11/11/11 The Day Which Most Closely Resembles Corduroy

Originally published in The Independent November 11, 2011

“Wet trousers in the washing machine, but I’d rather be damp then seen in jeans” Art Brut-‘Nag Nag Nag’ 2006.

As an early 30’s male, a regular wash day is hardly my top priority. But a sturdy pair of pants is, and jeans simply don’t cut it. Denim conjures flashbacks to cold itchy childhood de Nîmes clad legs and visions of Top Gear’s middle aged weariness. Plus, growing up In the 80’s, jeans weren’t an Easy Rider two finger salute to The Man, they were the stone washed U2 approved granddad of shell suits.  501 adverts bugged me to.

Corduroy on the other hand oozes comfort and style and a gentlemanly elegance, and the discerning trouser wearer’s fabric of choice celebrated on 111111: The Date Which Most Closely Resembles Corduroy.

My affair truly started with teenage thrift shopping and a £2.75 tan brown corduroy jacket resembling Jarvis Cocker’s attire. This set me straight (obviously) in to a world of Corduroy: slippers, waistcoats, ties, hats and, of course, trousers.  The horrendousness of London Shopping becomes effortless by the corduroy trouser: I know my cord of choice; a 32w 34l flared cord, £30 from a Covent Garden boutique-I don’t even need to try them on…..CONTINUE READING HERE



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