THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW
Corduroy is not the first cloth you think of when the temperature rises. A fabric associated with damp country walks, log fires, and dusty libraries, it is nevertheless, done right, an ideal choice for spring and early summer. Done right in this case means a cotton needlecord so light you could make a shirt out of it, but constructed as a jacket with no visible means of support, so you can wear it with all the ease of a cardigan. Corduroy, like its posher cousin, velvet, also takes color extremely well, making possible an array of unexpected and interesting shades, like these available from Italian colorists Boglioli. —N. S.