Jacket: Fit, Comfort & Style

The Jacket Comfort and StyleFit and Style Without Sacrificing Comfort

You slip into a beautifully tailored jacket and standing in front of a mirror you admire how lovely the garment fits only to realize that you can’t move your arms. Your arms feel strangled and restricted and you can’t raise them past your shoulders if your life depended on it. Or reach forward for that matter. Why does this happen?

Technically speaking, jacket sleeves are built differently for each different style of garment. A tailored sleeve has a very high cap compared to the width of the bicep. An athletic jacket sleeve will usually have a low cap and a wider bicep for the purpose of greater arm movement. A ‘suit style’ jacket built in an optimal fashion will have a combination of a moderately high cap and a moderately wide bicep to give you the best of both worlds. Comfort and style for the win!

Our Jackets fit great in other ways, too. We build darts and shaping right into our unique seam lines. We add swing for more room across your tummy and seat so nothing is tight or unflattering. Many of our jackets offer pockets that are designed to give a smooth look.

Jacket fit and design details

Construction is only part of the jacket equation. We also use premium fabrics that contain a generous amount of stretch. Along with a great cut, you also have the added factor of give in the fabric with allows for free movement and optimal comfort.

Ultimately, you get a professional look without sacrificing comfort. Here’s a little preview of jackets styles to come this fall:

The Justify Jacket will come in 3 colours later in the season: Solid Black, Black/Steel Herringbone and Heather Lake Herringbone (pictured here)

New Justify Jacket coming later this fall

The versatile Verve Zip is back in Black (only) It can be worn for multiple occasions from casual to work, but also its great alone as a tunic, too.

Diane Kennedy Verve Zip Jacket


Keep an eye out for new Fall arrivals here

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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.

How are you wearing your Diane Kennedy separates?

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