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Why Petites? Petite Style & Finding Your Fit at KC’s Boutique

We source fashions from mainly Canadian suppliers who specialize in creating a better fit for petites. We even ask some designers to make special cuts of popular styles like pencil skirts just for our petite customers!

While we excel in fitting petite women, we have over 13 years of experience helping women, sizes 0-16, fit their shape. We recommend booking a Personal Shopping Appointment for help finding your fit.

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Style Tip: Bigger On Top?

If you have a larger chest, it can be difficult to find the right fit. Tops that fit your chest are often too large around the ribcage and waist, or fit well everywhere else but at your breasts. Bottoms can accentuate a narrow lower half leading to a too top-heavy look. Here are some suggestions to find the right fit for your shape!

Go For Structure: A great 3- or 4-button blazer brings structure to your top half for a flattering shape. On the bottom, look for flared crops and wider leg jeans to balance your top half. Avoid drapey tops, baggy trousers, or too skinny of a jean.

Tops That Fit: Button-up blouses can be difficult to fit so look for sweaters and knits with stretch to avoid pulling at the buttons. Turtlenecks are a great option too.

Skirts & Dresses: Go for A-line styles to provide balance. Graduated prints with the smaller print on top moving to a bigger print on the bottom are flattering and pretty.

Colours: Classic black and white serve you well. Go for dark colours on the top half. Try the on-trend chambray denim, white, and pastels for your bottom half.

Evening: Play up your chest with a flattering and interesting neckline. Look for styles with wider straps and pair with a well-fitting bra for support and great coverage. Avoid strapless, spaghetti, halter, or backless tops that often do not provide enough support for larger chests.

This year’s spring styles are perfect for this body type! You won’t be disappointed with the gorgeous knit t-shirts, sweaters, and fabulous denim, fabrics and cuts that flatter your shape.

We love to help you find your style!

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Style Tip: Denim Trends for 2020

WHAT IS OLD IS NEW AGAIN

For 2020, we are seeing the resurgence of straight leg denim after a decade of skinny jean obsession. While skinny jeans are here to stay, more leg styles are making a comeback including wide-leg denim, flares and bell-bottoms.

Embellishments and colours continue to be on-trend for spring and summer.

Two-tone stitching, fringe, and raw hem ankle pants are popular styles.

Look for mint green, coral and white denim at the Boutique now.

FREE MOVEMENT

State-of-art denim now moves with you for the most comfortable fit ever. Denim companies are using their own proprietary formulas to create softer fabrics with 4-way stretch. Diagonal stretch is a relatively recent innovation which eliminates bagging and increases the memory of the fabric. You’ll also find new waistbands that stretch while avoiding gaps. One of our favourite innovations is from FDJ. Their Coolmax denim is moisture-wicking and breathable – perfect for travel and ladies who overheat easily.

DENIM AT WORK

Over 12 years ago, when we first opened, made in Canada suiting from lines like Ingenuity, Mondo, and Louben (all out of business companies now) was the popular choice for women at work. Over the decade, fashion trends for the workplace on the west coast have shifted entirely to a more casual style. Denim is now the mainstay of office wear!

Upgrade your work wardrobe with comfortable and chic denim from any of our top lines. Look for pull-on styles that move and stretch with you.

FIND IT AT KC’S

We have specialized in fashion-forward, innovative denim for women of all shapes including petite ladies. Come in and see what is new from the top brands like FDJ, JAG, and Raffinalla Petites and have fun with denim in 2020!

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Style Tip: Pull-On Pants Are Trending

A Classic is Reinvented for All Ages, Shapes & Sizes

Gone are the days that pull-on pants were relegated to bargain stores or only something ladies of a certain age would wear.

The modern pant trend is pull-on pants for young and old alike!

Modern & Flattering Fabrics

Ever notice how popular yoga pants have become? Women simply do not want to suffer in unforgiving pants anymore. Why suffer when we have Lycra!

Opt for the new styles of pull-on pants that combine modern cuts with state-of-the-art fabrics.

These styles adapt to your body while still being versatile and flattering.

Comfort & Style for Every Woman

Pull-on pants are comfortable, and make you look and feel good. You can find slim, straight, or even palazzo styles in amazing patterns, and breathable, washable fabrics. Many designers help you stand out by adding embellishments like embroidery or bling too.

Canadian Designers Stand Out

Labels like Lisette L., Raffinalla, Joseph Ribkoff, Lasania, and Softworks manufacture pull-on styles in Canada and have become popular globally.

Other lines like FDJ and JAG offer pull-on denim. With no fly, these styles have no bumps under tops for a sleek look.

You’ll also find tummy panels and derriere-lifting technology in many pull-on bottoms.

Pull-On Pant Tips

Most styles hug your curves and move with you, but if you find your pants riding down throughout the day or sagging, size down and pair your pants with an Unbelt.

Be mindful of the pant rise with pull-on styles. If you go too low or too high, it will be noticeable and uncomfortable. Pants should fit snugly. Try on as many styles as you can to find the ideal fit.

Styles with an additional inside elastic band, like many of those from FDJ and Joseph Ribkoff, are a great option for keeping pull-on pants in place all day.

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Get on trend (and comfortable) with pull-on pants this fall.

We have many fabulous styles to choose from!

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Style Tip: Wear Capri Pants With Confidence

Capri pants look great on any woman! It is a matter of finding the right proportions for you.

Follow these tips to find your fit:

capri-pants

LENGTH
Look for styles that fall between your calf and ankle but avoid the widest part of your leg. 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
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.

DRESS THEM UP
Capris are a comfortable and versatile summer option. We now even see people wearing them to casual weddings paired with a fancy top.

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Style Tip: Rayon & Why You Should Wear It

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’s Advantages

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.

Care Instructions

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.

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Style Tip: Cold Shoulder is a Hot Trend

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.

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Discover Canadian Fashion

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!

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Style Tip: Dressing Your Age

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!

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Prints & Tops = The Perfect Match

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.