I came across her line after I noticed her design philosophy on her Twitter profile (@DianeKroe) -- "to create timeless yet functional clothing for women who love to travel." I was hooked, and although I do love classic styles, I'm very practical, too.
You have to be practical when you travel: forgiving fabrics (on my body and in my suitcase); versatile styles (from boardroom, then playground to dance floor); and easy to clean (children...enough said). Although I haven't worn anything from her line (yet!), her designs seem to answer all my needs while creating more room in my luggage (and my closet)...for shoes and accessories!
Here are examples of the designs I'm interested in:
|Wrap Top ($125) - can be worn six ways|
|All 4 One Top ($95) -- As a swimsuit coverup or over leggings...|
|...as a long-sleeved top (or only on one shoulder)|
|....as a halter.|
|10 in 1 Dress ($250)|
|Reverse side of the 10 in 1 Dress|
- Know your body. Styles which flatter some body types actually make others look heavier, older, etc. For instance, with my "pear-shaped" figure, I have to stay clear of blousy tops with skinny pants. It's a great look which I love, but I have come to grips with the fact that I just can't pull off that look.
- Invest in good undergarments. My sweet Southern mama always said that a girl's "helpers" underneath her clothes should be more expensive than the ones she puts on top. Shop for, try on and purchase quality bras, panties and body shapers. It will make you look and feel better!
- Keep with your color scheme. You know that certain colors look better on you than others. They're the ones that glean the most compliments when you wear them. Together with the classics (black, brown, blue denim and khaki), you can make seemingly endless combinations with your "signature colors." Mine are red, pink and navy blue. I stay with these combinations when I travel so that I can mix and match without bringing too many accompanying accessories -- jewelry, scarves and shoes.
- Take care of your clothes. If you purchase quality, classic styles, you'll want to keep them for a long while. Therefore, be extra careful when you eat or play in your clothes and be mindful of where you sit or how you move. In addition, treat your clothes with care when you wash them, and bring your favorite clothes detergents (or stain removers) when you travel -- no matter if you plan on doing laundry when you're away or not.
- Consider your accessories. Shoes and jewelry can add a lot of bulk and weight to luggage (or a closet). Therefore, keep within your color scheme and choose accessories which compliment several outfits. Black shoes of various styles and silver and gold costume jewelry are best when you travel. Scarves are a key accessory when you're on the go -- they're lightweight and can be worn around the neck or waist, as a headband or as a wrap. They're great to protect your hair in the rain or wind or used as a pillow on an airplane or in a car. Scarves are also great at hiding stains or tears in clothing!