Start the countdown because the Calgary Stampede is only ten days away! Although it’s quite possibly Calgary’s most exciting social event of the year it can also be the most daunting as we tear through our wardrobes searching for clothing and accessories that we can pass off as “western.” Luckily, this season it’s easier than ever to find western inspired clothing to fit into your wardrobe; you might have a few pieces already and not even realize it!
One western-inspired fashion trend that has been dominating the runway and popular retailers from See by Chloé to Zara is fringe. Fringe has been seen in a variety of different ways, ranging from statement pieces such as leather jackets to more subtle pieces including shoes and handbags. It is also increasingly popular as it complements last winter’s hottest trend, suede, which is predicted to remain a staple this summer.
Here, Kalea wears a black, suede fringe leather jacket with studded detail over a vintage red dress, back felt cowgirl hat, and brown Wrangler boots. The fringe vest is a great addition to the sundress as it is not overly distracting , yet adds a flare to this otherwise traditional Stampede ensemble. Other ways of styling a fringe vest include layering it over a band tee and denim shorts for an edgy, rocker chick look, or with a crop top and patterned trousers for a bohemian vibe.
No matter what form it comes in or how you decide to style it, fringe is an accessible, versatile, and inexpensive way to transform any summer outfit into a look fit for the Stampede. If you want to show us how you style fringe, take a picture and post it to Instagram using the hashtag #tagyoureit for a chance to be featured on our blog and Instagram!