If you adore vintage clothing as much as I do, you probably also have an affinity for corduroy fabric. GAP brings back the trend every few years, but it doesn’t have quite the same retro vibe on a pair of skinny jeans. The touchable textile looks cutest in the silhouettes of the ‘60s and ‘70s—I’m talking pinafores and bell-bottoms.

That being said, it’s also important it feels modern and not even slightly costume-y. Fortunately, my internet shopping skills discovered some totally wearable non-Halloweeny implementations of the textured fabric.

Free-People-FP-Cord-Super-FlareFirst up: Free People’s flares. I adore the saturated mulberry and evergreen hues! Bring out your inner boho babe like Vanessa Hudgens or Nicole Richie by creating a similar look. Long layered pendant necklaces would take things to the next level.

ASOS-Cord-Pinafore-Dress-in-GreenMore into the mod movement than the hippie fest? ASOS’ cord dress with a simple A-line silhouette will make you flip. Darling, right?

Paul-And-Joe-Sister-Shift-Dress-In-Corduroy-With-EmbellishmentAnd don’t be afraid to try some embellishments on the rich fabric, some beading or embroidery will give any item extra depth and an authentic vintage look. This shift dress from Paul and Joe Sister is an excellent example of just that.

_KENZO-VINTAGE-printed-corduroy-skirtThe easiest way to break into using corduroy fabric, however, is with a skirt like this can’t-look-away Kenzo creation or this sweet high-waist circle design from Urban Outfitters. These would be basic yet unique pieces to add to your wardrobe.

Are you a fan of corduroy fabric? Do you have a favorite cord item from your closet’s history?

September 17, 2013 — Shopify API