In Defense of the Canadian Tuxedo

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Gwen Stefani
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Fashion media loves to clutch its pearls at a Canadian tuxedo. Sure, perhaps the enthusiasm of '90s Gap denim-philes read a bit backcountry, and yes, Justin + Britney's infamous VMAs look was undoubtedly ahead of its time, but that doesn't mean the practice was ever wrong, it was just gravely misunderstood. In the not quite post-summer, not quite pre-fall trench we're in right now, we owe it to ourselves to investigate society's discrimination against the trend so that we can finally put behind our reservations and embrace everything this unique mode of dressing offers.

Its pros? Denim is inarguably the ideal weight for dropping temperatures, providing ample wind protection while still offering breathability as our sweat levels fluctuate. It's typically made of anywhere from 98 to 100 percent cotton, a soft, comfortable, superior-to-synthetic material that feels great against skin. It's ultra-mutable, meaning you can wear it with a heavy boot, a party heel, or even a slip-on sneaker, like Gwen Stefani did this week.

More pros? Even though it's blue (really exercising my college degree right here), it reads as a neutral, making it one of the only colors on the spectrum to have taken ahold of its identity and determined its own path, which is honestly the American dream. And speaking of, even though its name implies otherwise (literally, "from Nim," the French city where it was originally produced), denim is possibly more ingrained in American fashion than any other garment — isn't that something worth celebrating from head to toe?

Its cons? Well, would you consider perfection a con? Do yourself a favor and let the Canadian tuxedo into your heart this season. Shop the best denim separates (to combine) below.

Get the look:

Agolde Crisscross Upsize High Waist Jeans
Shop now: $188;

See by Chloe Tie Neck Denim Shirt
Shop now: $325;

Topshop Oversize Denim Jacket
Shop now: $75;

Levi's Ribcage Ripped High Waist Ankle Straight Leg Jeans
Shop now: $108;

Free People Marley Denim Jumpsuit
Shop now: $77 (Originally $128);

Ganni x Levi's Ruffle Collar Denim Shirt
Shop now: $295;

Topshop Ripped Dad Jeans
Shop now: $80;

RVCA x Camille Rowe Balloon Sleeve Denim Shirt Jacket
Shop now: $135;

Madewell High Waist Long Denim Shorts
Shop now: $31 (Originally $75);

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