Avoiding the Canadian Tuxedo This Fall

Despite the stigma that comes with a Canadian Tuxedo, denim on denim has been pretty popular this year. Luckily, designers have been getting creative with the material, coming up with accented apparel that helps you avoid looking like Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears at the 2001 American Music Awards (never forget). Denim will forever be a must-have item in your closet, and labels like Stella McCartney, Helmut Lang, and BDG have done a great job updating typical blue jeans and turning them into statement pieces.

Stella McCartney ombre denim shirt for Nylon Magazine by Christopher Starbody Ombre hair might slowly be fading out, but it’s making its way into high-end designer collections this season. Above is a button-up denim top in blue ombre with white buttons by Stella McCartney, paired with matching ombre jeans (not pictured). Stella McCartney and Helmut Lang ombre denim Left: Stella McCartney Skinny Ankle Grazer Jeans in gray ombre, $495, stellamccartney.com. Right: Helmut Lang HELMUT Faded Skinny Jeansin gray ombre, $230, neimanmarcus.com

Topshop Bleached Denim Studded TopAnother way to make you denim duds stand out is with studded accents, like this Topshop Studded Bleach Denim top (£36.00, topshop.com). Studs are showing up on every type of fabric this season (as noted in the super sheer polyester Zara blouse from last week) and it gives lighter denim a standout edge. There are plenty of variations you can try, like Miss Me’s version with studded cuffs or you own DIY style. Check out this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess for a simple studded shirt.

BDG Denim at Urban Outfitters

If blue jeans aren’t your style, BDG has got you covered with tons of ways for you to get creative with your denim from red wax-coated jeans and embroidery to printed cigarette skinnies. Jean shirts can work with these prints as well – light blue works well for all.

Left to right: BDG Coated Twig Mid-Rise Jean, $78; BDG Cigarette High-Rise Jean – Embroidered, $78; BDG Twig High-Rise Jean- Grey Dip-Dye Roses, $68; BDG Twig Mid-Rise Jean – Oversized Floral Print, $68; and BDG Printed Cigarette High Rise Jean, $68. All on UrbanOutfitters.com.

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