Clothing shops for your Calgary Folk Music Festival wardrobe

Taking place at Prince’s Island Park from July 21 to 24, 2016, Calgary Folk Music Festival presents a surprisingly diverse array of musical styles. Also varied, festivalgoer fashions naturally lean to cool and casual Bohemian chic. Visit the following shops to find unique, summery clothing and funky accessories fit for folk aficionados, world-music devotees and indie enthusiasts. [Image credit:]

Mountain Equipment Co-Op

830-10th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A9

Folk Fest is an outdoor event, and MEC is a one-stop shop for outdoor gear for the whole family. Given Calgary’s unpredictable weather, it’s best to be prepared for variable conditions with clothing layers that may include pants, short- and long-sleeve shirts, sweaters and rain gear. While its fashion focus is clothing fit for wilderness pursuits, MEC also offers casual city wear including skirts, dresses, sunhats and comfortable footwear.

27 Boutique Inc

1510 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0C8

This sweet 17th Avenue Southwest shop carries women’s fashions from across the globe. Find Canadian-made clothing as well as designer-label selections from New York, LA, Australia and Denmark. Trendy new arrivals include Melie Bianco handbags, Pike & Bear jewellery, Chinese Laundry shoes, DEX and Gentle Fawn dresses and more. One of our favourite Folk Fest-friendly fashions here are clothes by Instagram fashion phenom Coffee in the Shower, including cheeky graphic tanks, tees and hats. Their “Mimosas for President” tank is my favourite.

A Special Place

4008 16 St SW, Calgary, AB T2T 4H4

Visit A Special Place in Altadore for casually elegant women’s clothing. Summer solstice-inspired skirts and dresses are among the unique American- and Canadian-designed clothing you’ll find. Black and white paired with bold colours is this shop’s favourite trend this season. Big on accessories, A Special Place stocks statement necklaces, unique hand bags, and blinged-out bracelets, belts and earrings. Notably, the shop features regular summer sales events.

Chapel Hats

6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0K8

Calgary’s finest hat shop for men, women and children is located in Chinook Centre. This chapeau centre even features a festival-friendly hat section heaped with hats just a bit too risky to wear to the grocer. Think floppy hats with fringes and bangles and others featuring furry animal ears. The shop stocks almost every hat style imaginable including floppy sun hats, fedoras, berets and beanies.

Espy Experience Inc

1009 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S6

This Inglewood clothing boutique carries a wide range of jeans for men and women. Affordable designer brands include Au Noir, BB Dakota, Blue Industry, Cupcakes and Cashmere, plus a long list of Canadian brands. Espy’s attentive staff make jean shopping enjoyable. While the main focus is denim, the shop also stocks complete outfits including men’s and women’s tops and button ups, dresses and accessories.

Adorn Boutique

1216A 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T1

Check out Adorn’s beautifully girly selection of North American, Australian and European women’s clothing and accessories. Fest finds include tulle skirts, cute graphic tees and dresses and tops finished with sparkles, pastels and lace. This Inglewood shop even carries flower-crown kits in pretty pastel colours.


6455 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, AB T2H 0K8

Visit this designer department store if you want to find an entire weekend of chic outfits in one place. Women choose from summer favourites like tulle dresses by Fuzzi, floral silky shifts by Marc Jacobs, lace-fringed and leather skirts and much more. Men choose from an endless selection of button downs, polos and tees by Armani, Versace and Givenchy. Prada shoes for any weather, Rag & Bone shorts and Levi’s denim jackets provide layers for a long day outdoors. Nordstrom even carries cute clothes for kids.

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