Make mine corduroy

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There is just something about corduroy that is so cool: sort of preppy, sort of 70s retro (and maybe I’m just saying that because the 70s were when I bought my first pair of corduroy jeans—baby blue—at a prehistoric version of the Gap in my neighborhood mall back when they sold Levi’s and their logo looked like this. But I digress) I am an especially big fan of wide-wale corduroy, think that this Anine Bing jacket has a certain slouchy, classic look.

This button-front skirt is from Lee Vintage Modern, a well-priced capsule collection from the people who bring you Lee jeans, and I don’t think it could be a whole lot cuter.

These jeans come in a ton of appealing colors, and go for just under $70, which is tough to beat.

A sharp berry-hued double-breasted blazer that has nice, designer-y details, even though it’s from & Other Stories.


The colors on this Herschel backpack are all so damn cheery, and somehow work well together.

A utility jumpsuit with a little bit of definition at the waist, for a more feminine silhouette.

I do love a dark floral, and this top just looks so easy and wearable.

A sharp shirt jacket that reminds me of something the legendary former Vogue sittings editor Tonne Goodman—who basically invented preppy tomboy chic—might wear.

Just a cute single-button blazer in a really good blue.

And speaking of the 70s, this Levi’s jacket resembles the ones worn by the cool, scary older girls who smoked cigarettes before classes in high school. But updated, and without the tobacco stench. This jacket reminds me of those girls too, but on slightly colder days.

White corduroy is just so damn crisp.

A chore jacket with a swingy shape: the cuteness.

And here are some white corduroy pants with a nice, trouser-ish cut.

I don’t know if I’m ready to wear flared pants again just yet after going pretty overboard with them in the early aughts, but perhaps you are, and these are pretty good.

Another Barbour jacket that is almost too cool for words.

Madewell’s popular Transport tote casual in corduroy, but still polished.

This Alex Mill blazer is so professor-chic.

 

 

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    Karin
    2 Oct 2019
    9:58pm

    I had a black corduroy shirt jacket just like that & Other Stories one in the 1990s and wore it to death. Finally got rid of it, have regretted it ever since. It was the closest thing I’ve had to an adult “teddy bear” comfort item….Weeping openly right now that the & Other Stories jacket only goes to size 12.

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    Carlene
    2 Oct 2019
    7:36pm

    Great big yes to the full-length pants! (I don’t think of them as flares, I think of them as ’70s does ’40s.)

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    JB
    2 Oct 2019
    12:45pm

    Slightly tangential question: who has ordered from Alex Mill… and what were your experiences like? I placed a big order a few months ago (button down shirts, jacket, blazer, shirt dress) and I was really disappointed at the quality and cuts. Returned everything. While the prices seemed reasonable and fair, and the photos were very spot-on and cute, the quality felt Old Navy/factory store to me.

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      Rae
      2 Oct 2019
      7:06pm

      I have only made one purchase, a pair of pants, but am very pleased with the quality. I would compare it to old JCrew. The pants are a substantial weight fabric and have nice details and finishes. The cut is reasonably flattering but not “perfect pants” great.

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    Kathi
    2 Oct 2019
    1:23pm

    Love this post as I love corduroy!! So many great items, will be going for the Kut from the Kloth jeans and lusting for the Anine Bing jacket.

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    Phyllis
    2 Oct 2019
    12:13pm

    Like everyone else here I am flooded with longing. Nice job.

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    Eloise
    2 Oct 2019
    11:06am

    That Barbour jacket may end up being my birthday present to myself! And, I’d grab those jeans….except I can’t deal w/ courdorouy pant noise thing – is that just me?

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    c.w.
    2 Oct 2019
    11:11am

    Lordy. This is one of those posts in which I have a hard time focusing because the wanting in me is so strong. Annie Bing jacket is perfection because she takes those blasted patch pockets and turns them into something else (also the color is fantastic). That Levi bomber jacket is indeed a reminder for me as well of the girls in my high school who wore Levi jackets on Saturdays with their tight jeans and cowboy boots and their boyfriend’s high school ring on a chain around their necks. And the Barbour jacket!!! I have to go get a cool cloth for my forehead and lay down for a bit. whew!

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    Mary
    2 Oct 2019
    11:17am

    I’ll take that shirt-jacket, please.

    What do you do when your blazer sleeves are too long? Roll them? Or does this look sloppy when there are buttons?

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    Elisa
    2 Oct 2019
    11:25am

    Great post. I love, love, love corduroy! I have been wearing those Kut From the Kloth pants for years–I keep reordering. I would size down one size.

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      c.w.
      2 Oct 2019
      12:45pm

      Thank you for this, Elisa. I was just contemplating putting a pair (or two!) in my cart, but will resize at your suggestion. (yet another reason why i LOVE this blog––truly practical information!!)

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      Kathi
      2 Oct 2019
      1:20pm

      I also thank you, Elisa, as these are too good to pass up!

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    kj
    3 Oct 2019
    9:49am

    Corduroy is my jam. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Margaret
    3 Oct 2019
    8:31am

    Maybe I am weird (OK no need for maybe there) but there is a specific SMELL to corduroy that always signals fall to me. No other fabric smells this way! And did anybody else’s grandma also call corduroy pants “whistle britches” for the swoosh swoosh sound they make when you walk?

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    Mamavalveeta03
    3 Oct 2019
    1:31am

    Damn! Now I want a cord jacket. Especially that Barbour one.

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    Heather
    3 Oct 2019
    12:45pm

    So bummed that that corduroy skirt is sold out in everything but tiny sizes (on Shopbop and I also checked the Lee site). & Other Stories had a similar one last year, though I missed out on that too (hesitated to order as their sizing is so radically all over the place). Alas, eventually, I will have the perfect rust-brown corduroy skirt that I coveted in 1978.

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    Tiffany
    4 Oct 2019
    2:55am

    I want very single thing in this post, except the floral top, which I can’t imagine looking good on anyone, not even a tall, willowy young thing.

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    Tiffany
    4 Oct 2019
    2:56am

    EVERY. Typing too fast to think 🙂

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