It's been a minute since corduroy, the official uniform of preppy menswear bloggers, has gotten much play from the cool-girl crowd. But the heritage fabric's been staging a slow-but-steady comeback for the past few seasons, and judging from the likes of Instagram, the trend has finally come to a head for spring.
It's thanks in part to the '70s resurgence (see: velvet, bell bottoms, power suits), but the good news is that you don't have to take a page out of Peter Brady's style playbook to pull off corduroy. Try swapping your go-to denim jacket for a boxy, oversize blazer in a throwback hue, or ditch your boyfriend jeans in favor of a pair of wide-leg cords, which have all but replaced the tapered styles that dominated the scene during J.Crew's heyday. You can even pair a cropped sweatshirt with a button-front corduroy midi skirt until the weather truly warms up.
Not only are cords deceptively easy to style, they're often reasonably lightweight and inherently warm, making the material perfect for the transitional days ahead. Below, shop 21 of our favorite corduroy pieces on the market right now — including a must-have baby blue trench, a pair of loafers (!) and a blazer that looks anything but still — that'll serve as trusty wardrobe saviors once spring finally decides to show up.