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  • Size vs Fit - What's the Difference?

    Published Aug 15 2019 in #style over 40, #style over 50, body confidence, body positive, Garment fit, Size, Size and fit, Size vs Fit, Unique

    Let's talk about the difference between size and fit

    As we know, women come in unique shapes and fit different sizes. Acknowledging and owning that we are different is a good thing! Clothing companies are often criticized for not showing 'real women' showing their clothing. Understandably, we would all love to be able to see clothing featured on a body that is exactly like our own. 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 is truly impossible to show every body type without creating an entire encyclopedia of women's bodies and featuring how a  garment fits on every single one. Let's simply move on, shall we?

    Look At The Woman In The Mirror 

    Society can be damaging to a woman's self-esteem regarding her 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 in front of the mirror, you make a choice about the words you choose to describe yourself. Be kind to yourself 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 is just a number that corresponds to the length of your feet. It doesn't define your self-worth.

    All About The Fit

    When you put on your clothes and they fit right, you know it. They feel good. It's not just about going 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  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!

    Warm Regards,

    Barb

  • Model Spotlight :: Scarlett Ballantyne

    Published Jun 21 2019 in #over50, #style over 40, #style over 50, confidence, diane kennedy, inspiration, Made in Canada, Scarlett

    Scarlett Ballantyne modeling Diane Kennedy clothingMeet Scarlett

    Modelling for Diane Kennedy off and on for about 10 years, Scarlett is always a pleasure to work with and brings a fresh, professional look to the clothes.  She really knows how to show our clothing in the best light, while still being fun and relatable. 

    We had a chance to ask her a few questions recently and gather her thoughts about being a model and working with a brand like us. 

    What do you do when you're not being a supermodel?

    My number one job is being the CEO of my household! I am definitely the "momager" in my family, but I also work part-time doing social media managing and some other small creative ventures. My education is in Interior Design and Fine Arts; however, I stopped working full-time when my kids got to school age. Soon it may be time to go back to full-time work as my youngest graduates high school next year.

    How did you become a model for Diane Kennedy?

    I had modelled in my teens and early twenties (see the darling 80’s photos below!) and then joined an agency again around 10 years ago. Through that agency, I met Diane. Since then, we have worked together on and off, and I have definitely grown and become more comfortable modelling again through her direction and mentorship. I have also worked in makeup for several years, and have ended up doing some modelling through that, also.

    Scarlett Ballantyne modeling

    Once the photos started being published, can you describe how it felt to see your photos on social media and our website?

    Like many women, my body has changed a lot over my twenties and thirties. Now that I am nearing fifty, sometimes it’s a struggle to embrace all of the things that age brings. I am confident working with Logan as a photographer, and his kind and gentle manner puts me at ease. Seeing the DK photos after a shoot always makes me realize that I should be happy being the best I am, at the age I am at, rather than wishing I was where I used to be. Diane knows how to cut clothes that flatter a woman’s body, and so instead of seeing flaws, I see a beautiful woman in the photos.

    Scarlett Ballantyne models Diane Kennedy clothing

    Would you say modelling in your late 40's has been a positive experience? 

    Getting back into modelling a little bit later in life was a little daunting – even 10 years ago we weren’t seeing so many older models in mainstream media. So at first, I was self-conscious about my age and probably my weight too, even though I am sure I had nothing to worry about. For the past several years, I have had some personal struggles that really sent me into a dark place. Getting back to work for Diane was truly the start of beginning to feel like myself again. It has been a confidence and self-esteem builder and I am always grateful for the opportunity. The smiles you see in her photos are genuine! 

    Scarlett Ballantyne modeling Diane Kennedy clothing

    Many thanks to Scarlett, for keeping it real and teaching us a little bit more about herself. It's been such a pleasure to re-connect and work with her again. She's such an inspiration to us!

    Find Scarlett on Instagram at @beautigurlz as well as her new IG called @beautigurlzdesigns. If you haven't already, Please follow us, too! -@dianemkennedy