Corduroy Suits Part II: Dressed-Down
February 27th, 2013
Corduroy suits are as practical for the weekend as they are for the office.
Following up on “Part I: Dressed-Up“, here are the same three corduroy suits, dressed-down.
1. Suit, Sweater, Sneaks
With the back and forth weather of NYC, every once in a while we get a warm sunny day in the middle of February.
One of my go-to “casual” looks for late winter/early spring: heavy suit + textured knit + classy sneakers.
The keys to a sharp casual look are simplicity, fit, color and texture.
And don’t forget the accessories. A simple look benefits from finishing touches like subtle, minimal jewelry.
These are one of the few pairs of sneakers I own that are beautfiully crafted. The suede and patent leather are top quality, and the design is simple and smart. They have the comfort and casual nature of a sneaker, with a hint of elegance and maturity.
They actually look and feel more like a pair of benchmade lace-ups than a typical pair of factory-made runners.
- Gold Plated hand-engraved shades by Matsuda
- Khaki corduroy suit
- Linen knit sweater by Zara
- Brown bandana as pocket square
- Necklaces from NYC Street Artist
- “Stella” Watch by Brera Orologi
- Brass spike cuff by Giles & Brothers
- Slim brown leather belt Vintage
- Brown suede captoe sneakers by Lanvin
2. Casual but Sharp
As I mentioned, I wear this double-breasted cord jacket more often as a “tailored peacoat” than a full suit. It’s extremely warm and tougher than it looks.
As Towni mentioned, the subtle popped-collar under turleneck is a micro-trend that we have been diggin’.
All about them Winter Whites.
- Navy corduroy double breasted suit jacket
- Grey fine-guage wool turtleneck by Uniqlo
- Denim western shirt by Levi’s
- Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
- Brown suede Ring belt by Brooks Brothers
- White denim jeans by Helmut Lang
- Brown suede wingtips by JCrew
A corduroy suit jacket is the kind of piece you can just throw on, no matter what you’re wearing (provided you have a well-edited wardrobe).
I like mixing tailored jackets with more casual pieces – like a vintage peacoat, a pair of alpine boots and a $5 street beanie.
Don’t be afraid to wear your “nice” clothes. Well-made pieces are built to last and will get better with time. They’re not doing any good in the back of your closet.
A corduroy jacket is a great example of a piece that gets better with wear. Over time it will mold to the shape of your body, providing a better fit, and the fabric will take-on a natural broken-in character.
Putting some final spins on my winter boots before Spring comes around for real.
- Black beanie from NYC street stand
- Navy peacoat Vintage naval issue
- Blue striped cotton top by Saint James
- Black woven leather gloves by Hilts and Willard
- Washed denim by Rag & Bone
- Alpine boots by Kenneth Cole
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Yours in style,
Photography by Alex Crawford.