28 Apr 2017 No Comments
13 Apr 2017 No Comments
There’s one part of our bodies that a lot of us dislike…that’s our arms. Upper arms to be specific. Women seem to hate this part of their bodies more than almost any other! Today we want to discuss a rarely talked about garment detail: your armholes. (the horror!) So when you do decide to love your arms enough to bare them, you’ll know what to look for.
Are we being a bit cheeky, yes we are. But plus size armholes can have a notoriously bad fit. The openings are often cut too big and baggy and threaten to expose much more than you bargained for. You shouldn’t be able to see your bra for starters, and it should lie smoothly without gaps or puckers. If the tops you’re buying now have armholes large enough for two arms, then you are experiencing poor fit due to a manufacturer who has put little to no thought into the proper fit of the garment. That’s a red flag Ladies!
Our newest tank top, The Clever Cami has a ‘bust dart’ built into the gathers at the upper front shoulder creating an excellent fit when it’s worn with the front as the front. But, just to give you more options we’ve made it reversible. The front has a scoop neck, the back has a v neck. Admittedly the area around the bust does not fit quite as well when the back is in the front but this makes it incredibly versatile as a layering piece. The Clever Cami also works great as a stand alone top for those brave and confidant women who have embraced their arms. After all our arms embrace those we love the most and that should include ourselves. Give yourself a hug!
I’m 51 and I know my arms aren’t perfect…but I just don’t care….my comfort is important to me, and when I’m hot….I’ve been known to Bare Arms!
by Diane Kennedy in Plus size fit expert Tags: armholes, bamboo, bamboo clothing, bare arms, body appreciation, Body Shape, business casual, Canadian Made, comfort, comfortable clothing, Diane Kennedy, eco-friendly clothing, fashion over 50, fashionover40, fit, layering, plus fashion, Plus-size clothing
07 Apr 2017 No Comments
There’s always a story about the latest thing we shouldn’t eat or product not to use. But as conscious consumers, we can’t help but want to make the best choices. Now that microbeads (found in our toothpaste and beauty products) have been listed as a toxic substance (and already banned in the US), they’ve found an even more pervasive problem— fibers shedding from synthetic clothing. These microfibers get released in the clothes washer and make their way into our oceans. Washing just one synthetic fleece garment can release approximately 1.7 grams of microfibers with each wash. So choosing organic, sustainable and biodegradable fibers may be even more important than previously thought.
New studies indicate that synthetics like polyester could be poisoning our lakes and oceans and therefore our food supply on a massive scale. Synthetic fibers have been found in the gastrointestinal tracts of fish! These tiny threads shed from fabrics could ultimately be of huge concern as they enter the food chain and have the potential to accumulate in the bodies of larger mammals. We, at the top of the food chain, are, of course, eating these fibers when we consume the fish.
While this is a problem without an easy solution, if you’re already a consumer of natural fibers, you’re obviously doing the right thing. Aside from the many other obvious advantages of bamboo, it’s 100% biodegradable. So once it’s no longer wearable, in as little as a year, it will have decomposed back into the soil or ocean without the production of any pollutants.
While very few fabrics and methods of dying fabrics can get a 100% clean bill of health, bamboo has many impressive ecological credentials. The nature of bamboo as a plant is fast growing and requires no pesticides or additional fertilisers. Another key benefit of bamboo is that it requires one-third of the amount of water required to grow cotton. One of the other benefits is that, in comparison to an equivalent area of trees, bamboo takes in five times as much carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen. One of the drawbacks of bamboo processing has been the chemicals used, but new mechanical methods of processing have been devised in where the crushed bamboo is treated with biological enzymes. This breaks the bamboo into a mushy mass and individual fibers are then combed out. Although expensive, this process is eco-friendly.
While not the ultimate solution, every step helps. We’re suggesting that you keep choosing the most natural products possible for inside and outside your body
by Diane Kennedy in Health Tags: bamboo, bamboo clothing, biodegradable, Canadian Made, Diane Kennedy, ecofashion, ethically made, fibers, fish, health, Made in Canada, microbeads, microfibers, natural fibers, oceans, organic, sustainable, synthetic
31 Mar 2017 No Comments
When you’ve been in business for 14 years, you get to meet and work with people from all walks of life. Sometimes they come, sometimes they go, and sometimes you get lucky and they come back around again. Flashback five years ago to our former studio on Railway Street; Barb came to work with us for a time. She had been the owner of the original Bodacious store on Main Street where a lot of our Diane Kennedy brand was sold. It seemed like a natural progression to hire someone that was already so familiar with our brand. That was then, and same goes now.
I’m so excited to announce that we have Barb back on staff here. Just chatting with her over lunch today about her favourite Diane Kennedy pieces, all of which she still has from at least 6 years ago. Her favs are the Rejuvenate legging and the Gotta Have It Jacket. Being a plus size woman as well as a plus size retailer for so many years, she has a keen understanding of women’s bodies and issues around buying clothes. She’s a plus size fit expert!
Barb loves fashion and isn’t afraid to push the limits of her own style. Her favourite thing to do is take a classic style and find a way to make it uniquely her own. She loves the comfort and cut of Diane Kennedy clothing because there’s really nothing quite like the way bamboo drapes and flows to flatter any body type. More than anything she enjoys sharing her joy of beautifully made clothes with our customers. Helping someone discover a colour or cut that just works for their personality AND body type is where the true joy comes from for Barb and she says there’s nothing better than watching someone’s face light up when they try something on that really, truly fits their body and sense of style.
We asked Barb to pick out a few new favourites from our Spring collection and model them for us.
If you’ve never crossed paths with Barb, perhaps you will be lucky enough to experience her warm and enthusiastic energy when you come by to shop. Or, possibly, Barb will be the one to help you when you need customer service.
Welcome back to our team, Barb!
Don’t miss out we’ve extended our Past Season Sale this week, we’re offering 20% off our sale section here!
by Diane Kennedy in Fashion, Plus size fit expert Tags: bamboo, Bodacious, body positive, body type, Diane Kennedy, ecofashion, fashion over 40, fashion over 50, fit, fit technician, Made in Canada, plus size fit expert, Plus-Size, Plus-size clothing, polka dots, stripes
09 Mar 2017 No Comments
At the time my Spring collection was more or less finished, I had a nagging feeling of dissatisfaction, like there had to be something more…. After a bit of ruminating, I opened up my CAD program I use to design and pulled up our popular Serene Pant. From there, I started to “chop” and manipulate the pattern pieces. What came up the other side was magical and astonishing. We quickly sewed a prototype to try it out and instantly knew we had something wonderful. Then our clever office admin came up with the name. And so, the Smarty pant was born!
It’s interesting to note that the front and back are cut in one large panel, all together, and so it takes a surprising amount of fabric. To get that amazing drape at the side of the leg, no side seam can be there, as it would interfere with the design line. These bottoms came together so quickly, in part, thanks to the amazing drape that our signature bamboo fabric has. This graphic black and white stripe fabric is a 10 oz, 92% Bamboo jersey knit blended with 8% Lycra, allowing for a lovely luxurious yet lightweight that you can definitely feel.
Although we’ve cut the inseam length to 31″, never fear! If your leg is a more petite length, this Smarty pant will adapt. It works if you’re taller as well. The cuff is meant to sit around the ankle, but even looks good slightly above also.
Here’s how it looks on someone that’s 5’2″ (Fashion designers can be petite, too!) I’m also wearing the new Experiment Tunic here.
Always thinking about versatility in your wardrobe, we simply couldn’t design such funky, fashionable bottoms without having some on point tops to coordinate! The Illustrate Tunic is a great choice with its fabulous built in drape along the front diagonal seamline. Or perhaps our new Clever Cami (which is ever so clever, with its ability to be worn reversible, front-to-back!…you choose either scoop neck or V neck)
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by Diane Kennedy in Fashion, New Tags: bamboo, bamboo clothing, Canadian Made, Canadian Made clothing, comfort, comfortable clothing, curvy, Diane Kennedy, eco fashion retailer, ecofashion, ethically made, Made in Canada, plus size designer, plus size fashion, Plus-Size, Plus-size clothing, Shopping