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September 13, 2011

PULLTEETH TUESDAY: The Canadian Tuxedo

The Canadian Tuxedo is an unintentional staple in classic Canadiana style. What was once only seen on farmers and laborers is slowly becoming a street style favorite. This trend is a delicate balance between hick and fashionable, so follow these few steps and you’ll easily take this look out of the farm and into the big city!

1. FIND THE PERFECT DENIM SHIRT

As easy as this step might seem, it is curtal that you find a well tailored, well fitting, and well made shirt. Check high street stores like Zara and H&M to find a shirt that is constructed in a fashionable style. Although denim shirts might be easily found at big box stores like Walmart, the fit will often be boxy and unflattering. Or, if you’re on a budget, consider finding the perfect warn in vintage shirt. The shirt I ended up choosing was from H&M (and a steal for only $29.90, too!)

2. SELECT YOUR BOTTOMS

Picking the right bottom is a make it or break it deal with a Canadian tux. A good rule to follow is mismatch your washes. If you’ve bought a light wash shirt try pairing it with a dark wash bottom, or vice-versa. This will split up your pieces and won’t wash you out. Keep in mind this is only a suggestion and – like any other fashion rule- can easily be broken. Try out a few variations and see what works best with your style. A slim or skinny leg jean is also preferable for this look. Anything boot cut will be difficult to make work.

3. ACCESSORIZE

Now that you’ve got your top and your bottoms picked out it’s time to accessorize. You’ve got a pretty blank canvas to work with, so many different accessories can be considered. Make your look a bit more casual by adding a baseball cap and flashy watch. Or, dress the look up with a leather portfolio and some gold jewelry. This step is where you really get to make this look your own.

4. (Optional) TAKE IT TO THE NEXT STEP

This is a grey area with the Canadian tux. It’s a fine line between taking it overboard so be very careful when attempting this. Adding another layer on top canĀ  really complete your look, or completely ruin it. I recently thrifted this great shearling trimmed denim coat and think it’s perfect for the upcoming fall season. If this look is too much denim for your taste, don’t be afraid to add a black military jacket or peacoat. It’ll make it much less flashy and still super stylish.

5. (Also optional) DO YOUR RESEARCH

When in doubt, Google can be your best friend. Searching “Canadian Tuxedo” in image search gives you 211,000 photos all in 0.16 seconds. What a world! Now, you’ll have to scroll through some garbage to find the real winners, but they’re in there! I swear! Street style, celebrates and runway shots all for your inspirational needs. But I’ve gotta say, Britney and Justin take the cake for best Canadian tuxedos of all time. Kudos to them. All you can do when attempting this trend is to try to be half as fabulous as that duo. Do so and you’ll be more than accomplished!


Have fun with this trend! Good luck and happy fall.

ANDREW CHIPMAN IS A PERSONAL STYLE BLOGGER, DIY GURU, AND MASTER OF GOOD TASTE FROM WINNIPEG, CANADA.

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