So, it’s another bitingly cold winter day. You haul your aching bones out of bed, shiver your way half awake to the café on the corner, and decide—what the hell—you deserve a damn treat. “Not my regular today, my man,” you declare to the barista, as if he has any idea who you are. “I’d like a mocha.” And man oh man, that mocha! You haven’t had one since college, when you were still tricking yourself into liking coffee, and it’s rich and warm and fills your whole body with joy, and you’re immediately ready to head out there and own the day. Men’s corduroy pants are the mochas of the style world—only they don’t cost quadruple the price of an Americano, so you can afford to wear them everyday.
The rest of that very dumb analogy holds true, though: cords are an absolute heavenly treat for your lower half. Cozier than your jeans, miles more comfortable than your wool trousers, and a worthy substitute for either of those staples. And right this moment, there’s an excess of shiny, hardy, easy-wearing corduroy pants out there to get excited about pulling on everyday from now till June. If you’ve got legs and any semblance of style, here are 17 pairs of men’s corduroy pants to consider copping right away.
The Best Everyday Corduroy Pants
Alex Mill rugged cord pleated pant
Alex Mill—the New York label that’s functionally a reunion tour for the team behind J.Crew’s #menswear golden age—is all about making everyday staples so intuitively wearable you could get dressed in the dark and still emerge looking pretty darn good. Their signature trousers are probably the most fully realized representation of that goal: with a subtle single pleat and a slightly relaxed fit, they feel very 2021 and totally timeless all at once. This latest iteration, done up in hardy medium-weight corduroy, is easily the handsomest and most versatile they’ve dropped yet.
The Best Colossal Corduroy Pants
Tod’s cotton-corduroy trousers
We’re living in an age of BIG pants, and everything about this pair is larger than life. The wales are wider than the Mississippi, and the silhouette is so voluminous it’s practically bordering on JNCO territory. That might sound a tad clownish on paper, but in person they’re irrefutably beautiful and surprisingly elegant—proof that more sometimes really is more. Tuck in a simple T-shirt or cashmere sweater, then sit back and let the pants do all the talking.
The Best Dadly Corduroy Pants
L.L.Bean stretch country corduroy pants
You think cords, you probably think pants like these: simple, hardy, straight-leg joints that your dad likely ordered from a catalog he got in the mail. They’re still as sensible and handsome as ever, and if you can steal your pops’s well-worn pair from way back when, all the better. If that’s not an option, don’t fret: thanks to L.L.Bean’s sale, you can nab some right now for the positively 1995-esque price of $25.
The Best Workwear Corduroy Pants
Carhartt WIP single knee pant
At this stage, we really shouldn’t really have to explain the merits of work pants to you anymore. They’re affordable, universally beloved. What’s not to love? Our only real wish was that they came in a wider range of fabrics—and, well, now they do. Thanks to Carhartt’s streetwear-inflected sub-label WIP, their classic fit carpenter pants have been decked out in a wide-wale cord, bringing a welcome touch of softness and texture to the toughest pants around.
The Best Office-Ready Corduroy Pants
Todd Snyder “Sutton” corduroy trouser (was $228, now 58% off)
Whether you’re back in the office full-time already or just trying to bring some more professional energy to your WFH life, this flat-front pair from everyman menswear god Todd Snyder is the way to go: a slick, tailored dress pant silhouette cut from rich, glossy corduroy, in a handful of colors that all look swell with a navy blazer.
The Best (Elevated!) Everyday Corduroy Pants
Evan Kinori single pleat pant
Everything we love about the Alex Mill joints up top, Evan Kinori’s cords deliver at a slightly higher level. The baggyish-but-still-tapered fit is similar, but even more flattering; the fabric is a little heftier, with a little more character; and the whole thing is meticulously handcrafted in California. The catch, of course, is that the Kinori version clocks in at three times the price—but if you’ve got the funds, it’s worth the upgrade.
Eleven More Pairs of Cords We Love
Mr P. tapered pleated cotton-corduroy trousers
White cords > white jeans. Every time. Trust us.
Gramicci NN Just cotton-blend corduroy trousers
Gorpcore folks: yep, there are cords for you too.
Ralph Lauren stretch classic corduroy pant (was $110, now 45% off)
As with all things classically American, Ralph makes a damn good pair of cords.
Drake’s olive corduroy single-pleat games blazer
Pair with the matching blazer for the ultimate rough-and-tumble, anytime suit.$455
Dickies corduroy double knee pant (was $99, now 10% off)
If the Carhartt numbers above don’t feel quite workwear-y enough for you, try these double-knee Dickies on for size.
Folk Signal tapered cropped pleated cotton-corduroy trousers.
Orange cords? Orange cords!
O.N.S. “Crosby” corduroy pants (was $168, now 64% off with code “FINAL50”)
Cropped to the ankles to make your kicks the star of the show.
COS elastic waist corduroy pants
Stretchy in the waist to help transition you back out of full-time sweats.
Gucci regular fit corduroy trousers
Big and slouchy and cuffed, just like Harry Styles wears ’em.
Sid Mashburn cotton-corduroy trousers
Your favorite pair of vintage five-pocket Levi’s, now in cozy cord form.
Oliver Spencer “Judo” cotton-corduroy straight-leg trousers
The kind of cargoes you can wear with a sportcoat.
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