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Now and Then: Kiyonna’s Style Evolution

Lots of changes happen in 23 years

As we celebrate our 23rd year in business, we’re reflecting on some of the Kiyonna styles that have evolved over the years. Part of running a successful company comes from growth in all departments, especially design. After all, our priority is making sure you always love the dresses and separates we create. Our design team is constantly improving on styles, whether it’s inspired by customer feedback or the ever-changing fashion trends. Some styles have experienced small changes, while others have gone through a complete overhaul. Some of our current styles have been inspired by other current styles. When you shop with us, you can feel confident knowing our clothes are made with so much love and care. Nothing is ever done with haste, and no decision is ever made alone. As we move toward the future, you’ll continue seeing some of our best-sellers change, and we hope you’ll continue loving the styles we make.

A bellini, revisited

Every wardrobe needs a great versatile sweater. Our bellinis have gone through quite a few changes, from buttons to drapey fabric details and sleeve lengths. So many of our customers are busy working women, so having a comfortable jersey cardigan is essential to have.  We’ve experimented quite a bit with our bellinis, changing up the colors and prints over the years. Our Jetsetter Bellini and Sweet Ruffle Bellini are both blasts from the past we’ve loved. Today, we’ve honed in on providing comfortable and practical separates like our popular Lori Printed Bellini and Sunset Stroll Bellini. Designed with soft jersey fabrics and always available in the most current colors and prints, you’ll reach for these cardigans every season.

Models in bellinis over the years.

A top with twists and turns

One of our best-selling tops started with a twist detail that became an instant hit with customers. Our Caycee Twist Top, while unique, isn’t the first twist top to turn heads with Kiyonna fans. Before our Caycee Twist Top came along, we had our more flowy Centered Gathered Tee and our Angelina Top that featured a sparkly centered brooch. Our Caycee Twist Top is the best of both worlds, because this best-selling top can be dressed up or down with ease. It’s slightly more fitted in the arms and bust, but the bottom of this top flares out for a flattering fit that is comfortable. Whether you wear it for work or flaunt it on the weekend, you’ll get compliments on this plus size top wherever you go.

Models in various twist tops over the years.

The evolution of a dress

Many times, our inspiration comes from a style that’s already amazing. A version that stemmed from previous styles like our Sophia Lace Dress, our Scalloped Boudoir Lace Dress continues to be a go-to for anyone looking for a classic lace cocktail dress. With its popularity, it’s no surprise that this dress has been a launching point for a few of our other loved styles. Both our Linden Lace Top and Mademoiselle Lace Dress were inspired by our Scalloped Lace Dress and they have also become popular in their own right. When we needed a formal gown, our Screen Siren Lace Gown was designed and continues to be a favorite with our customers for special occasions.

Models in lace dresses over the years.

Going with the flow, year to year

This year, we launched our Seaside Serenade Top which has quickly become a sought out style for every occasion. However, before this flowy top came along, there were others before it like our Ellis Top that was designed with soft jersey for a more casual appearance. Upgraded with new bubble crepe fabrication, our Seaside Serenade Top has a dressier feel that makes it a great top for the office or date night. Since the reception was so positive for this top, it also inspired our Florence Flutter Sleeve Dress. If you’re looking for the perfect dress for vacation, wedding guests, and more, this is one style you’ll love having in your closet.

Models in flowy tops through the years.

What’s ahead for design

With another great year ahead of us, you can guarantee we’ll be bringing our A game when it comes to our designs. From newly curated pieces to styles inspired by best-sellers, we’ll continue creating collections that flatter your curves and make you feel gorgeous. From casual separates to special occasion dresses, there will always be something new and exciting waiting for you in New Arrivals. We also hope you’ll continue sharing your reviews and thoughts with us so we can keep growing as a company. After all, these last 23 years would not have been made possible without you.

Our collection has come a long way since 1996. Our passion for curating designs that flatter curvy women is what drives us. Whether you’ve searched for a plus size fit and flare dress or a burgundy bridesmaid dress plus size, we’ve always been a great destination for special occasion styles. Our goal as a brand is to constantly evolve and bring you styles like our classic Mademoiselle Lace Dress you can wear for other occasions, too. With the addition of our casual tops and comfortable bellinis, you’ll  always have options for the office, weekend, vacation, and more.