Who Actually Dubbed Denim-on-Denim the Canadian Tuxedo?

Canadian Tuxedo

The name Canadian Tuxedo may have surprising origins, but it really is no surprise that the sometimes divisive, now stylish look was all over the Fall 2017 runways.

As we celebrate this popular pairing, we may finally have the origin story of how the nickname came to be. It was recently brought to light that the moniker has more to do with American singer and actor Bing Crosby than anyone born in our home and native land.

Rumour has it that in 1951 Crosby was turned away from a hotel somewhere in our vast country, because he was dressed too casually, in head-to-toe denim. After hearing of this incident, the team at Levi Strauss & Company created a denim tuxedo jacket, complete with a red tab corsage on the lapel, so the Oscar winner would never be turned away from a fancy soiree again. In fact, Crosby was known to have worn the jacket on several film premier red carpets.

And if you’re looking to update the denim-on-denim look, the Fall 2017 runways were full of options. Spotted in the collections of Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, Dior, and A.P.C., the Canadian Tuxedo has never been more fashionable. And while we may not offer Levi’s formal wear, we do have plenty of options for a casual, yet updated take on the trend.


Levi’s 501 Distressed Skinny Jeans, $83.20 and Design Lab Lord & Taylor Rose Patched Denim Jacket, $46.80



Levi’s Mile High Super Skinny Jeans, $98

NYDJ Plus Marilyn Relaxed Capri Jeans, $152

Levi’s Distressed Five Pocket Shorts, $79.95

Mavi Brenda High-Rise Boyfriend Jeans, $118


Levi’s Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Denim Jacket, $54

Topshop Moto Fitted Denim Jacket, $90

Free People Denim Trucker Jacket, $177

Lauren Ralph Lauren Sleeveless Denim Shirt, $85

Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren Star-Embroidery Western Shirt, $165


Photography by David Pike.

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