Find the Perfect Corduroy Suit

If you've grown bored of wool but aren't cut out for tweed, dig into a corduroy suit. Two-buttons, cut in soft pinwale and finished off with notch lapels, have never looked or felt more appealing than they do this season.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

FABRIC: Not all cord suits are made of cotton. Some have cashmere woven into them, which means a heftier price tag but a lush feel.

USE: The blazer-and-jeans look seems easy enough, except most guys make the freshman mistake of wearing a regular wool suit jacket on top. If you don't have a true sports coat—something that's sold without matching pants—the cord suit jacket is the only appropriate sub. Just be sure to dry-clean the jacket and pants together to avoid uneven fading.

Tan is challenging, but not impossible to master. Just keep everything else basic: white shirt, no tie, and brown wing tips.

Etro ($1,710),
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