Calgary Stampede: Political Fashions

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, left, shares a laugh with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi at a Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, July 7, 2013.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Western fashion is everywhere in Calgary during this year's Stampede, and there's no exception for politicians. But when it comes to cowboy style, experts say white jeans, sheriff badges and the wrong hats are among the fashion fumbles during the 10-day celebration of rodeo life. The Canadian Press asked Brittany Pozzi, an honest-to-goodness cowgirl, to judge seven politicians. Pozzi had no idea who any of the politicians were and so she was able to offer a non-partisan opinion.

Brittany Pozzi is a champion barrel racer from Victoria, Texas, and is competing at this year's Stampede.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is seen during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Friday, July 5, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

"This gentleman looks fairly well dressed for the rodeo. He's one of the better ones I've seen. He's got a long-sleeved shirt. The jeans probably aren't Wranglers, but he has on a nice pair of boots. He looks OK, but his hat could probably use a little more of a square shape at the front," Pozzi said.

Tom Mulcair poses for a photo at the Calgary Stampede on Wednesday July 10, 2013. White jeans, sheriff badges and the wrong hats are some of the cowboy fashion fumbles that our political leaders have made at this year's Stampede. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland

Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair

"He's definitely dressed for the Stampede, wearing the "Hell or High Water" T-shirt, but a sports jacket? The jeans don't appear to be Wranglers and the sports jacket is just a little bit fancy," Pozzi said.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, centre, flips pancakes at a Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, July 7, 2013.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau

"This hat is a big no-no. It's too small. I prefer a bigger brim and not so much of a taco shape, but he does have a button-down shirt on and a belt," Pozzi said.

Elizabeth May poses for a photo at the Calgary Stampede on Wednesday July 10, 2013. White jeans, sheriff badges and the wrong hats are some of the cowboy fashion fumbles that our political leaders have made at this year's Stampede. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland

Federal Green party Leader Elizabeth May

"Definitely the broom skirt for an older woman is very fashionable at the rodeo. It is a nice look. But the sheriff pin? That's a dead giveaway. She's here to watch the rodeo," Pozzi said.

Alison Redford poses for a photo at the Calgary Stampede on Wednesday July 10, 2013. White jeans, sheriff badges and the wrong hats are some of the cowboy fashion fumbles that our political leaders have made at this year's Stampede. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland

Alberta Premier Alison Redford

"This girl is dressed pretty appropriately for the rodeo, but I would say I don't see many barrel racers wearing white jeans. She has a very nice shirt on and her hat is shaped well. It's good except for the white jeans," Pozzi said.

Danielle Smith poses for a photo at the Calgary Stampede on Wednesday July 10, 2013. White jeans, sheriff badges and the wrong hats are some of the cowboy fashion fumbles that our political leaders have made at this year's Stampede. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland

Alberta Wildrose Opposition Leader Danielle Smith

"I would say she is very appropriately dressed for the rodeo, except for the sheriff pin, but maybe that's something they all have on for some reason. I think she is very well dressed. No buckle, but I say, hey, if you didn't win one, don't wear one," Pozzi said.

Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi waves to the crowds during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Friday, July 5, 2013. This is the 101st edition of the Stamepde which continues until July 14. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi

"Not too much of a cowboy right here. Usually when you're riding, you want your jeans a little bit longer ... and his shirt isn't tucked in. But his hat does have a nice shape. I'm impressed with his hat," Pozzi said.