The corduroy skirt is like A Star Is Born: every generation has its own version. And just when you think it's finally been put out to pasture, Lady Gaga arrives to prove you wrong.
The style has staying power, and for good reason. They're fashionable in a funky, vintage academic, Cher from Clueless way—also known as the best way. Here, seven ways to wear a corduroy skirt.
Short Skirt, Long Blouse
Generally speaking, corduroy doesn't have a lot of give, so pairing a loose, unstructured top is ideal for balancing out the heavy fabric—both to balance out the look, and to offer yourself a bit of relief. Except for the very brave and masochistic, outfits made solely of restrictive garments should be avoided at all costs.
School Is Cool
We are living through Peak Frump, and it is a time to be relished. Go ahead: pile on the baggy clothes, the more shapeless the better. Fill your wardrobe with Batsheva's oversized doll dresses. Pull out your grandma's most inexplicable print. Wear loafers with mid-calf socks—you deserve it.
Keep It Neutral
When in doubt, match earth tones with earth tones; it's virtually impossible to hit the wrong note if every piece is just a different shade of brown. And when color isn't the focal point, it really lets an outfit's varied textures sing.
Mix It with Denim
Denim and corduroy are the silver and gold of fabrics: wearing them together requires a leap of faith, but once you're ready to jump, you'll find it's really not so scary on the other side. Just more casual.
Let the Blouse(s) Do the Talking
Statement collars are all the rage these days, further evidence that the frumpery fad is bringing us back to our Edwardian roots—but your great-great-aunt Mildred wouldn't dare mixing her crisp white shirt with a second colorful top.
Warm Up Without the Tights
When corduroy itself isn't cozy enough, throw on a giant stuffed animal in the shape of a coat. Then, keep the childhood vibes going with an all-pastel color palette and classic sneakers.
And Finally... Some Vintage Inspiration
Turtlenecks and corduroy skirts have been worn together for decades—and even now, they're an easy and stylish pairing. Just swap the old-school handbag for a contemporary crossbody, and we're in business.
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