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What to Wear to Your First Rodeo or Stampede Post-Pandemic

Here's how to wear the western aesthetic, whether you scored a ticket to the Calgary Stampede or not.

After being halted for a season because of COVID-19, the Calgary Stampede is back this year bigger and better than ever — with increased safety precautions, of course. While arenas and fields have been largely unused over the past 16 months due to the pandemic, that’s all set to change starting from this weekend. Many of us are ready to bring it style-wise to the much-awaited annual event, and for those of us who can’t attend in person, the western aesthetic also applies whether you’re enjoying a patio, visiting a charming farm or attending a casual outdoor wedding. (Plus, there are so many yeehaw agenda-ready treasures to be found when hunting for vintage.)

Designers such as Alexandre Vauthier, Y/Project and GmbH looked to the ranch for inspiration for their Fall 2021 collections, while Isabel Marant, Iro and Chloé continued showcasing free-spirited, western-infused styles this season. With the nostalgia of Y2K in full force and films and TV shows such as Concrete Cowboy and Westworld bringing the cowboy wardrobe to the mainstream, there’s no doubt that the trend will carry on for seasons to come.

Take a look at the gallery below for how to rock western style to the Calgary Stampede, or any outing of your choosing, this summer.