If you were to ask me how I would define my style I would respond, “uniquely trendy”. I love to wear what’s in style, but I still attempt not to look like every other girl following that trend. After saving up babysitting and lifeguard money for a month or so, I drove straight past the bank and right to Madewell, Urban and Free People: three of my go to’s. Although when I’m feeling like getting down to my KC roots by shopping local and am looking for something new, I always make sure to put away some extra cash for Finefolk and Dear Society, two local boutiques who have an awesome urban vibe.
Finefolk is located on Southwest Bloulevard, in the Crossroads. When I first walked into the ivy-covered courtyard and saw Finefolk printed in dark gray letters on an insanely huge wall of windows, I felt like one of those cool KC hipsters we all strive to be. Once inside I immediately made my way to the large assortment of shoes. They had everything from bulky clogs to black leather knee high boots. I was obsessed. I had never in my life seen such a large shoe collection that catered to my style perfectly.
Next, I ventured over to a table full of every purse and wallet style you could imagine. A navy Kempton & Co bag with a big silver metallic stripe down the front immediately caught my eye, I checked the price tag $325, there goes my entire paycheck. Now $325 might seem unreasonable at first, but it’s about the same price as that Kate Spade or Tory Burch purse you got for Christmas last year. Pairing this bag with a floral dress from Urban and
some wrap around sandals is a great way to look trendy yet make it your own. This bag from Finefolk, that I’m sure none of your friends will have, is a unique piece that has staying power. Although Finefolk’s prices are less than desirable for a high schoolers’ budget. Check out the sale racks in the back- there are some steals. It’s a great place if you’re looking for a statement piece that will prove to be one of a kind in the halls of SME.
I walked into the brightly lit space of Dear Society on Broadway in midtown KC. Dear Society has a similar arty atmosphere to Finefolk with much more affordable prices.
I was happily overwhelmed by the walls covered with interesting vintage and new clothes, woven bags, colorful crystal necklaces, bracelets and rings. After scanning the table in hopes of finding a pair of earrings that would match the homecoming dress I had my eyes on from Free People, I saw a pair of hot pink crystal studs. They were half the price of the dangly Kendra Scott earrings half my group would be wearing and, in my opinion, more specialized. I made two loops around the store, grabbing anything and everything that remotely caught my eye. I lugged the large sum of shirts, skirts, and dresses into the breezy dressing room. Two items stood out the most to me were a sweater and shirt . The sweater was red, blue and green 70’s vintage cropped sweater with flared sleeves. It would look amazing with my brown corduroy skirt with buttons down the front; a must-have this fall. At $45, it was an easy decision. The second thing was a black embroidered shirt that would be easy to throw on with any of my jeans.
Don’t get me wrong, I love labels and trends just as much as the next girl but it’s time to give your credit card a break from the typical Urban or Topshop impulse buys. Individualize your style with a few key pieces from these two local KC boutiques. They won’t disappoint.