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We're in an age where clever, innovative and smart things are being engineered at lightening speed...cars, phones, and even clothing, however, some creations just didn't stick.  Like the air conditioned shoes or shoe umbrella. Yet some did catch on, like the low tech, graphic t, and while it can hardly be considered new, it has made a permanent place for itself in the fashion world. The idea is, why say something with your God given, organic mouth, when you can put it on a t shirt! ....Do you hear that? Neither do I, because silence is on the endangered list. So, join the movement, wear your thoughts on your t shirt and you can sit, conserving sound waves, enjoying your Kombucha green tea latte, while madly sketching out your latest inspiration to change the world. Let's explore some of Plum's ingenious and humorous Bear Dance t shirts and what to wear with them.

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Needless to say, t shirts go with jeans like children and toys, however, sometimes it's nice to change things up a bit. The cute little skirt to the right, might have been what Red Riding hood, had on with her cape? Regardless, it's a nice little diversion from the usual jeans. Add a little cardigan and it's a sweet, fun little look.
 
 
 
 
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Again, moving away from what's expected, these Tencel wide leg crops are a nice alternative to shorts or skirts in warmer weather. If you need them for less casual occasions, try a pair of laser cut booties or kitten heel sling backs + cardigan or blazer and you've formulated a unique, yet light hearted look.
 
 

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And possibly you DO want to wear your t shirt with jeans. I'm loving these new in, raw edge crop jeans. To funk up the look even more, maybe feed a twisted scarf through the belt loops, tuck in the t shirt and add a pair of sunnies of course! Kind of a 'girly' version of Huck Finn, but far cuter!
 
 
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So, you have a sushi date with a Friend? Of course you'll need this t shirt. Works perfectly with these tan trousers, however, various other colours within, means you clearly can pair them with other things.
 

Bear Dance cat suishi bar (black) 4 day special $25

Point Zero capri pant with jersey woven pocket (black, navy or tan) $75

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I think this is a nice little trio. A cheeky little tank top, a crisp blazer and skinny stripe pants. Adding the scarf is a nice touch. If your mid section is an area that you look for ways to camouflage...a couple of suggestions,  try a wide belt with the t shirt tucked in or, what I do, stay home, plunk on the couch, eat cheesies with a fork and watch Friends reruns. That's on a bad day! Idea # 1 is far healthier.

Bear Dance 'your secret is safe' t (black) 4 day special $25

Ichi ponte one button blazer (black or navy) $79

Motion ankle pant stripe (blue/white) $78

Were you Valedictorian in school, did you come first place in a marathon or solve the Rubics cube? All commendable accomplishments. Although, when you can bring your 4 year old to laughter from tears after falling or when a conflict with someone is avoided, where the bait was thrown at you like a bear being tossed a raw steak...I'd say that's pretty clever too.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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I have issues!

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There are anger issues, trust issues, emotional issues, weight issues (I don’t recall salad ever being anyone’s issue)....but my biggest issue is my t shirt issue…a rather out of control obsession which has forced me to turn it into a hobby. Finding them, wearing them and then turning them into something else when I get tired of them (a bag, a skirt, a scarf, a blanket, a little girls dress) because I can't bear to think of my once beloved t shirt lying lonely and cast aside like an old boyfriend in a landfill…so many memories, so much passion…gone! My favourite garment because they fit easily, go with all types of co-ordinates and are relatively inexpensive. Message T’s have emerged as a staple and often stand for more than just fashion, but in a light hearted way. Because while social media, news clips and a hot cup of coffee set the tone for the day, so too can a well worded t shirt.

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Cat's...the annoying little brother of the pet family! Quiet, pesky and somehow always avoids trouble...take cheeky to a whole new level...wear it with this fabulous coat. Or, maybe your crazy cat lady friend, lives for her cats, this makes a fitting gift.

Bear Dance 'YOU'RE FREAKING MEOWT' T (heather grey)

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I love how Bear Dance has chosen appealing basic colours which makes co-ordinating a breeze. Have a bit of fun...for example the markings of the cats tails can play into the coat patterns and make an interesting look.

Bear Dance 'MULTI CATS' (heather grey)

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I've never seen a cat that looked like it needed glasses...capable of spotting a tiny spider from well across the room...regardless, if they wore  them, they'd look as cunning as they are.  Here are more suggestions on how to play with patterns, interacting tones or textures.

Bear Dance 'OPTICAL CATS' (black)

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Many other options to choose from...wear them with your usual running/workout wear, or bring on some laughs and conversation at the work place worn with a suit. And of course they make excellent gifts.

Bear Dance 'SANTA FELL' T

Bear Dance 'RED RIDING HOOD' T

Bear Dance 'I WORK HARD' T

Bear Dance 'PUGS DOING YOGA' T

Whatever issues you're dealing with (because, frankly we all have some), inject some fun into your life or the life of someone else you love...or buy a cat...equal amount of joy produced. Although-one of them tends to want you to wake up at 4 am to entertain them-hmmm tough call!.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"You have more baggage than United Airlines. Cross that out! You have more issues than Medusa, and that woman makes the inside of a cat lady's thoughts seem like a calming place" ~ Jennifer L. Armentrout

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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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Lighten up!!

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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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