Get the look: Calamity Jane

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With the Calamity Jane party coming up as the next Birmingham Favourites event, our style columnist lassoes together some looks!

Stetson Hat

More commonly known as a cowboy hat, this is the easiest accessory to make an outfit for this event. Cliché, I know but you can’t go and watch a Western without it! Men and women don your cowboy hat and you’ll instantly feel transported back to the Wild Wild West.  Maybe accessorise and update it with some ribbon and rhinestones and you’re good to go!


It’s a cowboy classic and more importantly there’s a very high chance that you own, or have owned, an item in this iconic pattern so is a really inexpensive way to look the part. Men, wear your plaid shirt tucked into jeans with a rhinestone belt. Women, a plaid shirt tied at the waist and worn with a denim skirt will look super cute.

White shirt

Alternatively, if you’re not feeling the plaid, both Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok both look very smart wearing the white shirt with a black necktie. For the men this can be teamed with a waistcoat and for the ladies a high-waisted floor length skirt synched in at the waist with a belt. Women, you can also accessorise your shirt with a vintage broach or necklace.

Cowboy Boots

Along with the Stetson, these are a fundamental element in order to pull off the Western look. Fortunately, a few years back they did make it into the high street so they may be still available. In any colour, any style cowboy boots will have you itching to grab hold of a lasso and find yourself a horse! (Probably ill-advised inside the Crescent Theatre – The Ed)

These essentials give you the freedom to either present a cowboy in action with the plaid and denim combination or the smarter look of the white shirt.

Now onto the hair & makeup…

For ladies, hair in Western films was often feminine, flirty yet tidy. Tight curls can be achieved in a number of ways: curling with straighteners, curlers or thin rollers will leave you with tight ringlets which you can then either pin back or leave loose.

Make-up can be kept quite simple and minimal if you are channelling Doris Day’s character as she was quite the tomboy. However a bright red lip is always effective if you want to portray the more glamorous Katie Brown.  

Whatever you choose, make sure to pair it with good line-dancing action and a hearty “Yee-hah” and you will have a wonderful evening stepping back into the Wild Wild West!

By Tiffany Ratcliffe who can be contacted via @TiffanyInHeels

Photos courtesy of Debbie from Missfit Creations.

Debbie specialises in Pop Fashion,  dressing bands, entertainers and pop wannabes in a variety of designer vintage and custom-made design.  The clothing range is inspired by music and created for individuals. Find out more about the items featured here or other possibilities for the Calamity Jane night by tweeting @MissFitCreation or visiting the website.

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Style: Two key ways to update your wardrobe

Now that it’s January you may be thinking that it’s time to pack away last year’s trends especially those winter woollies. However, whilst the Christmas jumpers definitely need to be put away for another year, many of your winter styles can easily be brought into the New Year; they just need a bit of an update.

Monochrome was a huge trend in 2013 and is also a timeless classic when it comes to looking stylish. Now that spring is looming we are starting to see a lot of colour pop up in the shops and in magazines but this doesn’t mean that the monochrome must go. Oh no, it is the perfect opportunity to update your style.

A black and white skirt can be easily updated with a bright colourful top. Good combinations to monochrome are pink (of any shade) and lime green. Two colours that are prominently appearing on the clothes racks this Spring.


Accessories are also a fantastic way to update an outfit. Whilst the weather still requires a winter jumper they can be instantly updated with a statement necklace. Big, bold necklaces are a must have this season and can make the perfect day-to-night look. You can get the same result with a statement broach; it is best to find these in charity shops and vintage stores.

An alternative to a necklace is to accessorize with bangles. An armful of bangles is also a cheap and chic way to update any outfits. For maximum effect make sure that they are chunky and oversized.  

Alternatively, outfits can also be updated with a colourful handbag. Primary colours are big this year with regards to accessories and a strawberry red bag would brighten up any outfit!

So whilst the weather may be grey, you can brighten up your day and outfit with a pop of colour and bright accessories!

Any other thoughts on updating your wardrobe? Do add them below!

By Tiffany Ratcliffe who can be contacted via @TiffanyInHeels

Necklace part of a vintage selection available from Gingermegs Vintage @GingerMegsVinta