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Country Inspired Fashion in Calgary Alberta

by Cailyn, Miss Teenage Calgary 2017

I live in Calgary and consider myself lucky when it comes to fashion. We have everything we need here including fancy evening dresses and country wear, which includes cowboy boots and, during The Calgary Stampede, a cowboy hat. Even for simply enjoying a Saturday night inside with the girls, you have to still go out and pick up that pizza, and so you have to look semi presentable.  That’s the look I find myself wearing more than I’d like to admit.

In Calgary, we have many diverse fashion styles; some folks like long, baggy shirts worn as a dress with a plaid around your waist, while others seem to always choose sweat pants and jersey tops. These styles are not gender specific and us younger ladies like to occasionally wear a man’s shirt or a blazer.

I have four different looks that I find myself wearing most frequently, and sometimes I mix them up and combine styles.

My first look is something you can wear to a casual event/ outing or you can dress it up with heels like I did or even a bit of jewelry like bracelets or a longer necklace since the front is quite plain and you’re good to go to a nice dinner.

The model is me, Cailyn. Here I’m wearing a shoulder less top which is a must in every girls closet during the summer (free those shoulders) but due to the fact that there is no hiding annoying bra straps I highly recommend a strapless bra, which I know can be tricky to keep up sometimes but your outfit will look so much better. The shirt is just a plain high waisted black skirt which gives you the freedom to tuck in your shirt or leave it untucked, the shirt I’m wearing was quite long, so I decided to have it tucked-in for a cleaner and more put-together look.

My second outfit is ‘country inspired’ and is something I find myself wearing quite often. This is a look I could wear for a day out, to the Calgary stampede or another local outing like many country-themed restaurants and bars we have in town. I chose a light coloured jeans and top because not only does it get less hot, the subtle notes make your boots pop. Regardless you could just as easily throw on some dark blue jeans and the outfit would still work.

Traditionally, with cowboy boots, I would wear boot cut jeans that cover them, but not and then I like to show them off by wearing tight jeans such as a ‘skinny jean’ to show those boots off. Also on a side note is like to add the fact that cowboy boots are one of my favorite shoes because they are versatile and functional but also they look great with jeans and if planned right they go amazingly well with a skirt or cute summer dress.

Cailyn on the Mustang workout clothes in CalgaryMy third look is street wear that is comfortable for an exercise  work-out and nice enough that you could wear outside and do your daily deeds. I went with white sweat pants because I feel like they are a great statement piece considering how often you actually see white sweatpants. I went with the white tank top to blend in under to make the black jersey standout more. Then I used the red bandana and lipstick to give the look a pop of color and as a standout piece. Also I swear by Converse running shoes, they are my absolute favorite sneakers because you can where them with anything at any time!Cailyn Miss Teen Calgary

For my last outfit I went for more of a classic look with the 50s style red dress. You can wear it whenever and its light enough to wear in the summer and once winter rolls around you can throw on some leggings or thighs and put on an old style knitted jacket (the one I have reminds me of a sock monkey)

I think my favorite part about any of these outfits is that you can wear them anytime and dress them up or down due to your mood and what you are dressing for. ​

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Three Times Chic in Stephenville Crossing Newfoundland

by Madison: Miss Teen Western Newfoundland 2017
In my hometown of Stephenville Crossing, we have one busy street which is coincidentally called Main Street.  And by ‘busy’, I mean you may see one or two people walking around. Since it’s so small, I’d have to stay out there all day waiting for someone with a booming outfit to come along. So I chose instead to cover three of my own looks. I like to think I have my own style, one that comes as a mixture of my personality and what I enjoy in today’s fashion.

I’ve always experimented with my outfits since my mom started letting me play dress up in her closet. I’d smother my face with the brightest lipstick I could find, accessorize with a pair of cool sunglasses and a feather boa: then have my own little photo-shoot. With that being said, I put together two inexpensive outfits and one that’s more name brand. I do lots of shopping from inexpensive stores and thrift stores. Remember that you can look beautiful and expensive even when you’re on a budget!

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My first outfit is one of my favourites. Instead of heading straight to borrow from my mom’s closet, I went for dad’s! I love oversized shirts because they are so vintage and cute to style. My dad grew up in my hometown, and kept this softball jersey from his old Stephenville Crossing team. I’ve ‘borrowed’ it from him because I love navy blue and button ups (win win)!

On my head I have a sweet headband that I got from shein.com for $6.44! They ship super quick, within in a week. and the prices are so good! About the boots; remember how I was talking about stealing from closets? No, they’re not from my dad’s closet as you might think, they are my mom’s.

Madison Fashion in NewfoundlandMy second outfit came mostly from one of my favourite stores, Fashion Nova, and a little bit from my Mom’s closet again. Those cute blue cowboy boots are my mom’s but I believe she got them from Byrnes’ Shoes & Sportswear. The gorgeous tie-up blue and white striped top can be found on the Fashion Nova website. It’s on sale for $12.61 until Monday, August 7th! On to the shorts; I LOVE these shorts, they are my absolute favourite. Fashion Nova has the nicest shorts and jeans. Everything fits just right universally (meaning they make your booty look cute no matter your size)!

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My third outfit holds the closest place in my heart because it strikes my personality to a T! My fashion style is effortless, like I’ve just rolled out of bed in a way. Either way, I am in love with my Juicy Couture track suit. I’ve been looking for one for ages and guys, these are crazy expensive, but when I went to Sears I got it 50% off!
Woohoo! Onto the furry slides… I love these so much, I have about 6 different colours. Pink is my favourite colour of course. You can pick up slides almost anywhere since they’re so in right now, but I got mine from Shein.com.  Slides are the best because they’re really comfy and they can go with anything. If you don’t believe me, just try it. It’ll make your outfits look casual, but casual as in a sleeping beauty kind of way.

Self-love is limitless. Dressing up in your cutest outfit just to lay around the house is not strange, it’s empowering. Give a girl the right pair of shoes and the perfect shade of lipstick, and she will take over the world. Take the time to figure yourself out. Find out what you like to wear. You’ll really learn to love yourself once you know yourself a little better. Experimentation is key.

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Summer on Stephen Avenue Walk

by Mattea Henderson, 2017 Miss Calgary World

Summer is short in Calgary so ladies make the most of it. We have about six weeks of time to be flirtatious and bold with our everyday looks. Wear killer heels on a causal Tuesday, or festive cowboy boots because you are in the Heart of the New West. Calgary is not the Paris France of Canada, but if you can wear your heart on your sleeve and your head held high knowing you feel good in what you are wearing, I promise you your summer will be memorable and fashionable.

Fashion is a two-way street: how you feel in your choices of the day, and seeing people’s reactions to you loving what you wear when you pass each other. Stephen Avenue in Calgary, Alberta is a balance of corporate, tourist, and entertainment ventures, from main steam patios and restaurants, to buskers, and fashionable people laughing or smiling, or running to a meeting with a cup of coffee in hand. Stephen Avenue is a destination for all Calgarians to work and play!

Kayla is studying Public Relations in university, and is a student working full time this summer for an insurance claim agency. She somehow manages to not only take stylist on a university student’s budget, but does this all on the same street in Calgary! Kayla understand the importance of business to casual to edgy in the quick switch of a jacket, or a pair of shoes. She works just off Stephen Avenue, but she embraces the benefits to being right off one of the hottest places in Calgary if she needs a bite, getting dinner with girlfriends, or going to a concert!

shoulder strap dress on Stephen Ave in CalgaryDone with work and taking off her jacket left Stephen Avenue with a long-legged blonde in a black Aritzia crossed-strap halter top ($70.00), high rise black skinny jean from Urban Outfitters ($50.00), and a chunky heeled- strappy sandal.  Being able to go from corporate to contemporary to edgy can be done easily on a university student budget.

By focusing on acquiring pieces that are basics in her wardrobe, Kayla repurposed her back thick heeled sandals from Payless ($15.00), with a body-con dress in stone grey purchased from Aritzia ($60.00), with a classic worn-in black leather jacket from no other than Forever 21 ($20.00). Kayla was successful in embrace her edginess from corporate business woman by swapping out a piece or two in her wardrobe.

If you are looking for the new heart of the west, Stephen Avenue is the place to be during the second week of July. You will see anything from authentic cowboys and cowgirls, families dressed to the nines, but Kayla does it right. A baby blue denim off the shoulder summer dress from Urban Outfitters ($60.00) with nothing less than matching cowboy boots thanks to Lammles, and a leather cross body purse from Michael Kors ($130.00) pairs perfectly for a cute Calgary Stampede look!

Calgary fashion on Stephen aveThis look is authentic to Stampede or embracing Calgary’s western roots, but realistically cowboy boots can be extremely expensive, this $300.00 investment is a staple for Kayla and all Calgarians.

One Girl. One Street. Multipurpose pieces on a university student budget. Kayla is one to watch out for on Stephen Avenue whether she is working on settling an insurance claim, studying for exams at a coffee shop, or out for a night out with friends.

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