Corduroy Pants Are the Soft, Durable Workhorses You Should Be Wearing All the Damn Time

There’s something decidedly adult about wearing corduroy, like after your parents reprimanded you for acting too childish you did, in fact, go upstairs and put on “your big-boy pants.” In my mind, wearing corduroy should make you feel a long-tenured professor at some small liberal arts college who teaches a seminar or two on Cultural Anthropology but mostly spends his time puttering around an office stuffed with odd curios he’s accumulated from a lifetime of traveling.

You know the type. He’d pair his corduroys with a sturdy cable-knit, a thick, tweed-y looking sport coat—no matter the temperature outside—and some brown Merrell hiking boots. (All of which, incidentally, would make for an absolutely huge fit today!) “Corduroys?” you might be saying incredulously to yourself. “In this economy?!” Oh, ye of little faith! Think of them as sweatpants’ not-so-distant cousin, especially if the style you’re eyeing comes with all the forgiving acceptance of your favorite elastic-waisted sweats, or hell, a full-on drawstring, too.

The best corduroy pants today are soft and durable and sit beautifully on top of a studier winter shoe when cut with a thicker cuff, but look downright elegant gracefully skimming the tip of a loafer when left slightly cropped. Traditionally, I’d tell you to stick to a thinner wale—the term used to refer to the number of ridges per inch on each pant—but there’s something about the heftiness of a wider wale style, especially when paired with an outfit that offsets the silhouette’s preppy origins, that looks so charmingly retro right now. In other words, you really can’t go wrong.

And who knows? You might be a bit of burgeoning cultural anthropologist yourself.

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Stretch Country Corduroy Pants



Collaboration or not, L.L. Bean still makes classic American staples like nobody’s business. 

Cotton Workwear-Style Corduroy Trousers



Your favorite college professor could never. 

365 Corduroy Pants

Flint and Tinder


Flint and Tinder’s line of aptly named 365 essentials are made to hold up day after day (after day) of wear. 

Single-Pleat 10-Wale Corduroy Pants



Slim Corduroy Jeans



For the traditionalists among us (hey, there!) Madewell cuts its corduroys just like your trustiest jeans, and partners with the Better Cotton initiative to do it. 

Sigle Knee Corduroy Pants

Carhartt WIP


If it surprises you that Carhartt’s WIP line makes some of the sturdiest pants around, you clearly haven’t been coming here long. Welcome, sir! 

Corduroy Pants



Wide-Leg Pleated Cotton-Corduroy Trousers

Pop Trading Company


Cut wide-legged and relaxed, exactly the way pants should fit right now. 

Magic Work Pants



Sutton Corduroy Trousers

Todd Snyder


Todd Snyder’s signature dress pants, now in corduroy form (and the perfect shade of beat-the-winter-blues blue). 

Active Lazy Pants



Drawstrings, as promised. 

Fatigue Cotton-Corduroy Trousers

Engineered Garments


Daiki Suzuki updates an iconic military silhouette with sizable pockets (naturally) and dusty earth tones. 

Off-White Corduroy Trousers



The latest endeavor from L.A.-based multidisciplinary creative Eli Russell Linnetz is an ode to ’90s-inspired West Coast style, often through clothing you can rock no matter where in the country you call home. 

Brown Corduroy Riccardo Trousers



Priya Ahluwalia uses recycled cotton and truly wavy graphics to make a perfectly slouchy pair of pants a bona fide seasonal must-have. 

Brown Corduroy Trousers

Andersson Bell


An asymmetric fastening coupled with an idiosyncratic, wide-legged cut bring Andersson Bell’s brown corduroys swiftly into a future we want to live in. 

Off-White & Red Corduroy Jeans

Wales Bonner


Grace Wales Bonner elevates an already-elegant pair of pants with subtle red velvet detailing by the waistband.

Patchwork Cotton-Blend Corduroy and Gabardine Trousers

Comme des Garçons HOMME


Can’t decide what material you want your corduroys made out of? Head to Comme. 

Corduroy Flare Pants



The high-waisted, spectacularly flared Harry Styles special. 

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Avidan Grossman is the Style eCommerce Editor at Esquire, covering men’s fashion, shoes, grooming, and accessories.

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