This Season's Coolest Corduroy Pants For Girls

Corduroy pants for girls are in again--learn why cords are so hot and how affordable they really are.

Yes, corduroys are popular again--but you won't be able to dip into big sis's closet this time around.Gone are the relaxed-fit, carpenter-style (do you really miss the hammer loop?) corduroys of the old days.Department stores everywhere are ushering in a new era of corduroys that are comfortable, fashionable, and reasonably priced--all you have to do is get out there and try on a pair.

In the early days of corduroy pants, people (working men, mostly) were less concerned about fashion and more concerned about wearability.As time passed, people began to take notice of the comfortable and sturdy material and incorporated the pants into their every day wardrobe.Young people enjoyed the casual look and feel of corduroy pants (called "cords" by this point) and often paired them with leather sandals and hooded sweatshirts.Today, cords are being viewed in an entirely different light: as a dress casual pant capable of giving any wardrobe a unique, carefree-yet-tailored look that is likely to stand the test of time.

These days, it's all about fit.The same rules that apply to jeans hold true for cords: low rise, slim fit, and flare leg continue to flatter all body types.And no matter what you like in pants, you'll be able to find a pair of cords for you.Corduroy material looks great as capris, pedal pushers, flood pants, jeans, and even skirts.A nicely fitted pair of cords with a cute polo is certain to look great for school pictures or even everyday wear.

Of course, you don't want to forget color.Those of you still hanging onto a Fall pallet may want to look for earthier tones: beige, tan, and coffee brown.If Spring is your thing, try rose, mauve, olive, and sage.And if you're looking for something a little more fun, try a pair of cords laced with glitter or dyed multiple hues.Some stores even offer them in primary colors--don't be afraid to try these red, yellow, and blue cords.Paired with the right shirt and shoes, you'll have an outstanding outfit to carry you through the school day and into after-school activities with friends.

Best of all, today's cords are a lot like the corduroys of old: they're durable.Tired of jeans that wear out on the knees and thighs seemingly in no time?Cords stand up to everyday wear much better than your average jeans, and you'll get more bang for your buck out of every pair.Not that you couldn't buy another pair if you wanted to (and you will)--most cords run between $20 and $80 a pair.Affordable?Very much.

Finally, pair your cords with a button-up, vintage tee, or your favorite shirt to complete your look.Cords can be worn to school, parties, on the job and at school dances.Remember:Cords are about looking sharp, feeling comfortable, and expressing your individuality.Don't be afraid to stretch your limits and try something new--or, in this case, re-visit a past favorite.

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