Any Total Denim fan in the room? Many people, especially denim lovers, love to wear a 100% denim outfit: jeans, a shirt and a denim jacket. But, what is now a fashion, a long time ago became something very strange even for many, something embarrassing. Do you want to know the reason and origin of Canadian Tuxedo? Keep reading.
As you know, Levi Strauss & Co. in 1873 made the first jeans in San Francisco to dress California mine workers. Such was the success that the young people of the 50s walked around with Levi's 501 and not only they, but icons like Marylin Monroe or James Dean also wore them. That was a scandal since people went out to the street wearing work clothes and it reached such an extreme that some public establishments prohibited entry to those who were dressed like that.
In the middle of all this history we find Bing Corsby, a fan of this look. Crosby visited Vancouver in 1951 and upon checking into the hotel, was denied check-in by Art Cameron, the hotel's clerk, as he was dressed in 100% denim.
Although Cameron finally corrected the mistake, that was not just another anecdote, because when Crosby returned home and told his colleagues, they contacted Levi Strauss and started the production of a tuxedo jacket made of 100% denim fabric for Crosby, which, on the inside, said "Notice to Hotel Staff."
From that moment, Levi's baptized this look as “Canadian Tuxedo”. That is why, to this day, a total denim look is nicknamed the Candian Tuxedo.
To put the icing on the cake, here are two Canadian Tuxedo look ideas:
Canadian Tuxedo look for girls:
Canadian Tuxedo look for boy:
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