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Park Place stylist Melanie Knopke gives us the scoop on hot spring and summer trends.

With a new season comes new styles. At a recent trend preview, local stylist, wardrobe consultant and blogger Melanie Knopke, Park Place’s official stylist, shared what’s big in beauty and fashion and where to get the latest looks.

Hair & Beauty

Step aside, ombre: There’s a new coloring technique in town. Michael Shae Salon has introduced the sobre, “a softer version of the ombre look,” Knopke says. The technique blurs the lines between the darkest areas of the hair and the lightest for a softer color transition.

Not going anywhere: Mermaid waves, which continue to be covetable. Captain Blankeship’s Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray ($12 for 2 ounces) gives you the look the natural way with Pacific sea salt, organic aloe vera, organic sea kelp extract and organic essential oils, available from Hand & Land.

Sun protection is also a summer must-have. Change things up with Jane Iredale’s Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen ($50, from Bare Med Spa). The SPF 30 powder is chemical-free, water resistant for up to 40 minutes and can even be used on sunburnt skin to soothe inflammation.


In case you missed our spring fashion feature, subtle shades are having a moment. “We’re not seeing as much color,” Knopke says. “We’re seeing more muted tones and neutrals.” Blush is understated enough to be considered a neutral and flatters most skin tones, she notes. Get the look with this Molly Bracken beaded dress ($98, from Alysa Rene).

Also big is the boho look, which the stylist says “is going to be everywhere. You’re not going to be able to get away from it.”

Given those two trends, it makes sense that jewelry is also moving in a more natural direction. “This season you’re going to see tons of natural stones,” Knopke says. Snag cool pieces from Julie Zancanelli at Alysa Rene, which also carries Free People, one of the most popular brands behind the current bohemian style boom.

The ultimate summer accessory just might be a pair of sunglasses. Step away from basic black and brown pairs and instead pick up of-the-moment styles in other neutrals or prints (available from Romanelli Sun Galleria). The extra trendy will be sporting round frames.

Ready to dive into swimwear? While a classic one-piece or bikini never go out of fashion, sporty styles like rash guards and sun shirts present a cool alternative. Bonus: Extra fabric means extra protection from the sun and more coverage, and they’re ideal if you’re partaking in water sports. Check out the styles at Title Nine, which also carries options like swim shorts and skirts.

Sunbuster pullover, $64, from Title Nine.

Royals Pride

One style that effortlessly transitions from spring to summer to even fall? Royals-centric gear for the whole family.

Hand & Land carries EB Leatherworks pouches ($16), perfect for when you’re heading to Kauffman Stadium and want to carry only the essentials. The store is also an Ocean & Sea stockist. The local company’s super soft T-shirts transition easily from game day to post-game celebration.

Photo by Aaron Lindberg

Little ones might not remember the Royals’ World Series win for themselves, but they can grow up cheering on the Boys in Blue with “Good Night, Royals” ($12.95 at The Learning Tree), a children’s book in the tradition of “Good Night, Moon” that centers on a day at The K.

Even Fido can get in on the team fun with a handsome blue leather dog collar with a charm of the Royals’ crown logo from Dazzle Paws ($39.95; shown with another style).

Photo by Aaron Lindberg

Photos via, Alysa Rene’s Facebook page and