Whether you’re craving steak or simply the fresh air and Canadian summer vibes, there’s no denying the fact that the Calgary Stampede is a proudly Canuck tradition. However, aside from horses, livestock and plenty of beef, the Stampede also offers an opportunity to dress up (or rather, down) for the occasion. Channelling Western vibes, the annual event is an ideal setting to step out in plaid and leather. For the cowgirl at heart who is looking to experiment with Western style, look no further than these key outfit ideas.
1) U.S. Polo Assn. Women’s Plaid Shirtdress With Braided Belt, $25: It certainly wouldn’t be the Calgary Stampede without rodeo inspired fashion, and nothing fits the equation better than classic red plaid. For a fashion-forward and feminine take on this print, try slipping into a plaid shirtdress. This red and black cotton frock features an above-the-knee cut and a thin braided belt for a Western feel.
2) JC Penney Scala Cowboy Hat, $40: There’s no debating this one- you’ll need to sport the official chapeau of the event to truly mingle with the crowds and channel the energy in the air. A cowboy hat can shield your visage from the sun’s rays and also offer a cool accessorizing touch. We are liking this black straw hat, which is accented with a silver medallion and a studded hatband.
3) DailyShoes Embroidered Legend Western Cowboy Knee High Boot, $103: The Stampede is certainly not the place to rock your high heels, which are better left for a night out instead. Swap your stilettos and platforms for these black faux leather knee-highs, which feature a traditional cowboy boot style.
4) SEE BY CHLOÉ Susie Small Saddle Bag, $605: A saddle bag will allow you to hands-free, which is certainly an asset if you want to ride a mechanical bull or grab another drink! Practicality aside, this black leather saddle bag from SEE BY CHLOÉ is also a classic and chic choice for future functions. The contrasting gold hardware stands out, and allows the design to shine.