The Canadian Tuxedo


Canada is known for a more casual way of dress:  think lumberjacks with red and black plaid shirts, denim, cowboy hats, etc.  They have also been the recipient of some not so kind jokes about denim on denim.  Thus the tag, Canadian Tuxedo.

Fashions come and fashions go.  I was amused to see matching shoes and handbags this fall, remembering “matchy, matchy, has been scorned for the last several years.  Wearing denim with denim has been cast into the same category.  I am not am not a big fan of a denim shirt and jacket with jeans but some people can pull it off.

After spending a month in Europe, I can attest that denim is IN, really IN!  Although I didn’t see much denim on denim, jeans were worn by everyone.  I saw no faded, distressed, or baggy examples but for men and women alike, jeans were the go-to article of clothing.   One often saw men pairing jeans with a sport jacket and dress shirt.  Women generally wore skinny or close-fitting jeans with a sweater, boots and always a scarf.  They looked casually chic.

Jeans jackets offer a more casual completed look for those who don’t need to be business professional at work.  Keep your individual style in mind.  The blue jeans and jacket look is great for the athletic or natural look but doesn’t reflect an elegant or romantic persona.  Pairing colored jeans with a feminine blouse will be much more reflective of these styles.  Jeans jackets are extremely versatile and come in many colors.  A soft color will be much more feminine than traditional blue denim.  If your style is dramatic, add a touch of drama with a scarf or other accent.  Someone with a traditional style can always wear dark jeans with a traditional blouse and a jacket, jeans or other accent.

If you are a triangle or oval body shape, try wearing a snappy tunic to camouflage the wider area of your body.  Jeans look great with ballet flats which help keep the leg line long.

You don’t have to make it a Canadian Tuxedo to rock a jeans look!

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