Categories : Style Tips


Accessory Trends


Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, scarves and even shoes feature a variety of hues, and effortlessly add colour to your wardrobe.

If you prefer to wear black or navy bottoms, pick up hot pink or sapphire blue sandals, flip flops or pumps to give your basics a lift.

Scarves have evolved to become more than just a cold weather accessory. They are an all year round go-to piece for fashionistas to add style and colour to an outfit. Details like fringe, tassels, fantasy florals or border-print scarves all work for spring.

Jewellery is another fun and fashionable way to add colour. If you’re wearing printed bottoms with a neutral top, add a chunky necklace from the same colour family as the bottoms for a superb look. This look can be dressed down with runners or up with pumps for easy style.

Not sure what works best for you? Come in and we’ll show you!


Wardrobe Picks for Women over 50

Our bodies, faces and lifestyles have changed over the years, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look and feel your best with fashion! Every day at the Boutique, we hear women wanting to cover up some part they aren’t happy with as they’ve aged. Remember, fashion choices are meant to improve how you feel and look as the years go on, so have fun with it!

Why not wear a JEAN for dinner? In the past, this was a no-no, but West Coast women have rebelled and brought this into the mainstream.

Denim at night is a smart, energetic and youthful look, but stick with dark washes or white jeans for a dressier look. And make sure your jeans fit well at the waist! We always recommend a Flatter Me Belt to not only save the cost of alterations but give you that seamless no-button/bump look. These belts bring in the waist easily and fit ladies sizes 2 to 22. French Dressing Jeans, Proportion Petites and JAG have styles to suit a range of sizes and body shapes – we are confident you can find a pair that suits you!


Next, we absolutely love a good FITTED JACKET, which can work for all occasions. Black is always a classic, but consider navy, cream, beige or denim. Whatever colours you choose, the tailored jean jacket style is optimal because it pairs well with everything including jeans, skirts, dresses and pants. It’s a simple way to finish off your outfit and create that polished look.


What to wear underneath? Tanks and t-shirts are the obvious choices and a great place to add some colour. Jewelled tones are hot right now and if you are looking for comfort, go with something looser.

If you want to layer, choose a cardigan, but leave it open. If you’re wearing a sweater, be sure it’s fitted to avoid looking frumpy.

A final word on tank tops, they are a wardrobe must! Buy them in bulk in every colour because they work so well under jackets, cardigans, sweaters and blouses for a smoother look.

Finally, we want to leave you with a few basics:
– Define your waist no matter what size you are; it’s instantly flattering!
– Keep your skirt length to the knee or just above for the best look unless you are going with a maxi style.
– Buy bras that fit! It can make such a difference.
– Don’t be afraid of colour! Enliven your look with fresh hues.
– Embrace the body you have right now!


Style Tip: Organize Your Closet

Organizing your closet can help you make room for the new!
  • First, remove anything from your closet that you can’t wear like pictures, cleaning supplies, yarn etc. If you can’t wear it, you don’t need it in your closet!


  • Next, pull out all of your out-of-season clothes and set them aside. It will be overwhelming to deal with all your clothing at once, but it’s worthwhile. Start by organizing the current season and then move onto the other pieces.


  • Now group your clothes by similar items before purging. For example, group up your black pants. When you see them together, it’s easy to see which pair looks tired or realize that you really don’t need 5 pairs that look the same.


  • Be honest in this process – how many keepsake t-shirts do you really need? Don’t hold back! Finally, try on your remaining items. You can’t know how they fit when they’re on the hanger.

For each piece remaining, ask the following questions:

  • Is it a good fit? Is it a good colour for me?
  • Can it be altered to fit better?
  • Is it a current style or dated?
  • Is the item in good shape or showing its wear?
  • Can it be easily updated?
  • Do you still love it? If not, donate, resell or swap your “toss” clothes and reward yourself with a few new colourful and stylish fashions to look and feel your best!


Wear Capri Pants with Confidence

Some ladies feel capris make them look frumpy, and they can if you make the wrong choice. At the Boutique we often hear: “I’m too short to wear capris.” Yes, it can be tricky, but we’re going to help you out with some style tips! The reality is that capris can look great on anyone tall or short! It’s a matter of finding the right proportions for you.

LENGTH: Avoid capris that end at mid-calf as this is the widest part of your lower leg. Do wear them just below that – between your calf and ankle is the ideal hem length. You want the eye to flow down to the narrowest part of the leg for the most flattering look.

WIDTH: To create a longer, sleeker look, wear a tapered or straight leg capri. Baggier, wide-leg capris are suited for those who are a bit heavier in the thigh.

WAIST: It may be counter-intuitive, but if you have shorter legs, try a higher waist. This draws the eye up and helps the leg appear longer. If you have a short torso, wear a mid-rise capri to achieve balance.

SHOES: Short legs look best with a bit of a heel. This elongates your exposed calf. For everyone, nude shoes help your legs appear longer as they blend in with your skin tone. The second-best shoe choice is the same colour as your capri.

Capris are a comfortable and versatile pant option. We now see people wearing them to casual weddings, paired with a fancy top. Remember, we look best when we style according to our body’s proportions.


Style Tip: Clothing Care

Nothing is worse than ruining your new clothes with poor care at home. Putting in a bit of effort to care for your quality clothes will help them last longer and look better too.

Top Tips: Making Your Clothes Last

  • After you wear something, be sure to give it some air by hanging it outside your closet overnight. Airing out your clothes will remove wrinkles and let odours dissipate. You may find you don’t even need to wash it; the less you wash it, the longer it lasts.
  • If you find a piece loses its shape, simply let it rest off the hanger between wearings so it can regain its shape.
  • Remove fabric pills with a de-fuzzer tool. If you don’t have one, you can use a callous remover tool. Just be gentle.
  • Recover stretched-out sweater cuffs by rolling them in a wet washcloth to dampen them, then toss the sweater in the dryer for a few minutes.
  • Some chemicals can damage the fibres in fabrics easily. Let your deodorant and lotions dry completely before dressing.
  • Many women ruin a favourite top with their necklaces. Use an emery board to smooth out rough edges on the back of jewellery to prevent clothes from snagging.


If you get a stain, remove it as quickly as possible. The longer a spot sits, the harder it is to remove, and remember to never iron over a spot – the heat will set the stain.

Ink stains can be removed with water-soluble hairspray on washables and rubbing alcohol on dry clean fabrics.

Never over dry! Overdrying causes static, pilling, shrinkage, wrinkling and puckering seams. No matter what you do, consider washing your wardrobe on the delicate cycle and hanging everything to dry to preserve your clothes. Heat does the most damage to fabric. When you pull things from the wash, shake them to remove excess water, hang, and then tug gently on the seams to stretch the thread and minimize puckering. Wool and knits do best when dried flat.

Remember to read labels and if you aren’t sure, ask us!


Mixing it Up with Prints & Textures

Men have been mixing prints and textures for years – wearing textured suits, matched with printed shirts and ties. Don’t be afraid to try it ladies! Why not experiment with it? This is a quick way to pep up your style.

Mixing Colours and Patterns
When you’re starting out, it’s often pleasing to the eye to stick with patterns that relate to each other in some way whether it be the colour or shape of the print.

If you’re pairing two different prints/patterns, choose your prints in complementary colours to pull your look together.

If you want to mix different colours, be sure to choose matching or similar prints.

Stripes go with almost anything and you’ll never go wrong with black and white!

The simple and more graphic prints are easier to mix. Florals and animal prints are often thought of as neutral prints because they can be mixed with other styles easily.

If a print-on-print is too much, break it up with a solid colour on top, either a jacket or tank top. This will ground your look.

Mixing Textures
Mixing textures can quickly individualize your look and creates an eclectic feeling. For some, it’s easier than mixing patterns.

Try pairing flannel trousers with a satin blouse or a sweater knit jacket.

More extreme textures combine well if they are in the same ‘mood’. For example, wool tweed pairs easily with suede, and satin matches well with sequins.

Wearing a hot fashion trend can be hard to get right the first time, but we have lots of experience and are ready to help! Come in and we’ll find the right mix for you.


Wearing Horizontals, Diagonals, and Triangles

Ladies of all body types, shapes, sizes, and ages shop at our Boutique, and nearly every woman is afraid of stripes! In every designer’s collection, there is usually a top with horizontal stripes, meant to be worn as a dominant piece and it’s always gorgeous! Many women avoid horizontal patterns because they think they make them look bigger, but that’s not true. We often hear the comment: “I can’t wear stripes going this way,” but guess what? YOU CAN and you will look fabulous! Now let’s examine the truth about STRIPES.

Not all horizontals are the same. The key is to find the right type for your body shape and the look you want to create.

For women with pear-shaped bodies (larger hips and bottom, smaller on top), you can use stripes to balance your shape. An unbroken area looks narrower than an area divided by a horizontal line and a horizontal detail can make an area look larger in proportion to another area. To put this in practice, go for a top with wide, bold stripes in contrasting colours – such as rugby stripes. These big bold stripes will bring your top in balance with your bottom to flatter your wonderfully curvy shape.

For petite ladies or anyone looking to shed a few pounds instantly, a series of narrow, evenly-spaced horizontal lines create a slimming look. These stripes draw the eye in an upward direction like climbing a ladder; thus, making you look taller. A good example of this style is the classic nautical blue and white-striped tops.

For every woman, keep in mind that narrow horizontal lines and stripes with very little colour contrast have the same effect as a solid colour – they won’t do anything to change your shape, so wear these styles without a second thought!

Horizontals placed high and low on the body can also slenderize your overall look. The longer the eye moves up and down before the eye meets the horizontal, the taller and slimmer you’ll look. Variegated stripes are a perfect example as they actually lead the eye vertically to create a slenderizing effect.

If you are wearing a jacket, cardigan or vest, you need to pair it with a striped top for a slenderizing fashion statement! Try it and see how you instantly elevate your look.

Diagonals are another useful tool to divert attention past the bust, waist or hips, and they can be very flattering. Diagonal hemlines on skirts and dresses avoid a harsh, shortening horizontal break on your lower body. The asymmetrical look makes the lower body look longer and leaner. We often ask a petite woman to try uneven and diagonal hemlines to help them look taller. This advice applies to tops as well – a diagonal hemline can make you appear taller.

When diagonal and horizontal lines meet, they create a triangle.
The eye tends to follow the horizontal line and see the body dimension as wider. For example, a wide v-neck creates a triangle that widens the shoulders, which is a flattering styling tool for women with small shoulders. For women with smaller busts, a halter neckline forms a triangle that enhances this area – think of Marilyn Monroe!

Let us help you find the right choice for you. Come into the Boutique, play with these ideas, and see for yourself – you absolutely can wear these gorgeous styles!


Winter Clothes for Hot Women

We are talking about hot flashes! After 10 years in business, we hear the same thing from many women before winter hits – they get too hot in the fashions of the season. Ladies, don’t worry; we can help! You can still rock winter styles without overheating by following these tips:


We often hear that polyester is simply too hot. You may want to abandon wool and cashmere too, especially if you’re wearing them right next to your skin. Layering helps though!


If you feel like you are suffocating, avoid closed necklines like turtlenecks and stick to v-necks and round necklines for the season.


Collect crisp blouses that you can wear untucked and pair them with relaxed, unstructured jackets for soft tailoring. This combination looks more professional than a simple tank or t-shirt but can be breezy enough to keep you cool.


If you’re wearing a single layer, go with bamboo, rayon or cotton tanks, ¾ sleeve tops and t-shirts. The full arm length tends to lock in the heat and make you look heavier. Short sleeves draw the eye upward to make look taller and slimmer, plus natural fibres are breathable, so you can deal with those “moments” in stride. Stay away from heavy coats and go for cardigan-style sweater jacket with a zipper or button front like those from Putorti and Parkhurst. Ponchos are another great outerwear option. Be sure to wear a t-shirt or tank top underneath to stay comfortable.


Winter vests are a wonderful alternative to heavy winter coats and they are versatile. They transition from inside to outside easily, and they are easy to take off.


Layering is obviously key! Do stay away from bulky pullover sweaters (think heavy acrylic pieces). They tend to be difficult to remove when you do get hot, plus they seal in your heat.


Finally, if you simply can’t stand to wear much, go with a loose fitting scarf and winter hat in rayon for an instant fall look. You’ll look comfortable and feel cool.


As always, if you want help finding cool fashions, we are here for you!


Style Tip: Length & Type of Necklines, Collars & Jewellery

We’re happy to hear from Style Expert Kathryn Brown with some great fit tips for necklines, collars and jewellery.

To balance your head and upper body through necklines, collars and jewelry, you must first find your balance points.

1. To find your first balance point, use a piece of string to cover the length of your face from your hairline to your chin. If you wear bangs, start at the bottom of your bangs. Next, hold your string where it hits your chin, let the string fall from the bottom of your chin down your chest. Where it ends is your first balance point. This helps you find the best neckline or jewellery lengths to compliment your shape.

2. Find your second balance by starting with the widest part of your face. Next, imagine tracing a “shape” that begins from one side of the widest part of your face, around your jawline and chin, then back up to the other side of the widest part. Repeat the shape you have just traced in your mind at your shoulder line around your neck.The bottom point of your shape indicates your second balance point. Necklines that follow this shape will suit you best and be the most flattering.

Need a hand finding the most flattering necklines for you? Come talk to the knowledgeable staff at KC’s Boutique.


Fall and Winter 2014

We’re receiving many pieces from the fall and winter collections of our lines like Joseph Ribkoff and Frank Lyman. We’re expecting even more new arrivals in September, but we want you to know that it’s a good time to shop now for fall and winter for the best size selection.