Shopping the Men's Department

Shopping the Men's Department

New Yorker Chelsea Zalopany takes to Drake’s Crosby Street to try big boy pants on for size.

Photographed by Warren Elgort

Corduroy has made a comeback—on the runway, on the streets, and into my consciousness—and I fully welcome the winter wardrobe update.

But where do you go for a great pair of velvety corduroys? The key to selecting a solid pair of pants is to start in the men’s department. Why? Because the last thing you want is a pair of over-complicated and over-designed dungarees. For a corduroy closet staple such as this, stick to the pant's straight forward selling points—rigid, ribbed, utilitarian…what’s not to love, right?—desired in a pair of classic cords.

“It could be argued that no wardrobe is complete without a pair of five-pocket corduroy trousers.”

Someone told me to check out Drake’s, the East-London-born menswear brand that has an outpost in Soho NYC...because they know a thing or two about the best of British heritage clothing, i.e. corduroy. “It's one of those rare items that perfectly walks the line between formal and casual, and does so with flair and character,” says newly minted Drake’s creative director Michael Hill. “It could be argued that no wardrobe is complete without a pair of five-pocket corduroy trousers.”

After shuffling around for a minute or two to get my bearings (and to reset my mind to looking at men’s pieces for ME), I zeroed in on a pair of Japanese selvedge corduroy five-pocket bottoms. With a slim, straight leg and a mid-rise, these are a classic fit that definitely fall into the category of quintessential cold-weather corduroys. That’s not it though. The trousers are natural indigo-dyed (and have slanted front pockets, that’re lined in a contrasting check fabric) giving them an X-factor edge in the indispensable wardrobe essentials department; plus they can be paired with almost anything, like a body-hugging tank top. It’s a less rigid way of styling them than their durable and tomboy tough exterior seems. Think: Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy in a pair of 70s-style corduroy flares and a simple black turtleneck. Or, in my case, slightly-oversized pants, belted with a flood-style fit and paired with a cashmere tank top.

Shop the look — Chelsea wears Drake's Indigo
Japanese Selvedge Corduroy Five-Pocket Trousers

Drake's Light Brown Pebble Grain Leather 3cm Belt
with Brass Buckle
Bottega Veneta Cashmere
Tank Top
, and Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Satin Flats

Much like the lasting influence of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy’s iconic street style moments, the HommeGirls ethos is less about trend-obsessed fast fashion, and more about making timeless investments. That’s why men’s clothes are so appealing: imagine a closet built on a streamlined selection of items—by a purveyor of heritage British elegance such as Drake’s—that will last. Plus we all know that the best discoveries are found when you shop in the men's department…

Drake's is located at 39 1/2 Crosby Street in Soho, NYC