Barb’s Fall Diane Kennedy Wardrobe

It’s that time of year!

My wardrobe needed a bit of sprucing up so I chose some new Diane Kennedy pieces to call my own. I took my time to pick what I would get the most wear out of, fit into my existing wardrobe and match my personal hat collection.

Justify Jacket

Barb chooses the Justify jacket in Heather Lake for her Fall wardrobe

I love this Justify jacket! I love the weight of it, the cut and especially the colour. Heather Lake Twill is the perfect shade of blue for me. This jacket can easily be worn for a dressier occasion or alternatively with jeans. It’s so soft and comfortable yet has a great shape that doesn’t make me look boxy. I’ve teamed it up here with the Midnight Cowl in the same shade of blue. This super flattering neckline works so well with the matching jacket. I’m 5’4″ so I chose the Petite Serene Pant in black. The wide legged pants give an interesting silhouette to this outfit that I love. Fluevog Boots.

Barb chooses the Justify jacket in Heather Lake for her Fall wardrobe

I couldn’t help but add this super cute Erstwilder brooch to the jacket to give it a little holiday feel. This one is called Season’s Greetings and depicts the perfect winter scene in a mini snowglobe. So festive!

Love how this cute Snow Globe brooch completes the outfit

Strength Tunic

Barb chooses the Strength Tunic in Black and Steel stripes for her Fall wardrobe

Barb chooses the Strength Tunic in Black and Steel stripes for her Fall wardrobe

Steel and Black stripes enhance this tunics flattering lines. It’s nice to get away from too much black at this time of year so I went with the Strength, Steel and Black striped tunic. I paired it up with a pair of Steel grey Balance Pants. I like a skinny pant and the zippers at the ankles on these trousers look so cool unzipped and worn with interesting boots or shoes. These will be going into heavy rotation this winter. The perfect addition to my wardrobe. Fluevog Boots.

Verve Zip

Barb chooses the Verve Zip Jacket in Black for her Fall wardrobe

Barb chooses the Verve Zip Jacket in Black for her Fall wardrobe

This Verve jacket is amazing! It’s the perfect weight for layering and has so many interesting details from it’s asymmetric design, shawl collar and antique silver tone zipper hardware. The fit is sublime and the length is brilliant. I can wear this as a jacket or a tunic with a pair of leggings when it’s zipped up. I’ve paired this jacket with the Strength Tunic again but this time I went for the Black and Cream Stripe. I just adore the graphic look of these bold stripes. I’m also wearing the Balance Pant in Black and I’ve left the ankle zippers closed to create a skinny legging look. Erstwilder Brooch. Fluevog Shoes.

All in all I’m really happy with the choices I made. Being dressed in head to toe luxurious Bamboo is like a warm, soft hug. Who doesn’t need one of those??

Love Barb XO

 

Mode and Distinction – Johanne Cadieux

While I’ve never met her in person, I’ve spoken with Johanne Cadieux from Mode & Distinction on the phone many times over the years. There is something very different and wonderful about her. She has the most lovely French accent but there is more to it than that. She has that unmistakable warmth to her voice that instantly puts a person at ease and you can’t help feeling a sense of comfort when you speak with her. After hanging up the phone I would always find myself smiling. Johanne has been my customer of Diane Kennedy clothing since 2010.

So, what’s the story of Johanne Cadeaux?

Johanne owns a beautiful store in the Hull area of Gatineau, Quebec called Mode & Distinction Plus.  It’s just across the river from Ottawa and indeed many of her customers come from there.  Johanne caters to the plus size shopper although she is not a plus size woman. This is something I find very intriguing. It turns out there’s a very sweet reason why Johanne decided to open a shop for larger women. Many years ago, Johanne lost her sister Diane in a tragic car accident. Diane was, in Johannes words, “a beautiful, confident plus size woman.” The spirit of her sister inspires and guides Johannes decisions still. She considers her a business partner.

Joanne and her sister of Mode & Disctinction
Joanne Cadieux: proprietress of Mode & Distinction and her sister Diane

Johanne finds beauty in women of all sizes. She makes it her goal to create a welcoming environment. How does she deal with women making negative comments about themselves?

“It’s at that moment, says Joanne, “that my training in psychology helps me. Women feel included. I help them to show off with a modern contemporary style and they end up being beautiful.”

Mode & Distinction

We think the women in Gatineau are so lucky to have Johanne, her team and their lovely store to shop in. We also feel very lucky to be part of that. To be on the receiving end of Johannes wonderful energy is a gift.

Thank-you Johanne for being such an awesome customer all these years!

Love Diane


 

Diane’s Picks of Fall 2017 Tunics

Diane picks her favourite tunics for Fall 2017Every new season I can’t help but choose my favourites, whether it’s new colours or tunics.  I’ve been especially anticipating some beautiful new heather bamboo in green and blue. Heather Forest is a deep mossy green marbled with black and Heather Lake is a soft slatey dark blue with just a touch of cream. Here’s my pick’s of the Fall 2017 tunics.

The Renew Wrap Tunic

Diane picks her favourite tunics for Fall 2017

My top pick this year is a mock wrap tunic with a mock wrap belt called the Renew Wrap. We all love V necks and wraps are universally flattering and lovely. But they can be fussy to fit and sit right on the body. Hence the mock feature, all of the look but none of the fuss. Same goes for a tie belt. This tunic has all the great advantages of these features with absolutely no fuss, you just slip it over your head and its ready to go. It’s a really flattering shape (gives you a waist even if you don’t have one!) and in this fabulous Forest green colour, it’s my top pic for sure.

 

The Vision Tunic in Black & Steel

Diane picks her favourite tunics for Fall 2017

My fav tunic of all time is the Playful tunic partly because of the V neck, extra room around my tummy and 2 handy pockets. But it’s time for a new fav, The Vision Tunic is the ticket. The same functional features that have always made it work for me but also added stripes, colour blocking and seam details to change up the look.

 

Mixed Media Tunic in Heather Lake (coming soon)

Diane picks her favourite tunics for Fall 2017

Not too far off is a brand new style I’ve called Mixed Media Tunic. It combines sold black bamboo with the Heather lake shade and also Heather Lake blue in a beautiful herringbone jacquard. I can’t wait for this tunic in this colour, it’s lovely and quite unique. With vertical seam lines, an asymmetrical hem, handy pocket, V neck…it’s got all the hallmarks of becoming one of my favourite tunics. Can wait!

Diane Kennedy, eco-fashion, plus size clothing, made in canada,

 

 

Tummy Loving Tunics

Tummy Loving TunicsDo you love your tummy?

Chances are you have mixed feelings about this particular body part. A lot of people carry their weight in the tummy area, that’s just a fact. And while we aren’t going to tell you to break out the crop top and show the world how much you love your belly, we do have some great pieces that will make you look amazing and feel confident that your tummy isn’t the first thing you notice when you look in the mirror. Bring on the Tunic!

Tummy Loving Tunics The Zip Tunic, The Vision Tunic and the Strength Tunic

What makes a tunic so special?

Our tunics are designed to accentuate the curves you love and skim and flow over your tummy area. Viscose from Bamboo fabric is unbelievably soft. It has a silky, smooth feel and luxurious drape that glides over your body. An extra bit of “swing” is factored into the stomach area to create an easy flowing silhouette and added comfort. This additional care is taken in the design of all our tops, not just tunics but jackets and vests, too. And yes, they are all designed to be layered and work together.

Tummy Loving Tunics The Recharge Vest

Invest in a Vest?

Our Recharge Vest is a perfect example of a well thought out design that makes layering so easy. This vest pairs perfectly with tunic and tops of all sleeve lengths. A one button design and a box pleat in the back make for an easy fit and a flattering drape in the midsection. Why not try a vest? It adds so much interest and fun weather worn over a tunic, a tee shirt, or a blouse.

Love It All!

We want to be able to love all of our body parts, even the ones that we are taught to hate. This is one of the steps to living a proud, confident, self-loving life. When we wear clothing that fits just right, accentuate the areas we choose and flatter the areas that challenge us it becomes just a little easier to see the whole picture and be our best selves.

Be kind to yourself!

Love Barb

She Wears the Pants

Diane Kennedy pants shapes explainedHave you ever wondered how to tell the difference between all the pants Diane Kennedy offers? Skinny legs, wide legs and everything in between. There’s a pant style for every body type that will allow you to create the silhouette that flatters you the most. Here’s our guide to DK pants…

Diane Kennedy pants shapes explained

Rejuvenate Legging

The softest tights you will ever wear! Pair them up with a tunic and show off your legs. Apple shapes often have great gams, so show them off. These Rejuvenate leggings are great for yoga or layering under a tunic or longer jacket.

Balance Pant

Just one step up from a legging is the Balance pant. If you go one size down, it may be hard to tell the difference from a legging, it’s just more substantial. It has the same fit and waistband as all our pants, except it tapers from the hip on down. At the side hem there’s a pewter tone zipper, so this pant is best if you’re average height 5’4″ – 5’8″ (not as good for some shorter as this pant can’t be shortened)

Flex Pant

Over any other pant we make, the Flex pant is our best selling item for at least 8 years now. It has a straight leg cut perfect for all body types (except someone proportionately heavy in the hips or legs). It also comes in a Petite Length.

Serene Pant

We’ve been making these beauties for over 10 years now and counting! From the widest part of the hip, the Serene pants fall straight down. These are a wider cut at the hem and are easy to spot by the flatlock stitch pattern up the sides of the leg. This is the same stitch used on yoga wear and in fact these pants are reminiscent if a yoga cut. These pants fit everyone but are especially flattering on someone with a pear shape. They are also great if you’re full in the thighs or knees and need the extra room. It also comes in a Petite Length.

Pacific Pant

To add to our wide selection of pant options for different body types, we’ve added a true palazzo pant, called the Pacific Pant. Everything old is new again, you may remember them from the first time around in the 60’s and 70’s. They are definitively back and a beautiful, dressy option to your closet. They have a fullness that proportionately is best for average height or taller. If you’re shorter, we’d suggest the Serene pant is a better option.

We get phone calls on a regular basis asking whether we still make our pants! If you’ve never tried them, you’re in for a treat!….they feel like you’re wearing pyjamas all day (but still look stylin’)

Love Barb