If you’re anything like I am, stampede is an essential part of your summer in Calgary. Generally, people go one of two ways: they either hate the crowds and the heat or they absolutely live for it. And when I say that some Calgarians live for stampede, I mean that they really LIVE for it…like die hard enthusiasts!
I gotta say, one of my favourite parts is dressing the part. By throwing on an old pair of cowboy boots and a summery dress you go from city lady to country gal in a few hot seconds! SO FUN. Everyone really gets into the spirit over here and the city really just comes alive! It’s honestly so unique, I haven’t really ever seen anything like it. It’s a tradition so unique to this locale!
I have some friends coming in for the week and naturally, had to consult them on how to dress the part, especially for Calgary’s infamous crazy weather! I guess the attire doesn’t exactly come to mind if you haven’t lived in the area! I usually opt for a fun sundress with a flirty laidback feel or a pretty flowy blouse with a solid pair of denim cutoffs! I’m going to kick off this stampede summer with a more structured take on “stampede wear” for all you readers who would like to wear something that is a little bit more versatile for everyday wear!
This Uniqlo top is one of my absolute favourites because it’s totally affordable at only $30 and incredibly versatile! It works really nicely with my new Levi Wedgie jeans. I don’t know how I lived without my Wedgie jeans — they’re structured yet comfy and moveable!
For the star of the show, my Hatch wide-brimmed fedora is one of my favourite accessories in my whole closet! I’m not kidding when I say it totally elevates an otherwise simple outfit! You can see how it really makes a statement in these photos, without being too over the top!
P.s. If you are a kombucha fan and really want to complete the look, Costco has a case of kombucha in bottles that really bring out that “Western” feel! They kind of transport you to an age of prohibition and apothecaries!