Plus Size Labels; Who needs them?

We can spend our whole life avoiding labels, or living up to them and proving them wrong. When it comes to your clothing are they really that important? Many articles have been written about the use of the term plus size. The feeling being that it is an outdated and marginalized term that tries to put larger women into a less exciting and frumpy box with dark colours and God forbid, no horizontal stripes. The plus size clothing industry has come such a long way and smart consumers expect the same quality and attention to fit and detail as anyone else. Why wouldn’t we?

Our models are wearing the Inquisitive Tunic  in sizes L and 2X respectively

Size is just a Number

What if we just forgot about that label. Let’s concentrated on clothing companies that spend the time and effort making sure that what they make really fits properly and makes you feel fabulous? Plus is not a size but it is a definition of clothing sizes and that’s really all it needs to be. In the clothing industry garments are grouped into different sizing clusters like Missy, Petite, and Tall. Plus is just another range of numbers that literally corresponds to a group of sizes.

“Fit, quality, comfort and feeling great in what you’re wearing are way more important than the size on the label.” ~Diane Kennedy

Break the Rules!

Fashion rules are made to be stretched and broken according to what rocks your world. Labels that we despise will always be around and one of the best things we can do is ignore them. It’s best to not get hung up on the terminology. We aren’t saying that a world where size is just a number and a size 2 and a size 20 are marketed and sold exactly the same wouldn’t be a wonderful dream. Until that happens the term “plus” can mean “more”.

More Awesome! More Joy! More Love! More clothes please!

XOX Barb

Welcome back Barb; Diane Kennedy Style

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 in Diane Kennedy's Evidence Tunic

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.

Barb's wearing the Adventure jacket over the Clever Cami and Smarty Pant
Barb’s wearing the Adventure jacket over the Clever Cami and Smarty Pant
Barb looks awesome in our Diane Kennedy Evidence Tunic and solid Bamboo leggings with her own vintage Fluevogs
Barb looks awesome in our Diane Kennedy Evidence Tunic and solid Bamboo leggings with her own vintage Fluevogs
Diane Kennedy Soft Shirt with the Rejuvenate Legging in Black Polka Dots
Soft Shirt with the Rejuvenate Legging in Black Polka Dots

 

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! 

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