Fashion Friday :: Western Spirit

western spirit
western spirit

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This post is written by Trip Styler fashion and lifestyle blogger Heather.

Rodeo season is in full swing {check out our recent Calgary Stampede coverage} and whether or not you plan on catching a chuckwagon race this summer, or just embracing the {wild, wild} western spirit, we thought it was high {noon} time to wrangle our favorite country-inspired looks, plus a few rodeo style tips to boot.

Styling Tips -- Rodeo season is hot. To beat the heat and show a little leg, go with a western-inspired bootie instead of a traditional cowboy boot. -- The Canadian tuxedo is encouraged, but mix it up with light and dark washes. -- You're not going to a costume party, so instead of head-to-toe cowboy, add a couple western touches to your everyday style. -- "Top it, belt it, stomp it." Fashion advice from Brenna Hardy, Stampede Stylist at Calgary's CORE Shopping Centre. -- Always store your hat upright; otherwise, the brim will relax. Time to invest in a hat box! -- Add a little fun to your bum and place a bandana in your back jean pocket. -- Accessorize with turquoise, a southwestern staple, or weave a piece of leather into a fishtail braid.

If all of this western style has inspired you to take a rodeo getaway, check out the upcoming Cheyenne Frontier Days (WY), Pendleton Round-Up (OR) and Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NV), or gallop to next summer's Calgary Stampede.

Now What To Wear? Women (clockwise from top left)Madewell perfect chambray ex-boyfriend shirt, Free People serra do mar tunic, Frye carson tab mid boot, Velvet farley dress, Vanessa Mooney open road ring, Madewell barnwood boot, Ralph Lauren hand-tooled leather belt, Imogene + Willie elizabeth stretch jean

Men (clockwise from top right) RRL buffalo twill western shirt, To Boot New York hawthorne boot, Imogene + Willie natural plus bandana, Imogene + Willie barton rigid jean

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