All About Rayon
Confused about rayon? Rayon has come a long way!
Now present in many clothes due to its wearability, breathability and versatility, this natural fabric is an excellent choice.
In the clothing industry, it is the new cotton. Learn more about it and why you should wear it below!
Natural Yet Manufactured
Modal, bamboo, and rayon are all similar— natural yet manufactured fibers. Essentially, cellulose from trees goes through a chemical process to become that beautiful scarf you can wear! The process has come a long way from the past and is now an environmentally-friendly and sustainable way of creating a versatile fabric.
Rayon is softer and more moisture absorbent than cotton, so it is comfortable to wear and layer. It drapes well for a flattering fit too.
Compared to cotton and other fabrics, rayon is easy to dye and can be dyed in a greater array of vivid colours.
Your rayon clothes will look new for longer as the fabric is naturally pill-resistant and doesn’t build static or wrinkle easily.
Finally, rayon is a great choice for perimenopausal and menopausal women who generate a lot of body heat. The fabric doesn’t insulate you; your body can breathe and stay cooler.
Rayon Blends & Types
Rayon is often mixed with other fabrics to increase washing strength and maintain garment shape. Rayon and spandex is a popular combination that wears and washes well.
There are many types of rayon sources. Two common types are modal and bamboo. Modal rayon is made from the cellulose of beech trees and is especially soft. It also resists creasing, is very absorbent, and super breathable. Bamboo rayon is naturally antibacterial and antifungal-it doesn’t hold odours. Bamboo rayon has the added benefit of being UV-protective. Finally, it is one of the most eco-friendly options as bamboo grows quickly in a variety of climates and conditions.
Like all natural fibers, rayon clothes should always be washed in cold water and laid flat to air dry. If you put rayon items in the dryer, they will quickly lose their shape and elasticity. You also want to avoid hanging rayon on hangers to dry as it can lead to over-stretched clothes. When in doubt, check your clothing labels for care instructions or ask us for help.
WHY YOU SHOULD WEAR IT
Many of us tend to cover up more as we age, but this is a trend you can wear with confidence no matter what your age as it is truly age-defying.
Showing a little skin is youthful and alluring. This style is a tasteful and elegant way to do so regardless of body type. No one has bad shoulders and shoulders have taken their place as a fashion focal point.
More benefits of this trend are that it offers natural ventilation (wonderful for hot flashes!) and still gives you that feeling of covering up, especially around the neck.
HOW TO WEAR THIS STYLE
Cold shoulder tops work for day and evening and can be found in many different fabrics and styles including blouses, sweatshirts, t-shirts and dresses. Here are our top tips for wearing them:
- Keep the neckline simple with these tops. If you want to accessorize, go for a long pendant necklace.
- If you have a larger bust, go for the more fitted styles with a clean neckline to avoid adding more volume to your chest.
- If you have an apple body shape or more of a tummy, look for styles that float over the stomach and have details or embellishments like embroidery or pearls at the neckline. This draws the eye upward to your gorgeous face and shoulders, thus lifting the eye away from your midsection.
- Triangle or pear body shapes look amazing in a fit and flare dress with the cold shoulder which draws the eye away from the hips. It’s a flattering way to add balance to your proportions.
- If you have an hourglass shape, fit and flare dresses work well too, but also try fitted tops and tunics to highlight your curves in a flattering way.
- Rectangle or straight body shapes can use this style to create curves, especially by adding ruffles and prints to your cold shoulder top or dress.
For all body shapes, you can pair a cold shoulder top with jeans or leggings for a current fashion style that will have you feeling fabulous!
Need help picking out the best style for you? We are here to guide you! Next time you are shopping, ask us to select a few styles for you to try on and see how great you look.
Like fashion trends, Canadian fashion labels come and go, but many designers are now finding success internationally. We have amazing designers that are changing the way people dress and how they feel about themselves.
Designed and made in Canada lines like Joseph Ribkoff and Lisette L. are sold around the world. Other notable lines include Softworks, Libra, Parkhurst, Country Cotton, Putorti, Gilmour, Swish, and many more.
Clothing made in Canada is not necessarily cheap, but it is affordable and worthwhile. After running a Boutique specializing in made in Canada fashions for over a decade, our experience has been that Canadian clothing is higher quality and lasts longer than the mass-produced alternatives. We also love the feeling of supporting businesses close to home and in a small way, keeping manufacturing alive in Canada. Remember that we need to support local industries and businesses with our wallets if we want them to stick around!
Canada is a fashionable country. We have fabulous clothing designers and manufacturers employing home-grown talent and enriching local economies from coast-to-coast. Shop local and look for the made in Canada label to support our fashion industry; you will look and feel great when you do!
All too often, we hear women ask, “Am I too old to wear this?” The truth is more often than not, the answer is a resounding NO. There is no rule book or memo dictating what you can or cannot wear at your age. Once upon a time, we heard that we had to cover our arms or abandon pencil skirts and opt for cashmere twin sets when we became grandmothers. This is absolutely not the case! Your style is in your DNA and it is your personal choice. When you feel good, you look good. So next time you find yourself asking, “Am I too old for this?” STOP and keep these tips in mind instead.
- Dress to be yourself. Do you love it? Does it make you feel good? Go for it!
- Signature accessories are an easy way to make your look your own. We see many women with fabulous eyewear or fun shoes that make a statement and define their look.
- Printed pants are great for all ages and very stylish this year. Every woman can pull off a unique printed pant for ageless appeal. The key is finding your ideal fit and balancing your look with a neutral top and the right accessories.
- Shop at age appropriate stores so you can ensure the cuts and fabrics are going to work for your body. You can’t expect to shop at a teen store and look your best. Boutiques and stores that cater to women carry silhouettes, fabrics, cuts, and styles that will flatter.
- What’s your lifestyle? Dress for your lifestyle and don’t force yourself into trends or styles that don’t match your body shape. Dress to feel comfortable and wear practical pieces that make sense for your day-to-day.
- Know your body shape and dress accordingly!
- Know your audience. What do you want to project with your clothing? Your outfits can change with your audience. Wearing a fitted suit with killer shoes projects a powerful, pulled-together vibe, but you may want to go with a novelty t-shirt around the grandkids. Wearing quirky and colourful jewellery is another way to showcase your personality.
- Showing skin doesn’t have to mean showing your belly button. Cold shoulder tops, sheer sleeves, low cut or cut out panel dresses and tops are sexy and elegant at any age. Highlight your best features with cuts and colours that suit your shape.
- When in doubt, go for clothing that makes you feel confident and that is comfortable. Life is too short to be stuck in tight, stuffy and uncomfortable clothes. It is possible to find clothes that feel as good as they look!
Finally, remember that looking modern is more important than looking trendy, so be sure to balance your look with old and new styles. Also, review your closet regularly and clear out old, outdated and worn-out clothes so you don’t get stuck in a style rut.
No matter how old you are, you want to look like yourself!
Every woman should have a selection of patterned or printed tops in her wardrobe! We bring in a large selection of patterned tops for practical and aesthetic reasons. Here are a few:
THEY CREATE VISUAL INTEREST AND EXPRESS A MOOD
Tops with prints or patterns instantly create visual interest. You can add drama or a punch to your look with the simple addition of a printed top. Be sure to choose prints or patterns with colours that complement your skin tone.
Printed tops also allow you to express different moods. Feeling artsy? Go for a top from our Dolcezza Simply Art Collection. Feeling romantic or want to go ultra feminine? Go for florals, which are huge this year! Want to be on trend instantly? Tartans and plaids are popular for fall; try FDJ’s reversible blouses and jackets in checks and plaids to add colour and style.
PRINTED TOPS ARE FORGIVING
Worried about your midsection or want to conceal lumps and bumps? Go for a print! Most patterns and prints are visually slimming. Don’t take our word for it though; try a printed top for yourself and see the difference. Patterns and prints camouflage. Solid coloured tops will accentuate your middle, so unless you want to show off your figure, go for tops with visual interest. For extra camouflage and coverage, go for printed tops in weighted fabrics and/or with ruching on the sides.
AND PRINTS HIDE OTHER IMPERFECTIONS
Patterns disguise spills and stains well so if you are clumsy, you’ll love that benefit. Crease or perspiration stains can also be disguised by the right print making them a great choice to bring on your travels.
Whatever your image – classic, feminine, artsy – wear prints to keep your look modern and fresh. You will love the interest it adds to your outfit, plus many prints and patterns are uplifting! As a bonus, you are likely to hear, “Have you lost weight?” or “You look fabulous!” every time you wear a print that you love.
Last month, we covered the reverse shape: bigger on top. Click here to read that Style Tip. This month, we are covering another common body shape: bigger on the bottom.
First off, we would like to address the fact that finding correctly fitting pants can be especially difficult for women with this body type. For a pant to fit correctly, the rise must fit comfortably on your hips and without pulling or creasing at the crotch. If you have too much extra fabric in that area, the crotch pulls or creases at your thighs, or the crotch of your pants sags down to your thighs, then you have the wrong fit. You also want to avoid low rises and skinny jeans. We know the fashion industry has certainly made it difficult the last few years with so many narrow leg and ankle pants in-style!
What works for many women with this body type are FDJ’s Peggy Fit denim and Marble’s casual bottoms. Both lines offer a good fit for women with small waists and larger hips and thighs. Joseph Ribkoff’s pull-on-pants with a longer rise, straight leg and many colour options are another great choice for both tall and petite ladies.
Whether you are small or heavy, often women with this body type appear to have shorter legs. Go for mid-rise, mid-width pants to de-emphasize the hips and lengthen the legs. A higher rise pant usually works best because they fall from the widest part of the hip straight down to balance out your proportions. For shoes, opt for pointy-toed styles which lengthen the leg as well.
For skirts, look for a-line silhouettes in mid-weight fabrics and darker colours. For dresses, go with the a-line and add a short jacket with strong shoulders that sits at the top of the hip to create a longer leg line and slim the hip.
General tips for bigger on the bottom women:
- DO look for tops that have structure, give you a waistline and sit above the hip. What woman over 40 wouldn’t want to show off a waistline?!
- DO go for jackets and blouses with collars which open things up and brighten your face.
DO wear v-neck sweaters in bright colours or with interesting details on the shoulders or necklines to add visual interest to your upper body
- DON’T wear tops that are too long and cover your backside. You will look shorter and heavier than you actually are and this look will shorten your legs.
Remember the goal is always to balance your upper half with the lower half!
Outfits don’t need to be complicated. Plan a shopping trip to find a way to show off your best features with our team who can find what works best for YOU.
Nanaimo, BC – May 3rd, – Over the past 6 years, Connie Cyr and Karen Griffin, owners of popular ladies wear store KC’s Boutique have raised $43,700 for the work of hospice through their annual Fashion for Compassion high tea and fashion show. Each year the event has sold out and continued to grow with this year being no exception. 221 women and 3 men spent the afternoon previewing the latest spring fashions, learning how to accessorize and bidding on a huge array of items at the Silent Auction held at the Nanaimo Curling Centre on April 22nd.
“Karen and Connie believe in giving back to their community and are long-time supporters of the work of hospice. We are only one of the not for profit organizations that have benefited from their generosity. Their community spirit makes Nanaimo a stronger & healthier community” stated Paul Sibley, Hospice Executive Director. “On behalf of all our clients, volunteers and staff I want to extend a huge thank you to Karen and Connie and to all those who sponsored and attended this event. Because of their generosity, we can continue to provide free programs and services to our clients.”
About Nanaimo Community Hospice
Nanaimo Community Hospice, a non-profit charitable organization recognized as an innovator provincially and nationally, has been serving the Nanaimo community for 37 years and was the first community-based hospice established in Canada. Over the years they have trained well over 1,000 volunteers who have given in excess of 500,000 hours to support over 30,000 individuals and families facing dying, caregiving and grief. Currently, there are 250 volunteers working for the organization. Hospice programs are free and include professional grief counselling and volunteer-led group programs, palliative and caregiver support at home, in hospital and in care facilities, complementary therapies, a child and youth program, comprehensive library resources, and so much more.www.nanaimohospice.com
For more information please contact:
Jeanne Fahlman, Director of Development, NCHS
Over the years, we have focused many of our style tips on dressing different body types. As you age, working with your shape is absolutely key to looking and feeling your best in your clothes.
How do you discover your body shape? Well you need to begin by standing in front of a mirror and by being brutally honest (an uncomfortable but worthwhile exercise).
Take a look at your shoulders, chest, waistline, hips, thighs, calves and tush. Identify your areas that are frustrating to dress and notice how your body weight is distributed. Two of the most basic proportions are larger on top or larger on the bottom; most women fall into one or the other. This month, we’re focusing on women who are bigger on top.
Before we go any further, we want to encourage you to dress the body you have now – not the body you want to have, not the body you plan to have, and certainly not the body you had in the past – dress to feel good in your current body! While you may want to hide in oversized sweatsuits, resist the urge and instead wear clothes that complement your shape and boost your confidence!
Every bigger on top woman needs to invest in well fitting bras that support the chest and create lift. Excellent support improves your posture which conveys a sense of confidence.
For petite ladies 5’4” and under:
- Select multi-button jackets with hemlines ending slightly over the hip or one-button jackets that cinch at the breastbone.
- Find a-line skirts that end just above the knee. Hem if necessary.
- ¾ sleeve tops bring more attention to the arms, moving the eye away from the bust line.
For all ladies with a larger top:
- For pants, straight leg and boot cut styles are best. They add volume, not bulk, to the lower half of the body, creating balance.
- Light-coloured pants and skirts maximize focus on the legs. Try choosing a darker colour on top and lighter colour on the bottom to pull focus away from the chest line. Generally darker clothes camouflage and lighter colours emphasize. Keep in mind though that fit is everything!
- Play with black and white for a classic look that never goes out of style! Navy and white are another classic combo.
- Find a dress that nips in at the waist to help minimize your midsection.
- For evening, play up your chest by showing some cleavage if you’re comfortable doing so.
- For an on-trend look, go with a simple black or dark colour on top, and a big, bold, white print on the bottom.
- Knits are a larger-chested woman’s best friend as they stretch without pulling buttons open.
- When wearing prints, match the size of the print to the size of your frame. For example, petite ladies look good with smaller scale prints versus taller women who can pull off big, bold prints without being overwhelmed by the print.
If you are still unsure about the best style for your shape, we are happy to help you find your proportions and dress for balance. Just ask next time you’re in or book a free personal shopping appointment!
Many BABY BOOMERS are reaching retirement age and are looking to transition their wardrobe into less business and more casual. We are also seeing an influx of retired women, women new to Vancouver Island and women who have changed careers later in life, all who want their closets to shift with them, but don’t know where to start.
If you love fashion and trends… why stop now? Look to your fashion icons for inspiration. Whether classic or chic, there are ways to pull your look together so it’s unique, personal and contemporary.
There are a few factors to make this happen seamlessly and your personal style is key. Embrace the essence of what makes you unique, stop caring about what others think and dress the body you have right now! You can pull anything off if you feel confident.
For many West Coast women, a SMART CASUAL wardrobe will work best. Whether you will be travelling the world, volunteering, visiting grandchildren, dining out, or golfing, smart casual makes sense!
SMART CASUAL BASICS
- Great fitting pants and jeans are a must. A great fit makes all the difference!
- Pieces that can be dressed up or down like a crisp ankle pant or dark jean will give you mileage.
- Basics like tunics, t-shirts and tanks are versatile and indispensable.
- Always have a great dress (or two!) for those occasions when you need to dress up.
- Long sweaters, twin sets and cardigans work well to replace the classic blazer.
- Scarves and jewellery add sparkle to basics.
- Don’t be afraid to invest in stand out pieces like a poet sleeve top or zipper backed sweater – rock it!
- Play with COLOUR and pattern.
- Metallics brighten your skin tone – don’t be afraid to shine!
- Many of us have worn uniforms to work and welcome the chance to play with fun, comfortable and colourful clothing that is easy to care for and makes us feel wonderful.