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Origin of Canadian tuxedo
Words nearby Canadian tuxedo
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What else does Canadian tuxedo mean?
The slang term Canadian tuxedo refers to an outfit pairing jeans with a denim jacket. A Texas tuxedo can describe this pairing as well as a suit jacket worn with jeans, cowboy boots, and cowboy hat.
Where does Canadian tuxedo come from?
Although use of Canadian tuxedo and Texas tuxedo emerged in the 1990s and 2000s, the origin of the Canadian tuxedo itself is the subject of much speculation. One story goes that singer Bing Crosby was kicked out of a Canadian hotel in 1951 for wearing a denim-on-denim outfit rather than formal wear. Blue jeans pioneer Levi Strauss, in response, sent Crosby a custom-made denim tuxedo jacket. The often repeated, if dubious, tale may have connected double denim, Canada, and tuxedos in the popular imagination.
Another account says Canadian tuxedo mocks the denim jackets and jeans stereotypically worn together by western Canadians. Calling the outfit a Texas tuxedo is based on similar stereotypes, with the particular combination of jeans, sport jacket, and cowboy boots/hat based on Texas oilmen.
The 2001 comedy movie Super Troopers makes fun of a “Denim Dan” as “president, chairman, and CEO of Levi Strauss” for his “Canadian tuxedo.” Many articles written during the inauguration of President George W. Bush, a Texan, in 2001 mentioned his guests bringing the Texas or Western tuxedo to Washington. In a 2017 book, a Detroit Red Wings ice hockey player remembers being knocked by a team mate for his Canadian tuxedo in 1999.
How is Canadian tuxedo used in real life?
Canadian people may also use the phrase in a self-deprecating way, while Texans may describe their tuxedo with an unabashed pride. Still, be mindful that calling someone’s outfit a Canadian, Texas, or Western tuxedo, could offend their national, regional, or cultural identity.
Although the Canadian tuxedo is often ridiculed, fashion-forward media like Esquire and Vogue in the 2010s have praised the outfit as celebrities took to sporting the denim-on-denim look. Esquire, for example, published an article titled “Why You Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Canadian Tuxedo.”
More examples of Canadian tuxedo:
“Fashion 101: If Bella Hadid wears it, it’s hot. So, it appears that the Texas tuxedo is now — or, again — a thing.”
—Jenny Berg, Bravo, October, 2017
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Example sentences from the Web for Canadian tuxedo
The focus here was on how fast oil would come out of the Canadian fields.
Therefore, we should—you guessed it—develop the Canadian tar sands and build the Keystone pipeline.
That gays (and other liberals) should choose Canadian oil because Canada “has no laws prohibiting LGBT lifestyle.”
Castro actually flew up to Montreal to be a pallbearer at the 2000 funeral of a beloved Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau.
But, in Jamaica, Maurice Tomlinson was forced to flee his country after his marriage to his Canadian husband made front-page news.A Quorum For Change: The Fight For Global LGBT Equality|Justin Jones|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We prefer the American volume of Hochelaga to the Canadian one, although both are highly interesting.
No one has yet gone far enough down to test the depth of the veins in any Canadian mine.
The foregoing are all the Canadian mines now in work, as far as I have been able to learn, certainly all of any importance.
We lit our pipes and strolled over in silence to the men's quarters, and it was his odd Canadian expression "Gee whiz!"
Under the guise of apparent indifference his mind kept the Canadian under constant observation.