The New Soft Suit

Soft Suit, diane kennedy, bamboo jackets, dressing spearates, vests, jeckets, fashion over 50When was the last time that you wore a suit? Maybe to a job interview or to see a lawyer? Unless perhaps, you are a lawyer, over the past number of years, the structured suit as we used to know it has been eliminated from most professional women’s wardrobes. As the workplace becomes more casual, dressing has become a variety of separates rather than a matching two-piece suit. There are always occasions where a more pulled-together look is necessary, but rather than going with stiff and structured fabrics, separates in softer fabrics like bamboo, can create a soft suit that also looks professional. Diane’s designs address the need for a more business-like jacket and coordinating bottoms without compromising style or fit.

A jacket can come in handy for many occasions; as part of a soft suit look, or as something to throw over a pair of black pants or denim. Sometimes in the cooler evenings, a soft jacket can be the perfect piece to put on over a dress. Our Bon Voyage Jacket is a great layering piece with it’s notched collar, 3/4 sleeves and zippered front. It works well over a dress, or as part of a suit, either paired with our Serene Pants, Relaxed Capris or a Smitten Skirt. It comes in 4 colour ways, which can be paired with the same coloured Navy bottoms for a monochromatic suit-look, or just worn as separates. Another way it can be worn is with the matching Cami, for a monochromatic look on top, and then you can choose a solid on the bottom. Either way, your soft separates will create a comfortable and put-together look, which can work in most office environments.

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Another way to achieve a more professional look by layering separates is by adding a vest. A vest can be layered with anything from a tunic to a dress and can give a more structured look without the weight of a full jacket. Our Recharge Jacket is layering made easy! This vest pairs perfectly with tunic and tops of all sleeve lengths. It features front pockets, and an easy fit throughout, including a box pleat in the back. This year we added the Recharge Jacket to our collection, which is the same style as the vest, but with sleeves. Available in Black, White and Navy, it is a jacket that can be worn year round and with a large variety of bottoms. The beauty of it is that it can appear more casual if paired with jeans or leggings, or more formal if paired with a wide leg pant or skirt.

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