Stampede Fashion Guide: Dressing Western from Head to Toe


Dressing Western for the Calgary Stampede is a tradition started by Guy Weadick in 1923 to get the support of the town and make it easy for everyone to take part in the annual celebration of western culture.


Decades later the tradition continues….many  downtown offices allow a 10-day departure from the hum-drum routine of business suits and dress slacks so that their employees can get into the Stampede spirit. You may feel a little awkward or shy about dressing Western. Don't! It's a tradition, and you'll look like a fish out of water if you *continue* to wear your regular business clothing. If you're visiting, you'll miss half the fun of Stampede.


If you are looking to update your western wardrobe or dressing up for the fist time, take a short, scenic drive 40 minutes North of Calgary on the QE2 Highway to Canada’s Largest Western Store - Irvine Tack & Western Wear.  Irvines Fashion Consultants will help outfit you with all that’s needed to dress & fashionably & comfortably during Stampede whether attending an early morning breakfast, the rodeo or a corporate party.

Western Wear Fashion Essentials

Hats…Straw & Felt  from Stetson, American Hat, Resistol, Saratelli


Jeans… Wrangler, Cinch, Rock N Roll Cowboy

 Ladies Dresses.... Wranger Rock 47

Boots… Ariat, Tony Lama, Boulet, Rod Patrick, Justin and Irvines  own brand of boots

 Top off your western collection with a belt & buckle and you are all ready to go Stampedin’

Make sure you head out  to Irvine's on Wednesday July 8th for their big Stampede BBQ from 6pm-9pm with eighteen Wrangler Pro Cowboys in attendance.  For more information go to


Check back tomorrow for more  Stampede News here at the Cowboy Courier….Your Connection to the western Community.