Dress up for a night out in Calgary

Jazz singer Deanne Matley knows a thing or two about dressing up for an evening on the town. Whether it’s cocktails and conversation, dinner and live music or you’re attending a special event, Deanne recommends visiting the following fashion boutiques and clothing consultants when you need just the right outfit for a superbly styled night out.

Bratopia Inc

102 4 St Ne, Calgary, AB T2E 3R9

OK, so this is directed at the ladies, but men pay attention as well. Undergarments are an important part of the look and feel of any evening outfit. Going out in style requires that we slip into our best “intimates.” For underthings that fit your body perfectly, visit the ladies at Bratopia. They are extremely attentive, and the Edmonton Trail shop features a sexy selection of styles and sizes. Need a new bathing suit for a post-club hot tub session? Bratopia has them, too.

Espy Experience Inc

1009 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S6

Love this store in Inglewood, one of Calgary’s most happening neighbourhoods. Espy is all about great designer men’s and women’s threads at extremely reasonable prices, and the boutique’s professional stylists always make you feel like a star! And, if you are looking for jeans that make your butt look HOT, go here: denim fittings are the shop specialty! Also ask about wardrobe makeovers.

SalvEdge Boutique

113-1013 17 Ave, Calgary, AB T2T 0A7

I love consignment stores. One can walk in with clothing that you no longer want, find incredible fashion gems, and walk out with smokin' hot outfits at bargain prices. Better on You Consignment carries both men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, and you can follow the shop’s latest acquisitions on Facebook and Instagram. Ask about booking the place for a private shopping party complete with wine and cheese.

27 Boutique Inc

1510 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0C8

This trendy women’s fashion boutique carries a carefully chosen selection of clothing and accessories. Operations manager and personal stylist Charly Goss will help you look super hot for your night on the town with clothing by top designers from New York, Denmark, Australia and Canada. 27 Boutique also carries jewellery by makers such as Winnipeg’s CoutuKitsh. Watch for the shop’s seasonal fashion preview parties that feature a hairstylist and makeup artist who does mini makeovers.

O'Connors-Men's & Womens Clothing & Footwear

1415 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0V9

There is so much to explore in this big, independent clothing store. So much, in fact, that it’s men’s and women’s departments take up their own separate buildings on opposite sides of First Street Southwest. For big nights out, O’Connors carries formal evening wear by top fashion designers for the guys and both designer dress and casual wear for women that’ll make your night out a knockout. The shop also conveniently offers custom tailoring if needed. Located in Victoria Crossing, there’s plenty of free parking available.

Riley & McCormick (Albert) Ltd

Calgary, AB

For those of you who want to get your country on (and head out on the town), this is the place. Located on Stephen Avenue Walk and also at the airport, this has been Calgary's original men’s and women’s western store since 1901. Riley & McCormick carries women’s contemporary-western dresses and skirts as well as tops, hats and jewellery. The shop offers excellent pricing for top brands.

“Calgary’s live music scene is thriving,” says jazz singer Deanne Matley, who performs with her band many of the city’s grooviest spots. “There is a lot of opportunity throughout the city for people to see live music of all genres,” says Deanne. She points out that many of these clubs, pubs and restaurants are open to all ages and feature both daytime and evening performances that are often free of charge.
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