September 21, 2011  ·  style

2011 Corduroy Trousers Buyer's Guide

Fall is here at last, and there's something in the air besides just a hint of chill and the smell of fallen leaves—it's the FWIP FWIP FWIP of corduroy on the march. We buy a ton of corduroy at Unrefinery HQ, and here are some of our favourites.

Brooks Brothers [$99] — They make 'em in the slim, stylish Milano cut, but we prefer juuuust a little more comfort in the cooler months. The Clark fit shown here is still trim and straight, but with no lower-leg taper and a slightly more conservative rise. No upper-ass exposure for us when the weather gets cold, thanks.

Bonobos [$108] — Mid-weight and a very fine wale. They make these with 4% spandex and that small amount of stretch adds a bit of comfort and a lot of shape retention.

Old Navy [$30] — We've always liked Old Navy's highly affordable cords for weekend loafing and eventually snow shoveling, and this year they're even better with a slightly trimmer fit from the hips all the way through the legs.

Betabrand [$90] — We'd be remiss if we didn't mention Betabrand, whose Cordarounds revolutionized the segment with their... well, OK, they just made the wales go sideways instead of up and down. And they added an extremely tacky red label that is non-trivial to remove. But they have a great cut and their range of colour options is second to none.

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