It’s somewhat difficult for me to find corduroy pants that I like. They’re usually too thick and add extra bulk where I don’t want it, or they’re too stiff and don’t feel good to move around in. But I fell in love with the garment-dyed colors of these straight-leg J.Crew cords — especially the Dusty Shale hue — and had to try them.
Apparently, “garment-dyed” means they’ve used a special process to dye the fabric after the pants are already made, which results in these gorgeous shades (like Fireplace Red and Light Cappuccino) that get better with time. So, I ordered a pair and crossed my fingers that I’d like the fit as well.
Spoiler alert: I did.
Creating A Fall Outfit With Coastal Vibes, Ft. Garment-Dyed Corduroy Pants
Obviously I loved these pants (we don’t really do a whole lot of sharing pieces we don’t love around here), and the fact that lyocell was listed in the fabric composition should have been my first clue. Lyocell is one of those super-soft, comfy fabrics (that’s also sustainable!), and I find it to be a pretty good, consistent indicator of whether or not I’ll like something.
The fabric is soft, stretchy and super-comfortable. It’s not too thick (and neither are the actual lines of the corduroy itself), and I like how easy it was to roll up the fabric at the bottom. I went with my usual size 28, and they fit perfectly but are just a tad long.
These corduroy pants also come in tall and petite sizes, but I was worried that the rise would be too low on the petites (it goes down from 9.5 inches to 9 inches). For me, a 9.5-inch rise is perfect because there’s room for the entire booty to be covered without creating muffin top.
Building The Rest Of The ‘Fit With My Fall Wardrobe Staples
Creating a fall look with the coastal vibe of these gorgeous corduroy pants was unexpectedly easy. Throw on a few closet staples, and you’re set!
1. The Navy Boots I’m Obsessed With
You guys, I have to say I’m obsessed with these navy boots. I had no idea how much I’d wear them when I first got them, and now I’m wondering what I did before. The ones I’m wearing are currently sold out, but these block-heel boots are the exact same color and actually have a slightly shorter heel (easier to walk in and wear for longer periods of time). Other than with the corduroy pants, I also love pairing mine with flare jeans for a leg-lengthening, monochromatic look.
2. A Really Versatile Sweater
You might remember this rag & bone sweater from my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale post — I’ve been wearing it on a pretty consistent basis since then. It’s just such an easy-to-style piece, and I love that the coastal-chic stripes don’t look weird whether it’s zipped up or not. And the fact that it can be zipped up from the bottom or down from the top makes layering a breeze. (I wear this sweater over this bra cami when I want to wear it on its own…it’s pretty much my most-worn piece in my wardrobe.)
3. A Fresh Take On A Classic Coat
I’ve been wearing classic, basic black coats for years, but this gray color feels a bit more fresh — especially in this Dad Coat silhouette (here’s a similar one). Abercrombie is on point with its coat game; we’ve been wearing those faux-leather puffer jackets and coats for years now (they’re wonderfully warm), and the wool coats are just as good (and at such good price points!).
I love these corduroy pants in the Dusty Shale color, but the Ivory would also be really pretty for the holidays…as would the Fireplace Red. They’re all SO good. Which is your favorite??
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