’s safe to say that cords are all over us too.

This retro look never goes out of style, but this time around the look, shape and colour is a throwback to yonder years. While all kinds of cuts are in style, to really be on trend you want to look for a wider leg like the bootcut, a wide crop or trouser pant in earthy, autumnal tones like golden yellow, burnt orange, sienna red, camel and teal.

Do consider wearing cords top-to-toe. In other words, when you pick up a pair of corduroy pants, be sure to grab its matching blazer or vest, or blazer and vest, and bend the rules–LOVE! Wear it with this season’s popular ruffled or bell sleeve top or with a tie blouse. YOLO, no?

Dresses are another great way to sport the corduroy fashion trend. I am particularly gaga over the shirt dress, the blazer dress and jumpers done in corduroy. It’s easy dressing and ladylike fashion, but the cord fabric makes it a little more street chic.

If separates are more your jam than fret not because you don’t have to double down on your corduroys to look the part. It’s just one little take on a trend. Pull it apart and wear it on its own. Try a simple A-line skirt in short, knee-length or long, paired with an iconic turtleneck for a no-fail look. Same goes with a corduroy blazer and jeans. And do mix corduroy with other rich textured fabrics like this season’s crazy popular glen check, tweed or suede.

If prefer not to do a nod to mod, but love the look of the rich textured fabric, try picking up a sleek moto jacket in a cool colour like mink grey and throw on an oversized scarf or cape overtop.

Corduroy as outerwear is completely on trend.  Try  it in a classic trench, oversize hip-length jacket or bomber jacket, and with this season’s shearling trim detail . . . well the look is instantly vintage meets modern.

When picking up corduroy think in terms of its width with your own width. I generally favour the baby wale because it’s more universally flattering and easier to wear than its woolier wale counterpart, even though the wide-rib is making a huge comeback. That being said, if you are looking to broaden your top to match your bottom, or vice versa, the wider wale may be right up your alley.

So whatever your flavour, the cord of the king’s options are endless. Unless your are tactile-averse, why not treat yourself to a pair of this season’s soft, cozy and touchable-y textured trend. People won’t be able to help themselves from stopping to pet you.

Carolyn Bissett