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Corduroy Flares: A Casual Alternative to Denim

As you probably already know, I wear a lot of denim, but sometimes even I want to change it up a bit. I recently found these corduroy flares at Nordstrom, and they’re exactly what I need when I want to give my denim a break this fall.

Caslon Funnel Neck Cotton Blend Sweater (S) // KUT from the Kloth Ana Fab Ab High Waist Flare Corduroy Jeans (6)// Sam Edelman Agnes Western Boots (8) // similar Tory Burch handbags // similar Madewell hoops

I had several pairs of corduroy skinnies that I wore a lot a few years ago, but this is my first pair of corduroy flares… maybe ever. It’s the perfect modern update for this classic fall/winter fabric.

These are a fine-wale corduroy, so they don’t add extra bulk, and they come in this versatile Sand color as well as a really pretty shade of brown they call Cedar.

They’re soft and stretchy and comfortable, and the 10 1/4″ front rise is high enough to hold in the fluff but not so high as to be awkward to style.

With a 33″ inseam, they pair perfectly with my Sam Edelman Western Boots with a 3 1/2″ heel.

FIT TIP: Generally, you want your flares to be from 1/4″ — 1″ off the ground with shoes on.

These pants are true to size, or size down if in between; I’m in the 6, for reference. The boots are also true to size or size down if in between. The 8 is plenty roomy, and they’re also very comfortable.

I styled two looks with this boot and pant combo. First, I topped them off with this cozy funnel neck sweater in a gorgeous shade of teal. It comes in a bunch of colors, if you want other options, and it runs true to size with a relaxed fit.

I also styled a second look with a plaid blazer coat. I’m loving all the shades of brown for fall!

Even though they call this a blazer, it’s pretty heavy to wear indoors; it would be more of an outerwear piece for me.

Levi’s Double Breasted Wool Blend Blazer (S) // Halogen Rib Scoop Neck Sweater (S) // KUT from the Kloth Ana Fab Ab High Waist Flare Corduroy Jeans (6)// Sam Edelman Agnes Western Boots (8) // similar Tory Burch handbags // similar Madewell necklace // similar Madewell hoops

I wore it over a simple ivory rib knit sweater, and I kept the same boots because they’re the perfect shade of brown to coordinate with this Brown Harvest Plaid.

Here’s the outfit without the jacket. It’s simple, but I like the neutral look, and the jewelry brings attention up towards the face. Both pieces are the Madewell brand, and I linked similar above.

Here’s how the jacket looks buttoned up, because I know you guys like to see it both ways.

It’s a little big on me, even in the small, so definitely size down if ordering. It also comes in 3 other color ways, if you aren’t into brown. If in doubt, always order both sizes. With Nordstrom’s free shipping and free returns, you have nothing to lose.

And of course, you always have the option of their BOPUS (Buy Online Pick Up in Store) and contactless curbside pickup options. If you aren’t already a Nordy Club member, be sure to sign up so you can start earning points toward Nordstrom Notes when you shop!

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34 thoughts on “Corduroy Flares: A Casual Alternative to Denim

  1. While I may not be on the corduroy train these look great on you and I love how you’ve styled them. Are you seeing any of the crushed velvet pants ( usually a nice option for the holidays)? Our weather for September and so far October has been staying warm and we’ve had very few days to pull out the sweaters.. my heavier ones are still packed under the bed in the cube waiting for the drop!

  2. I’m getting such a 70s vibe from these outfits, especially the second one! You look great in these pictures. I don’t know that there is a more flattering style for women than the flared pants over a shoe/boot with a heel. Adds inches to your leg length and the flare balances every body type but is especially good on hourglass and pear shapes.

  3. I really like the corduroy flare, and I am old enough to have worn them before 😉. However, at 5’1”, they would be way too long, and it looks like they don’t come in a petite. With the corduroy pant and the plaid blazer, you are really branching out and trying new things. We should all be willing to do that, and we might be surprised that we like something we didn’t think we would.

  4. Thanks for this post, Jo-Lynne!

    I, too, have been thinking about cords as a mix-up to my everyday denim. I feel like a flare needs a heel and heels are one thing I have definitely gotten away from working from home. I have ordered the straight leg cords in link below hoping I can enjoy cords but stick with flats. Bonus, they are currently on sale! I am wondering if you have tried these on and if you had any thoughts on them?

    https://www.bloomingdales.com/shop/search?keyword=ag+mari+courdoroy

  5. It was 28 when I got up this morning, but we will be back in the 70’s and 80’s this weekend and into next week. Those corduroy flares look great on you, in both outfits! I wonder if they will stretch with wear, like the Kut from the Kloth denim jeans does. Since I can’t wear a heel over 1”, I’m going to check the length of the petite, to see if they would work for me. While I don’t need another jacket, it’s obvious how well that Levi’s one is made, with the plaid matching so well in the front. Have a great day!

    1. Wow, that is cold for Atlanta! I’m not sure what it was here, but Becca had ice on her windshield when she got in her car to go to school. I know this b/c she texted me from the driveway and asked me what to do, haha! It made me realize, she hasn’t driven much in winter, and when she did, she drove my car which has a spot in the garage. She’s going to have a lot of cold mornings!

  6. Hi!
    Curious if you’ve tried these with another boot? If you wanted something less western looking, could a square toe work also or would that be the incorrect vibe?

  7. Great fall outfits! I took your tip and organized my closet by purpose. This helped so much to put outfits together and to see what needs to be added. Thanks!!

  8. You look great in the corduroy flares. I like the color of the pants. I just can’t get into the flares yet. I just purged my Fall/Winter things and got rid of my LOFT corduroy skinnies. They felt so dated being skinny and corduroy. As for the blazer, I think you could take the XS. Have you thought about ordering it to try? I think lately Nordstrom has been sizing their jackets 1 size big. At least I’ve found I’ve had to go down a size. You can tell the quality of this blazer by how well they matched the plaid.

  9. Love corduroys, and these flares are awesome!! I have a box in the attic marked “corduroy pants” and I can’t wait to dig in!! 😆. Thank you for showing the plaid jacket buttoned up for outdoor wear! It’s good to see how the plaid lines up. Love that teal sweater too.

  10. Love corduroys, and these flares are awesome!! I have a box in the attic marked “corduroy pants” and I can’t wait to dig in!! 😆. Thank you for showing the plaid jacket buttoned up for outdoor wear! It’s good to see how the plaid lines up.👍Love that teal sweater too.

  11. So I’m still in shorts, our temp today is 90 but cooling down to mid 70s this weekend, so maybe a long sleeve tee finally, lol. You look so cute in those flares and love the way you styled them, wish I could wear this style but with that rise and cut, I look ridiculous.

  12. We just now got the cooler temps also. I hope when I get these hemmed, I don’t lose to much flare. I wished they came in petite also. It’s fun to have something besides jeans. These look a bit more dressy. Thanks for styling and suggesting these.

  13. Sorry – wasn’t sure where to post this so I’m going with most recent in hopes that you’ll see it. I purchased the Vince Camuto wedges in light cognac and LOVE them. But I’m struggling to find a matching belt! Any suggestions? It’s still jeans-and-sandals season where I am… not quite ready for the very cute corduroy flares above!

  14. So funny that corduroy flares are trending again! I had a pair back in high school (in the Elle Woods era!). They were bright pink, almost the color of pepto bismol, and boy was I styling! 🤣 These are definitely a more sophisticated option!

    1. I put basic layering sweaters together, my “stand alone” crew neck and v-neck sweaters with some interesting details together, turtlenecks together, and chunky wintry sweaters together on the top shelf. Then some dressier fine gauge and short sleeve ones together.

    1. Love the post! For those looking for petites, Loft has basically an identical style in similar colors. Maybe JL can link them. They are called “flare corduroy pants”!

  15. Love the flares! I’m drawn to the rust color but not sure how to style them (except for the obvious black top). Any ideas? I’ve had good luck with the Kut flare jeans I bought in the spring after you showed them on the blog. I get compliments every time I wear them. So I’m thinking of trying this corduroy version. I can actually wear my flares with flats (wear them all the time with my Dolce Vita braided slide sandals. It’s a bit of a boho vibe that I love). It’s still summer weather where I live though; we had a high of 92 today with hot dry winds, so boots and sweaters are not on my radar.

  16. So cute! I love these! Of course, I’m so short I could probably make another pair of pants with what would have to be cut off! Lol! We had a cold snap today and it was in the 30’s this morning! I even got to pull out a cashmere sweater! Of course, it’s warming back up and will be in the 80’s again by Friday.

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