Ever since Britney and Justin coordinated in head-to-toe denim at the 2001 American Music Awards, double denim has held a special place in our hearts. Nonetheless, we still didn’t expect to see the style make the jump to contemporary couture, as it did on the Spring/Summer 2014 runway for luxury brands like Balmain, Jill Stuart, DKNY, and others. Rocking the fabric on the top and the bottom, in a look fondly known as the Canadian Tuxedo, has been on the list of fashion faux pas for quite some time now, but the style-sphere is starting to see the look in a way that says “chic” and “trendy” rather than dated and corny. To pull off the Canadian Tuxedo with skill, consider the tips below.
1. Try patterns
Choosing a patchwork item on the top or the bottom will break up the potential severity of denim look. You can also choose a pair of jeans with a pattern or design.
2. Look to the ’90s
Since all-denim-everything is a result of the ‘90s style resurgence, rock the look with pieces that correspond with that decade. We’re talking crop tops, dungarees, and mini skirts.
3. Add a cool coat
Because denim is a versatile and neutral fabric, you can get creative with the accessorizing. Add an outer layer that makes a statement, like a bold colored coat with a bit of attitude.
4. Mix your washes
Mixing and matching your hues is totally on trend. Most style stars prefer a dark wash on bottom and a lighter chambray button-down or jacket on top.
5. Tuck in a button-down
The easiest way to wear the Canadian Tuxedo is by tucking in a denim oxford style shirt into a pair of boyfriend or skinny jeans. It makes for a cool, pulled together look that you can dress down with loafers or up with stilettos.