The Nice North’s most well-known trend export is definitely the denim-on-denim look—in any other case often called the Canadian Tuxedo. You recognize this. Jay Leno is aware of this. Everybody who works at GQ is aware of this. So, when Staff Canada revealed their uniform package for the forthcoming Summer season Olympics, it was not an enormous shock that there was some denim. It was, stunning, nevertheless, that the jean jacket got here adorned with fake spray paint, Sharpie scribbles, an assortment of patches, and all method of Workplace Area-style aptitude. Sadly for Canada, the garment appears like one thing you may spot on the sale rack at a fast-fashion retailer than one thing worthy of the Olympic stage.
The garment in query comes from Hudson Bay, a longstanding Canadian division retailer and the official clothing store of Staff Canada. The opposite items within the uniform assortment play it safer, and to much better impact: a pair of striped observe pants, a red-and-white warm-up jacket, and a easy graphic tee all appear to be completely robust Olympics appears. However it’s the denim trucker jacket that appears to have caught the eye of the Web and bounced round on Twitter. (Oddly sufficient, the corporate teamed up with Levi’s—a label about as American because it will get—for the jacket itself.) It’s straightforward sufficient to guess what Hudson Bay was going for: bringing a youthful, off-kilter edge to an occasion that tends to skew extra conventional. The vital flaws listed below are that they have been a couple of half-decade too late…and that sporting a “battle jacket”-inspired garment doesn’t precisely jive with the clean-cut Olympics.
It’s not too onerous to hint the supply materials right here. The punk-ish jean jacket had its mainstream trend second some time again: Kanye West and his The Lifetime of Pablo merch, which included a chaotic-looking denim jacket, pushed the look onto Instagram and the movie star gossip websites. Different fashionable dudes like A$AP Rocky and Justin Bieber adopted go well with. Quickly, it was on the racks of each fast-fashion retailer underneath the solar. Quick ahead to 2021, and the mass-produced model of this look feels greater than slightly dated.
Taking huge swings with Olympic trend is all the time dangerous. Ralph Lauren has a reasonably stable observe file for Americana-inspired kits for the Staff United States, from preppy navy blazers to modern-looking puffer jackets. (We do not have to speak in regards to the star-covered cardigans from 2014.) Sadly for Canada and Hudson Bay, these explicit jean jackets will go down on the improper facet of Olympic type. Let’s be clear right here: denim jackets are cool and can all the time be cool. Denim jackets adorned with fake graffiti are…not.