I think that it’s safe to see all of our readers have heard of a Canadian Tuxedo. Let’s make something clear though, you certainly may wear denim on denim as long as the washes are different (i.e. the Chambray Denim Sport Shirt above with a pair of dark selvedge jeans). If you’re still stumped about how to wear a denim sport shirt try it with a clean pair of tailored chinos or possibly a slim pair of corduroys. If you are really bold and think you might have what it takes to pull it off you can try it with a navy suit. If you opt for this route I would suggest going without a tie and definitely proceed with caution. When pulling off modern trends like this it’s all about the fit. Brooks Brothers was slow to shift but they have now given in to the fact that slim is here to stay. They now offer full lines of Non-Iron Slim Fit Dress Shirts as well as Classic Cotton Shirts in Slim Fit and Extra Slim Fit. Of course as shown above they also offer a handful of great Sport Shirts in Slim Fit and Extra Slim Fit too. The shirt pictured above is pure cotton denim washed with a short ainsley collar and barrel cuffs. It is also available in Regular Fit.
Docker’s is really stepping up their game lately, rebranding their entire mainstream line, and running a new ad campaign to convince everyone that, basically, wearing Docker’s doesn’t make you a square. Although their ad campaign could use a little beefing up (you may have seen the new billboards with the slogan “Wear the Pants”), some of their new offerings are really great updates of staples at a great price point. One such offering, available exclusively at Urban Outfitters, are their new Ankle Length Chinos. Available in a great selection of colors, these mid-weight chinos really are a great addition to anyone’s closet. For a short guy like me, the 29 inch-ish inseam makes them the perfect length to be rolled and worn normally, and at 54 bucks a pair they really can’t be beat. Check them out in red or light khaki for a great addition to the end of summer look, and the navy would make a great addition to your winter gear.
I’m a huge fan of selvedge denim, and have purchased my fair share of brands and fits. What often holds me back, however, is the sheer price of the denim- Selvedge prices are known to reach $300-$500 easily, and that’s before hemming (blasphemy, some would say!) But thanks to premium denim manufactures Naked and Famous, in an exclusive deal with Urban Outfitters, I bring you Unbranded Denim. I guess you could call that the brand name, but it’s also their policy- each of the three fits (Skinny, Tapered, and Slim Straight) come with no branding, and a simple, plain leather patch on the back right hip. Made from 14.5 ounce unwashed Japanese Selvedge Denim, each pair comes in at $78.00 a piece, marginally less than one would pay for other premium denim. For those of you unfamiliar with raw denim, I suggest you wear these for a few months without washing, thereby ensuring a personal fit and fade. For more info on raw denim, check out The Denim Debate , where voices from al over the blogosphere are comparing different price points, companies, fits, and styles of Raw Denim. Check it out, and head over to Urban to check out these Unbranded styles.
I personally favor denim that’s cut fairly slim, especially in the Spring and Summer. I think it looks great with boat shoes or Converse’s, especially sock-less. I’ve been on a bit of a denim craze lately, and I just picked up J Crew’s 484 Slim-Fit in both a raw rinse and a slightly faded wash. These jeans are definitely slim, but the cut is pretty flattering on most people. Made to sit low, with a narrow leg opening, they’re the perfect jean for looking put together at any hour. Pair ‘em with an oxford and some boat shoes and get outside- It’s beautiful out there!
The luxury British shirt maker is branching out. This is the first pair of denim that Pink has created and from the looks of them they are pretty cool. Dark indigo denim with bold gold stitching and slim fit and signature pink rivet on the right hand side pocket. These are a great pair of jeans for casual Fridays, everyday wear, or a night out. Take a look at Pink’s collection of casual shirts and knits and find something to pair with your denim. They are available on the Thomas Pink online store or in one of the twelve flagship stores across the United States. (See the Store Locator on the Thomas Pink website for locations)