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Corduroy – A 2016 Style Guide

With historical origins as a fabric of the working classes - even as its name is said to derive from French for the "King's Cord" (Corderoi) - corduroy lends itself well to plenty of the season's looks.

NEW AGE

Pay homage to corduroy’s popularity in the ’70s with Burberry’s very right-now take on hippie-bohemian style.

Embellished cotton tee, corduroy trousers and wool scarf, from Burberry.

DOUBLE UP

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Available in a variety of wales (the ribs that give corduroy its distinct look) thicknesses and colours, corduroy can be easily layered to interesting effect. Point to note: A finer wale generally makes for a more lightweight option.

Corduroy jacket and corduroy shirt, from Dunhill. 

COLOUR CODED

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For autumn, designer Stefano Pilati has taken corduroy – once known in certain circles as “poor man’s velvet” – and paired it with actual velvet. One way to unite various textures? Stick to the same colour family.

Ermenegildo Zegna Couture velvet jacket, wool sweater, corduroy trousers and leather boots, from Ermenegildo Zegna.

ELABORATE IDEA

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Leave it to Etro to come up with one of the season’s lushest takes on corduroy. With a brocade-like paisley pattern, the fabric gives an earthy edge to a dramatic mid-length coat.

Corduroy coat and wool sweater, from Etro.

STRONG ACCENT

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With a bold print, you can go either of two ways: Mute the rest of your look with light neutrals, or balance out the motif with a shock of colour, like these red trousers in an ultra-fine corduroy.

Cotton jacket, wool shirt and corduroy trousers, from Louis Vuitton.