Out of the corner of your eye, you notice that the man thatching the roof of that sensational thick-walled cottage in Dorset isn't merely wearing corduroy pants, but extra-wide-wale corduroy pants.
Aha! The Broadway director driving to work from Snedens Landing in his Aston Martin is wearing, naturally, very-wide-wale pants.
The abstract-expressionist artist roughing it in his $2 million loft in Soho is wearing, what else, enormously-wide-wale pants.
What is at work here is evidence of a worldwide, but unspoken, preference: Wider is better.
Wales are the soft, velvety ribs of corduroy. The fewer the wales per inch, the wider they are; the wider they are, the more handsome. Why? God works in mysterious ways.)
I had to go to some length to find 4-wale corduroy and am pretty confident that you will appreciate it when you see it and wear it. Lustrous and velvety, but thick and deep and bumpy. Very uncitified; striking just the right note of dressing down when worn with a contradictory upscale sports or suit jacket and tie.
4-Wale Cords (No. 1371). Italian cotton corduroy, the best. Unmatched rumple. Pleated front. Two on-seam side pockets, two rear pockets, both buttoning. Dress-pants details including fully-constructed waistband, suspender buttons. Unfinished inseam at 39". Hemmed to order.
Men's even sizes: 32 through 46. Hemming (max: 37") or cuffing (max: 34"), add $2 per pair. Please allow an additional 2-3 business days for alterations.
Colors: Golden Tan, Navy, Charcoal,Taupe, Chocolate, Dark Green.
A word about alterations: This page may have options for both "already-altered" and "you-decide-the-alteration" pants. The "already-altered", if available, may have sizes such as "30x31H". This would note a 30" waist, a 31" inseam and a Hem (H) as opposed to a Cuff (C). If you see a size such as "30315H", this would note a 30" waist, a 31.5" inseam and a Hem.
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