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To The Tropics

If you’re planning to attend the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual gala, this year’s fall soiree looks to be a lively night thanks to the Caribbean theme. Guests are promised tropical cocktails, dancing and entertainment from the city’s best. If you’re stumped on what to wear, we’ve got you covered. Here are four festive looks to help you step out in style Oct. 21.

1. An island-inspired event is no time to shy away from color. Instead, don the brightest hues you can find for this year’s gala. This Lela Rose midi dress (above) from Halls Kansas City is full of color, with a flouncy skirt to make your moves stand out on the dance floor. Pair it with an understated clutch and strappy heels for a complete look.


2. Nothing will take you to the tropics like a breezy maxi dress, and this royal blue number from Laurel at Halls Kansas City is simple, yet dramatic enough to fit the dress code for Kemper’s annual event. A pair of fringe statement earrings and basic wedges will add comfort and style to your ensemble.


3. Did someone say ruffles? This floral Badgley Mischka dress from Halls Kansas City combines two of this season’s hottest trends: ruffles and peek-a-boo shoulders. With this look, you’ll not only show some skin, but also your sense of style.


4. A cocktail dress isn’t your only option for feeling fancy at this year’s Kemper gala. Instead, wear a bold pair of trousers with a matching top, like this pairing from L’Armoire, available at Halls Kansas City.