Soft and Fuzzy Trend
Happy day, Reader Dearest,
Are you a corduroy lover?
If the answer is yes, this IS YOUR Year!
I find there are a lot of people with a Love/Hate relationship with corduroy. Mr CP? Hate. (Scarred by a corduroy Christmas gift around the age of eight.) Me, I’m neither love nor hate, but I have quite a few clients who LOOOOOVE the fabric of kings.
Yep, that’s where corduroy gets its name. Cord du Roi. Fabric of the king. Or at least that’s one of the stories…
It’s interesting how from there it has become more of a workhorse fabric associated with the masses rather than royalty.
Or at least with college students and professors! (Corduroy was BIG in the 70’s.)
I have fond corduroy memories. My first work uniform, as a Teen Board Member at Boston Store back in the 1970’s, was a forest green corduroy suit–blazer, skirt and trousers, along with a coordinated shirt. I felt quite grown-up, or at the very least collegiate, in my corduroy trouser suit!
And so corduroy (and other fuzzy textures) is having a fashion moment. Corduroy lovers, unite. Actually, they did! Once upon a time, there existed the Corduroy Appreciation Club. Settle in for a listen, it’s a great story!
Who likes corduroy? Surprisingly, quite a few Style Archetypes! The most obvious is the Relaxed (or Natural) Style. It suits her casual and easy life and style. Anyone who is all about fabric feel can also be a corduroy fan; its soft ribbing and fuzzy texture is appealing, especially the fine wale. Wide wale corduroy has a more limited appeal and can feel stiff when new. (Wale is the measure of the number of ribs per inch. More ribs, the softer the fabric. Fewer ribs, less soft.) Classic Style archetypes will often gravitate to corduroy for casual wear, especially shirts, blazers and trousers. The Feminine Style, for whom softness is key, can also be a corduroy fan, as long it has a fine wale and that super soft feel and drape.
Want to get some corduroy in your world? We’re seing it everywhere. You’ can get’ll find corduroy tops, bottoms, jackets and bags at Lands’ End. I saw one really sharp navy corduroy blazer and those cute ballet flats, as well as trousers and a skirt at Talbot’s. They’re stocking plenty of corduroy jeans at Target. You’ll find more corduroy jeans, ball caps and totes at Old Navy. I’m tempted by the pink corduroy ball cap… (I don’t even wear ball caps, but sometimes there’s no logic to our wants.)
How About You?
What’s your relationship with corduroy? Do you have corduroy memories? Fond or otherwise, I’d love to hear them…