Style · October 4, 2017

A Guide To Cords Before You’ve Retired


Last week Joe and I took a couple of days away from the hubbub of wedding planning, work and general adulting to head a little outside of London to the beautiful Cliveden House (but more on that soon). It’s a total luxury being able to step away for a day off when things are busy without having to submit a holiday form- and I truly felt fortunate that somewhere so beautiful falls merely under an hour away from the big city. So, with our suitcase packed and an iPhone loaded up with podcasts we took the drive out to switch off for the next twelve hours.

Being a national trust property, you can imagine how vast and beautiful the grounds of Cliveden are. With rainbow rows of flowers pruned and preened to perfection and topiary that would make even a certain Titchmarsh second guess himself- it’s one of the reasons the English countryside is so beautiful. So, where better than to take a new season pair of cords for a spin?


I mean, if you didn’t think I was 65 before- you definitely do now right? But trust me, other than my inner old lady leaping for joy that YES- CORDS ARE IN FASHION- I’m genuinely quite into them (and not in the same way I’m in to Horlicks or the Antiques Roadshow either, kids). Plus, I’m probably a little young to be considering retirement already (although I truly think it’s a wonderful thing).

Having been fed them from a young age (along with little tartan kilts and a trusty roll neck jumper)- it’s not just my grandparents rocking the rib (and hey, if Isabel Marant says so- are we not all going to agree)? Paired with the American Vintage knit I’m pretty sure I’m going to have surgically removed- I’ve quickly realised they’re a lot more wearable than I once thought- and it’s only a matter of time before it starts leaking into my blazer and bag collection too (ahem. Too late).


But, let’s be honest- can you ever put an age on clothes? Okay, so I might have seen my grandparents in cords than anyone else more recently- but if the catwalk has only just cottoned maybe it’s them who are the real trendsetters here. And I’m not saying that in jest either. With trends rolling back around quicker than the next Love Island Reunion show, I’d keep an eye on what’s in your mum’s wardrobe- because sooner than later it’ll be in yours too… (and Nanny Janet- if you’re reading this- keep any extra cords for me please)!

(Jumper: American Vintage, Trousers: Zara, Shoes: COS (old), Bag: Zara)
Photos by Joe Galvin




  • Reply
    October 5, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    OMG, I love cords! And you style them perfectly! I might go on the hunt for a new pair for myself now 😉

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    October 5, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    I admit I’m coming round to cords. My love for 70s fashion seemingly knows no bounds.
    Also that jumper is gorgeous!

    Belle in Black and White

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    Kara O'Brien
    October 16, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    I used to have a pair that I freely admit to loving to death. I think the colour and cut of the ones you’re wearing here gives them a bit of a modern twist – I’m all for them (especially in Autumn because could a pair of trousers be made from a cosier material, really?)


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    Maru Conti
    October 16, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    The bag is so cute!

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    October 18, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Oh my lord this is the coolest coloured corduroy I’ve ever seen, you look fab!

    Lauren x

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    October 27, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    These cord trousers are giving me nightmares – I NEED THEM AND THEY’RE SOLD OUT.

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