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How do you establish if your beloved, much worn suit is dated? Sleeves too wide, are there 'Dynasty' quality shoulder pads. Perhaps, simply put, your body has changed over time and your once 'coveted' 'go to' suit now just feels awkward. The jacket itself has a history going back to the middle ages, however, we need not 'look' middle aged in them (even if we are). Plum has established itself as an expert in jackets and suits, well designed and beautifully crafted pieces that go together or work well with others (like you)!

 

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This is 'by far' one of my all time favourite Tobias jackets. An update of one of last years big hits, I would suggest investing in this one. It provides such a beautiful, long lean look and as above looks amazing with the matching pants. However, it also looks great with a shift dress or funky with jeans and an infinity scarf. I had so much fun creating looks with this.

Tobias 2 button long jacket (black, taupe) $249

Tobias slim pants with side zip (black, taupe) $98

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Another fabulous Tobias cut. The beauty of this great design is not only the great take on the military, but it's fabrication. Made of a wonderful blend of rayon, nylon, spandex, it has this outstanding style, with the comfort of a quality stretch fabric.

Tobias Military Jacket (black, charcoal) $195

 

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Perhaps you desire something lighter weight. This drape front, 3/4 sleeve, jacket has emerged as a strong style feature which makes a great style replacement for the ubiquitous cardigan. If you're feeling creative, try belting it otherwise, the unstructured, free flowing nature of this jacket is great as is.

Tobias shawl collar unlined jacket (black, wine) $169

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Such a funky, fun, weekend look. Or, perhaps your workplace is creative/casual. So easy to put together with the graphic t, the distressed jeans and sexy booties...watch out world! The jacket itself creates such a gorgeous silhouette, with such subtle but distinct features, that only Tobias styles.

Tobias button front shawl collar jacket (black, charcoal) $195

There are so many jacket styles now and Plum always provides something to suit each need. There is no longer a need to choose between looking polished and looking cool and updating your look does not require an entire wardrobe overhaul. Today's workplace may have changed in many ways but Tobias is consistent and steadfast with it's commitment to quality and design. Their designs are limited quantity so never hesitate when you find 'the one'!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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"All books are judged by their covers, until they are read" Maryrose Wood. Being judged 'is' a fact of life. However, when I feel fully pulled together, I feel as though people see me, my clothing is no longer the focus, because there is no 'one thing' to distract.  For the most part, do you not find that a jacket pulls together the outfit giving a finished look? A key piece. Maybe it's just me but I adore fall and love my jackets.  My collection is growing and I'd sleep in them if I could.

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The fabrication and cut of this jacket is simply exquisite. Most often I find the sleeves of jackets rather large and bulky; these are just perfectly tailored. Don't be fooled by the slightly longer length, falling below thigh level. I've worn mine with jeans and doc's and have seen it worn with a knee length skirt and funky ankle boots. So deceptively versatile, creating a multitude of outfits from one piece, taking you from work, to weekend brunch. It's really a 'try on' must!

Tobias equestrian long jacket (comes in black or grey) $ 220

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Isn't this a fun outfit? Yet so doable for a work environment; of course depending on the nature of the business. I love the skinny pants paired with the dangerous heels.

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This classic notched collar blazer is so transferrable and convertable. My favorite weekend outfit is (as above) jeans, t shirt and 'the blazer.'  Just so simple and pulled together looking (but comfortable as well).  Just add whatever bit of your own personality you like (scarf, hat) your mood gets to choose.

Tobias notch collar jacket with patch pockets $ 179

The length of the jacket, however, often dictates the balance of co-ordinating pieces. Such as how long the skirt, pants or top would best be to look balanced head to toe. When in doubt, Plum staff are only too happy to help with deciphering the possible perplexities of proportions (say that 3 times). This is a mere whiff of the jackets Plum has in store. There is one for everyone (or 3, if you're me). And so beautifully made and designed; will remain your favorites for years to come (as long as you don't sleep in them).

Plum's Tobias jackets are designed and constructed right here in Vancouver and many have co-ordinating pants and skirts. Take a look at some of Plum's other jackets.

 

Yours in jacket passion

Suzanne M

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With Hearts Ablazer

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For most of us, buying an entirely new wardrobe every time a new season rolls around just isn't a viable option. How do you stay stylish and current without a complete overhaul? It isn't necessarily about spending more money, it's about taking a new approach to shopping. Shopping with purpose means making deliberate, conscious choices about the clothing you buy. Evaluate your needs (and wants!) at the beginning of each season, set a realistic budget, and then choose the items you want to welcome home to your wardrobe. This shopping strategy is the best way to take a tired wardrobe and bring it back to life! 

To get the most bang+confidence+compliments for your buck, find items that take on a completely new look when paired differently - something that can be dressed up and dressed down. My double duty pick this season? The coloured blazer! Right on trend without being "trendy," surprisingly versatile, and a variation on office wear that is fun! What could be finer for spring?

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Tobias fitted-jacket, fully lined (striped), in butter (shown) coral, fuscia and jade. $189
Designed and made in Vancouver.  Plum skirt (2 prints) stretch lining $85
Striped purse (2 colourways, red-cream & blue cream) $59, Colour blocked purse $55
Mavi Boy Friend Jeans $108

 

What's your go-to shopping strategy? How are you planning to put it to work this spring?

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Blazers have been a closet staple for years now, and Fall 2012 is no exception. So you might be eager to get in on the trend, but not so thrilled about the prospect of donning a full-on suit. Have no fear, today on the blog we'll be showing you how to style the jacket into other great outfits.

 

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When you're breaking out of your suit jacket + dress pants comfort zone, styling a blazer is as easy as pairing it with your favourite coloured skinny jeans. You're welcome to my super secret industry trick, just don't spread it around too much. Finish this look off with a cute pair of boots and you're done!

 

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The blazer is a also a great piece to build a more involved outfit around. Plum staffer Madeleine from our South Granville store started with a sheer blouse, added a denim button-down, and finished it all off with a smart tailored blazer. By using different textures and fabric weights, she's created depth and interest in her look while her skinny jeans keep the ensemble from feeling bulky.

 

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Another way to wear your blazer this fall is like a light outerwear jacket. It'll smarten up any outfit that you normally would have tossed a jean or (shudder) fleece jacket over, and it's just as easy, promise! With a double-breasted jacket like this, you want to add a little bit of extra detailing to make up for what's hidden underneath. Laura Beth (staff at our White Rock location and Plum web model) used a statement necklace and a purse in oxblood, the season's hottest colour, to up the visual interest.

 

 

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Get The Most Out of Your Jacket

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Tobias jackets are designed and made in Vancouver.  More on plum.ca

Get the Most Out of Your Jacket

Blazers have evolved over the last few years as a staple in every wardrobe.  They’ve lost their stifling association with suits and become a hot commodity all on their own.  A great jacket or blazer is the golden to ticket to fresh and trendy layering; the cherry on top of the styling cake. 

Investing in a well made jacket leaves so much to the imagination.  We gathered some streetstyle inspiration to show how some fashionistas are sporting their blazers through all the seasons.

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blazer + shorts, blazer + a-line skirt, blazer + denim, blazer + maxi dress, blazer buttoned up, blazer + trousers, blazer + belt


How do you like to wear your blazer?

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