I’ve been a huge fan of Canadian tuxedo’s (denim top and bottom) since high school and it’s time for me to share my love with you! 🙂
Quick Backstory: The term “Canadian Tuxedo” comes from the actor/singer Bing Crosby who was denied entry into a Canadian hotel in 1951 because he was wearing a full denim outfit. Levi’s heard about the incident and made him a custom denim tux coining the term “Canadian Tuxedo.”
This look isn’t for everyone but for those brave enough to try- I came up with a 3 tips to help you rock it. 😉
1- Mix and Match hues. Unless you are wearing overalls or a jumper, your denim top and bottom should never be identical. One always needs to be darker than the other.
For this look I paired together a denim shirt from Saturdays NYC and my favorite pair of Levi jeans. Although they’re both blue, they’re very different. The jeans are worn in and distressed while the top is more modern and classic. Together, it works.
There are so many options of denim out there and all different colors. Try gray, white, black, tan or dyed denim until it makes sense to you. 🙂
2- Ensure the fit is right. Personally, I’m not a fan of the oversized look, especially when it comes to denim jackets. Being a smaller guy, the more oversized I wear, the scrawnier I look. And who wants that?! By wearing form fitting clothes, you actually look more fit and appear taller.
What I love about this denim shirt is that it is well tailored for skinnier guys. As soon as I put it on I felt a rush of confidence like it was made for me.
3- Add personality through your accessory choice. For men this could mean anything from hats, watches, eyewear and shoe choice. I chose to sport my new boots from Aquatalia with aviators for a classic look. Women can have a little more fun with chunky statement necklaces or earrings (probs not both tho)!
If you are still on the fence about trying this look- here is how you can ease into it:
Try throwing on a cool leather jacket, bomber or blazer. It will add contrast to the outfit without being a complete “Canadian Tuxedo”.
Since you’re working with a blue canvas, you have free reign to accessorize as you please. I love brown but you can also do black, gray or any color of the rainbow.
In case you didn’t already know- denim goes with everything!
Ciao for now,
S H O P T H I S L O O K :
PHOTOS- IRON AND HONEY
Shirt- SATURDAYS NYC