DO NOT MISS PLUM'S IN STORE - 4 DAY SALE...THURSDAY NOVEMBER 24 to SUNDAY NOVEMBER 27.

Every season is there not one thing you feel is a 'must have'? A seasonal colour, a texture, a trend?  Some styles come and go and yet others we think will fade from everyone's interest, yet live on. Regardless...this season, what are your top 5? With the upcoming sales (hey they named a day after my favourite colour), maybe you can find yours on sale! I thought it would be fun to poll Plum's head office staff and find out their top 5:

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Lily (Production Manager) said...one of her top choices this season was flowey shawls...I think this one is awesome. I love the yummy, warm colour inviting coziness....I have enough of these to cover my entire house and still tempted by more. Beautiful, warm, great for layering and easy to style!

KW colour block kimono (beige, black or red) $65

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Our esteemed designer Claudia chose embroidery and velvet as one of her top two style choices. You can pick out my wardrobe any time Claudia! I love the eastern influence of this gorgeous, open front Kimono. This is very easy to dress up or down.

Wander open front Kimono (black) $119

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Sarah (Production Assistant) chose this fantastic cocoon dress and loved it so much was tempted by two colours. I love the exaggerated border, exposed zipper and pockets! Great neckline for featuring your favourite necklace.

Simone cocoon dress with 3/4 sleeve (black, plum, wine) $129 now $98 (in store, 4 day price $64.50)

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Chery (Warehouse Manager) chose the Kersh crew neck sweater as one of her selections. Great choice! The crew neck pullover goes nearly everywhere. Wear with a pencil skirt or trousers for career look; then change shoes and add a statement necklace for a more evening activity. Comes in six divine fall colours.

Kersh crew neck sweater (6 colours) $59 now $45

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Rhena (Inventory Manager) wisely chose over the knee boots, in case Santa is listening. This is what I think would look fabulous with those boots; this scrumptious sweater dress. If it needs a little extra, add a wide belt or an eclectic mix of necklaces or big bold earrings!

Press turtleneck sweater dress (charcoal mix) $95 now $79 (in store 4 day promo price $59.25)

If you're a person who tends to be driven by lists then you're likely familiar with grocery, Santa, laundry and maybe even no fly lists (let's hope not the latter). Regardless, make sure to have your 'SALE' list; be ready with good shoes and great coffee. And let's keep it in Canada! :)

Yours in Fashion Passion...

Suzanne M.

JUST a few promotions of note: Check in store for more great deals:

  • PURSES 30% OFF (excludes wallets and business card holders)
  • JEWELRY 30% OFF (excludes Midnight Cactus and sterling silver)
  • Select jeans 30% off lowest marked price
  • much more in store!
  • starts Thursday!

 

 

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What's blacker than black?

What's blacker than black? Please let me know if you find something as I'm a big 'void of colour' fan. At the risk of looking like I'm attending a funeral daily, I attempt to infuse other elements as I find it's a sensationally easy way to integrate separates. That being said, they say ones colour preference is a key to our personality. White, for instance, frequently implies calm, innocence and simplicity.  I love white but I don't possess any of those qualities. They (whoever they is) say we often feel colours more than see them. Let's get touchy feely then:

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With all the elegance of a white swan, this beautiful top will make you flow with grace, or...make you feel like one. Why this is such a sought after style? White literally will go with every other colour; makes for a fresh style when paired with jeans but easily can go from fun to function when paired with a pencil skirt and very trans-seasonal.

Kersh cap sleeve lace top (cream) $65

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By contrast red has a feel of power, strength, impulsiveness and boldness. And perhaps you're looking to inject energy or positivity into your life.  In many eastern cultures it's the symbol for good luck. This would be the ideal colour of choice in which case. Not many other colours turn heads in the way red does. 

Very J curved hem t shirt (charcoal, off white or wine) $59 now $42

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Gazing up at a clear blue sky, often creates a sense of calm and relaxation. This is one of blue's main qualities, along with reliability, inner security and sense of confidence. This dress steps out of these qualities a bit into a more forward thinking, creative place with it's flowey, gathered front.

Simone scoop neck tunic dress (black, burgundy or teal) $110 now $79

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Grey, an often overlooked and viewed as dull, colour has more than meets the eye with qualities it brings. Grey is dependable, and practical but also elegant and refined. And how to look like a super hero in this fabulous poncho? Add this great belt for definition and don't shy away from a pendant or even an infinity scarf.

Soya Concept Polonia poncho (charcoal) $89

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Last but not least my favourite pick; I laughingly say implies seriousness, authority and responsibility (one out of three isn't bad). Conversely, can also display a more 'I'm with the band' look. The above dress is a very fitting seasonal piece with the burnout velvet texture and swing shape, which helps downplay the severity of black.

Kersh velvet burnout swing mini dress (black) $79

Charcoal is beautiful to an artist because it's his tool to creating artwork, green is beautiful to a gardener because it's his passion, yellow to the bus driver as she drives her children to school....but when we all look up at a rainbow, we all smile....

Yours in Fashion Passion...

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Sometimes, all that's needed is a little change in perspective... a new beverage, a new pair of earrings...or in some cases an entire administration....(ahem)!! Walking around that big white elephant is hard but let's try. Things don't always work out how you'd hoped (or they did, and you feel like treating yourself). How to perk yourself up or...celebrate?  Call a friend, pull out old photos, look for inspirational quotes, do some crafting, or my favourite...buy something....Not necessarily a Porsche. Maybe one special wardrobe piece to boost the other pieces.

Kersh Cardigans are on sale in 6 great, EXCLUSIVE TO PLUM colours.

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You can't beat lace for both how it integrates into the wardrobe and creates a sense of elegance and class. This blends in so well with the current turtleneck trends. Great with flowey, wide leg pants or crop pants and some really eye catching boots, heels or playful with your favourite jeans, just to mix things up a bit. Perfect seasonal piece.

Soya Concept Polina lace knit top (black) $69

 

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One of the hottest trends right now is embroidery. If you love this feminine touch and have a passion for pink, this is for you. Fun, feminine, satin finish and reversible. Yes you can sometimes have it two ways!

Lululala embroidered bomber jacket (black) $129

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I'm all about building a look, the earrings, scarf...belt...right down to the shoes, but sometimes  'one and done' is also wonderful...One piece, so much elegance. Done!

KW embroidered knit poncho (black or ivory) $59

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Then there are these can't do without, grab and go pieces that melt into our regular wardrobe with such ease.  Comfortable, destined to be frequently worn ..and grey...a great neutral that blends with most colours on the palate. Add a necklace or a scarf, riding boots and off you go!

Very J melange knit tunic (charcoal) $69

Waiting in anticipation for something so long at times is excruciating...sometimes it's worth the wait, sometimes...you want to shove it in the back of your closet and never look at it again.....but you can't do that with a human being!

New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings - Lao Tzu

Yours in Fashion Passion...

Suzanne M.

Still time to take part in the purse drive...Until November 13, Plum's BC locations are sponsoring a purse drive for Dress for Success. Simply drop off any gently used, interview, career appropriate purses to one of our BC locations and they will be forwarded to Dress for Success.

Follow this link to Dress for Success; how to get involved, donate or more information

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What's in your purse?

Until November 13, Plum's BC locations are sponsoring a purse drive for Dress for Success. Simply drop off any gently used, interview, career appropriate purses to one of our BC locations and they will be forwarded to Dress for Success.

What do you think dressing for success looks like? From what I can see it looks individual, personal and polished. Today I had the great honor of attending the Dress for Success luncheon. A room full of mostly women, gathered to support, celebrate, encourage and inspire. Women who have come a long way, and women who mentor others. Listening to the Inspiration Award winner Fiona Hogg speak of her life's journey and how Dress for Success played a key role in helping turn around a very long challenging path, was both eye opening and inspiring.

Dressing for Success means putting your best foot forward often on a new venture, new career, new path. Let's have a look at a few of Plum's career pieces:

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The pencil skirt always has a place in the career closet. The above skirt has an outspoken hounds tooth print, a comfortable length and a hidden elastic for easy wear.

Plum pencil skirt with hidden elastic (purple or red) $69 now $55

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Shirts are to your office wardrobe what the calculator is to the accountant...although they need not be so stark as white. Without much effort your career pieces can have a spark of fun as well.  In this case a light, fresh, bird print puts the fun in function.

acapella long sleeve button front blouse (White with grey bird print) $82

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It's important that what you wear to work be comfortable and functional. This is a dress that has as much comfort and fit as it does style. Features cap sleeves and princess seams that help accentuate and flatter.

Simone princess seam v neck dress (black or merlot) $139

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And finally in honor of the purse drive, perhaps you're looking for a new addition. Looks like real leather but nothing of the bovine variety died for this. Love the cross hatch body and large button fastener. Inside internal zip pocket as well as 2 zip pockets and assorted other small pockets.

Catwalk woven cross body bag (pewter) $69

Dress for Success was founded in 1997 and since it's inception has helped countless women, when all else felt hopeless, get back on their feet and find direction. Plum is Vancouver's founding sponsor and has been a proud sponsor for 15 years. Congratulations to this years very deserving 'Inspiration Award Recipient' Fiona Hogg. Find out more about Dress for Success, how to support, volunteer or donate here

Yours in Fashion Passion...

Suzanne M.

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All in the details

What does it take to design a gorgeous dress like this one? A lot of creativity, skill and a superior eye for fashion. I asked Plum's designer Claudia "What was your inspiration for this dress"? Her surprising answer was..."It started with the fabric, I loved the strong hounds tooth pattern of this print and the weight and texture of the fabric. I wanted to do something that looked somewhat tailored but was comfortable and easy to wear." I'm sure the inspiration for your own creative endeavors is also something unexpected (a colour, a food group, even a person)... And yet another one of Claudia's many great talents, is in the unique details of each of her designs. Details that help give unique definition to your look.

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This is really a sweet little dress with a hint of retro, given a bit of punch by the exaggerated hounds tooth print. A very functional fabric, with a sculpted looking cut, but very cute and fun at the same time. Try it with tights and booties or a kitten heel. Add a hat for a bit of a funky look.

Simone short sleeve A-line dress (purple or red) $129 now $98

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Do not even try to talk yourself out of this one. I certainly won't help you because I could barely contain myself when I saw it. This is a dress that is so sexy and fits like a dream, yet by no means is too risque or impedes movement. And don't let the stretch lace fool you into thinking you can only wear this for a Christmas party...Try it with the new embroidered bomber jackets or a distressed jean jacket, add Cuban heel boots or skin tight, knee high velvet boots for a 'date night' look.

Simone lace sheath dress with slip (black or plum) $169

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The colour of the season is a deep wine, burgundy...or Plum ;)...The Simone dress above is such a fantastic innovation. Comprised of a knee length tank style dress with a flowey, arc shaped, pleated back, over top. Wear the tank dress on it's own, wear the top on it's own (perhaps with a high waisted pencil skirt) or wear them together, ultimately giving a subtle, goddess like, look.

Simone tank dress with layered top (black or Plum) $149

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More than meets the eye! At first glance, this dress appears to be a simple, unstructured knit...which it is however, there's more to it. A beautiful, light knit and sweet ribbon tie back, apart from the feminine touch, allows the wearer to ever so slightly alter the length based on how tight the back is done up. So ingenious!

Simone flared dress with tie back (brown or navy/magenta) $110

Given that most of us cannot afford our own personal couturier's, Claudia designs with form and function in mind, her designs are as close as one could come. Her ability to always incorporate what's practical while never loosing sight of what's interesting and fun makes her designs work for everyone. And in her words "you cannot underestimate the importance of comfort". I'm only grateful she doesn't also design shoes or I'd have to live in one!

Yours in Fashion passion...

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