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!
The thing is, it’s important to know the difference between something that fits properly and something that just doesn’t quite cut it. You are worthy of this knowledge and it can only lead to you being seen as a snappy dresser that always looks pulled together because, among other things, your clothes fit properly.
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
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
02 Mar 2017 No Comments
If there’s one thing that Diane Kennedy customers love about our garments, it’s how effortless they are! Effortless to wear and care for, that is! Our signature bamboo fabrics are not only incredibly soft and comfortable, they are also just as easy breezy to maintain.
Washing / Drying
We recommend machine washing our bamboo garments in cold water using a mild eco-friendly soap. After washing, we suggest laying flat or hanging to dry. It’s ok to put them in the dryer for a few minutes to get some of the moisture out, but please be sure to hang them up right away afterwards. Our bamboo fabric can hold quite a bit of moisture due to its unique cellular properties. It’s ok to hang tops and ‘shorter items’, but longer items like pants might need to be laid flat to dry to ensure no stretching occurs. For longer tunics and bottoms, draping over a rack best preserves the shape of our garments.
Should you find Diane Kennedy bamboo item accidentally finds its way into the dryer, it most likely will not shrink! But if you ever notice a change in the shape of a garment, our fabric responds very well to “wet blocking” –
Just go ahead and rewash it, then lay it flat, stretching it into its original shape and allow to let dry completely. This will allow the piece to “reset” to its intended shape.
Packing for Travel
You may already know that our garments travel exceptionally well. Our pieces fold so nicely & efficiently that it makes packing very easy; whether you’re getting ready to take Diane Kennedy on a trip, or just switching over your closet’s seasons. To minimize wrinkles, lay your garment flat, folding in the sleeves and hem (vertically, from top to bottom) into a rectangle, then simply roll up your garments starting from the neck. When you get to your destination, shake them out and hang them up, no ironing needed! Any wrinkles will fall out shortly.
A New Bamboo fabric to try
You’ll definitely want to make room in your closet for a bamboo fabric, just new this spring. This 55% organic cotton & 45% bamboo blend has an incredibly lightweight, relaxed feel that’ll keep you cool & comfortable when the temperature’s rising. It has a subtle slub texture similar to natural silk. It’s super easy care, just treat it like our regular bamboo fabric.
For Spring 2017, we are introducing it in 3 lovely shades:
by Diane Kennedy in Fashion Tags: bamboo, bamboo clothing, bamboo fabric, Canadian Made, Canadian Made clothing, Care Instructions, comfort, comfortable clothing, curvy, Diane Kennedy, eco-friendly clothing, ecofashion, Ethically-Made Clothing, Made in Canada, Tunic, tunics