Full disclosure: I’ve lived in Calgary for 12 years and have never owned a cowboy hat or cowboy boots. If you are like me and your wardrobe is devoid of Stampede wear, or if you are just looking for something unique that reflects your personal style, this list might help you find that hidden gem to help you put together a kick ass outfit. Check out these retailers to put together a one-of-a-kind Stampede outfit:
Vancouver-based Elizabeth Anne is the creative genius behind these leather cowboy boots, which have a secret pocket inside the leg for your cellphone, keys, credit cards, and makeup. Guaranteed you’ll be the most popular person in your crew. Bonus: they offer expedited shipping to make sure you get them in time for the party.
Don’t want to risk shipping time and sizing? Head over to Luna Blue (hidden up the hill on 14th street SW in Bankview) for an extensive selection of Stampede-friendly boots.
If you’re looking for a little less plaid and a little more rad (think fringe, navajo print, beads, and scarves), check out Queen Boutique in Kensington. The store is stocked with a great selection of one-of-a-kind dresses, skirts, tops, and accessories.
Head-to-toe vintage is hard to pull off, but adding a single vintage piece to your outfit is always stylish. Urban Thrift has recently set up their extensive collection of Stampede-wear and A Vintage Affair in the Beltline has a well-curated collection of clothing and accessories, like scarves, buckles, and belts.
Still need help?
If you are still unsure how to pull together an outfit, put your sartorial self in the capable hands of espy experience’s stylists and have them pull together a killer outfit that is chosen to fit your body type and style (the folks at espy specialize in denim fittings so that you do not ever have to experience the dreaded muffin top).
Want a custom Stampede look for free? Check out the latest contest from Stmpdr and espy experience! Entering is super easy: Post your current “Fab” or “Fail” Stampede outfit to Twitter, Instagram, or Stmpdr’s Facebook page with the hashtage #stmpdrESPY and you’ll be entered to win a brand-spankin’ new personalized Stampede look worth up to $300 from espy experience. Winner will be chosen at random!