If you haven’t already noticed, I’m kinda a hippy deep down inside, I almost named my blog “hippy at heart” but I didn’t really think it reflected my personal style very well, since I don’t usually dress very boho-chic! Simply because living in Calgary, most of the time the temperatures do not allow it, however, in mid-summer (and for the Stampede!) this maxi dress is perfect to throw on with oversize sunnies and bed-head banded down with a leather & feather hair tie. I am so happy to be staying on a farm this summer, back to my country girl roots with big skies and bare feet- to go out in the city I added gold sandals but for a more Stampede look just add cowboy boots!
I have to confess myself exceptionally thrilled with this purchase for a number of reasons. First, I’ve never had a maxi dress before (not because I’m too short, in fact, a maxi will visually elongate a short frame so petite girls just go get one hemmed if they’re all too long!) but because I never found “the one” sure, there were a few flames in dressing rooms: I nearly bought a leopard print one (shocking that I resisted leopard, I know) but the price tag compared to the quality was not enough to justify it. For a nice maxi, avoid polyester.. it doesn’t breathe well, and it doesn’t last long. This 100% cotton Billabong dress is perfect, especially for summer because the cotton is light and breathable. The main reason this dress came home with me, no questions asked, is because it cost me $19.99!
Yeah. You can’t say no to that kind of deal. I’ve actually been absolutely loving all of the Billabong and Roxy dresses lately, its been hard to resist taking them all home, super cute and super affordable, be sure to check them out! This dress also checked off a few of my other favourite things and appealed to my girly side.
This blush tone is my favourite shade of pink, I love how it looks on tan skin with dark hair, I added a belt at the to break up the monochrome a little and define the waist. It has a very subtle high-lo hem, with tiers of crochet and soft ruffles, the skirt moves so nicely and totally reminds me of an old country girl skirt. Whenever I dress for Stampede I always have”cowboys and indians” in the back of my mind and tend to dress more towards the native side with simple jewelry, feather accessories, and leather ties. I figure most people going have the cowboy side covered and largely ignore the Native American part of the history. (Not entirely, check out the parade, exhibition halls and grandstand show!)
If you are in Calgary and want to shop away from the craziness of the Stampede and downtown core, check out West Hills shopping center in the SW. The Signal Hill Winners gets the best product in Calgary (seriously) so you can find lots of great brands and really great pieces for way less than retail. Surrounding are outlets for many other stores including Guess, Danier Leather, Ardene, La Senza, Le Chateau, West 49 and Shoe Company. For a full list of stores click here and here. I got my dress at Winners, but the West 49 Outlet also carries Billabong and other great brands and its all clearance! Its good to do a little outlet shopping after the crazy high-prices in the Stampede grounds!