On a jacket
Forget everything that springs to mind about professors, dusty libraries and baggy elbows — the new cord jacket is light, minimal and street-ready. Stick to seasonal sludgy neutral tones — think Yeezy Season 2 —and pair with similar shades to achieve peak cord coolness. A longline tee with a high/low hemline adds to the vibe, as do ripped jeans and Stan Smiths. Wear this weekend and look radder than all your friends — promise.
The key to this look is to keep it tonally very simple and keep the shapes interesting. These navy, slightly cropped, vaguely wide-leg pants are just outré enough to show you're in the know, while still resolutely un-scary. Always go for a skinny rib (chunkier cords don't hang as well and look a bit too flamboyant), while white socks and Vans Old Skool kicks add a bit of sports luxe. Top with a patterned shirt and a classy wool jacket. Your next night out = done.
On a shirt
This is a softly softly approach for for novices. A pale gray Oxford gets updated for winter in a baby-rib cord so subtle it'll quickly tweak your go-to look into something more fashion forward. Layer over a white tee, dark skinnies (in cord, too, if you dare) and pair with kicks to keep the whole outfit low-key and subtly style-loaded.