New-season cord is flattering, fresh and soft enough to sleep in, says Jane Moore

IF you want to strike a cord this autumn, you’d be hard pushed to find anything more eye-catching and comfortable than this wide-legged suit.

The word corduroy is from cord and duroy, a coarse woollen cloth made in England in the 18th century, and certainly some of the options can seem a little rough and unyielding.

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This corduroy set is stylish to wear out and comfortable enough to sleep in

But the chunkier/softer end of the scale is cosy enough to sleep in. Which I probably will at some point.

I love the looseness of this flattering outfit, from the blazer-style jacket to the wide-legged trousers that give a fresh, youthful twist to the more conventional work suit.

If it’s an Indian summer day, then you could wear it with just a T-shirt underneath, or a crewneck jumper when it turns colder.

I have teamed it with a crisp white cotton shirt (always flattering on we ladies of a certain age) and white trainers with a flash of leopard print for a bit of fun.

Many of you say you’re too short to wear wide-legged trousers, but all you have to do is alter the hem to suit your height.

If you can’t do it yourself, your local dry cleaners will probably offer a hemming service, or always check out a store’s petite section.

Never say never in fashion. Life’s too short, not you.

Get the look: Suit jacket, £39.99; trousers, £25.99, both Reserved; white shirt, £23.99, New Look; trainers, £70, Dune London

I always get the best Primark bargains thanks to my ‘three-times’ rule, if you think your store is rubbish you’re just shopping wrong

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