Now that I am living back in Calgary the words “fringe skirt” are immediately associated with one thing, The Calgary Stampede. But Stampede is only 10 days of the entire fucking year! And I’m not about to let a sweet fringe skirt go to waste for the remaining 355 days just because I live in Cowtown.
Fringe doesn’t need to be associated only with Cowboys. It has major Rock star vibes as well. And since I fancy myself as a Rock star most days there is no need to keep this skirt under wraps. The key to not looking like you live on the Stampede Grounds year round is pretty simple; don’t pair a fringe skirt with plaid, cowboy boots or hat, or denim. Also avoid standing close horses, cows and farms or chewing on a sprig of wheat. Pretty basic stuff really.
Other than that it’s a free-for-all. You can dress it up with heels and a button up top, dress it down with a t-shirt and sneakers, don’t dress it at all and wear only a fringe skirt. Or you could go somewhere in between like I did, business on the bottom, party on the top.
And don’t forget to work that body guuurl! And by working that body I mean twisting and shaking like a seizure victim until you throw your back out. It’s important for people to understand and appreciate the movement of the skirt, your personal health be damned!
Don’t hide your amazing stampede clothes in a box under your bed marked “stampede clothes and the bad decisions made while wearing them”. Keep those duds in rotation year round; just repurpose them in a less John Wayne sort of way.
Photos by Kayla Browne