Women with Style: Three women with a unique signature aesthetic

In her daily life, Cici Rojas glad-hands the movers and shakers of Kansas City, reaching out on behalf of Truman Medical Centers and as a member of a dizzying array of civic boards. In addition to her role as a rising star at law firm Husch Blackwell, McClain Bryant is co-owner of a downtown men’s boutique, Method, and serves the community as a Parks Board commissioner. Kate Hackman corrals the city’s most exciting artists, coordinating openings, curating art exhibits and raising funds as a co-founder of the Charlotte Street Foundation. 

These women are capable and commanding in their respective roles, which matters most. But somewhere along the way, each has cultivated a signature aesthetic that is uniquely, unmistakably her. We asked each of them to share some of the secrets to their style. 

 

Cici Rojas

Community Engagement Vice President at Truman Medical Centers

How would you describe your personal style? 

I am pretty conservative usually, because I like simplicity, and I have typically worked in formal business environments. I wear lots of suits but try to mix them up with unique accessories or tops. However, I incorporate my sports fanatic side with a large assortment of Chiefs apparel I can wear with a suit or with casual clothing. I strut my red cowboy boots whenever I can get away with it!

What are your staples? 

MAC Makeup. I couldn’t service without my CHI! Light wool black blazer, and pencil skirts in black and camel. You always need a pair of nude pumps, simple pearl accessories and a couple bold rings. Black patent flats are an essential. I also have a Coach men’s business bag that is great to carry everything and can easily accommodate a trendy animal-skin clutch.

What do you admire about other people’s style? 

Several different colors pulled together for an effortless look. Ironically, I also like the monochromatic look, as it will give a more polished effect and classic/expensive appearance regardless of your budget.

Do you have a style pet peeve? Or, if you’d prefer to answer more positively, what do you think people ought to wear more? 

Yes, hose in summer with open-toe shoes. One of the first policies I changed at TMC was the requirement of hosiery wear for non-clinical staff. The women employees were very grateful!

 

McClain Bryant

Attorney at Husch Blackwell LLP 

How would you describe your personal style? 

It really depends on the occasion. I always make an attempt to be appropriate, whether I am at the office, a concert or just relaxing. The consistent thread is a blend of contemporary and classic. Understated, never too much of anything. Minimal accessories, light makeup (unless I am at an event like a ball or gala), soft hair, subdued color, never too much skin, and figure flattering but never too tight. I search for timeless pieces that stand out in cut and quality, and if it is on sale, even better! My choice pieces look good coming and going, as my mom would say, which means they look good from the front and the back, and they move well on the frame.

What are your staples? 

I can’t go a day without mascara  My personal favorite is L’Oreal Double Extend because it doesn’t rub off or give you the raccoon-eye effect. Nude lipgloss or orange-red lipstick are a close second. And my watch — I feel incomplete without my watch on my wrist. 

What do you admire about other people’s style? 

I wish I could pull off a motorcycle jacket, plaid shirt or white tee, old chucks or boots, and jeans. I love that look on guys and girls. It’s classic and edgy all at once. And it is such an effortless “I am not trying to be cool but I just am” look.

Do you have a style pet peeve? Or, if you’d prefer to answer more positively, what do you think people ought to wear more? 

People should wear more color! I think those of us who work a typical day job get into the habit of buying interchangeable pieces in black, brown, navy, gray and white, because that is easy and safe. I am guilty of it, too. It can be a little boring, though. When someone steps into the room with a pop of color, they automatically stand out a bit from the crowd. Color adds a little interest.

 

Kate Hackman

Co-Founder, Charlotte Street Foundation 

How would you describe your personal style? 

I tend to keep it pretty simple — easy and unfussy. I gravitate toward basic pieces that I can wear again and again in slightly different ways, and if I respond to trends, it is probably mostly with an eye toward proportions. Almost everything I wear is secondhand, and I like the idea of clothes carrying stories and histories, both my own and those of other people. I also like the process and challenge of sifting and sorting through a lot of disparate stuff to find things. Thrift shopping for me is a bit like the process of reviewing artist proposals and organizing exhibitions — seeking treasures, trying to recognize potential.

What are your staples? 

A lot of black; silver cuff bracelets; scarves for color; linen dresses; long, loose skirts. While I love thrifting, ultimately I would love to have a personal tailor — someone who would make patterns from five or six basic pieces that I love, and then remake those same things again and again in different fabrics. 

What do you admire about other people’s style? 

So much is about the way people wear things and how they carry themselves, so I most notice how people put things together and admire a sense of confidence, effortlessness and ease. The feeling that what someone is wearing is a natural expression and extension of who they are, and that they are comfortable in that second skin. That often translates to admiring people whose style is classic and elegant, but I also hugely admire risk-taking — people who are clearly having fun with clothes and approaching fashion as a form of experimentation and play. 

Do you have a style pet peeve? Or, if you’d prefer to answer more positively, what do you think people ought to wear more? 

Mostly, I’d just like to see people be aware of their own bodies and what fits and suits them. I know it’s hot, but perhaps not everyone should wear short shorts. 

 

Photography by Brooke Vandever

 

Comments

crazysony's picture

These women are amazing and they don't need business cards in order to present themselves as they are famous and they do some great things for people.I've met Cici Rojas several times to some medical conferences and I admire her style and she also has some great ideas.

Sancy's picture

Great content.I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. Thank you so much for sharing. Sancy

opaler's picture

I admire businesswomen because they pay special attention to style, fashion and originality. Men, on the other hand, think any fitting suit makes earns them the title Sexiest Man Alive. I guess men are somewhat careless when it comes to fashion.

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