The cooler parts of the year might be the best to break in a brand new double-fried crispy pair of raw denim jeans, but why suffer? Instead, leave the crunchy bits to the dead leaves and dried trees and slip into something a little more comfortable. We're talking about a pair of velvety, ultra-soft corduroy pants.
They're ideal for nippy weather, thanks to the cords or "wales" woven into the fabric. Those are made by inserting yarns into the fabric from the back side. The yarns stand up through the right side of the fabric and are then shorn, resulting in the hairy piles of cords (or velvet) on the surface. That does two things: the piles are able to trap heat better, making them great for cooler weather, and; it makes the fabric more durable. No wonder it's often been seen in winter workwear garments like chore coats and heavy pants.
The Best Corduroy Pants for Men
Whether you want a pair for the durability, the rustic aesthetics or the touch, the feel of corduroy, now is the ideal time. We've put together the best options out there right now.
- Best Overall Corduroy Pants: Flint and Tinder 365 Corduroy Pant
- Best Affordable Corduroy Pants: L.L. Bean Stretch Country Corduroy Pants
- Best Upgrade Corduroy Pants: Drake's Mid-Wale Corduroy Flat Front Trouser
- Outerknown Townes 5-Pocket Cord Pants
- Gramicci Corduroy Pants
- Banana Republic Slim Traveler Corduroy Pant
- J.Crew 770 Straight-Fit Corduroy Pant
- Patagonia Organic Cotton Corduroy Pants
- UO Wide Wale Corduroy Beach Pant
- Todd Snyder Slim Fit 5-Pocket Italian Corduroy Pant
Splitting the difference between jeans and chinos, Flint and Tinder's 365 cords are true to the name. The mid-wale, mid-weight eight ounce corduroy fabric is perfect for wearing all year long. It uses 98 percent cotton and two percent spandex — just enough to feel the difference without reclassifying them as corduroy yoga pants.
When you think of a pair of cords, this is the picture that comes to mind. Slanted hand pockets, welted rear pockets, flat front. Ya know, chinos — but in corduroy. L.L. Bean's shoot straight down the middle and are as classic as it gets. They're made with a middle-of-the-cord 11-wale that's great for fall, early winter, and even for spring. They've got a smidge of stretch and even come with a lined waistband and curtain for extra durability — a detail you won't find even on cords above this price point.
These relaxed-fit pants are made in Italy and feature button side tabs and a zip fly. Blending the boundary between tailoring and workwear, they have a full leg and high rise, along with single pleats. They’re available in sizes 28 to 38 and come in three classic colors.
Outerknown's Townes pants are inspired by the '70s. They've got a classic 5-pocket style and a slim fit that sits at the waist and tapers through the leg. They're also crafted from lightweight 16-wale corduroy so they'll be comfortable no matter the season.
If you have the sudden urge to go rock climbing, Gramicci's got just the pants for you to harness into. They're flexible enough with a pinch of stretch and a thoughtfully gusseted crotch for any challenging maneuvers. They have dual hand and rear pockets for your energy bars and come with an integrated webbed belt that's both lighter and more comfortable than traditional leather belts.
The Slim Traveler Corduroy Pants come in seven colors and with 1 percent elastane embedded into the otherwise cotton construction. That makes these pants stretchy, soft and comfortable even on long haul flights. It's not that corduroy is naturally uncomfortable, but added softness never hurt.
J.Crew applied its popular chino pant shape, the 770, to a new material: corduroy. These fit straight through the hips, thighs and legs, with five pockets and an appropriate amount of give, courtesy of elastane.
If you see a pair of corduroy pants out in public, they're probably these. I'd be willing to bet on it. They're ubiquitous, and for good reason. Patagonia makes them from 100 percent organic cotton in a fair trade factory. You can pick from two lengths and a bunch of waist sizes.
Dubbed the Beach Pant, these bottoms from UO are wide, with an ever wider wale. They'll fit super comfortably through the hips and seat and the leg opening is far larger than others on this list. Plus, the elastic waistband makes these feel like sweatpants.
If you're looking for a luxe pair to wear to the office, choose Todd Snyder's, which are made from Italian corduroy and come with a trim, tailored fit. They have five pockets like your favorite jeans, but the texture naturally elevates these.