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What you need to know about cord’s comeback

Corduroy, the much-loved material of the 1970s, is well and truly back with a bang. Maybe you’ve noticed it being worn by some of the world’s most stylish men or perhaps you’re yet to be convinced of its pulling power. However you feel about cord, here’s everything you need to know about this timeless, versatile fabric.

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Why you should try it

Cord has roots that start as far back as 200 B.C in ancient Egypt, where fabric was woven near the then-capital, Al-Fustat, and named Fustian. It didn’t have the same raised texture as corduroy has today, but it was certainly as weighty as it now is. It wasn’t until the 19th century in Manchester when cord, as we know it today, was established and the hard-wearing fabric was used in the uniforms of the military and factory workers. Men like The Beatles then popularised it in the 1960s – and it’s now back in our lives with a bang.

While fashion can feel like an ever-revolving door of trends to try and keep up with, once in a while we are faced with a must-try piece that promises instant style points. Right now, it’s all about corduroy, which has been patiently waiting in the wings for its comeback. Cord is everywhere: in jackets, shirts and trousers, and this season there truly isn’t much that can top this wonderful, adaptable fabric.

When you should wear it & What should you wear it with

Whether you choose to go for an understated corduroy jacket, a slick corduroy suit or a wear-anywhere pair of corduroy trousers, the beauty of cord is that there really are no rules when it comes to when it should be worn. From important work meetings to casual weekend encounters, corduroy promises to tick the style boxes, every single time.

No matter how you choose to wear it, corduroy looks best when it’s left to breathe on its own, without any other patterns or fabrics to distract from its brilliance. If you’re going for a jacket, wear it with a plain T-shirt and chinos; pair a cord suit with a simple Oxford shirt and brogues and add a staple sweatshirt and winter overcoat to your cord trousers. No matter how you choose to wear it, the corduroy you choose promises to turn heads in an instant.