The lesser-spotted corduroy short is a true marvel of the male wardrobe, and a riposte to those who believe cord is the preserve of winter only.
Corduroy shorts may seem a little bit counterintuitive, it’s true. When we talk about cord, we often picture the wide wale variety, which is perfect for heavy-duty winter trousers, but the mere thought of it in summertime may cause one to break out in a sweat. Instead, what the warm weather requires is a narrow wale needlecord, which provides a note of texture while remaining light enough to ensure comfort in higher temperatures.
The cord short was a staple of climbing and outdoor wear in the ‘70s (corduroy being a hard-wearing performance fabric, of sorts) and enjoyed a period of popularity in the ‘90s too. However, it has inexplicably fallen by the wayside, so we decided to make the style a part of our High Summer 2020 collection.