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.
Norse Projects Osvald Corduroy Shirt
Polo Ralph Lauren Button-Down Collar Cotton-Corduroy Shirt
Weekday Wise Cord Shirt
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.
Gitman Vintage Slim-Fit Button-Down Collar Cotton-Corduroy Shirt
Weekday Wise Cord Shirt
Paul Smith Men's Tailored-Fit Beige Corduroy Shirt
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 Day's March Original Overshirt
Sir Plus Olive Two Pocket Corduroy Shirt
Chester Barrie Baby Cord Shirt in Red
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