The corduroy guide part 5

The corduroy guide

The corduroy guide part 5

Corduroy details and characteristics, number 2:

Corduroy is generally measured by what is referred to as the “Wale” of the cord, which is the number of ridges found in the item per inch. The term comes from the actual name of those ribs or cords that are called “Wales.” The lower the wale number, the thicker the “Wales” will be. The wale count is a rather large range and unlike other grades that often offer just a handful of choices, corduroy comes in everything from 1.5 all the way up to 21. However, in most cases, the most desirable wale number is somewhere between 10 and 12. Ideally, wider wale counts should be reserved for items below the waist, whereas a finer wale number can be chosen for items such as jackets and suits. Ultimately, of course, you pick what you like.

Corduroy details and characteristics, number 3:

The backside of corduroy can either look and feel similar to the front with a twill back (Genoa Back) or it can have a plain back, which is known as “Tabby Back”. Higher quality corduroys are tightly woven and usually feature a Genoa Back although there are generally exceptions to the rule.

How to wear corduroy, number 1:

If you buy a corduroy suit, you can also wear them as separates with just the jackets or pants. In fact, you will greatly increase the opportunities of wearing corduroy when you wear either a jacket or pants. If you are still in the early days of building a wardrobe, it is probably wiser to invest in a corduroy jacket rather than a full suit because you can combine it more easily.

How to wear corduroy, number 2:

Vintage Corduroy can come in unusual colors such as gunmetal in very fine or wide wale cord. The jackets from the 1950s and 1960s can easily be worn today, while the styles from the 1970s and 1980s look quite dated. Therefore, stick with timeless shapes.

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