It used to be the case that corduroy wasn’t, well, all that cool. The purview of college professors, the material has always had a preppy, polished vibe, but never one that could rival the “it” factor of other types of cotton (See: The blue jean or the denim jacket). But these days, the best corduroy pants have the cut of your favorite chinos, with stylish dressing never far out of reach.
The top brands in menswear are making the style better than ever these days, using rich and visually appealing colors, along with helpful details like a hint of stretch.
The best corduroy pants can certainly be dressed up (with a blazer and an Oxford shirt) or worn in “high-low” fashion (with a shawl cardigan and chambray shirt). And in my experience, the fun only grows from there. Step into one of these essential pairs of corduroy below.
It’s hard to find a more reliable retailer than Huckberry. The brand gets what guys want, which is but one of the reasons I love them.
Its Flint and Tinder line bridges the gap between past and present, these pants very much included. Between modern fit options, rich colors and the style potential of a chino pant, these win.
Perhaps you’re well-acquainted with the 365 Pant. It’s the provence of Flint and Tinder, the in-house brand at Huckberry that delivers polished yet rugged updates to classics (like its famed Trucker Jacket).
The 365 Pants in corduroy deliver the same hallmarks as the regular edition, with the style of a chino and the cut of a jean.
If you want a retailer that gets obsessive about fabric in pursuit of designing some of the best corduroy pants (or the best pants, period), Kato is your best bet.
These boast a hint of stretch and a super-soft garment-dyed finish that’s unbelievably comfortable.
If you’d like to opt for a pair of truly classic corduroy pants that you can dress up easily (perhaps with wingtip boots and a charcoal blazer in the winter), then Haggar delivers.
These feature a timeless straight-leg fit and a crisp, dressy, office-ready look.
Relwen consistently draws style inspiration from the past, be it CPO jackets or chinos, and its corduroy pants are no different.
In this case, that means 1950s and 1960s military utility pants are turned into a sleek, handsome pair of corduroy pants made from soft, luxe and stretchy fabric.
Recall what we said earlier about the best corduroy pants talking on the characteristics of chinos? With Bonobos, that certainly holds true, as the brand makes some of the best men’s chinos, all the while using those same details in its corduroy pants.
The five-pocket design takes on the look of a jean while using premium cord fabric.
Corduroy pants, when done the right way by a heritage-inspired brand like Buck Mason, can be worn as easily and stylish as classic men’s jeans.
Quite literally, that means the all-American brand used its classic Ford jean silhouette, then updated it with a 14-wale cotton corduroy fabric for subtle style notes.
Fit is essential in finding any pair of the best men’s pants, especially corduroy pants – and for a modern look, you’d better nail the fit.
That certainly goes for corduroy pants, which should neither fit too tight nor too relaxed. Paige used its denim expertise to get the fit options and dark, sleek colors just right with this pair.
Corduroy truly is a heritage fabric prized for its warmth and durability, and it’s always had a sort of preppy appeal at the same time – and that’s why it makes perfect sense for L.L. Bean to make a straightforward, high-quality pair with a touch of modern stretch.