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The 'Canadian Tuxedo' Can Apparently Be Traced Back to Bing Crosby

Before denim-on-denim was a certified fashion trend, pairing a jean jacket or shirt with your favorite pair of blue jeans was considered a sartorial faux pas. Nicknamed the “Canadian Tuxedo,” the look quickly became the butt of many pop culture jokes after it was made infamous by the movie Super Troopers. (In the film, a trooper asks his sergeant, "How's it going Denim Dan? You look like the president, chairman, and CEO of Levi Strauss. Hey, where'd you get the Canadian tuxedo?") 

However, Boing Boing reports that the phrase might have been coined far before the 2001 comedy hit theaters. According to Levi’s Vintage Clothing, legendary singer Bing Crosby was denied entrance into a Canadian hotel in 1951 because he and his companion were clad in head-to-toe denim. Management soon realized that Crosby was a celebrity and let him in. However, tales of the incident spread, and designers at Levi Strauss and Co. eventually caught wind and designed Crosby a custom jean tuxedo jacket. That way, his denim would be dressed up enough for the swankiest of establishments.

Fashioned from the same denim LS&Co used for their original 501 Jeans, the jacket was dressed up with a corsage made of the branded Red Tabs, affixed to the lapel with copper rivets. Inside, a leather patch was emblazoned with a “Notice to All Hotel Men,” informing hospitality managers that denim is “a perfectly appropriate fabric and anyone wearing it should be allowed entrance into the finest hotels.”

LS&Co gave the jacket to Crosby at the 1951 Silver State Stampede in Elko, Nev., where he was honorary mayor, and Crosby even wore it in press appearances for his new film, Here Comes the Groom. Now, more than 50 years later, fashionable retailers sell similar ensembles—proving that any look, even the "Canadian Tuxedo," can become trendy if you just give it time.

[h/t Boing Boing]

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Want Priority Boarding On Your Alaska Airlines Flight This Holiday Season? Wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater
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Between steep fares and crowded terminals, flying during the holidays isn’t fun. But on Friday, December 15, a special Alaska Airlines promotion will ease boarding stress and transform packed planes into mile-high ugly sweater parties, in honor of National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. As the Los Angeles Times reports, the airline will offer free early boarding to travelers willing to don their holiday worst at the airport.

The promotion is good for all Alaska Airlines flights in the airline’s 115-city network, and for flights offered by Virgin America and Horizon Air (both of which are operated by Alaska Airlines). In addition to escaping the waiting crowds, passengers who share the most festive knitted looks will be featured on Alaska Air's social media pages if they tag their photos and videos using the hashtags #UglySweaterDay and #MostWestCoast. And since no plane aisle-turned-catwalk is complete without a soundtrack, “festive holiday-themed boarding music will play all month long to help get guests into the holiday spirit,” according to a press release.

Worried you’ll be the only person on the plane wearing a sequined Rudolph cardigan? Even if other passengers don’t get the memo, airline crew will also be wearing ugly sweaters—so feel free to unleash your inner Chevy Chase from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

[h/t Los Angeles Times]

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Custom-Design the Ugly Christmas Sweater of Your Dreams (or Nightmares)
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For those of you aspiring to be the worst dressed person at your family's holiday dinner, UglyChristmasSweater.com sells—you guessed it—ugly Christmas sweaters to seasonal revelers possessing a sense of irony. But the Michigan-based online retailer has elevated kitsch to new heights by offering a create-your-own-sweater tool on its website.

Simply visit the site's homepage, and click on the Sweater Customizer link. There, you'll be provided with a basic sweater template, which you can decorate with festive snowflakes, reindeer, and other designs in five different colors. If you're feeling really creative, you can even upload photos, logos, hand-drawn pictures, and/or text. After you approve and purchase a mock-up of the final design, you can purchase the final result (prices start at under $70). But you'd better act quickly: due to high demand, orders will take about two weeks plus shipping time to arrive.

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