Top: Half off Half, short sleeve version , similar here, here, here | Skirt: BB Dakota similar here, here, here | Pumps: J.Crew Factory (old) similar here | Earrings: Charming Charlie | Clutch: Target
Kansas City Fashion Week is truly one of my favorite events of the year! It's always so wonderful to see all the designer's new collections, the KCFW team (they're incredible), and of course catch up with my favorite Kansas City bloggers! My favorite part about KCFW is getting ready, and picking out my look for the shows. Unfortunately I could only attend the Thursday night show this year, as we had a wedding out of town. So, I knew I had to create a killer look for Thursday's show!
To be honest, my weight has been yo-yoing like crazy since having Bennett and I've been having a hard time finding things that look and feel good on my curvier frame. Plus, my wardrobe is pretty casual, as my main day-to-day activities are focused around sweet Bennett. So a lot of my tops are best worn with jeans, and the dresses I have just aren't special enough. You know what I mean? So the day of the show (of course) I went on the hunt for something worthy of how special KCFW is to me. I packed up baby B and headed to Half off Half to find something to wear. I knew with the time crunch I would probably want to find a dress or a top to wear with a skirt or pants. So, with that mission in mind we headed in and shopped fast. We scanned the racks a few times, I tried on a bunch of dresses but just didn't love anything. We headed back out and I found this top, and a few other dresses, one sequin number that was insanely gorgeous, but was a little too over the top. I fell in love with the details of this top and knew it would be a great top to wear with a skirt. (I did find the tee shirt version of my top, shop it here). I have a ridiculous amount skirts and knew I would be able to find one at home to wear. And sure enough I have this trusted black accordion midi skirt that I've worn a million times, that's the great thing about a staple, the re-wearability is so great! I played into the black and white combo of the top with the gingham pumps. I do love a good black and white outfit. It ended up being just perfect! Now, what do you think of my look?
Now onto the shows! The Thursday night KCFW shows kicked off with the Roger Figueroa designs. I loved the moody colors & the mix of strong architectural lines mixed with flowy jersey materials. They all felt very elevated and way to over the top for everyday men's wear. But, a very cool collection!
The Wiki Wang collection was an immediate hit! I fell in love with the very first bell sleeve that waltz down the runway. And then the next, and the next, and man isn't that dropped waist pleated, patchwork number could go ahead and just jump right on into my closet! I just loved how feminine and polished these looks are!
The layers and textures and boho vibes from the Amanda Casarez had my eyes full of hearts. I love when a collection is outfitted in such a way that you just want everything on the model. And I felt like every look was just so thought out and created in such a way that you could imagine exactly where you would wear the look.
The Madyssen Jean collection was so cohesive, romantically gothic with a touch of emo too. There were touches of hand embroidered lyrics/words on many of the pieces, that definitely had my thinking of my Dashboard Confessional days. But, truly the flowy printed sheer fabric, that was spread through out the collection, was gorgeous and looked perfect with each look.
Lee Jeans, yes THE Lee Jeans participated in this year's KCFW show. I didn't know what to expect, but I was completely BLOWN away by their show. Every outfit was impeccably styled and I definitely thought man, I want every look! Then, I found out the show was styled by a friend of mine, Amy Appleton Dreyer of Steps of Style, and then I knew exactly why I loved it so much! Her style is always pulled together, chic, and a little bit unexpected too! Now, to I just need to shop the pieces from the show!
The Thursday night show ended with the collaboration of More than Just Figleaves + Erin Paige! I was blown away by this collection of layered pieces. I love how there was such a mix of pattern and silky textures. And then of course I loved the layers and natural elements of the Erin Page jewelry. Her pieces take me back to when I was jewelry class in college and loved using cooper and different patinas to create different looks. Her style creates a statement! And I just love that!
Thank you for still reading this post about KCFW! I sure love getting to attend, and if you weren't able to attend, I hope this post sure made it feel like you did!