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Head to Toe: Corduroy

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As you no doubt already know, we’re suckers for a good corduroy (especially when sported by an icon).

But what you might not know is that blazers and trousers aren’t the be-all and end-all when it comes to the waled stuff. Indeed, there’s plenty more where that came from, so in the spirit of textural enlightenment, we’ve compiled for you a head-to-toe directory of handsome grooved accoutrements to up your own tactile ante. As for donning them all at once, that’s a risk you’ll have to take on your own.

Kit yourself out in cords, after the jump...»

Style Icons in Corduroy Jackets

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Corduroy’s gotten a bad rap over the years, especially when it’s in jacket form.

And that’s a damned shame.

Because though you might imagine the ribbed fabric as off-limits to all but New England prep schoolers and college librarians, great men have perennially donned all forms of the stuff—pinwaled, wide-set and everything in between—and have managed to look pretty darned handsome regardless. With a bit of inspiration (and maybe a good tailor), we firmly believe that you could, too.

Herewith, a visual tutorial from iconic men in corduroy jackets, after the jump…»

Alex Sanders Is the Opposite of Off-Piste

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Leather, Man: A handy visual guide to help you learn your leathers—from bridle to patent. [Valet]

Tony, Toni, Toné: The style evolution of the wanderlust food critic, Tony Bourdain. [A Headlong Dive]

What Would Woody Do: Waxing poetic on the match made in autumnal heaven that is a corduroy blazer and chinos. [Put This On]

And... Twins: The Olsen twins explain to The Wall Street Journal how they’ve learned from menswear’s “investment pieces” ideology. [WSJ]

The September Issues

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September is a big month in the print world of menswear. It sets the tone for the following season (and, effectively, the remainder of the year).

It also means the page counts are at their bulkiest—so many woolen things, so little time. And in our continued dedication to sussing it all out, we’ve thumbed through the 1,000-plus pages (we’ve thrown in the bonus round of Vanity Fair since they’ve weighed in on the year’s best-dressed men) just for you.

Let’s dig into the September issues, shall we...»

Victoria Germyn Has Just Eaten an Entire Clove of Garlic

Someone Just Broke the First and Second Rules: Hamilton Nolan details a night at the illegal Underground Combat League, which we’re going to just refer to as “Fight Club.” [Gawker]

The Corduroy Is Rising: A typically excellent runway show from Band of Outsiders. Lotta soft colors here. [Hypebeast]

Words of Wisdom: Forty-three great quotes about menswear. Our favorite goes like this: “Know first who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.” [Men’s Flair]

The Saga of the Shave: How much of a difference does shaving with a badger-hair brush make? A trad investigates. [A Suitable Wardrobe]