Strike a cord: choose corduroy looks for autumn style
Appearing in the collections of Roland Mouret and Giambattista Valli as well as the Duchess of Cambridge’s favourites Erdem and Emilia Wickstead, it didn’t take long for the high street to snap up this trend.
Seen in every form from coats and dungarees to skirts and dresses, no wardrobe is complete for autumn without an element of corduroy.
For a modern update on corduroy, swap dark colours for girlish pink. This pink tailored suit from Reiss may have a mannish shape but the baby pink softens the silhouette. Add trainers and a t-shirt for a thoroughly modern look.
Looking for a more feminine take on the trend? Opt for this structured corduroy dress from Max & Co at Asos. The shape is flattering as it skims over hips to create a streamlined silhouette.
(left) Pink suit jacket, £285; trousers, £140, both Reiss. T-shirt, £7.99, Stradivarius. Earrings, £20, A Weathered Penny.
(right) Polo neck, £39, Kettlewell. Dress, £165, Max & Co at Asos. Heels, £85, Office.
Strike a cord: corduroy suits are a hot purchase for autumn
If pink isn’t your colour there are plenty of variations to suit every taste from bright mustard and reds to hues of blue.
This powder blue suit from New Look is one of the best on the high street with it’s double breasted blazer and cropped wide leg trousers.
Add a roll neck in a neutral tone and plimsolls for a weekend style with a twist.
Blue suit jacket, £34.99; trousers, £24.99, both New Look. Roll neck, £25.99, Mango. Trainers, £70, Converse at Schuh.
Strike a cord: try separates for an easy way to wear the trend
An easy way to try the trend is with separates. Try swapping your regular jeans for a pair of loose fitting trousers. These grey jumbo corduroy trousers from Mango, £49.99, will slot seamlessly into your wardrobe and work with everything from billowing blouses to fitted cardigans.
For skirts, try a colourful twist such as plum or red. Marks & Spencer’s patch pocket jumbo corduroy style is high waisted so try tucking a chunky knit into the waistband while Topshop’s red mini will look great with a sweatshirt layered over.
Model wears (left): Jumper, £32.50; skirt, £25, both Marks & Spencer; Trainers, £70, Converse at Schuh.
(middle): Cardigan, £26, Asos. Trousers, £49.99, Mango. Trainers, £57, Superga at Schuh
(right): polo neck, £12, Asos. Jumper, £19.99, New Look. Skirt, £32, Topshop
Strike a cord: try daring pieces such as a corduroy coat
For the daring, try swapping your woolly coat for corduroy. This tan double breasted trench is the perfect Seventies-inspired piece for the season.
Try teaming with wide leg jeans and a polo neck for a stylish beatnik look. For further artist vibes, pick up a pair of corduroy dungarees.
This pair from Miss Selfridge are a fine needle cord so the texture of the fabric is much finer to the eye and very flattering if you’re worried about the bulk of regular or jumbo corduroy.
However you wear it, you’re bound to strike a stylish cord.
Model wears (left): Trench coat, £325, Gloverall. Polo neck, £14, M&Co. Boots, £64.99, New Look
(right): Dungarees, £49, Miss Selfridge. Breton top, £28, Boden. Ring, £12.50, Joma Jewellery.
Fashion Editor: Antonia Kraskowski
Photographer: Clive Shalice
Hair and Makeup: Gemma Tyler using Nars
Fashion assistants: Jessica Evans and Maya Coomarasamy
A Weathered Penny aweatheredpenny. co.uk ✉
Asos asos.com ✉
Boden 0330 333 0000, boden.co.uk ✉
Gloverall 01604 812812, gloverall.com ✉
Joma Jewellery jomajewellery.com ✉
Kettlewell 01460 279800, kettlewellcolours. co.uk ✉
M&co 0333 202 0720, mandco.com ✉
Mango 0800 026 0028, mango.com ✉;
Marks & Spencer 0333 014 8000, marksandspencer. com ✉
Miss Selfridge 0344 984 0263, missselfridge.com ✉
New Look 0344 499 6690, newlook.com ✉
Office 0330 100 1906, office.co.uk ✉
Reiss 0845 604 7457, reiss.com ✉
Schuh 020 7100 1515, schuh.co.uk ✉
Stradivarius 0808 234 0211, stradivarius.com ✉
Topshop 0344 984 0264 topshop.com ✉
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