I was leafing through Bernhard Roetzel's book Gentleman last week and stopped to admire the corduroy suit in the cover photo. Now, I've been admiring that suit for years but I've always been of two minds about it, and corduroy suits generally.
First, of course, they can be pretty good looking on a cool weather weekend or holiday paired with bluchers, a checked shirt and a country necktie, though anything less than 15 ounce corduroy is going to wrinkle relatively easily. Rumples aside, the late Duke of Windsor was photographed many times wearing lightweight needlecord corduroy suits in Florida's winters for example and he was by no means the only one.
No, the knock I've always had about corduroy is purely economic. As my tailor said to me years ago, it costs just as much to make a corduroy jacket as a wool one, but the corduroy will last less than half as long. But that argument applies equally well to seersucker suits so I guess I'm going to drop my objection.
Maybe next year.