Gone are the durable workwear days of denim. Today, the fabrics are as versatile and varied as the men who wear them

For decades, jeans have been a must-have in every North American man’s wardrobe. From John Wayne, to James Dean, to Springsteen the blue jean has permeated our everyday, right down to the skinny-jean wearing youth of today, and although denim has always been a guy’s go-to for a cool, casual look, this season go beyond the basics and explore different washes, cuts, and texture.

Fit is key this season as the slim-legged jean falls inline behind the skinny suits seen on the runway of Calvin Klein. A darker wash does well to emphasize the slimness of the look and a heavier weight with little stretch (close fitting but not hugging) keeps the look crisp.

Whether you call it a Texas Tuxedo or a Canadian Tuxedo doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you embrace it this season. Chambray shirt, dark wash denim and a classic jean jacket never looked so good. Vary the shades and tones of the pieces to avoid a Justin Timberlake circa 2001 thing and hold your head high. If that kind of tuxedo isn’t for you, you can still dress your denim up by pairing jeans with a tailored shirt, a blazer and a bold colored tie to add another style element.

Transition between the seasons and be ready for the warmer weather. Layer a classic jean jacket under a textured blazer for a contemporary feel.

Riley Stewart is a photographer based in Toronto
Steven Lee is a streetstyle photographer based in Toronto

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