The last time I wore corduroy pants I had hair halfway down my back and a massive Old Navy belt that said “Capricorn” in studs across the butt.
The early aughts were a weird time.
Truly I haven’t messed with corduroy since Paris Hilton had a “hit” single and low-rise jeans were still very much in style.
5 Ways To Style J.Crew’s Green Vintage Corduroy Pants This Season
But, maybe like the Grinch who Stole Christmas, my heart grew three sizes the day I spotted these Vintage Straight-Slim Corduroys from J.Crew in a very festive green.
I just had to try them…astrology sign belt or not.
Since J.Crew sizing (bottoms in particular) are all over the place for me, I ordered a 29 and a 30. The 30 were way too big, the 29, just right. Snug but not pulling, appropriate for holidays spent with visions of sugar plums dancing in my…belly.
Before I decided they were firmly in the “keep” pile (and I was pretty dang sure) I shopped my closet to make sure they worked with pieces both in regular rotation and for the holiday season. In the process, I came up with five outfits for the holidays and beyond.
1| Sporty Spice (Cords + Sneakers)
There’s never a bad time for a disgruntled zebra, especially around — erm — certain family members (I kid, I kid). I adore the mustard yellow of this Maeve Zebra Cashmere Sweater (similar sweater) against the evergreen cords. I finished it off with my adidas Superstars Superstars to complete the look.
Fit Notes: The J.Crew Corduroys run big, size down. (I’m wearing a 29). The sweater runs TTS (I’m wearing a large). The sneakers are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
2| Lovely Layers (Cords + Boots & A Sweater)
With climate change, I don’t know if I’m dreaming of white winter or a 75 degree December day. Layers are key. I love how the Free People Gather Turtleneck looks layered under my Cotton-Cashmere Mockneck Sweater. The turtleneck peaking out adds a bit of intrigue…a little bit of spice if you will. Add the J.Crew cords and suede platform boots for a chic holiday look.
Fit Notes: The J.Crew Corduroys run big, size down. (I’m wearing a 29). The turtleneck runs TTS (I’m wearing a large). The sweater runs TTS (I’m wearing a large). The boots run TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
3| Holiday Casual (Cords + Mules & Tie-Neck Top)
As I wrote in my J.Crew Try-On Haul, this Tie-Neck Chambray Shirt is giving Oregon Trail vibes, but with these cords, there’s a Yuletide twist. It looks fab tucked in. My Madewell Frances Loafer Mules, that I can’t stop wearing, complete the outfit.
Fit Notes: The shirt runs TTS (I’m wearing a 10). The J.Crew Corduroys run big, size down. (I’m wearing a 29). The mules are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
4| Everyday Cozy (Cords + A Varsity Sweater)
Fit Notes: The cardigan is TTS (I’m wearing a large). The J.Crew Corduroys run big, size down. (I’m wearing a 29). The mules are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
5| Merry & Bright (Cords + A Sequin Duster & Heels)
She’s baaacckkk. Wearing the Sequined Duster, aka Vegas Mrs. Roper as a TMEI (The Mom Edit Insiders group) patron cleverly named it, is like wearing a box full ornaments and I don’t hate it. To truly dazzle this holiday season, I paired my sparkle duster with a simple under $10 black cami, the vintage slim-straight cords and a pair of heels I’ve owned forever (I believe these are nearly the same pair except close-toed). More sizes/colors of the BB Dakota Sequined Duster here.
Fit Notes: If between sizes, size down in the duster (I’m wearing a medium). The cami is TTS (I’m wearing a large). The J.Crew Corduroys run big, size down. (I’m wearing a 29).
There are a lot of things I’d like to keep in the early aughts; low-rise pants, LFO, frosted tips…but corduroys I am quite content to embrace in 2021. They are truly the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season.
For more comfy, cozy outfit inspo (there’s some sparkle and glam, too), browse our holiday outfit ideas here.