Fun frocks: Shops for party clothes in Calgary

The party's tomorrow night, and you have not got a thing to wear. Decline the invite? Nope! For not-quite formal occasions, visit these Calgary men’s and women’s boutiques for fashionable clothes that’ll make your fellow partygoers take notice.

Espy Experience Inc

1009 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0S6

Staffed by professional fashion stylists, Espy is the perfect place in which to put together a unique and individual party outfit. The store carries an array of clothing from cool ’n’ casual to form-flattering formal for men and women, including a lot of very stylish denim.

Coco & Violet Inc

17-2500 4 Street SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1X6

Carrying plenty of party-ready, uptown-chic fashion gear, Coco and Violet is exactly where you want to go when you need the coolest international fashions. Owner and proprietor Helen Nguyen also offers personal styling and private fashion parties for those who want to turn the party prep into its own social celebration.

Holt Renfrew

510 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 4H9

It’s not a boutique, but this luxury fashion department store carries all the up-to-the-minute men’s and women’s clothing styles you’ll need to get your party started. Its racks are chock-a-block with designer label-frocks from frou-frou to minimal-chic (gals) and from glam to button-down-dapper (guys) in designer labels too numerous to mention.

Modern Menswear

17-2500 4 Street SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1X6

Clothes make the man, and Modern Menswear carries threads that’ll turn a regular fella into a social-scene-ready urban sophisticate. Designer-casual duds include the shop’s own eponymous line. Further names such as Wood Wood, OnTour and Supreme Being are effortlessly cool enough for any party that requires a solid dose of hip.

Studio Intent Boutique

805 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 7N2

Located in the Alberta Block Building on Stephen Avenue Walk, Studio Intent specializes in women’s clothing by Canadian designers. Lines include sophisticated dresses and blouses by Broken Doll Clothing and leather jackets by Bano eeMee. Displayed by colour, the shop’s selection of business-appropriate attire is chic and sophisticated.

With eating local being the biggest restaurant food trend ever, home cooks have turned to the city’s butcher shops to supply cuts of Alberta beef, pork, lamb, chicken and game for their own cuisine adventures. A number of excellent meat boutiques carry a wide variety of cuts, locally produced and otherwise.
Generally following a mantra of “made, baked or grown in Alberta,” Calgary farmers’ markets transform shopping and grocery getting into an adventure. As well as specialty foods, endless kiosks and counters carry locally produced arts, crafts, clothing and accessories plus an array of natural health products.
Sweet and universally loved, chocolate is one treat we can all agree on. Lucky for you, Calgary’s chocolate boutiques carry a huge variety of premium selections.
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