We all have days that call for something a little more pulled together than jeans, but not as dressy as slacks. Instead of worrying whether it’s more appropriate to show up underdressed or overdressed, consider a happy medium: corduroys.
Bonobos, one of our go-to online shops for quality pants, has just released its newest addition, a five-pocket cord it has creatively named the French Corders. While the silhouette is similar to that of your favorite pair of jeans, the pant itself is more polished, making it just as acceptable for a special-occasion dinner as it is for the bar you hit up after. Bonobos also paid a great deal of attention to the fit, making sure the corduroys were comfortable but slim enough to give them a clean, tailored look.
What can you pair with French Corders? According to Dwight Fenton, Bonobos’ VP of design, pretty much anything goes when you’re wearing these versatile bottoms. While a button-down shirt makes for a classic look, a sport coat and a tie make these pants appropriate for a formal event. In a strange way, they send a message that says, “Hey, I put in a little more effort today,” even if you just threw them on with a may-or-may-not-be-dirty shirt in the morning.
The best part is, a good pair of corduroys like these will carry you through the seasons, even when spring rolls around. Plus, compared with other brands, the $125 price tag won’t leave too much of a dent in your bank account. If we were you, we’d take advantage of the 11 different colors and two different fits and stock up for the cold-weather months ahead.