Like culottes or Birkenstocks, the Canadian Tuxedo is one of those trends of yesteryear that has recently made a big comeback. But while some regard it as the new hit ensemble, others gawk at the concept, conjuring images of the look gone awry. Admittedly, it isn’t a failsafe style like a little black dress and pumps, or a sharp black blazer with skinny jeans. Even Justin and Britney mucked it up in their now-infamous Grammy look. With the right styling, however, it’s a cool and comfortable look anyone can rock. Read on for some tips to conquering this look for yourself.
1) Mix up the colors and shades
This simple tip works wonders in breaking up the look and creating some visual interest. A dark wash jean is excellent for slimming the lower body; try pairing a dark-wash jean with a lighter shade of denim in your shirt or jacket. You can even go with entirely different colors, like black jeans with a white denim jacket, or a white denim skirt with a blue denim shirt.
2) Accentuate the details
Choosing pieces with detailing like bows or fringe is a great way to break up the monochrome look. Depending on your personal tastes, this could mean a jacket with fringe, denim cutoffs with texture at the hem, or a denim shirt with a bow or cute buttons.
3) Accessorize wisely
Accessories are oftentimes overlooked, especially when you’re getting dressed in a hurry. But smart accessorizing can mean the difference between an outfit that’s Insta-worthy, and one that’s downright boring. When rocking a denim-on-denim look, pop in some brightly-colored heels or ballet flats, or a printed cross-body bag. Something small like an arm party or statement necklace can also go quite a long way in pumping up the fun factor.
4) Try a mild denim shirt
This look can be a bit intimidating for those who aren’t fashion risk-takers by nature. Whether that’s you, or you just prefer a quieter style, try pairing some jeans with a soft chambray top. It’s a relaxed and easy way to dip into the trend without going too bold on the first go.
5) Wear an outer layer
This works especially well in the cooler months, when wearing an outdoor jacket is a practical fashion opportunity. If you’re feeling a bit unsure about going out in all-out denim, pop on a classic long-length trench coat or duster. This is also a chance to break out that jacket in a bright color or busy pattern you’re not sure how to wear. Top off the look with a complementary pair of shoes and a cool hat to really bring in some variety.
6) Work with overalls
If the thought of overalls is making you a bit weary, your thoughts harkening back to some childhood nostalgia, not to worry. Like the Canadian Tuxedo, overalls have come a long way since their heyday on the cover of boy band CDs and in elementary school classrooms. Nowadays, the selection is practically endless with plenty of well-tailored and fashion-forward varieties to choose from. Pick a pair that is well-fitting and incorporate a denim shirt, or denim jacket, into the ensemble for a fresh and unique (in a good way) look.
One of the best things about fashion is the possibilities are truly endless! If you’ve got some favorite denim-on-denim styling tips of your own, we’d love to hear them!