To celebrate Western Week, which runs Nov. 3-12, 2017, Edmonton Made asked local fashion writer Vickie Laliotis of Adventures in Fashion to create a western-inspired outfit using products from Edmonton Made designers and retailers. She took us up on the challenge!
Whether you're an occasional double-denim wearer or a full-blown cowboy, Edmonton Made is celebrating its Albertan roots with Western Week, a fun initiative I'm kicking off today with my very own take on "western wear." Now I say that reluctantly and with air quotes (can you picture it?) because this outfit may not be what you traditionally associate with the genre— no bolo ties or cowboy boots for this girl— but I wanted to create a look that aligned with my personal style while remaining wearable and accessible to all, especially the western averse. So with the help of some of my favourite local designers, here's what I came up with to pay homage to my inner cowgirl— no honky tonk required.
First up, let's discuss this sweater. It's from The Skinny (located in Southgate Mall), and is one of the coziest pieces I've ever worn. Mustard has been a huge trend this season, and with chunky, oversized knits still reigning supreme on the market, this one was a no-brainer for me. It's affordable ($66) and super versatile, and when paired with a navy bandana— also from the retailer; $22— I was feeling all kinds of country.
I knew I had to pair my sweater with a good pair of vintage denim, but from there, it was all about the accessories. Duval is my go-to for amazing, locally-made leather bags, so for this look I opted for their popular Meraki Town Cross Body ($250; available online and at PARK shop in Londonderry Mall). The pop of suede felt very appropriate for my western-inspired outfit, and added a layer of interest to this otherwise simple bag. I also incorporated one of their leather belts ($75) into my look to tie everything together and add more visual appeal... I think it worked.
If you're very brave— and obviously way cool— look no further than a traditional cowboy boot to finish your look, but if you're anything like me, a simple chelsea boot may be a more wearable option. I'm a huge fan of the Acne Jensen boot (available at Gravity Pope), but the local shoe and clothing darling carries their very own line of footwear that's also ripe with amazing options.
Last but certainly not least? Jewelry. Glorious, glorious jewelry. There are so many amazing Edmonton-based designers out there (check out Edmonton Made's local business directory for more), but for this look I decided to go with Farm Wife Style. The name (how fitting) and aesthetic won me over, and I was instantly drawn to their labradorite Florence ring ($100) and rose gold Katharine cuff ($80; both available online and at PARK shop). It's the little things that can take an outfit to the next level— western or otherwise— so start with good basics and simply elevate them with a few carefully-selected accessories. Just remember: less is always more, lil darling (pretend I have a twang for that one). Happy Western Week!