We’ve teamed up with Urban Outfitters to explore the world of fabrics in a series called Fabric First, diving deep into materials and textures that are season- and style-appropriate right now. 

We rely on a handful of various fabrics to give our wardrobes texture as well as to make them versatile enough to last all year round. You’d be left wanting more in colder weather if your whole wardrobe was made of linen, for example. Each fabric specializes in its own sphere, and mixing and matching those specializations is what really builds a successful wardrobe. This time around we’re putting corduroy under the microscope.

Originating in the 18th century, corduroy found its place — like so many other materials — in the world of workwear. Of all materials, corduroy is one of the most distinctive thanks to its ‘cords’ or ‘wales’ which appear as tufted lines separated by a bare channel. Corduroy is a material perfectly fit for fall thanks to its heavier construction and velveteen appearance. It's versatility, though, lies in the fact that it's lightweight enough not to cause its wearer to overheat or be slowed down during those warm October days.

In celebration of this wonder-textile, we’ve rounded up 10 products, from utility jackets to pants and bucket hats, to show the power of corduroy.

Keep scrolling to shop corduroy items that are perfect for fall and winter.

Urban Outfitters Corduroy Work Shirt

Corduroy Work Shirt

Corduroy Work Shirt

$69

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Corduroy works in every color but we especially love dark renditions because it really emphasizes the texture of the fabric. This dark brown corduroy shirt is the perfect way to keep your fit subdued and sleek while keeping things visually interesting.

Urban Outfitters Corduroy Harrington Jacket

Corduroy Harrington Jacket

Corduroy Harrington Jacket

from $79

Urban Outfitters

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(Available at 4 Merchants)

The Harrington jacket has a long line of the extremely stylish — James Dean and Steve Mcqueen for starters — and this corduroy piece leaves no doubts as to why. A timeless build with a simple spread collar makes the Harrington jacket a fall essential.

Katin Local Corduroy Short

Local Corduroy Short

Local Corduroy Short

$62

Katin

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Corduroy shorts are not a regular fixture for the fabric, but we're definitely here for it. Katin's Corduroy Shorts make use of a velveteen black corduroy as well as a short-short cut to make their impact.

Urban Outfitters Corduroy Cropped Beach Pant

Corduroy Cropped Beach Pant

Corduroy Cropped Beach Pant

$60

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Due to the fabric's weight, corduroy pants usually feature a wider leg which gives a distinctively relaxed feel to the genre. This pair of cropped beach pants features an eye-catching all-over motif in a warm fall color palette.

BDG Washed Corduroy Trucker Jacket

Washed Corduroy Trucker Jacket

Washed Corduroy Trucker Jacket

$80

BDG

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BDG, Urban Outfitters' denim department, employs the perpetually stylish trucker jacket silhouette for this light corduroy jacket. We'll be layering this piece all fall thanks to its neutral colorway.

Urban Outfitters Embroidered Corduroy Beach Pant

Embroidered Corduroy Beach Pant

Embroidered Corduroy Beach Pant

$69

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You could find a nearby rooftop and shout about your love of corduroy for all to hear, or you could just start wearing this pair of unmissable yellow corduroy pants.

Urban Outfitters Washed Corduroy Bucket Hat

Washed Corduroy Bucket Hat

Washed Corduroy Bucket Hat

$19

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Although the bucket hat is designed to keep the sun off your head and out of your eyes, when it's cut from heavy corduroy it becomes a fall/winter companion, too.

BDG Corduroy Short

Corduroy Short

Corduroy Short

$119

BDG

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The corduroy shorts are here to stay, so get used to it. This bright pair is perfect for at-home lazing, or a punchy look for the warmer fall days.

BDG Stone Corduroy Dad Pant

Stone Corduroy Dad Pant

Stone Corduroy Dad Pant

$78

BDG

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Corduroy has long been the material of choice for scholars and dads, which is definitely worth embracing. This pair of beige 'Dad' pants is a strong foundation for normcore looks this season.

Pleasant Surf Joy Corduroy Jacket

Surf Joy Corduroy Jacket

Surf Joy Corduroy Jacket

from $180

Pleasant

(Available at 5 Merchants)
(Available at 5 Merchants)

Two oversized patch pockets to the chest punctuate this understated zip jacket. A small embroidered badge to the hem mirrors a colorful lining that pops from the subtle beige main color.

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