Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Tuxedo or Daisy Duke Shorts at Stampede? No Siree, Say Stylists

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Tuxedo or Daisy Duke Shorts at Stampede? No Siree, Say Stylists

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Canadian tuxedo at Stampede? No siree


CALGARY - Thinking about donning head-to-toe blue denim or Daisy Duke shorts during Stampede this year? Calgary style mavens say no siree.

Alexandra Gabris, a stylist at the boutique Espy, says the "Canadian tuxedo" is not a good look.

Instead, she suggests delving into one of this season's hottest trends: colour blocking. Try pairing a brightly coloured pair of jeans -- in a turquoise or coral hue, for instance -- with a similarly vibrant blouse. Then throw a more subdued blue denim jacket on top.

"This is a great way to do denim-on-denim without being too matchy-matchy. That's something you don't want to do for the Stampede," said Gabris.

Oversized, boxy plaid shirts are best left at a Pearl Jam concert in 1991, and have no place at the Stampede in 2012.

Fellow Espy stylist Amelia McIlmoyle suggests pairing a lace camisole with a form-fitting leather vest for a sexier, more updated cowgirl look.

"That's just going to give your body a little more shape. You're not going to be so dumpy. It's going to be cuter."

For the few Calgarians heading into the office this week, it's a fine balance between getting into the Stampede spirit and going overboard.

"The 'Daisy Duke' look, it doesn't fly in most offices. I would avoid that," says Brian Guichon of western wear store Riley & McCormick.

Instead of ultra-short cutoffs or miniskirts, a dark blue or black pair of jeans is more appropriate.

Or, McIlmoyle says, a flowy, feminine dress that skims the knee paired with a western-themed scarf, belt or jewelry.

Jen Huxtable, a stylist at Holt Renfrew in Calgary, suggests incorporating one or two Stampede-esque items into a work outfit.

"I think the biggest thing is not dressing for a theme Stampede party and rather picking one traditional Stampede style and working that into your everyday wardrobe," she said. …

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