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Striking the right cord

Corduroys make a comeback this fall. And no, they’re not just for fusty old professors or suburban dads.

The look

1. APC wide wale corduroy trousers, $250, www.apc.fr

2. Gucci slim-fit corduroy trousers, $610, www.mrporter.com

3. Polo Ralph Lauren forest green Suffield straight cords, $172, www.my-wardrobe.com

4. Uniqlo slim fit corduroy trousers, $48, www.uniqlo.com

5. Zara slim fit corduroy trousers, $59, www.zara.com

Fashion etymology

Vertical ribs that run down cords are referred to as “wales.” The name derives from Middle English meaning “to mark with stripes”.

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