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I have very strict rules about wearing cords. I am of the opinion they should not be worn before Thanksgiving and should be neatly packed away come mid February, no matter in which winter to spring climate you reside. Corduroy is a winter fabric, so it feels so silly to wear it before the holiday season. As you can imagine, living in a state where the thermometer is still reading 80 further puts restrictions on my cord wearing window of opportunity, so when I stumbled upon these lightweight thin corduroy pants last year I knew they were the perfect fall compromise for a desert climate.
Corduroy pants are a great way to skirt a no denim policy at work. Technically speaking, they are not jeans, but they certainly are just as comfortable as a well loved pair of jeans and in the right cut they are ever bit as flattering. If your work environment is a tad more casual, or has casual days built into the work week, corduroys would be a great pant choice to help you look a little more put together than the run-of-the mill jean choice that people turn to for casual dress days. Furthermore, they would easily make the transition from work to heading out for drinks after work without having to remember to bring along a change of clothes. (Note: When purchasing corduroy remember the wales (the vertical ribs) are going to add weight to the wearer, so stick to a straight or skinny cut leg and choose a corduroy wale that is narrow for a more slimming silhouette.)
This time around I paired the cords with a fun elephant print blouse my mom sent me earlier this fall. This, too, has proven to be the perfect piece for AZ’s warm fall weather. It’s lightweight enough that I wore it even when we were still in the low 100′s, but the colors make it appropriate for fall by itself, paired with a cozy grandpa cardigan, or under a blazer. Plus, a great animal print is an easy way to add a little quirk to your midweek look.
Because the print is the main focus of the outfit, I kept the accessories low key (a necklace and a bracelet) and used the shoes and belt to bring in one other pattern. Things don’t get too crazy, though, as the leopard print belt and shoe play well with the rust colored pant and neutral elephant’s in the shirt.
Style Notes: Gap shirt (fall 2012; gift from my lovely mom; similar style) / Gap cords (fall 2011; purchased at 30% off; similar style)/ Loft belt (fall 2012; purchased at 50% off; similar style) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (spring 2012; similar style) / Marc by Marc Jacobs crossbody bag via Last Chance (fall 2012) / Modcloth necklace (fall 2012; purchased at 30% off) / Kate Spade bracelet (spring 2011; love this one!) / Michael Kors watch via Last Chance (spring 2012; similar style) / Kate Spade ring (fall 2011; similar style)