bohemian edge

My favorite thing about fashion is its evolutionary nature. It's always changing -- trends come and go, what's hot becomes what's not. When it comes to my personal sense of style, I can honestly say that I'm a true chameleon. Some days I feel like dressing super professional and sophisticated à la Olivia Pope. Other days I'm more of a good girl gone bad à la Rihanna -- think lots of leather, studs, and (more than likely) head-to-toe black. One minute I'm thinking feminine and girly, the next I'm all about dressing like a bohemian goddess (or a festival-goer at Coachella). While being a style chameleon means it takes a really long time deciding what to wear in the morning, it also means that I don't conform to any preset notions of what defines "style." I've never had one particular look -- I wear what I want, when I want and I'm all about breaking fashion rules. I like to mix and play with the unexpected.

That's what this look is all about. I started with these marsala fleece-lined leggings from Tulip, a lovely boutique in Kansas City. In case you missed the news, marsala is the official Pantone Color of the Year. It's a gorgeous hue that "embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness." I knew that I wanted to offset this rich color with structured black pieces -- that's where the wide-brim hat and wedge booties come into play.

I opted for a loose-fitting, sleeveless shirt dress and a flowy floral kimono to complete the look. These less structured pieces create an interesting, versatile silhouette against the clean lines of the hat, leggings, and wedges.  Silver flower rings perfectly complement the kimono while adding a touch of sparkle.

Hat: Forever 21

Dress: Buffalo Exchange (similar)

Kimono: Forever 21 (similar)

Leggings: Tulip (c/o)

Rings: Charlotte Russe (similar)

Shoes: Target (similar)