Q and Answer: Corduroy Critters
Andy from Minneapolis asks: How should I approach embroidered corduroys?  Are they just for kids?
Embroidered corduroys, like their cousin, embroidered chinos, are a preppy staple.  They’re one of many forms of the “go-to-hell” pant.  Essentially, they’re a way of demonstrating both a regard for and knowledge of the most traditional of traditional modes of dress, while still being outlandish.
They’re certainly not just for boys, though boys might naturally have the attitude to pull them off.  They’re best worn in casual situations, and best paired with other attire that’s relatively simple - solid sweaters, solid blazers, regimental striped ties.  Remember that the idea is that for the critters to contrast, they must be set against a conservative, traditional base.

Q and Answer: Corduroy Critters

Andy from Minneapolis asks: How should I approach embroidered corduroys?  Are they just for kids?

Embroidered corduroys, like their cousin, embroidered chinos, are a preppy staple.  They’re one of many forms of the “go-to-hell” pant.  Essentially, they’re a way of demonstrating both a regard for and knowledge of the most traditional of traditional modes of dress, while still being outlandish.

They’re certainly not just for boys, though boys might naturally have the attitude to pull them off.  They’re best worn in casual situations, and best paired with other attire that’s relatively simple - solid sweaters, solid blazers, regimental striped ties.  Remember that the idea is that for the critters to contrast, they must be set against a conservative, traditional base.

Q and Answer: Purple Pants
No one wrote to ask: Jesse, are you wearing purple corduroy pants today?
Yes, I am.  And also: red socks.

Q and Answer: Purple Pants

No one wrote to ask: Jesse, are you wearing purple corduroy pants today?

Yes, I am.  And also: red socks.

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These are fall colors, but it’s such a wonderful combination, I thought I’d repost it now.

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These are fall colors, but it’s such a wonderful combination, I thought I’d repost it now.

It’s On Sale
Polo Slim-Fit Corduroy Jeans
These are one of several pants on sale with an additional 20% off at ralphlauren.com - also consider the Slim-Fit Custom Chino, for example.
$31.99 from $89.50 at RalphLauren.com
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It’s On Sale

Polo Slim-Fit Corduroy Jeans

These are one of several pants on sale with an additional 20% off at ralphlauren.com - also consider the Slim-Fit Custom Chino, for example.

$31.99 from $89.50 at RalphLauren.com

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All I Want For Christmas

In our series “All I Want For Christmas,” we ask guys we think are cool to tell us what they’d like to get as a gift this holiday season.  Today’s subject Giuseppe Timore is the proprietor of An Affordable Wardrobe, which chronicles his efforts to assemble a stylish, classic wardrobe from pieces found in New England thrift stores.  So what does the guy who won’t spend any money what someone else to spend money on?

I remember like it was yesterday…I’d been toying around with “go-to-Hell” pants in the Summer for a while, but the onset of winter always meant a return to a muted palette of grays and browns. Maybe a bright pair of socks now and again for good measure. And then I fell for some flat front, wide wale corduroys in a damn near obnoxious shade of red called “cranberry”. On sale at the end of the season on the Lands End web site. I was hooked.

Just this past month, I couldn’t help but acquire another pair in a rusty orange brown called “cinnamon”. Blame it on the 25% off coupon in my email.

If only Santa, or the Mrs., could find me a pair in bright yellow, and maybe another in  some pushy shade of green…call it “banana” and “lime” in keeping with the food-as-colors theme. Lavender and pink are nice, too.

Wide wale cords are both warm and comfortable on cold New England days. Bright colors are a cheery and welcome break from the sea of gray flannel and brown tweed around us, and a great way to breath some life into those days that are pitch dark by 4:00 p.m.

All I want for Christmas is more outrageous cords.

Above: yellow Prospect cords, $49.99 from Ralph Lauren

It’s On Sale!
Trovata Highway Pant cords
$79 from $195 at Barneys.com

It’s On Sale!

Trovata Highway Pant cords

$79 from $195 at Barneys.com

The annual meeting of the Corduroy Appreciation Club is fast approaching, and so I thought I’d share a brief interview I conducted a few years ago with the club’s founder, Miles Rohan, for MaximumFun.org.  Note that this year’s special guest speaker, Sloane Crosley, was a guest on my public radio show last year, and was immensely charming. And yes, I do own a corduroy suit.
Miles Rohan always wanted to start a club. Also, he really liked corduroy. So he started a Corduroy Appreciation Club, with cocktails, speakers and secret rituals, to meet every year on 11/11 — the date most resembling corduroy.

Do you really like corduroy, or clubs, or both?
If I’m not wearing at least one piece of corduroy, I don’t feel right. The repetition, the parallel lines, the thickness I’ve always thought, provided a kind of order and support. And because I’m not entirely the most orderly person, it helps. But even when I was little I loved corduroy. It made me feel grown up and sophisticated. I’m more of a pin wale person, but at times I love a nice wide wale.
I like the idea of old social clubs, like The Elks and The Moose Club quite a lot. More secretive groups like The Masons or Skull and Bones have always fascinated me. That’s what the Corduroy Appreciation Club is based on, old, mysterious social clubs with secret symbols, mottos, handshakes and the like.
Do you have officers?
There are several people who help a great deal with the Corduroy Appreciation Club. I had tried to get it off the ground for a few years, but just couldn’t. My wife, Jordana, is beyond helpful and was integral to the eventual launch. She’s a graphic designer and was able to articulate much of my ideas about aesthetic for materials like our corduroy swathed membership cards. Beyond her, many friends have been incredibly helpful and supportive. We have a Vice President, a Director of Operations, a Corduroy Social Council Chair, and several “Cord-inators.” We have a new president of our UK Chapter.
What if there was a club chair made of corduroy?  It’d be a nice chair, and perfect for meetings or social occasions.
That’s a marvelous suggestion. Like a corduroy throne? As we expand I think that each chapter should have one. I know The Masons have special chairs. We have plans to actually have a clubhouse or lodge by November 11th, 2011. 11/11/11, the date which most resembles corduroy—ever. And the place would be essentially made of corduroy, corduroy covered walls, furniture, rugs, and lampshades…everything corduroy.
Your rules state that you must wear at least two items made of corduroy. Unless you’re wearing a corduroy suit, isn’t that a little odd?
I don’t think so. People seem to like the challenge and the serious nature of the rule. People wear corduroy hats or skirts, many women have corduroy purses. The rules encourage creativity. People have come to meetings with homemade corduroy headbands, shoes, necklaces, ipod cases. Some claim to have on corduroy underwear, but I’ve just taken their word, I’ve never checked. We’re having official Corduroy Appreciation Club Corduroy Ties made up for purchase.
Please share one of your club’s secrets.
Our most prominent and public club symbol is a left-facing whale, which is a pun on wale. Wales are the raised ridges which make corduroy, corduroy. Whales also poses longevity, sociability and intelligence-all attributes the CAC wishes to aspire to. We have a complex system of numerology based on the number 11 because it’s the first natural number to resemble corduroy and is therefore extremely important to us. The Hendecagon, an 11-sided polygon figures prominently. Our secret rituals cannot be divulged here or anywhere. Members face dismissal if they are found to betray the Loyal Corduroy Oath.
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The annual meeting of the Corduroy Appreciation Club is fast approaching, and so I thought I’d share a brief interview I conducted a few years ago with the club’s founder, Miles Rohan, for MaximumFun.org.  Note that this year’s special guest speaker, Sloane Crosley, was a guest on my public radio show last year, and was immensely charming. And yes, I do own a corduroy suit.

Miles Rohan always wanted to start a club. Also, he really liked corduroy. So he started a Corduroy Appreciation Club, with cocktails, speakers and secret rituals, to meet every year on 11/11 — the date most resembling corduroy.

Do you really like corduroy, or clubs, or both?

If I’m not wearing at least one piece of corduroy, I don’t feel right. The repetition, the parallel lines, the thickness I’ve always thought, provided a kind of order and support. And because I’m not entirely the most orderly person, it helps. But even when I was little I loved corduroy. It made me feel grown up and sophisticated. I’m more of a pin wale person, but at times I love a nice wide wale.

I like the idea of old social clubs, like The Elks and The Moose Club quite a lot. More secretive groups like The Masons or Skull and Bones have always fascinated me. That’s what the Corduroy Appreciation Club is based on, old, mysterious social clubs with secret symbols, mottos, handshakes and the like.

Do you have officers?

There are several people who help a great deal with the Corduroy Appreciation Club. I had tried to get it off the ground for a few years, but just couldn’t. My wife, Jordana, is beyond helpful and was integral to the eventual launch. She’s a graphic designer and was able to articulate much of my ideas about aesthetic for materials like our corduroy swathed membership cards. Beyond her, many friends have been incredibly helpful and supportive. We have a Vice President, a Director of Operations, a Corduroy Social Council Chair, and several “Cord-inators.” We have a new president of our UK Chapter.

What if there was a club chair made of corduroy? It’d be a nice chair, and perfect for meetings or social occasions.

That’s a marvelous suggestion. Like a corduroy throne? As we expand I think that each chapter should have one. I know The Masons have special chairs. We have plans to actually have a clubhouse or lodge by November 11th, 2011. 11/11/11, the date which most resembles corduroy—ever. And the place would be essentially made of corduroy, corduroy covered walls, furniture, rugs, and lampshades…everything corduroy.

Your rules state that you must wear at least two items made of corduroy. Unless you’re wearing a corduroy suit, isn’t that a little odd?

I don’t think so. People seem to like the challenge and the serious nature of the rule. People wear corduroy hats or skirts, many women have corduroy purses. The rules encourage creativity. People have come to meetings with homemade corduroy headbands, shoes, necklaces, ipod cases. Some claim to have on corduroy underwear, but I’ve just taken their word, I’ve never checked. We’re having official Corduroy Appreciation Club Corduroy Ties made up for purchase.

Please share one of your club’s secrets.

Our most prominent and public club symbol is a left-facing whale, which is a pun on wale. Wales are the raised ridges which make corduroy, corduroy. Whales also poses longevity, sociability and intelligence-all attributes the CAC wishes to aspire to. We have a complex system of numerology based on the number 11 because it’s the first natural number to resemble corduroy and is therefore extremely important to us. The Hendecagon, an 11-sided polygon figures prominently. Our secret rituals cannot be divulged here or anywhere. Members face dismissal if they are found to betray the Loyal Corduroy Oath.

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Q&A
Jacob Morril writes:
I’m a teacher.  What should I wear?
1. As you know, I’m not rich. 2. I’m 32. 3. I have two kids. 4. I teach physics.
I love this one.  As a teacher, you have a great uniform to tap into and tweak to your heart’s content.
Here’s what I recommend:
Some slim-fitting, flattering chinos, like the Uniqlo Vintage Chino.
Some tasteful raw blue jeans.
Some slim-fitting cords — J. Crew after Christmas is a great source.
A few vintage corduroy and tweed sportcoats.  You can get lovely vintage Harris and Donegal tweeds  very inexpensively on Ebay.  Avoid exaggerated 70s styles (super-wide lapels) and you’ll be fine.
Plain, well-fitted white and blue oxford shirts.
Some boots.
Knit ties and v-neck sweaters as appropriate.
Mix at will.

Q&A

Jacob Morril writes:

I’m a teacher.  What should I wear?

1. As you know, I’m not rich.
2. I’m 32.
3. I have two kids.
4. I teach physics.

I love this one.  As a teacher, you have a great uniform to tap into and tweak to your heart’s content.

Here’s what I recommend:

  • Some slim-fitting, flattering chinos, like the Uniqlo Vintage Chino.
  • Some tasteful raw blue jeans.
  • Some slim-fitting cords — J. Crew after Christmas is a great source.
  • A few vintage corduroy and tweed sportcoats.  You can get lovely vintage Harris and Donegal tweeds  very inexpensively on Ebay.  Avoid exaggerated 70s styles (super-wide lapels) and you’ll be fine.
  • Plain, well-fitted white and blue oxford shirts.
  • Some boots.
  • Knit ties and v-neck sweaters as appropriate.

Mix at will.