Corduroy, the ’70s fabric of choice (hello, cord bell bottoms!), is making a comeback this season. We’ve seen fresh interpretations of the cozy material on fall 2019 runways at shows like Ulla Johnson and Kate Spade, but corduroy has been around since the 18th century. According to retailer Brooks Brothers, the term corduroy is thought to have one of two potential origins: the French term ‘corde du roi’, meaning ‘cloth of the king’, or the marrying of two words, cord, referring to the line-like pattern, and duroy, a thick woolen fabric used in England. The beloved fabric was worn by factory workers for centuries before it was made fashionable by the stylish hippie set in the 1960s, and it has remained a closet staple ever since, periodically popping up on racks in an array of colours and styles.
Whether you want to add a versatile blazer or a classic pair of pants to your wardrobe, we’ve rounded up 15 pieces that let you take the corduroy trend for a spin without busting your budget.