We all know that it's inappropriate to wear white shoes after Labor Day, but did you know that today is the beginning of corduroy season? So just what makes today Corduroy Day, you ask? It's 11/11, of course! Read all about it at the Corduroy Appreciation Club, put on your favorite corduroy jacket, or pants, or what have you (I'm wearing a corduroy hat at the moment) and ponder some fascinating trivia about this most distinguished of casual fabrics:
Corduroy was invented in Manchester, the world's first industrial city.
The ridges on corduroy are called "wales." The size of the wales is indicated by number. The higher the number, the narrower the wales.
The word "corduroy" is supposedly derived from the french "corde du roi," which translates roughly as cloth of the king. There is some controversy surrounding this etymological theory however, among both corduroy afficianados and those who speak french.
Corduroy was the preferred fabric of actor, philanthropist and spaghetti sauce magnate Paul Newman.
Spread the word, my friends, and be parallel!