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Let's talk about the difference between size and fit
It's time to realize that women, all of us, come in unique shapes and fit different sizes. We are all different and that's a good thing. Clothing companies are often criticized for not showing "real women" modelling their clothing. Understandably we would all love to be able to see clothing we are interested in on a body exactly like ours. Wouldn't that make things so easy?? Take a look at the women around you right now. Every single one of them is a different size, shape, height, and proportion. It's truly impossible to show every body type without creating an entire encyclopedia of women's bodies and show how a garment fits on every single one. Let's move on, shall we?
The Woman In The Mirror
Society needs no help when it comes to damaging women's self-esteem regarding body image. There's a lot we can do to change this! Meet the woman in the mirror with a smile. Tell her she looks beautiful, adorable, cute, sexy, and amazing! At the end of the day when it's just you and the mirror, a choice is made about the words used to describe ourselves, to ourselves. Cut yourself some slack and give some words of encouragement and love to that amazing creature looking back at you. It's time to think about your clothing size like you think about your shoe size. It's just a number that corresponds to the length of your feet. Why not?
All About The Fit
When you put on your clothes and they fit right, you know it. It's not just about having it go over your body or being able to do up a zipper or a button. It's about pants and sleeves that are the correct length. It's about armholes that don't gap and the way a garment flows over your body. It's about finding the right width of pant leg that really fits and flatters your body and makes your legs look amazing! When your clothes fit properly you look and feel like you can take on the world. Most of all it's not about waiting until you're the size you want to be, it's about looking and feeling your best Right Now! Give yourself that gift!
What do you do when the going gets hot? Maybe shorts don't really work for you? Everybody needs a hot weather option to get them through the dog days of summer. That's where the cool comfort of our beloved Capri comes in.
From the widest leg to our slimmest leg, there's a Capri here for every body.
Based on our Serene Pant, this Capri has a wider leg for anyone that has a preference for a wide, flowy leg. Designed to perfectly complement any of your warm-weather tops or jackets. Black and white stripes give this Capri a modern graphic look. The Casting Capri can be dressed up or down to suit your needs. We want you to be cool and comfortable from top to bottom this Summer!
If you love our Flex Pant, you are in luck! The Flight Capri fits just like our Flex Pant but with flat to the body pockets. These capris aren't tight on the leg but cut just right to give ease of movement and a more relaxed fit.
This design started out as a unique sleeve. We were fooling around with a twisted detail and it found its way into the leg of our Motion Capri. With our signature smooth waistband, it fits just like all our classic pants. It also features handy, flat to the body pockets, a mid-calf length and the openwork detail at the hem.
Our classic Capri tights are back! They're a 3/4 length and a great warm weather bottom you can live in all summer. If you like our Rejuvenate Leggings you will love these shorter tights. The perfect thing to wear under a flowy tunic.
Coming soon are the Uptown capris with a wider leg and fun, asymmetrical pockets on the leg. Stay tuned for this new style by Diane Kennedy!
Capri-length bottoms made from softest bamboo can be found in our online shop here.
Visit us at our next Studio Shop to see everything in person. We’re open for shopping Friday, April 12th from 2-7 and Saturday, April 13th from 11-5 @ 1635 Powell Street, Vancouver B.C.
If there's one thing that Diane Kennedy customers love about our garments, it's how effortless they are. Effortless to wear and care for, that is! Our signature bamboo fabrics are not only incredibly soft and comfortable, but they are also just as easy breezy to maintain.
Washing / Drying
We recommend machine washing our bamboo garments in cold water using a mild eco-friendly soap. After washing, we suggest laying flat or hanging to dry. It's ok to put them in the dryer for a few minutes to get some of the moisture out, but please hang them up right away afterward. If you think about where the lint from your dryer comes from (your clothes) you'll understand that the dryer contributes to your clothes wearing out much faster. Plus the heat from the dryer deteriorates the lycra /spandex in your garments as well.
Our bamboo fabric can hold quite a bit of moisture due to its unique cellular properties. It's ok to hang tops and 'shorter items', but longer items like pants might need to be laid flat to dry to ensure no stretching occurs. For longer tunics and bottoms, draping over a rack best preserves the shape of our garments.
Recently we got this message from one of our customers about a stained garment:
"I am writing because I have a small problem. I just had a call from my dry cleaner regarding a beautiful garment that I bought at your shop. You may remember I bought the gorgeous purple tunic/top (v-neck). Anyway, I was wearing it at a dinner party a couple of days ago and the host passed me a platter with roasted chicken thighs and unfortunately, it was a very shallow platter with way too much chicken juice and fat??? and it spilled down the front of my outfit.
The dry cleaner says they want permission (from me) to dry clean it but are warning me that it may ruin the garment (the tag cleaning instructions say washing) and there is nothing on the tag that says you can dry-clean it."
We wanted to answer this question here so that you can benefit from our answer:
"For a big greasy mess please blot as much of the grease out with paper towels as you can. For greasy/oily stains on the Bamboo we recommend "Shout", it can be found at any grocery store. It does need a good soaking (all over the stain) and some time for the enzymes to work (maybe 20 minutes) before washing. Hang to dry. If some of the stain still remains, repeat again as necessary.
We don't recommend dry cleaning for any of our garments"
Packing for Travel
You may already know that our garments travel exceptionally well. Our pieces fold so nicely & efficiently that it makes packing very easy; whether you're getting ready to take Diane Kennedy on a trip, or just switching over your closet's seasons. To minimize wrinkles, lay your garment flat, folding in the sleeves and hem (vertically, from top to bottom) into a rectangle, then simply roll up your garments starting from the neck. When you get to your destination, shake them out and hang them up, no ironing needed! Any wrinkles will fall out shortly.
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.