For Ujal Thakor, dressing for Stampede is about comfort and flexibility: He wears layers to transition easily between indoor and outdoor events; comfortable, broken-in boots; and (pro tip) he carries a power bank in his pocket to charge his phone. For downtown types like him looking to get into the Stampede spirit, he suggests working with clothing you already own and adding a few Western touches. And, he highly recommends getting a boot jack, a tool that makes taking cowboy boots off a breeze. “Even after 18 hours on your feet, your foot slides right out,” he says. “It’s magic.”
This article appears in the July 2023 issue of Avenue Calgary.