An Ode to the Polarizing Canadian Tuxedo
Layer on the denim, please!
One of our favorite things about the fashion industry is when it absorbs items or combinations deemed out of date, dull, or even tacky, puts a modern twist on them, and all of a sudden you have a fresh look for the current season. Take, for instance, the Canadian tuxedo, which, when worn by modern style icons, is about as far from its Farmer Joe roots as humanly possible.
The “it’s so wrong, it’s right” denim-on-denim combination has been a hit for a few years, seen everywhere from the streets of Milan to NYC. Style stars like Mecca James-Williams and Monica de La Villardière have shown us new ways to layer the utilitarian fabric by switching up silhouettes and adding contrasting materials—we promise you’ll look nothing like early 2000s Britney and Justin. That said, the new combinations aren’t always intuitive, so you may need a little inspiration. Here are five outfit formulas that will have you donning head-to-toe denim all season long.
Dress + Overshirt
Contrast the femininity of a girly dress silhouette with a men’s style chambray shirt.
Classic Jacket + Jeans
These are items most women already have in their wardrobes, which makes achieving the finished product super easy (and inexpensive).
Mix It Up
Shake up your denim styles, but keep the overall look tonal so it doesn’t come off as too overwhelming.
Skirt + Shirt
Showing a bit of skin adds a dose of playfulness to the heavy blue fabric. Add bright accessories to liven it up even more!
Disguise your Canadian tuxedo with layers of contrasting materials to break up the sameness of the look.
Top photo: Courtesy of Instagram/ @couturefeast
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