As a stylist, it’s my job to constantly be on the lookout for new resources for my clients in order to best serve their wardrobing needs. This includes building relationships with other style professionals such as hairstylists and makeup artists, test-driving cobblers and tailors in different areas and, of course, investigating new brands and designers and seeking out new boutiques and local vendors.
The most recent “add” to my list of resources is L.K. Bennett. The British label, probably best known as being one of Princess Kate’s go-tos, first came to America in 2011 and is brand new to my neck of the woods with the opening of it’s downtown Boston location in January of this year. Over the past few weeks I have been in twice with clients and am thoroughly impressed.
Although the founding designer Linda K. Bennett got her start designing footwear, my recent visits were more focused on the clothing. Both clients are rising professionals in their respective careers and are required to dress in upper level business casual or business formal attire. In other words, structured dresses, pencil skirts and modern suiting separates are a must. And L.K. Bennett delivered just what we needed.
Both women were thrilled with the sleek and sophisticated dresses, the feminine blouses, the unique jackets and the shoes, bags and other accessories that were readily accessible to complete the looks. Both women went home with shopping bags brimming with merchandise.
But, perhaps what was of most value both to them and to myself was the fact that the cuts, fits and fabrics were incredibly flattering to their hard-to-fit physiques. Both clients were petite on top and very curvy on bottom – classic pear shapes. In the more extreme case, the second client had refused to purchase a pencil skirt at any of the previous stores and had to be coaxed into the proper size of pants. At L.K. Bennett, she confidently purchased 2 form-fitting dresses that were final sale due to their seasonal discount because the heavyweight stretch material gave her body the support and structure that it required. A style win for sure!
If you have a similar dress code and/or a similar body type, I highly recommend that you check it out! They are online at www.us.lkbennett.com. Your favorite Adea base layers will be the perfect complements to their suiting, skirts, dresses and trousers!
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In the May 2020 issue of Smithsonian magazine I came across an intriguing article titled, “A Half-Century of Trips,” written by Ted Scheinman, (a writer and scholar based in Southern California). This features a subhead that reads, “Americans have steadily become more dedicated travelers, despite historic setbacks.”
This is the first thing I saw when perusing the 50th anniversary issue of the Smithsonian magazine for April 2020. This eye-opening 10-page article (with spectacular photos) is titled, “The Ship in the Ice” and concerns a topic we’ve all been hearing about for years, e.g., global warming.
The pandemic this year has affected all of us in many ways. Two things that stand out in my mind: people definitely need people (to paraphrase the song “People” sung by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl). The phone, email, computer, TV and all the other digital creations we use DO NOT take the place of human interaction. We all need to see and talk to each other. That said we have also learned that we can work at home very efficiently and handle our normal workload if necessary. Never commute again? I don’t think that will happen, but perhaps we’ll find a happy medium – time will tell.
We use Italian lingerie sizing for our bodywear and items tend to run small.
Because of the body-hugging nature of the fabric and our body conscious fit most women prefer to wear our layering tops as under-layers. If you are inclined to wear them on their own we suggest you size up. Please email us or give us a call if you have questions about your sizing. We're happy to help you get it right.
Relaxed fit. Wear alone or over any of our layering tees or camisoles.
Please email us or give us a call if you have questions about your sizing. We're happy to help you get it right.
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