Ladies know that the most attractive thing a man can sport is a tuxedo (or at least a suit and tie). This is obviously not the most comfortable or practical option for the guys. If it were, there would be as many suits out there as there are sweatpants. Luckily, boys, there is a loophole: The Canadian tuxedo. It isn’t black on black, it is denim on denim. Though the term was popularized by the film “Super Troopers,” the look itself was popularized by the ’80s. It’s a little bit of “The Outsiders” and a whole lot of Levis. These days, the Canadian Tuxedo has been experiencing a comeback. It has been tweaked, tucked, tailored and dyed into something that, when done well, can almost rival a sleek tux.
This Fashionisto was definitely informed of the revamp. His mix of dark jeans and a light denim jacket keeps the pairing from blending into one single piece. Instead of cringe-worthy matching light washes, he mixes a slick tapered indigo with a more toned down, worn in piece. The fading gives the jacket a more personal, lived in feel without even verging on sloppy. His use of the double-cuff accentuates the taper of the pants. Tweaks like this may seem small, but they show an eye for detail and take the look from ‘thrown on’ to ‘thought out.’ He complements the look with a neutral gray layer that doesn’t detract from the denim. Finally, as a finishing touch he accessorizes with well-chosen brown accents: a unique backpack and a simple leather shoe.
The Canadian Tuxedo can be a good go-to look for any Fashionisto. As long as they follow in these well-soled footsteps it is a great way to look put-together when you don’t have much time. The main thing to remember is to mix those washes! Pair a darker jacket with a light wash or try a worn-in medium wash topper with a deep indigo pant. For the less-brisk days, switch it up and test out a denim shirt. Because it can be harder to break up the layers with just a button-up, keep the chambray unbuttoned and throw on your favorite band T-shirt. In terms of accessories, use them to break up the denim and keep it dark and neutral.
Hint: If you aren’t sure about your washes, stay on the darker end and make sure they don’t match! If you are still lost, watch Super Troopers… and say no to any combination used in the film.