Adaptable Design Musings

Published Jan 09 2020 in ageless style, design, diane kennedy, fashion, fashion over 50, Made in Canada, vests

Often my designs evolve out of need. In this case, my specific want of a sleeveless top that could also be worn as a vest. Many women critical of their arms avoid showing them; I just don't feel the same way. In the spring/summer when it's warm or even in the office, I find sleeveless garments to be the most comfortable. Viva le cool comfort!

Diane Kennedy Spring 2020 Fashion croqis

So I said to myself, "Why not design an item that can be worn multiple ways, without being too finicky?"

A Diane Kennedy model wearing the Adapt-a-Vest at the beach

Then voila! Out of my head popped a solution. Here's my new design of a vest or sleeveless top with layering capabilities; Adapt-A-Vest. 

A Diane Kennedy model wears the Adapt-a-Vest at the beach

With my design in hand, I set out to create the pattern, building off the tried and true fit of the Recharge Vest; a long time favourite. This vest will be asymmetrical with a long panel, a slit on one side and a draped edge on the other. The lines are long and slimming, when worn as a vest. Worn as a top, the right drape crosses the chest to button securely on an angle, creating a modest V-neckline.

A Diane Kennedy model wearing the Adapt-a-Vest at the beach

Adapt-A-Vest is 2020's version of my "Add Pockets" piece from last year. Perfect for warm weather yet versatile enough to carry you through other seasons. Whether you wear it on its own, like I do, or over a top like our Perfect Top, I think you're going to love its versatile style.

It's coming out later this season, in 4 Spring colours. I know I'll be wearing all of them. ;)

Hope you love it too!

 

Love Diane