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If you have something to say or a cause to support, it's commonplace to put it on a t shirt. And why not, that's a lot of blank space to be used! This is not new, the first graphic t's were army issue back in the 40's or perhaps earlier, the 'Wizard of Oz' t shirts used to promote the film. Graphic t's then skyrocketed to popularity in the 50's and 60's when bands caught on to their promotional appeal. And, who can forget George Michael's 1984 iconic 'Choose Life' t shirt. BUT, no need to be so serious. Plum has a wonderful selection with a much more light hearted take made by Bear Dance. They're silly, often feature some of our favourite pets and fit so well. Let's explore them and a few ideas on what to wear with them:

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This is assuming your cat can't read, otherwise this is a great way to get on your cat's bad side! But who cares, it's for your amusement not theirs. Love how it's worn above with camo pants, after all, don't forget black and white are viewed as neutrals. Don't be afraid to mix things up!

Bear Dance cat and book (grey or ivory) $35

Mavi Juliette cargo pant (military green) $118

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Maybe sass up the silly of this 'chicken doing yoga', with a pair of tuxedo jeans. With the addition of the 'don't-mess-with-me' heels', I'd say this is a fun Friday night outfit!

Bear Dance chicken doing yoga (black) $35

Dish skinny tuxedo jean (black) $124

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Here are three pieces that work well together. If you work in a somewhat relaxed environment, these pieces work because they balance each other out and there are no pattern clashes.

Bear Dance 'I work hard' t shirt (black) $35

Look gingham check scarf $39

Tobias jacket with elastic back (blue/cream or cream/black) $189

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And who doesn't love 'little red' staring down the big bad wolf! Another way to wear your graphic t...tuck it into a skirt, add a belt and a simple cardigan add a bit of red lipstick and you're ready to go!

Bear Dance wolf and riding hood (heather grey) $35

Orb pencil skirt (black, or heather grey) $55

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Plum has plenty of seriously comical images to choose from. Find the ones that suit you. They're also great as gifts.

So, maybe if we have something to say, we can possibly use Facebook, blogs, Twitter, or back in the day, we used that low tech thing above our chin... maybe we can save the t shirts for, light hearted, funny, silly...provoking smiles and fun conversations...not more arguments. Because, well...we now have a new world leader that can do that for us!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

Let's make graphic t's great again! ;)

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I think we've danced long enough with winter. Winter sit down, it's time for Spring. I find myself so fed up with winter, I'd like to box it up and send it to the east coast of Canada where they know exactly what to do with it. Baltic and Slavic countries have the right idea; every year on the first day of spring, an effigy of winter is burned and thrown in the river as a way to welcome Spring....I say why wait, let's do that now.  Let's have a look at some spring looks:

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Did you hear the one about the cats who went on vacation from their tough lives? No me neither because that's impossible...Bear Dance makes some seriously silly t shirts. Plum has an extensive collection to choose from.

Bear Dance 'cats in Volkswagen van' (ivory) $35

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Trench coats are synonymous with spring. Signifying that it's time to pack away the heavy coats, and now warm enough to put on a lighter one! A great, timeless take on a men's classic.

Soya Concept trench belted coat (sand) $149

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Here are a couple of fresh spring options. The Tobias on the left with it's small polka dot print, brings to mind snow drops, one of the first floral emergence.  A beautifully tailored jacket.  And the tan drape front Tobias jacket presents a neutral alternative to black.

Tobias shawl collar jacket (black or navy) $198

Tobias open front jacket with rolled sleeves (concrete, nougat or olive) $149

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Maybe as an homage to the suffragettes' of a 150 years ago, (white having been a significant colour), you'd like to implement some white into your wardrobe, or to support a cause ;)...the collarless Point Zero jacket is a fantastic choice to lighten up the season.

Point Zero collarless jean jacket (lt indigo denim or white) $90

Mavi Adrianna glam white rinse (white) $118

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Grey is a wonderful transitional colour to springs brights. Not too dark, not too light (as Goldilocks once said). An uncomplicated garment, great for a casual work environment or weekend/off hours. Simple and comfortable, but easy to accessorize.

Ellison slouchy knit tunic (grey or navy) $65

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I aim to create a life that I don't need a vacation from (I like that quote)...however a girl can dream...Bear Dance make some of the most light hearted, amusing and nicely fitting t shirts I've found and I'm a bit obsessed with t shirts.

Bear Dance 'I need a vacation' T (black) $35

Great things happen during transition times. We sometimes notice things we'd not normally notice and thus take a different direction, pause to appreciate what we have or get excited by what is to come ...Spring brings with it so much hope (and some great wardrobe pieces) ;)

"Honor the space between no longer and not yet"~Nancy Levin

Yours in Fashion passion...

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Let's talk about t shirts. My favourite thing, second only to breathing! In recent years, rising to the forefront of fashion because they're fun, easy, light and often an inexpensive way to add some levity to your wardrobe. No longer just for hanging out at home or cleaning the car, they're currently seen nearly everywhere, yet I doubt they'd have appeared at President Trumps Inaugural Ball...or a court hearing (a few exceptions)! Plum has an amazing collection of witty t shirts. It's time to stock up and wear them out!

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Needless to say t shirts go with shorts like coffee and cream. Meant for each other. Such is the above skull with roses. These are such nice fitting t shirts, comprised of rayon and spandex.

Bear Dance skull with roses $35

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A fairly common pairing now is with a smart blazer. The above Tobias blazer is just as comfortable as the t shirt with it's rayon, nylon and spandex composition. To wear with: tuck the t shirt into a pencil skirt and add a skinny belt. Just one of many options.

Bear Dance wolf and riding hood $35

Tobias shawl collar jacket (silver or black) $179

 

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Another fantastic option, wear them with kimono's, shawls or ponchos. Plum's acapella oversized shawl is a great match. Loose and free flowing as well as very long. Pick your favourite skinny jeans, and pumps or ankle boots. A great weekend or pub night with the girls, look.

Bear Dance inhale exhale $35

acapella oversized open shawl (black, natural or navy) $79

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I wonder, do you think President Trump likes cats? Totally irrelevant. Like cats or not, you have to admit these are very light hearted and funny. Simple enough to throw on a plain t shirt but graphic t's add a bit of whimsy and playful humor.

Bear Dance never trust a man t $35      Bear Dance cat with sombrero $35 

Bear Dance sushi chef cat $ 35             Bear Dance tattoo cats $35

When you think of adding one or two pieces to kick start your wardrobe, these are a great way to play up your sense of humour, stay current and add a breath of fresh air to your closet. Plum has an incredibly irresistible array of choices. No need to have a cat, just a sense of humor.

Yours in Fashion Passion...

Suzanne M.

 

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Perhaps you're not partial to cross country skiing, hours of shoveling or making snow angels; possibly you enjoy the indoor sports....you know, reading books, watching movies or dancing around the living room to 80's music (oops that's me). Really what are some of your indoor passions? Do you knit, wood carve, bake or paint? This is an excellent time to dive into your passions, start a new project or finish an old one. Or...dare I say, maybe it's just watching YouTube video's of strange animal friendships or...shopping...let me help feed that passion (the latter)...

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Well, you can cozy up to something other than a boyfriend or dog....how about a sweatshirt and a hot cocoa (or wine)....accompanied by an old black and white film....you see, January is good for something.

Plum hooded sweatshirt (burgundy, charcoal or teal) was $72 now $29 (purchase instore only)

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I think this is a particularly scrumptious sweater.  I realize it lacks vibrancy with it's black, white and grey palette...but that's where your bright red lipstick comes in. All 3 colours will ultimately match any other colour. And the winter white next to your face, helps brighten your complexion.

Kersh tricolor turtleneck sweater (tricolor) was $84 now $42 (purchase instore only)

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I love this for it's ability to transform. From a dress to a tunic to a coat. Wear it buttoned up and belted or open (as above) or over a dress. Lots of ways to make this work.

JW long sleeve side slit denim dress (dark or light denim) was $89 now $25 (purchase instore only)

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What to wear with your 'crazy cat lady' t shirt other than your cat? Try a poncho. Easy to throw on for the cold nights inside, or over a coat, a jacket or sweater...so great for layering. Mixing patterns is fine, pick a colour to co-ordinate, or keep within the same family of tones.

Bear Dance 'one cat away from crazy' t shirt $35

KW aztec poncho with scarf (multi) was $95 now $47 (purchase instore only)

Yes of course watching Netflix is a sport...why else would they call them marathon's?

Yours in Fashion Passion...

Suzanne M.

 

 

 

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Ever have those days where it's a struggle to get it together? Example...today, despite the generous, inspirational sunshine, my outfit manages to bear a great resemblance to Johnny Cash. The only thing missing is the guitar, and June Carter!  Some days the 'throw together' just does not 'come together'.  Not trying to promote selfies, but... if in doubt, take one and have a look, as the visual is different from the mirror. That is, if there is no one around to give you a kind, yet honest opinion(if you in fact, want one ;). Better yet, shop in person at Plum, they will definitely help guide your look!

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Clashy patterns is really a thing now. The black and white can be treated as neutral to the other chosen pattern. Don't like it? That's ok, mix something up that suits you. Both are a backdrop to the fabulous vest/jacket, however. Add the reverse pockets with zip, long, finger tip length, which elongates the body and you have a great fall piece. Go get one now, I'll wait here!

Kersh bonded Sherpa vest (caramel cream) $88

Acapella long sleeve tie front blouse (black or forest) $89

Kersh printed pencil skirt (brown) $59

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Here's a gorgeous contrast textured look that most of us have grown to love, the feminine lace with rugged, worn denim. Above shown with heels, easy to add a shawl or blazer and some great earrings for a girls night out look.

Kersh capsleeve lace top (cream) $65

Emma boyfriend dark R vintage $108

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Graphic t's have no trouble mixing it up with other patterns. It works very well if both have at least one colour in common. Paired with this dramatic draped front sweater, brings it up a notch!

Nanavatee open front drapey cardigan (black) $66

Bear Dance 'sorry I'm late' t shirt $35

 

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If pulling it together to you is putting on a dress and going...this simple, fresh design is for you. Wear this with a jean jacket or bomber jacket (very hot right now) and knee high boots for casual dates. The textured fabric has so much stretch; accommodates all your daily bend and flex with no effort.

Simone dress with elbow sleeve (burgundy or green) $139

My Father loved Johnny Cash, so maybe he'd be proud of his 'girl' named Sue...But, even after much more than 30 years (go Hillary) of dressing, sometimes, it just doesn't work out perfectly as planned for me. But that's ok. There's really no one voting for me!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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