One of the biggest trends this season has been denim on denim. Whether it’s a denim jacket or a shirt paired with jeans, the “Canadian Tuxedo” has been seen all over runways and is now pouring into streets everywhere.
As a menswear enthusiast, typically I don’t pay much attention to trends. However, when something comes out that is aesthetically pleasing and inherently masculine, I’ll try it out.
The term “Canadian Tuxedo” was founded in 1951, when world famous American crooner Bing Crosby and a friend decided to check into a prestigious hotel in the Vancouver area. Bing was originally denied a night stay, as he was wearing a full denim ensemble.
To give you some background, denim had a bad reputation in the 1950s. Marlon Brando, James Dean and many others who donned the fabric were upsetting social order by not conforming to America’s postwar dress code.
Not only that, but denim still had a big work-wear influence and people that wore it were typically in laborer positions.
Although the hotel management eventually recognized Bing and made an exception because of who he was, the story of the incident traveled fast. Friends back home contacted Levi’s and the designers immediately developed a custom denim tuxedo jacket for Bing; so that he would never have problems wearing denim, even in fancy establishments. Inside the jacket was a special leather patch warning hotel staff everywhere to treat the wearer of this special garment with respect. Thus the name was born.
If you want to look like a menswear rebel this season, check out the selection at Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, only at the Hudson’s Bay.