8 Rules For Wearing Cord Well
8 Rules For Wearing Cord Well

8 Rules For Wearing Cord Well


Cord used to be the preserve of fusty school teachers – even just recently, Paul Giamatti was rarely out of it in The Holdovers. But it can actually be for everyone, so long as they buy the right pieces and follow these tips for wearing it well…

Find The Right Fabric

Cord has the potential to go out of shape and look frumpy, especially if you go for a thick pile which adds bulk. Look for a medium pile and avoid any non-synthetic fibres that add unwanted shine.


Look For Structure

Structure is the thing that holds a look together. A good one will also make styling easy – for example, a well-cut overshirt or blazer will only need a simple white tee to look sharp.


Try A Two Piece

A cord suit is more wearable than you might think – and a great alternative for less formal dress codes. If that feels too much, a cord shirt with matching trousers is a great casual option – just add trainers and a white tee. 


Style With A Stripe

A stripe can go a long way at this time of year. Mixing one in with cord is another clever styling combo. Wear a simple stripe tee under a cord blazer or try a chunky stripe knit with loose cords and trainers.


Mix With Denim

Cord isn’t just an alternative to denim. They can work well together as a pair. Contrast traditional blue denim with cord in earthy khaki tones for a contemporary look. 


Always Size Up

Cord always looks cooler oversized – whether it’s one size up in a blazer or a slightly looser waist, you want things to feel easy and pared back.


Tinker With Texture

Contrasting textures is a tried and tested way of adding an edge to any look. Think about mixing in chunky knits, leather, or cotton tees and sweatshirts.


Embrace Colour

Cord tends to come in autumnal tones like burgundy, khaki and mustard so it can be a nice way to add some colour to your looks. Keep the rest of your look neutral with soft greys, creams and navy blue.

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