Just goes to show you should never say never — because never is the next new thing! The Texas tuxedo is in fashion thanks to Chloe, Ralph Lauren and D&G, who all showed head-to-toe denim last year.
The Gap is promoting its versions of the Chloe look. I keep admiring the ads in various magazines while wondering, “Does this look great because it’s really great? Or just because it’s worn by great-looking people?”
If you think you’re sex-ay enough to carry off head-to-toe denim, two of the jackets really appeal to me. Not the motorcycle-style jacket. Personally, I have enough of the motorcycle look: jacket, jacket, dress. But I love the blazer …
… and the utility jacket.
The traditional accessory for a Texas tuxedo is a bolo tie. I should look around and see if I still have the one I wore in the early ’80s. Yep, we all had them. Don’t laugh. You’ll probably be desperate for one any day now. Like I said, never say never … and I’ve been right before, bitches!
UPDATED TO ADD: The Shoe Girl is way ahead of y’all with the bolo tie. You better catch up!
I think this look is for good-looking people.
I once knew a man in college who wore the faded denim 501s at the same time as the faded denim Engineer jacket, and the fadedness was the same on both pieces. He wore cowboy boots and called himself “The Denim King.”
I got my bolo tie ready! 😉
Ella Mode says
I don’t think this denim trend is for me. I prefer the trends that are within my personal style and denim is just for my legs.
BTW I love that you have at least 1 fashion word in your captcha-like thing!!
Swear to jeebus I almost wore a texas tuxedo today! However at the last minute I chickened out and swapped the jeans for some black skinny/slouchy trousers. I couldn’t face defending myself from the ridicule I knew I’d be getting all day.
You know, I admire the denim tuxedo look, but I just don’t think I’m cool enough to pull this look off. Although, I’m loving the denim blazer. Still don’t know if I’ll look right. I’ll just leave it for the cool people.
Would it surprise you or not to know that the first night I went out with the hubby (to-be) he was wearing a collarless denim shirt (with a Netscape logo no-less) and jeans.
Yes, I liked him enough to see him again. Luckily he was that charming.
deja pseu says
Dang, wish I’d kept that bolo tie. Never mind, this probably isn’t a look I’m going to be wearing anyway. Though after watching the Temple Grandin movie on HBO, I have sort of been thinking about some of those vintage western shirts with the snaps and all…
Lenya Jones says
This is one trend I think I’ll let pass.
I’ve been working on a more sinister version: the Iron Heart SuperBlack denim tux! 🙂
uh..yeeeaaaah…wake me when this is over
Well, if anyone should be happy that the Texas Tuxedo is back, it would be the boys of Turbonegro.
As for myself, I think I’ll stick with Breton shirts, though the Chloe look here looks pretty good.
You can keep the bolos, though hehe. 😛
Annie Spandex says
That denim blazer is really cute! I would wear it with black jeans or pants, though.
I tried to comment on this earlier! but it was kind of messed up?
I was going to say it was funny because i had just seen the same Gap ad in a magazine earlier and thought “Chloe much?”
Its also funny because I heard someone the other day refer to the texas tuxedo as a canadian tuxedo, that was a first
The Owl's Closet says
i dont think i wear the texas tux and look as amazing as the models above. i think i’ll have to wear denim, one piece at a time:) i love the blazer u picked out above! i secretly want a bolo tie haha but i wouldn’t know where i would wear it!:D
I would go for the Utility Jacket myself. I am a fan of the “body hugging” look it has.
I am admitting I never had a bolo necklace/tie. Of course, in the early 80s I was in grade school so that may explain it.
sharon rose says
Hi there-I love this trend IF its worked well of course. Love the bolo tie shoe gal is wearing!!
That utility jacket is the only new denim piece I have liked all season. Thanks for the heads-up, I am ordering it today!
Chic 'n Cheap Living says
I say it looks good because it’s worn by good looking people. I am intrigued by the blazer but never thought the bolo tie would be in again (or was it in before or just in Texas?)
Miss Peelpants says
Ummmm. Not for me, I’m afraid. I just wanted to run away from that top photo.
Other people might rock the look, but I do *not* get on well with denim jackets. I will stick to my leather biker jacket or Biba/Bus Stop cotton ones.
I would be very interested to see a non-model trying the look though!
Despite the name, haven’t seen many ’round these here parts yet. I need to go hang out around the downtown Nieman Marcus and see if I can spot any in their natural habitat.
Bubble Fairy says
Denim with denim looks so awesome. The first picture you have posted is my favourite. I also scrolled down a bit and I found those rings with F#* and so on and I need them. Brilliant okay. They would be perfect for me now because I have YEAH! written on my nails. F#*@ YEAH! I MUST BUY THEM.
It is a Canadian Tuxedo if you add a denim jacket on top.
Funny that you mention the bolo tie. I had a flashback this morning to the early 1990s, when I was in grad school and Ann Arbor had a chi-chi cowboy boot store on the State Street shopping strip. Everyone was into some part of country and western style, though the tide appears to have receded. Pity, I’ve always wanted a pair of those boots (though I want them to be comfortable, and understand that they often are not).
I have a denim trench coat. Does that mean I’m on trend? Great blog as usual. And I must confess that I stared at that model in all denim and can’t decide either. She is pretty hot.
I’m kind of a fan of denim on denim. Hm.
I thik the head to toe denim look is great for the long, legged beauty…not the short, pear-shaped gal like me. So you won’t catch me following this trend anytime soon. However, I do like that denim utility jacket!
I think head-to-toe denim looks pretty awesome on supermodels and Robert Plant circa 1976 and that’s it. But ooooh that blazer is hot! I might have to work on my anti-denimism.
Nathan sometimes wears a denim jacket with jeans. I’m not a fan. I’m going to skip this one, although “What I Would Have Worn” did and looked really great.
This trend scares me. And I don’t scare easy.
oh I adore that denim came back. but I would never go head to toe.
there are more ridiculous trends than the texas tuxedo, some people can really carry them off! i’m not sure i’m one of them though…
I think denim on denim is super tricky, most people end up looking super trashtastic, in a bad way.
But hey then again, if I see someone who can pull it off, I can get behind it.
Haha, I have to agree with the wearability argument. I remember when Rumi wore all denim and I thought she looked hot. Anyone else would earn themselves a nomination for What Not to Wear….
I’ve been calling this look the Canadian Tuxedo, not quite the same ring but we’ve got Bryan Adams and I think he trademarked that look years ago and still hasn’t drifted.
Miss Janey says
Miss J thinks this is a case of “looks good cuz looking people are wearing it”. Head to toe denim is not Miss J’s fave…
I refuse to double denim!
Vegetable Assassin says
I don’t care how big it gets, I don’t think I’m ever going to be swayed by denim on denim unless it’s two VERY different shades of denim MAYBE. But I love the pieces separately. I love denim trenches and blazers if and safari jackets if they’re worn properly. Just not with jeans… Occasionally, on the right person, a worn denim shirt can look smokin’ with jeans, but it has to be just right. I’m particular. 🙂
I love my denim, but not mixed together. I still have my Gap denim jacket circa the 80s which I wear with spring dresses. I’m definitely a blazer chic, so would love to check out Gap’s denim version. Great post!
Make Do Style says
For some reason these things always look better in well lit ads than in reality x
thank for the comment on my blog!
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That's Not My Age says
Texas Tuxedo, I love it – so much better than double denim!
Duuuuude. I’ve been rockin’ bolos for a while! Inherited some fab one from my Grandpa. I looooove denim but I don’t think I’m ready to go for the denim Dan look as the hubs calls the Texas tuxedo!
hahahha. the texas tuxedo…. awesome! love bolo ties. love u.
captcha word “sparkles”. i am taking this as a hint that i need to go purchase something sparkly. it’s a sign!!
I have to say… it’s because it’s modeled by good looking people! I passed an ad today with Daria and thought about how gorgeous she was… I didn’t even notice the clothes! I wonder if I still have my bolo ties I wore in High School…
Denise @ Swelle says
Ha ha! Texas tuxedo!
The Gap ads are definitely about the sexy people and clothes that I swear are pinned or altered for their bodies, because last time I checked (ok, a year ago) their cuts are always boxy and I notice they pin the shirts on the mannequins to get a cleaner look. I’m not sure exactly why, but it makes me angry!
Funny, Denise…I almost remarked in the post that if I bought either jacket I’m sure I’d be spending time and money altering them with Jean of Ghost Tailor, but then I didn’t feel like getting into the whole fit issue.
I agree with Denise, Gap clothes are very boxy! Anyways, I definitely think that this trend is a good in theory/good on hot people thing. Will never wear it, unless I decide to go to Texas costume party!
Sister Wolf says
Both of those denim jackets are horrible. Truly awful. Would look ugly on anyone. They make me want to cry.
I don’t think that the all denim thing is the best look. I think that a piece of denim with a really dressy piece (a silk skirt for instance) is a more interesting look.
well, I am not a fan of double denim. beautiful people can pull it off- but they can pull of everything :)))
Hmm, I’m not a fan of double denim. It looks great in the ads and on the runway, but I have yet to meet a person who could pull it off in real life.