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  • What a Great Jacket Can Do For You

    Published Jun 14 2019 in #style over 50, bamboo, colour, eco friendly, ethical fashion, jackets, jumpsuit, shop local

    Sometimes all it takes is that perfect jacket to take any outfit to the next level. We often choose a jacket as a 'basic' item. But what if we thought of it differently? What if we treated a jacket as an accessory to the outfit?

    Barb Wilkins wears outfits by Diane Kennedy; Vancouver designer

    Our Jinx Jumpsuit is great on its own - just step in, zip it up and you're dressed. Add The Paradox Jacket with its graphic black and white stripes and you're ready to take this look to the office or out for the evening. This is a great example of using a jacket as an accessory.

     Dancer Gia Holman wears designs by Diane Kennedy

    Gia is wearing The Jinx Jumpsuit in Moroccan and has paired it with a Black Paradox Jacket. The same two pieces as the photos above but a completely different look. Would you have thought of wearing a 'tailored style' jacket over a jumpsuit?

     Barb Wilkins wears outfit designed by Canadian designer Diane Kennedy

    A great jacket can completely change the outfit. Here we have the same Casting Capri and Clever Cami base but with two different Jackets. Barb wears the Paradox Jacket on the left and the Downtown Jacket on the right. It changes it completely, doesn't it?

     Dancer Gia Holman wears designs by Diane Kennedy

    Don't be afraid to mix your stripes! Elevate your style with some contrast. The Casting Capri, Clever Cami, and Paradox Jacket with a great pair of shoes in a contrasting colour (Fluevog here) to really make a statement.

    Dancer Gia Holman models outfits designed by Diane Kennedy

    One Jacket with two different styles of pant. This changes the look dramatically. The Downtown Jacket paired with The Pacific Pant a palazzo-style pant is office or dinner appropriate. To make it casual zip it up over a pair of Rejuvenate Leggings. This super versatile jacket can also be worn as a tunic. 

    There it is. Consider adding an "accent" jacket to your wardrobe. It is just about the best way to elevate your clothing collection. 

  • Are You Afraid To Shop Online?

    Published Jun 07 2019 in customer service, Diane Kennedy, Made in Canada, online shopping, personal service, personal shopping, shop local, slow fashion

    We want to take away your fears when it comes to shopping with us. Diane Kennedy Clothing has been in the business of offering sustainable, eco-friendly contemporary fashion for curvy women of all sizes for over 12 years. In this day and age, online shopping is one of the most convenient ways to shop allowing for easy comparisons and an overwhelming selection. It can all be a bit daunting. There are still a lot of people who are not comfortable ordering online. We are here to help you with that. 

    Canadian designer Diane Kennedy and Barb Wilkins

    Don't be shy, pick up the phone and give us a call. We are happy to sit and talk you through your order, make suggestions and recommendations or describe colours, fit and any other detail you need. There is also the issue of choosing the best size for you. If you tell us your measurements we will measure the garment you are interested in and let you know what your best sizing options are. We will even place the order for you if you are not comfortable doing it yourself. We actually enjoy speaking with our customers and promise to treat you with patience and kindness. 

    We encourage you to call us on the phone if you have any concerns. We have a toll-free number for that very reason (1-877-994-9977). When you call us during our business hours (9 am - 4 pm Monday to Friday Pacific Standard Time) the phone is answered by a real person who really wants to help you out. If you need answers at other times, sending us an email with your questions or concerns is a great alternative. If you receive something in your order that just doesn't work for you, call or email us right away and we will help you arrange an exchange. You can see our policy HERE. We want you to be happy with your purchase!

    Barb Wilkins

    Diane Kennedy clothing is located in beautiful Vancouver B.C. Canada. We are a small company that does all of our manufacturing locally. Diane Kennedy is a real person who is here every day, working on her business and making sure every aspect of the company is run with integrity and honesty. We offer a quality product and great customer service. 

    A note to our local customers or those travelling to Vancouver... We open our showroom to the public for special Studio Shop events twice a month. We also offer private shopping appointments in our showroom during the week. Get all the info HERE. We love meeting our customers in person and we have everything that's on our website right here and a few things that are exclusively available here only.

    Don't be scared to order from us. Pick up the phone or send us an email if you have any concerns.

    We are dedicated to making ordering from Diane Kennedy a great experience! 

    Diane & Barb

    If you're local to Vancouver our next Studio Shop is:

    June 14 from 2-7pm and June 15 from 11-5 pm. @ 1635 Powell St

     

  • Let's Make Outfits; Barb's Style

    Published May 31 2019 in bamboo, Barb's Style, capris, design, diane kennedy, ethical, fashion, jackets, jumpsuit, leggings, local, Made in Canada, Personal Style, spring, Spring 2019, spring looks, tunics

    We love and appreciate our customers and are always trying to find ways to make your shopping experience better. Sometimes when you see a bunch of clothes online you wonder, how should I wear that?  You want to get ideas to style your own outfits, right? We figured, let's look at the collection as a whole and put together some outfits to show you.

    That's where I got recruited. I'm not a model. Full stop. I work for Diane Kennedy clothing in the capacity of customer service, I also do all the shipping and write the odd blog post, among other things. But the other day I was challenged with putting together some outfits from our Spring 2019 collection that I would wear in my own way.

    Vancouver Designer Diane Kennedy's Bamboo separates

    The City Tunic and Casting Capri in gorgeous Moroccan. Could an outfit be any easier to wear?

    Vancouver Designer Diane Kennedy's Bamboo separates I want to say right from the beginning that modeling is hard. I'm not kidding, it's a lot harder than it looks. Lucky for me, I had our newest team member Tracy and our in-house fab photographer Logan to put me through the moves. Tracy knows all about how to get the best out of a model, how to stand, how to walk, what to do with your hands, where to look. It's actually a lot to think about so I was so, so grateful for the guidance. Logan is fantastic, among other things, and he is infinitely talented and extremely patient. 

    Vancouver Designer Diane Kennedy's Bamboo separates

    I couldn't wait to try the new Jinx Jumpsuit on. Possibly the most comfortable thing I've ever worn. I wanted to try the Black and White striped Paradox Jacket over top and I just loved this look! This jumpsuit is so casual and yet so easily dressed up. 

    Vancouver Designer Diane Kennedy's Bamboo separates

    Another new fave has got to be the fantastically versatile top Add Pockets in Moroccan. Wear it on its own or layer it over almost anything to create the most amazing silhouette. I wore it over the Rejuvenate Leggings also in Moroccan and topped that with the Paradox Jacket in Black and Moroccan stripe. I love the way these layer up and the jacket just pulls the whole look together.  

    Vancouver Designer Diane Kennedy's Bamboo separates

    Here I've worn  Add Pockets with the Casting Capri in Black and Moroccan stripe. These capris are so fun with their wider leg and are the perfect length. Wear them with flats or a little bit of a heel. Again, casual or dressy but always soft and luxurious. 

    This is just me, wearing a few of my favourite Diane Kennedy separates. I hope you enjoy seeing my personal choices of Diane Kennedy's Spring 2019 line and that you can envision our collection as part of your own personal style.

    XOX Barb

     

     

  • The Queen of All Flowers; A Rose Primer

    Published May 24 2019 in gardening, New Westminster, Queen's Park, roses

    From earliest childhood, I have memories of the flowers my mother grew in our garden. Snowdrops and crocus in early spring, sweet bi-coloured columbine in May and fountains of pink and red roses all summer long. As long as I've had a garden, I've grown roses. From those uninspiring, thorny canes sprout the promise of heavenly beautiful and often fragrant blooms every year.

    Rock n' Roll Rose

    ~Rock and Roll Rose

    Queen's Park

    Now in a townhouse, I have space for only a few roses. But lucky me, I have only a short walk to one of the prettiest rose gardens in the whole city. I have to give much credit to the man that created the Queens Park Rose Garden as well as those who maintain it with love and attention. This garden contains roses of every shape and colour in the possible palette. From purest white through every shade of pink, apricot, yellow, red, mauve, burgundy; not to mention all the combinations of red or pink and white stripes. My favourites are the roses where the petals melt from soft yellow to pink to salmon....just like the most beautiful sunset.

    Diane Kennedy Blog Roses - Desmond Tutu Rose

    ~Archbishop Desmond Tutu Roses

    Diane Kennedy Blog Roses - Cinco De Mayo Rose

    ~Cinco De Mayo Roses

    Diane Kennedy Blog Roses - Living Easy

    ~Living Easy Roses

     Organic Growing Tips

    If I could share a few bits of wisdom on growing roses, first it would be to pick a trusted variety for health and disease resistance. This can vary by region, so get opinions from knowledgeable gardeners in your area. Roses get all manner of bugs and problems so choosing well and treating them right will go along way in your overall enjoyment of your rose(s). The second most important thing is to meet their needs of good quality soil, something akin to a fluffy chocolate cake by liberally mixing in manure and compost. Also feed the soil, not the rose, which means using organic fertilizers like bonemeal, alfalfa, greensand, kelp and epsom salts. Of course, you can buy a premade mixture, but best to pick one with these kinds of natural ingredients. It's very important to pick an area with at least 6 hours of sun a day and good air circulation.

    Diane Kennedy Blog Roses - Wild Blue Yonder Rose

    ~Wild Blue Yonder Roses

    Diane Kennedy Blog Roses - Julia Child Rose

     ~Julia Child Roses

     Diane Kennedy Blog Roses - Poseidon Rose

    ~Poseidon Roses

    Every time I walk through the rose garden, I take a moment to stop and stick my nose deep into a variety that comes in a soft red colour but does not have the most perfect blooms. Just like with people, sometimes we look past the imperfections to the hidden beauty, which in this case is the most delicious 'Fragrant Cloud' of sweet perfume you could possibly imagine.  Aside from health and beauty, in my opinion, fragrance is a top consideration when choosing a rose.

    Diane Kennedy Blog roses - Frangrant Wave

    ~Fragrant Wave Roses

    Diane Kennedy Blog Roses - DeeLish Rose

    ~Dee-Lish Roses

     

    Happy sniffing!

     

    Diane Kennedy Blog Signature

  • How to "Add Pockets" to your Wardrobe

    Published May 17 2019 in bamboo, bare arms, body positive, design, ethical, fashion, local, Made in Canada, pockets, tunics, vests

    Everyone loves Pockets, right? I'm in a lucky position as a designer to be able to create exactly the item that I want to wear. For Spring this year I thought to myself what are all the things that I want in a new top? The Add Pockets Tunic was what I came up with.

     Jennifer Pistor wears a Diane Kennedy outfit of the Add Pockets Tunic and Smarty Pants

    The idea behind "Add Pockets" was a top that could be worn in different ways. For me, that means mostly on its own but it can also be worn like a vest over a sleeved top like the Perfect Tee. In this way, it transcends the seasons and "Add Pockets" can be worn all year long. It's a summer top but it's also perfect for fall layering when worn as a vest. It's shown here as an outfit with the Smarty Pants.

     Jennifer Pistor wears a Diane Kennedy outfit of the Add Pockets Tunic, Perfect Tee and Smarty Pants

    So if like me you LOVE bare arms in the summer, this could be for you. Many women complain about their arms, specifically that 'extra area' under the bicep. I choose not to be one of them. I'm kind of indifferent to my arms, bare arms are so freeing and comfortable for my busy workday. 

    Scarlet wears a Diane Kennedy outfit of the Add Pockets Tunic and Travel Pants

    Other than deep pockets for my phone, the Add Pockets tunic was designed to be flattering with lots of room across the tummy, and slimming vertical seams. It's long enough so that it can be worn with Cafe leggings too.

    If you're local to Vancouver, come try on all the possibilities at our Studio Shop this weekend:

    Friday May 17 from 2-7pm + Saturday May 18 from 11-5 pm