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
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
09 Feb 2017 No Comments
Last blog, we gave you a behind the scenes peek from our latest photoshoot with one of Diane’s most stylish friends, Shelly. A long time Diane Kennedy enthusiast, we asked Shelly to impart her own personal style to some of our brand new Spring collection.
“I’ve never been so comfortable having my picture taken!” Shelly said. Our bamboo fabric has thermal regulating properties, meaning it helps keep you cool and comfortable even when your temperature’s rising.
One very observant comment Shelly made during the photoshoot was that Plus Size women are often blessed with generous, high-breasted necklines. Diane Kennedy recognizes the need for tops that add visual intrigue and draw your eye without distracting cleavage. Diane accomplishes this by including unique details to give flirtatious flare to the décolletage, while remaining modest enough for the office.
Our new Observe Tunic features all these lovely details; The playful neckline is not quite a boat neck, not quite a crew neck and features a coy but demure elliptical cut out. It’s pulled together with 3/4 sleeves that also echo the chic neckline cut out.
This Spring, we’re releasing it in a brand new fabric. This custom Palm print is made out of a super soft blend that was knitted especially for us in this beautiful Malachite green.
Shelly gets into a Rhythm…
When Shelly arrived in our studio, she was wearing her wearing her favourite pair of Diane Kennedy bottoms, the Petite Serene Pant. “They’re casual yet classy. I tell everyone about them!”
Knowing this, we were excited to see her reaction to our Rhythm Gauchos. She had seen them last Spring and was looking forward to giving these “Summer Serene” ‘capri’s’ a try. They are perfect for anyone that needs a wider cut leg. She went on to explain that she loves Diane Kennedy bottoms because of their versatility. They can be casual and comfortable one minute and dressed up for dinner the next.
And speaking of heels, we were beside ourselves with all the gorgeous Sonja Picard silver jewelry and stunning Fluevog shoes that Shelly brought to style with.
The Inquisitive Shelly…
Shelly appreciates the comfort and freedom of movement that our line provides all day. So we wanted to get her into a tunic that makes her feel like the “office goddess” she is!
Our smoky Inquisitive Tunic in Black and White Tie Dye is one of our new Spring items this year. It’s a great example of how our fit skims and flatters your curves, rather than tightly hugging them. The 3/4 length sleeves, asymmetrical seaming/hemline and drop shoulders pleasingly accentuates your feminine frame, with a drape that feels as good as it looks. Best part of all? The convenient right hand pocket, perfect for your cell phone!
We love how Shelly looked in our Spring Items and love how she paired them with accessories from her current wardrobe. We love fitting into your closet and it’s such a pleasure seeing how our customers style their Diane Kennedy clothes.
by Diane Kennedy in Fashion, The Girlfriend Chronicles Tags: bamboo, bamboo clothing, Canadian Made, Canadian Made clothing, comfort, comfortable clothing, curvy, Diane Kennedy, eco fashion retailer, Eco Friendly, eco-friendly clothing, ecofashion, fashion over 50, Made in Canada, petite plus, PHOTOSHOOT, plus, Plus Size Apparel, plus size designers, plus size fashion, Plus-size clothing, Tunic