Special post today as we join the Kansas City Royals in their salute to the Negro Leagues!
Today marks the third annual Dressed to the Nines day at Kauffman Stadium – home to the Royals. On this day, Kansas City celebrates the years of history and incredible talents of the Negro League by dressing up in their Sunday best. The Royals themselves don the garb of the Kansas City Monarchs, which saw players like Ernie Banks, Satchel Paige, and Jackie Robinson before the racial barrier was FINALLY broken down in 1947. If you ever find yourself in Kansas City, I highly recommend a visit to the Negro League Musseum for a proper backstory, but, in a pinch, a viewing of “42” (a recent movie about Jackie Robinson) will give you a taste of the history.
The outfits I put together today are influenced by the era of Kansas City Monarchs (1920 – 1965), so the styles are a bit of today meets yesterday. The women’s pairing is done in the colors of the Royals, a royal blue lace overlay dress, with a powder blue cardigan, Royals crown necklace, and a fabulous straw cloche hat. The men’s pairing is an homage to the Kansas City Monarchs, and comes complete with suspenders, a straw boaters hat, wingtip shoes, and, my absolute favorite, a baseball-inspired wallet by Kansas City locals, Sandlot Goods. So put on your Sunday best, as shown below, and celebrate the heritage of baseball!