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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?
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We love the look of body-skimming tunics and leggings. It’s a bit of a uniform at our studio. Throwing on these basics in the morning is a great canvas – we can add some interesting footwear, then layer bold jewellery or a colourful scarf, and we are good to go! It’s a style that’s cute and comfortable and can take us to the office and beyond; however, we’re starting to embrace a fresh alternative with our latest collections.
Fashion comes in cycles, and designers are starting to show a new silhouette. The trend is moving towards smaller tops and wider bottoms. For example, a shorter, more fitted jacket gets paired with a wide-leg pant.
The Paradox Jacket
Impeccable polish with incomparable comfort? That's our favourite kind of paradox! The Paradox Jacket is a soft, tailored topper that adds instant style to any outfit. This new jacket has a more fitted look than a lot of our other jackets, and the hip length pairs perfectly with the wider leg trend.
The Pacific Pant
Everything old is new again! You may remember the wide-leg pant style from its first time around in the 60s and 70s. It’s definitively back and brings a lovely, dressy option to your closet. These pants work beautifully if you are average height or taller, as they are a true palazzo pant. They can be worn with a heel, a flat sandal, or even a thick-soled sneaker. For those of you who are a little less blessed in the height department, think about pairing these pants with a bit of a heel to create the right proportions.
The Serene Pant
If the Pacific Pant is a bit too much for your tastes or build, try our popular Serene Pant. It’s the very first pant made by Diane Kennedy twelve years ago, and it’s still going strong! With a straight leg that falls from the hip, the Serene Pant allows you access the trend in a more conservative way. They also come in a shorter length – there’s a 32” inseam in the regular length and a 28.5” inseam in petite.
If you’re looking for a modern look to add to your wardrobe, consider this new silhouette and see if it works for you. Change in fashion is constant, but it doesn’t happen overnight, and we’re thinking this trend will have some staying power.
In this blog, our own Barb Wilkins shares the story of how she found our newest Diane Kennedy model.
Gia Holman has been teaching lyrical jazz and contemporary dance, from beginner to professional levels, for nearly forty-five years. These days, she focuses on providing classes for other "mature” dancers who are committed to continuing their training and celebrating their creative spirits for as long as possible.
When I first met Gia, she spoke to me like she knew me. I thought maybe I had forgotten our first meeting, but she was so charming and lovely and I went with it! The next time I saw Gia, she confessed that she thought I was someone else she knew. Basically, we were friends from the start.
By virtue of having similar taste in music, we started running into each other often. I found out that Gia had been a professional dancer and dance teacher her whole life. I was transfixed when she posted photos of herself as a young 20-something, just on the verge of heading to New York to study dance. I then found out Gia is still dancing and teaching adults in the semi-retired phase of her life, which was completely inspiring.
Cut to a work meeting discussing the new Diane Kennedy collection: we spoke about wanting to see the clothes worn by a confident, mature woman who could really move. Gia came to mind right away. I contacted her and asked her if she was interested, and she was excited to try modelling for the first time. The date was set.
Gia admitted to being shy, especially around cameras. I chose some music by a mutual friend of ours, and once the blues started streaming out of the stereo and the camera started clicking, Gia transformed.
She didn’t seem shy at all!
I found it fascinating to see Gia move. It was thrilling to see how well she knew her own body – how it moved and created shapes and lines.
"Lyrical dance is about line, form, and flow of movement –
I find all three elements in Diane's designs.
They are a delight to wear."
~ Gia Holman
P.S. Come see Gia's outfits in person at our Studio Shop this weekend:
- Friday, January 25, 2pm-7 pm
- Saturday, January 26, 11am-5pm
- 1635 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC
Free parking is available right out front or in the parking lot beside The Flag Shop.
Despite frost and low temperatures, spring is just around the corner – honest! Every new season brings fresh perspectives, and designers assemble their tools to create trends. One of my most useful tools is a storyboard – it helps me plan a season in terms of styles, colours, and prints. Here’s a glimpse at the first half of our Spring 2019 collection for our beautiful range of regular and plus size customers.
The Terrific Tunics
Our City Tunic is an exciting new cut with striking graphic details.
Returning favourites like the Illustrate Tunic feature a sophisticated take on tie dye, and the Evidence Tunic is both whimsical and classic with a juxtaposition of polka dots and stripes.
The Jazzy Jacket
Smart stripes make our Paradox jacket extra-sharp, without sacrificing the softness and comfort that are Diane Kennedy trademarks. Especially when paired with our flowing, dramatic Pacific Pant, this piece creates a striking silhouette.
The Versatile Vest
Our Recharge Vest continues to show its versatility as part of the Spring 2019 collection. Add it to one of our Perfect Tops for effortless style. And yes, it has pockets!
The Jaunty Jumpsuits
Nothing beats a one-piece when it comes to comfort and ease. Our new Jinx Jumpsuit comes in a brilliant Moroccan blue or solid black and the Screen Playsuit returns in both stripes and a solid black.
What I anticipate most about a new season is seeing how our customers take these pieces and make them their own. Let me know which piece you’re most excited to add to your wardrobe!