A corduroy shirt is your new spring style staple

Forget what you thought you knew about this trusty garment, it's time to invest...

Once exclusively reserved for your grandad’s wardrobe and 1950s spurs-and-saddles films, the corduroy shirt is now officially, incredibly cool. And, frankly, it’s a wonder that we didn’t all come around to this sturdy staple a lot sooner. Rich and hardy, warm and reliable — throwing on a corduroy shirt is a surefire way to adding some luxe texture to your weekend wardrobe, and might now be our favourite denim alternative.

Caution is advised, however, before you plunge headfirst into this multifaceted fabric. Read on for our careful curation of the best on the market right now — perfect for wearing open over a t-shirt, buttoned up under a denim jacket or – if the weather brings a chill – both.

Make a statement in bold primary colours

Recent years have witnessed the classic primary colours fall from fashionable favour — with many designers swearing allegiance to minimalism and a more neutral colour palette. However, we’d like to make a case for these bold, bright and beautiful shirts as we head into sunnier seasons. Not least because it’s getting a bit dull seeing everyone dressed head-to-toe in grey or cream.

Team any of these with jeans or your favourite chinos and a pair of smart sneakers for an outfit that will start all the right conversations.

A corduroy shirt is your new spring style staple

Norse Projects Osvald Corduroy Shirt

£150

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A corduroy shirt is your new spring style staple

Polo Ralph Lauren Button-Down Collar Cotton-Corduroy Shirt

£105

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A corduroy shirt is your new spring style staple

Weekday Wise Cord Shirt

£35

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Embrace this season’s passion for pastel

Appropriately enough as we enter Easter week, pastel colours are not only bang on trend — but also lend themselves perfectly to a corduroy overshirt. Whilst they can be tricky shades to complement, our advice is always to temper these sickly-sweet hues with more ‘serious’ colours like black, navy and khaki green.

Keep it cool, calm and collected in one of these powdery picks.

A corduroy shirt is your new spring style staple

Gitman Vintage Slim-Fit Button-Down Collar Cotton-Corduroy Shirt

£195

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A corduroy shirt is your new spring style staple

Weekday Wise Cord Shirt

£35

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A corduroy shirt is your new spring style staple

Paul Smith Men's Tailored-Fit Beige Corduroy Shirt

£130

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Stay down to earth with a neutral shade

OK, we know we’ve just championed rebelling against the minimalist hype, but this selection of shirts prove that ‘neutral’ doesn’t have to equate to ‘desperately dull’. Each of these provide a perfect base note upon which you can craft the rest of your ensemble.

Throw over a white t-shirt, and avoid looking too washed-out by incorporating a pop of colour in your trousers  or sneakers.

A corduroy shirt is your new spring style staple

A Day's March Original Overshirt

£140

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A corduroy shirt is your new spring style staple

Sir Plus Olive Two Pocket Corduroy Shirt

£110

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A corduroy shirt is your new spring style staple

Chester Barrie Baby Cord Shirt in Red

£110

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