It’s commonly perceived that for 10 days of the year Calgarians throw on their wranglers and fancy cowboy boots and pretend to be true-blue cowboys. This is not entirely untrue! However, this year we are in luck, as a western trend has snuck its way onto the runways and into our everyday style. Plaid shirts, jean vests, white frilly dresses, the classic Canadian tuxedo and daisy dukes make up the typical “cowboy/girl uniform” that frequent the grounds year after year. This year we challenge you to take your look up a notch and add some high fashion and a lick of style to your stampede attire. Summer festivals have created their own unique style that is becoming a growing trend in fashion and there is no reason the Stampede can’t do the same – it is the greatest show on earth after all!
Females, try color blocking, distressed baggy denim, suede accessories and loose silhouettes in sheer fabrics with bold patterns and varying necklines. Play around with different accessories such as new takes on the bolo tie, bandanas and body chains.
Males, try slimmer fitting jeans with variations of the classic button up in different prints, fabrics and styles, while mixing and matching with accessories and a western style fedora, a new take on the white brimmed cowboy hat.
Check out these Calgary shops for pieces to add to your wardrobe that are chic, fashion forward and true to your personal style, taking your stampede look from western blah to yeehaw!
Tired of uncomfortable cowboy boots that pinch your toes and leave you with blisters after a night of dancing at Nashville North? They pride themselves in making luxurious, affordable handcrafted shoes that are made to fit. If they don’t have your size or width, they will make a pair specifically for you.
Women: try their popular Two Point Five Ankle Boot in desert tan or black, as they pair perfectly with shorts, jeans and dresses, and are a great basic to wear all year long. If you are looking to create more of a chic western look try their Heeled Mule, Flat Bootie or their Panel Boot in black that is perfect for those personal styles that are sleek and minimalistic.
Men: take your look up a notch and create a classy look for a western gentleman with their Oxfords, The Jasper Derby, The Calgary Wingtip or The Vancouver Chukka Ankle Boot that come in both Woodland Brown, Tan and Black.
A women’s only shop where you will find 1970’s inspired bohemian styles with a western influence. Free People allows you to be creative with your look by combining different styles together to create a whole new trend. Their clothes are made with unique patterns, bold colors and dramatic hemlines. Try mixing and matching their different rompers, off the shoulder tops, lace tunics, suede shorts, A-line skirts, bohemian styled dresses with ruffled overlays and bold patterned kimonos. The Free to Be Top, a lace off the shoulder styled top comes in a variety of different colors that goes great with a pair of vintage levis and a beaded choker. Also, try their Studded Suede Vest. This piece can be used to make a variety of different outfits perfect for Stampeding in the heat!
Lastly, Free People offers a ton of accessories to choose from that will add that western twist without going overboard. They have a variety of suede purses with beautiful detailing and beadwork, both authentic and practical. You can also find chokers, bracelets, feather earrings and best of all their Bandana Bolo Necklace – a new way to wear a classic bandana in a bolo style necklace.
Here you can find designer, quality clothing basics at extremely affordable prices and they always have a ton of options to choose from. Gals, check out their variety of camis, crop tops and tanks that come in multiple colors and patterns. Dudes check out their plethora of modern plaid options and button up shirts that you can get in long sleeve, short sleeve and sleeveless options.
Take your look on a road trip and incorporate some pieces with southwestern influences and Navajo-inspired patterns. They have a variety of different statement pieces for both men and women with detailed patterns, intricate designs and bright embroidery to add to your stampede wardrobe.
Women: check out their dresses and rompers that come in many unique styles and patterns that paired with suede ankle booties and their signature floppy Panama Hat, make for a trendy, fashion forward Stampede look. They also offer a variety of drapey blouses made from flowy textured fabric, along with their trendy crop tops, and off the shoulder shirts in striped, lace and floral patterns.
Men: try their collared and un-collared button up shirts that come in a unique array of patterns such as stripes, floral, ornate tiles, polka dots and geo prints. Pair these shirts with with their chino pant, or Slim Jean along with a bandana and leather boots.
Try adding a sporty twist to your western look by incorporating pieces from their Adidas and Calvin Klein collections. For women, try pairing them a suede necklace, leather booties, and feather accents. Men, pair this sporty look with tailored jeans, a large belt buckle and suede accessories.
Also take a look at their denim collection featuring unique tops for both men and women, and an array of vintage denim that has been refurbished into shorts, skirts and baggy textured jeans.
This local men’s boutique is great for offering different styles and modern menswear that is perfect for creating a classy look for Stampede. Whether western is your thing, or you are more of a trendy city slicked cowboy, you can find the look you want here with a fashionable twist. They offer a variety of patterned Baseball shirts, collared shirts with detailed designs, acid wash denim tops and plain tees that can be worn underneath if that is more your style. For a fresh denim look try their straight-legged jeans rolled up above the ankle in both light and dark washes, or their ¾ length shorts. Add one of their woven leather belts and a wide brimmed fedora to complete the look.
This is a newer designer that we just saw on the runway at PARKSHOW back in May. Her designs are inspired by her eastern roots and her line is full of luxury fabrics and intricate embroidered details. Her leather pieces come in tops, skirts and dresses that have raw cutouts as the designs. She also offers a bold, western inspired suede crop top with fringe that goes down past your knees. These pieces take on a different twist to traditional western wear and will add a trendier more stylish look to your stampede attire.
Ladies, complete your look and make your outfit pop with this local jewelry designer made right here in Calgary. Pull your look together with their various body chains, statement necklaces and bold earrings. Try something new and check out their Harlem Belt or Shimmy Skirt, both will be sure to add a stylish flare to your western look.
Denim, Denim, Denim
On the hunt for some of the best denim selections in town? Look no further than Harry Rosen with two locations, one at The Core downtown and one at Chinook Centre, and Espy with their fabulous shop located in Inglewood.
To celebrate Calgary Stampede style, iconic menswear retailer Harry Rosen is partnering with Paige Denim to feature an exclusive selection. Receive a special gift with any purchase from The Paige Denim Pop-Up Shop, while quantities last.
Espy is an affordable designer boutique in Calgary, perfect for your pre-Stampede shopping and as a destination to visit if in town for the big 10 days. With a huge selection of styles and brands for men and women as well as a substantial denim selection that will leave you wondering why you didn’t check them out sooner. Check out the Espy Stampede Guide for gearing up and dressing up in chic style.
If you don’t have the budget to go shopping for a new western wardrobe, raid your parent’s or even grandparent’s closets. There is nothing like a true authentic rhinestone studded vest or fringed button up from the 60’s/70’s to really make an outfit!
Calgary also has some amazing vintage shops that you can sift through for one-of-a-kind styles and pieces. Check out Fond Boutique, The Clothing Bar Boutique, A Vintage Affair and Danielle’s Consignment Boutique, for well curated and quality vintage wear.
Last of all, you can always rely on the classic Smithbuilt Hats, Alberta Boot and Lammles, if that’s true to your personal style. However, we would love to see some high fashion and chic looks hit the stampede grounds this year and put the Calgary Stampede on the Canadian and better yet, International fashion map!