Posted on: November 8, 2023 Posted by: Comments: 0

When the autumn chill descends, I always have the best fashion intentions. But somehow, I find myself relying on jeans for every single outfit. This year, I’m determined to do things differently and mix up my wardrobe staples with some new classics. And when it comes to the classics, who better to turn to for sartorial inspiration than the French? Turns out, their favourite autumnal trouser style is none other than corduroys. 

Julie’s corduroy suit is seriously sophisticated. 

As a Nineties kid, corduroys tend to remind me of outfits I was begrudgingly forced to wear by my mother, but over the past few years I’ve noticed more and more of my favourite French tastemakers making the style look enviably chic. Paired with an oversized, slouchy jumper and boots, or a button-down shirt and ballet flats, the textured trouser looks seriously polished, and strikes the perfect balance of classic and contemporary. 

Camille fuses London and Parisian style with a layered shirt and jumper, leather jacket and trainers. 

Turns out, corduroys are one of the most hard-working styles you can have in your wardrobe. Not only are they incredibly warm and sturdy—meaning they’re more than up to the task of standing up to elements—but they can be styled in so many ways. Follow Camille Charriere’s lead put a London spin on them with trainers and a leather biker, or go full Parisian glam with a monochromatic look, courtesy of a matching knit or tailored blazer. 

A monochromatic dream—Julie shows how to take corduroys on a night out. 

Fortunately, this season there’s a plethora of styles to choose from at every price-point. Corduroys are meant to be classic, so I advise opting for a warm, versatile tone and a cut that makes you feel your best. From flares to culottes, scroll on to find my pick of the best cords 

A lesson in tonal layering for autumn. 

Just the right amount of Seventies flair.

Burgundy cords? French women would definitely approve.  

The fitted high waist and wide leg give this sleek pair the perfect shape. 

The relaxed fit give these an effortlessly cool vibe. 

Green is one of my favourite colours for autumn, and this dark olive pair has definitely caught my eye. 

Add a chunky cream jumper and your favourite trainers and you’re set.

Tailored trousers, the corduroy version. 

This is a deliciously good colour. 

A great entry point to the corduroy club—just swap your go-to jeans with these. 

Embrace the aesthetic of winter whites with this wide-leg pair. 

For those who prefer a cropped cut. Pair with chunky boots and a leather jacket. 

To emulate Parisian style, add loafers and a button down shirt. 

Add heeled boots and a turtleneck jumper et voilà. 

These would look great with a buttoned up cardigan and ballet flats. 

This sand tone is so versatile.

Corduroys that have Sienna Miller’s seal of approval are must-haves in my eyes. 

Style these flared burgundy corduroys with heels and a silky shirt for evening events. 

Trust Uniqlo to make a timeless pair of corduroys that tick all the boxes.

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Opening image: @tamaramory

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