How to Dress for the Calgary Stampede with Ujal Thakor

Stampede Community Projects and Development Committee vice chair Ujal Thakor on how to cowboy-up a white-collar wardrobe.

Shirt, Panhandle brand from Lammle’s, custom-made for the Community Projects and Development Committee; jacket, and pocket square, from Harry Rosen; lapel pins, from the Stampede, marking his 10th year of volunteering and the 2013 “Hell or High Water” flood year; jeans, Levi’s; hat, Smithbilt; bolo tie, Ivan; belt, and boots, from Lammle’s; buckle, Montana Silversmiths; bracelet, bought at an artisan market in Nairobi. Photo by Jared Sych.

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.”

Photo by Jared Sych.
Photo by Jared Sych.
Photo by Jared Sych.
Photo by Jared Sych.

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This article appears in the July 2023 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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