Trend Alert: Corduroy

The perfect winter trend is back on high rotation this season. Yep, we’re talking about corduroy.

The cooler cousin to velvet, a literal nostalgic feel and a true winter warmer, cord is making a major comeback.

Alexa Chung Cordurow

As we know, Alexa Chung is a major fan of cord (her Madewell shorts were one of the best sellers) and she nails it here in her usual boyish-yet-preppy style. Actress Sophie Lowe brought the trend Down Under at this year’s Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Australia with a statement overcoat and cord sleeves. Meanwhile back in 2011, Jessica Biel bravely stepped out in a head-to-toe corduroy suit. Hmm, that might be taking it a bit too far…

Sophie Lowe Curduroy

Jessica Biel Corduroy

For a 2012 update, mix in some chic cord with bomber jackets, flirty A-line skirts or even the original corduroy trousers. Stick to basic shades – work back oxblood, black and beige cord with graphic prints or neon hues.

Shop the trend!


Madwell Plaid Cord Boyshirt, $88, A transeasonal shirt that nails two trends at once: cord and plaid. Wear it open over jeans or buttoned up with leather-look leggings.

J Brand 1199 Janey Corduroy, £153.24, Fit and silhouette are the most important things to consider when buying corduroy. The slight flare on these J Brand trousers balance out the bulkier fabric and mold perfectly around the bottom.

Topshop Petite Wine Cord Pinny, £36, A cute pinafore in the coolest colour this season.

Peter Jensen Corduroy Dress, £178, Opaque tights, a knotted silk scarf and this bold shirtdress are the perfect work ensemble.

Citizens of Humanity Thompson Print Corduroy Trousers, £269, Blessed with skinny pins? Half your luck. Show them off with a texted paisley print. Add some leather brogues and a collared shirt for an androgynous look.

American Apparel Circle Skirt, £40, A legendary staple, this A-line skirt will see you through many seasons. We’re stocking up on every colour.

Rachel Zoe Rachel Corduroy Flare Pants, £127, The queen of ‘70s hippie chic, Rachel Zoe’s hero jeans are made to be worn with a white tee and a floppy hat.

Free People Printed Cord Dungarees, £59.95, For the brave, channel Alexa Chung and try a pair of retro overalls.

 Etoile Isabel Marant Wilma Leopard Skirt, £117.50, A sexy mix of leather and cord make this animal-print mini a must-have.

Kimberlee Oo

Kimberlee is an Australian writer who gave up the reality to follow her dreams...Originally from Sydney, now living in Paris. Kimberlee spends her days writing, styling and eating croissants.