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  • Dressing to Disguise your Belly

    Published Sep 30 2021 in #applebodyshape, #howtodress, #levelup, #madeincanada, #plussizeclothing, #styletips

    If you are feeling self-conscious about your middle you are not alone. Many women after 50 experience weight gain on their bellies. This means your waistline may be less defined as you become more of a rounded Apple body shape. Thankfully, there are many ways to disguise your belly so that it doesn’t get in the way of your style! Start with these quick tips: 

    Style Tip #1 ~ Don't wear tight tops over your tummy. Instead choose tops that drape with extra fabric so that nothing clings.  Notice how the flattering contoured seams of the Synergy Tunic conceal the tummy with modern details?

    Diane Kennedy blog on how to disguise your tummyStyle Tip #2 ~ 

    Lucky for us, it's easier to hide a belly during the fall with layers that create slimming vertical lines. Layering is the secret to hide your belly with light coats and vests.  Look for lightweight coats and printed jackets with patterns like our A-Line Joy Coat/Dress that is draped just right to shine a light on your best features. Worn open and layered over the Perfect Tee you can style with Rejuvenate Leggings and ankle boots to show off your legs and draw the attention away from your belly. Choose a print that gives you plenty of options to put it together with other solid colours so you'll get more mileage from your wardrobe. Check out the Recharge Vest for more layering options. Try adding a statement necklace to draw attention to your beautiful neckline. 

    Diane Kennedy blog on how to disguise your tummy

    Style Tip #3~ Leggings are an apple shape's best friend. Not only are they comfortable and stylish, leggings make the most of your legs and elongate your look. When worn with tunics and long tops your tummy is concealed and you will look fabulous. Leggings are the solution to balance out an apple body shape. No one will notice your belly! Choose opaque, thick, matte, leggings with stretch. Make sure the rise is high enough to hit at your natural waist. Our Rejuvenate Leggings fit the bill.

    Diane Kennedy blog on how to disguise your tummy

    If leggings aren't your thing, choose a slim legged pant instead. If you would be more comfortable in pants; another styling trick is to wear asymmetrical tunics with skinny pants. Your eye will be drawn to the hemline rather than tummy area. If you have been searching for a slim leg pant that feels looser than a legging for more freedom and comfort, and gently tapers towards the ankle for thinner legs; we recommend the Ignite Pants with the Inquisitive Tunic. These pants even have pockets and easily tuck into boots. 

    Take a minute to think about the parts of your body that deserve more attention and appreciation. Could you show off some cleavage, highlight your shapely shoulders or your lovely legs? Dress to draw attention away from the tummy.

    Choose the right clothes to create a stylish silhouette that you feel your best in; and then dance around your kitchen like no one's watching...

     

  • How to Style Your Cape

    Published Feb 18 2021 in #Canadiandesigner, #capestyle, #fluevog, #howtodress, #styletips

    Styling yourself with a new look is super easy with an A Capella Cape. Here are 5 style tips showing how easily it blends with your existing DK wardrobe. We're calling these five completely unique looks Classic, Fun, Monochromatic, Transitional and Casual style.

    silver haired model wears a purple cape and outfit by designer Diane KennedyClassic Style: Your A Capella Cape makes a polished impression when paired with the Rhapsody Coat. Try this yourself by layering your cape over a longer printed tunic with leggings and a coordinating base layer that anchors the outfit with a harmonious colour. The Perfect Tee in Raisin matches both the Cape and Jacket perfectly.  Add a longer pendant necklace to complete your look.

    silver haired model wears a purple cape and outfit by designer Diane Kennedy
    Fun Style: Give yourself a pop of unexpected colour and instantly upgrade your style with the cape worn open over the Jet Set Jumpsuit or any all black outfit. We love the playful, carefree attitude of this easy jumpsuit with platform sneakers of a complimentary colour to tie this outfit together. Viola looks ready for anything!
    designer Diane Kennedy wears her raspberry cape and midnight purple outfit
    Monochromatic Style: Diane shows us her best tip for dressing as a Petite Plus woman. Your cape adds the punch of colour when styling yourself with a head to toe monochromatic colour to maximize the look of height and longer legs. Of course this trick works for anyone that would like a slimming and/or lengthening illusion.  She looks amazing in the Midnight Inquisitive Tunic, and her killer Fluevog boots match in colour to keep the long line going.

    model wears a Diane Kennedy outfit of the Evergreen Cape over a Pine Tempo Tunic and Black Pier Pants

    Transitional Style: It's too soon to go without a jacket so here's a way you can warm up your spring vibe. This modern look is balanced by adding the A Capella Cape worn open in a complementary colour to your top; keep cozy while adding interest and texture to your outfit. Shown here with the adaptable Pier Pants which are as cute with boots as they will be with a sandal in the spring.

    Leah Tuttle wears a Diane Kennedy Cape and Navy Tempo Tunic over jeans

    Casual Style: Punch up your casual look by adding an unexpected bloom of spring colour. Drape your cape over the Tempo Tunic in Navy with denim and you are ready to go. Perfect to ward off any chill while out on a stroll. There is only one left in several of our A Capella Cape colours so hurry if you want one!

    We hope you're having lots of fun twirling around in your capes too! Stay cozy!

  • A Rhapsody of Styling Tips

    Published Jan 08 2021 in #buycanadian, #cotton, #dianekennedy, #fashion, #naturalfibers, #outfitoftheday, #style, #styletips, #styling

    Get dressed in a flash with these styling tips. With the Rhapsody Coat you get three looks in one versatile garment.  You can wear this as a dress, a jacket, or a tunic for plenty of mileage. Plus, this multi-tasker makes it easy to refresh your existing wardrobe. 

     Diane Kennedy's Rhapsody Coat styled casually over jeans and a white teePop your Rhapsody Coat over top of the Perfect Tee, with jeans and low boots and you have a casual look with a stylish twist. Three quarter sleeves with plenty of room for movement and deep, generous pockets to stash essentials make it a handy edition to your day.

     Diane Kennedy's Rhapsody Coat styled casually over tall bootsChange your look to a long tunic. Open the face-framing collar, arrange the lapels and layer the Rhapsody over a black Perfect Tee with Rejuvenate Leggings for an understated, urban vibe. Accessorize with your favourite stone necklace for balance.

     Diane Kennedy's Rhapsody Coat styled casually over tall bootsButton up the Rhapsody to wear as a dress with tights and tall boots. Show off the asymmetrical collar with hammered Italian zinc buttons that reflect an organic flow.

    Diane Kennedy's Rhapsody coat styled over all black tunic and pantsFor an elegant evening out, layer it over all black with the wider leg Serene Pant like Erika is wearing. Add a necklace with some sparkle and a dressy shoe.

    Diane Kennedy's Rhapsody coat styled over a purple tee tunic and black pantsFor a polished and professional look at the office, layer your Rhapsody Coat with an accent colour pulled from the Symphony print. Leah is wearing the Perfect Tee in Raisin and the Serene Pant. Many of our Perfect Tee colours look great with this print; Raisin, Wave, Royal and Black are all shades in this colourful print.

    Diane Kennedy's Rhapsody coat styled over Fluevog bootsDiane is radiant in her Rhapsody; worn as a dress in Symphony Print with a pop of colour pulled from these fabulous Fluevog boots.

    Diane Kennedy Wool Cape in purple on model Veronica BelleFreestyle with your own creations by adding an A Capella Cape and a glitzy brooch, colourful booties, a beret, leggings, gloves, etc. Pull a solid colour from the print and use that as the base to build your look of the day. 

    The Rhapsody could even be a breezy cover-up for a beach stroll! The styling options are only as limited as your imagination.  

    Leah Paley Tuttle