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 coat or vest.
4-Wale Corduroy Pants (No. 1371). Italian cotton corduroy, the best. Unmatched rumple. Flat-front, two on-seam side pockets, two rear pockets, both buttoning. Dress-pants details including fully-constructed waistband, suspender buttons.
Men's even sizes: 32 through 46.
Colors: Dark Green, Navy, Charcoal, Chocolate, Golden Tan.
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Fabric Content: 100% cotton.
Care Instructions: For best results Dry Cleaning is recommended. May be Machine Washed.
Hemming (max: 37") or Cuffing (max:34"), add $2 per pair. Unfinished inseam at 39". Cuffed or hemmed to order.
Please allow an additional 2-3 business days for alterations.