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DREAMERS V-NECK PULLOVER - FOR 4 DAYS ONLY (to March 4) $55 (regularly $69).

The actual saying is 'less is more' clearly....however, downsizing, purging or parting with things, I don't excel at. Though, I do regularly look for creative ways to reuse, remake or surgically change a garment because of a favoured pattern or fabric. Trends now change faster than Usain Bolt, but we can still find ways of making things fresh and interesting or maximizing a garment. For instance, I discovered I can turn a dress into a skirt by adding a top and a belt or, for that matter, a maxi skirt into a strapless dress. And when traveling, the more you can be creative or squeeze out of one garment, the less you have to carry.

 

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One of the most creative ways I've seen a garment transformed unexpectedly was a sweater, such as above, worn as a skirt. Let's just say, you're on a trip, you need to wear something a bit more one tier up from jeans or casual pants. Pull the sweater down to your waist, tie the sleeves around the back in a bow. Voila, you now have a skirt. Otherwise, a sweater such as the one above transforms to different types of events based on what it's worn with, just as is. A bit more upscale? Add a blingy necklace, pencil skirt and heels and maybe a belt. Slow easy weekend? Just throw on your favourite jeans. 

Dreamers v neck sweater (5 colours) for 4 days $55

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This adorably, sexy, sweet tunic/dress needs no changes or embellishments, let's face it. All it needs is you and your own take on what should go with it, footwear, shawl, sweater, tights, boots...beaded headband or maybe a flower fascinator...where you take this I'm sure will be great. So pretty, so fresh, so spring!

En Creme tunic dress (white multi) $69

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One of my favourite, ultra convertible garments. Can serve as an over piece, like a jacket, can be worn as a dress as noted above, or worn as a long tunic with tights, accessorize as you please, but the bonus, is the elegance of tencel.

Tea and Rose tencel dress (mid wash blue denim) $89

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I've seen button up cardigans transformed everywhere from a cowl neck scarf to a skirt and back up again as a sleeveless top. Very creative indeed. However, for me, it's a cardigan...you know, where you put your cold arms!! (lol). However, if you're on a tight budget, by all means, there is no rule that says you can't wear it some other way.

Kersh ribbed waist cardigan (6 colours) $55

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A frequent, recent choice of mine is a basic dress.  Mainly because if I want to break up the look, I throw a top on and maybe a belt. Or, if the top is a bit too sheer for my liking, the dress beneath serves two purposes, coverage and layers. Saving me from having to purchase a skirt. And at this time of year, another layer never hurts.

Plum tank dress (grey melange) $69

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I adore this look! The bright heels, with the matching clutch, the trench looking coat and a scarf...like, she just stepped off of the plane from France! Depending on the coat, the fabrication, length and of course weight, I sometimes throw them on as an inner wear jacket, as part of the ensemble.

ICHI double breasted trench coat (indigo blue) $139

Our relationship with garments starts pretty early. From our favourite blanket, to a dress a toddler insists on wearing daily, teenagers jeans that have to be 'just so' to those my age, who find ourselves attached to something reminiscent of our youth! And for me, aside from Plum, one of my favourite places to shop is the very back, deep crevice of my own closet. You know...where the questionable purchases were stored!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

Remember, less is more...but then, if less is more, just think how much more...more would be! ~ Quote from Pinterest!

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20% OFF SWEATERS - in store only - head into a Plum store near you and get into something WARM and pretty!
 
Allegedly attributed to Oscar Wilde. Nonetheless, it's a humorously valid point. That being said, there is certainly room to 'try on' another persona from time to time and fashion is a great tool.  At times, I sometimes tire of my own 'dark-princess-boho-new-age-hippy-artist' look! You know? Maybe for instance, you've always wanted to be a prima ballerina but a feeling of awkwardness stood in your way, or a plumber, and your Mother said, 'you're too delicate to be a plumber dear'? Time to challenge your old stereotypes and unwrap another part of you! Go buy something pink or get yourself a pair of overalls and get yourself under that sink and explore those pipes! After all, it's still you, it's just an add on ;)
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Spotted this on the boss yesterday and it looked so good I almost paid her a compliment! This sumptuous, substantially textured open front sweater is such an eye catcher, as well so comfortable to wear.
 
 
 
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And speaking of sweaters...(because, they're 20% off right now and it's cold)...two things that go very well together. if I was to venture into the more feminine look, this is one I'd pick...an ice cream pink hue, cable knit, open front with lots of length.
 
 
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This billowy variegated mohair knit sweater compels me to curl up near a fireplace with a thick hard cover (or popcorn and Youtube)! Or I envision an artist bringing a large canvas to life! Regardless of who this adorns, it shows a lot of flair.
 
 
 
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A bit of a departure from sweaters, thought I'd present something quite bright for the season. And red is huge this year. Shutter the thought that it ever went out. Despite it being holiday season, we're seeing a bit more than usual. Just a gorgeous, bold, flowey silk blend top that would work quite well for all other seasons and climates.
 
 
Life is just too short so, GO there, eat that, read that, watch that and go buy that thing that gives you a candy coated, cup cake frosting covered with sprinkles feeling. After all, who ARE YOU? Meghan Markle said when, as a child, she was required to fill out a form stating she was white or black...she turned to her father who said 'draw your own box'!
 
Yours in Fashion passion...
 
Suzanne M.
 
Be yourself, no one can ever tell you, you're doing it wrong ~ James Leo Herlihy
 
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Quality 'matters' in every aspect of life...cars, people, education, garbage bags (ever have one spontaneously break?)...Garments are clearly no exception. The construction and fabrication being the key points. I spoke with Katie O'Brien, Plum's buyer and co-owner, about what she looks for when buying.  I figured who would know better, she's been buying for over 30 years. Here are a few tips from someone who has probably purchased 30,000 shirts in her lifetime. (She must have a very big closet).

  • look for no loose threads
  • more stitching per inch and even stitching
  • sometimes 'spare' buttons are included
  • don't be fooled by natural fibers, some very fine quality fabrics are synthetics that keep their newness much longer
  • check zippers, make sure they work, stitched straight and no puckers
  • how a fabric actually 'feels' (or 'hand') against your skin
  • not off grain (otherwise garment seams can twist).

None are hard and fast rules, merely things to think about and check. And don't forget to look at the inside of the garment (how it's finished, if there's lining), even though no one but you may see it.

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This is an absolutely divine shirt. Who doesn't love anything Italian (shoes, cars, men). Most of these shirts that mimic men's style are very straight cut, however this one has some shape.  Long (tunic length),features a sleeve tab, irregular stripes and one breast pocket...a gorgeous flowy feel. Wonderful with leggings, a belt, a scarf and ankle boots. A fantastic cut and really nice weight. Many reasons why it's been so popular.

M striped tunic shirt (navy) $69

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Another construction feature to look for is extra top and reinforcement stitching. There is no shortage of both with Point Zero's cropped twill pant. Plenty of extra details, such as pockets and an extra button should one come loose.

Point Zero cropped twill pant (4 colours) $59

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A regular in Plum's inventory is the Kersh cardigan. Variety of colours, universally appealing cuts and fabrications, quality and price make this a popular choice. Kersh regularly includes not only a spare button but also extra threads for mending.

Kersh crew neck long sleeve cardigan (6 colours) $55

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This is a beautifully constructed little dress. Another clue about construction is details; not so much 'multiple' details but key or unique features, such as the contrasting collar, front placket covering buttons and pleats as well, beautifully fluid fabric; all make for a knock out little dress.

Sleeveless dress with collar (black or navy) $139

Sometimes we don't think about quality and good construction until something goes wrong. Good to know what to look for in advance otherwise adopting the ability to restore and repair things becomes very important. Although sewing a button back on is far easier than rebuilding a relationship.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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Curves and cardigans

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Perhaps you're aware that the wardrobe staple, the 'cardigan' was the invention of James Thomas Brudenell, the 7th Earl of Cardigan, who employed the design to lavishly outfit his regiment which has continued to outfit men into present time, from Mr. Rogers to Curt Cobain. However, It was Coco Chanel who, tired of forever having her hair messed by the tight sweater collar when donning the pullover, first created the women's (needless to say) fashionable version. Thank you Coco! While I don't have a great 'do' to protect, I still love cardigans. They come in many colours, long or short, and go with everything...maybe more versatile than a boyfriend!

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With a colour selection that mimics a rainbow burst, these crew neck cardigans are the perfect addition to any ensemble. Soft and so well fitting, comprised of 80% cotton and just enough stretch for comfort or to accommodate your curves.

Kersh crew neck 3/4 sleeve cardigan (coral, denim, fuchsia, lilac, pond, turquoise) $55

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Try your cardigan with this sweet as pie, tunic, shirt/dress. Hard currently to imagine 'sandals', however, wear now with tights and ballet flats. Note the ever so slight tuck in the back for definition.

Simone denim print button front dress (blue multi, blue/white or medium blue) $119

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Here's another great combination. A simple tank, a sexy pencil skirt with a slit and your cardigan. Try picking one of the multitude of fresh colour tanks, an equally fun hued cardigan and yet another toned belt. Simple, feminine and easy to pull together.

Plum ribbed tank (black, cobalt, daisy, kelly green, magenta, mint, navy, peach, scarlet, turquoise, violet, white) $18

Orb pencil skirt with side slit (black or grey heather) $55

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Another great thing that will be right at home with your cardigan are these curve hugging, embroidered jeans. And who needs hemming with this great, raw edge denim look. Those lazy or busy of us are just thrilled about this current trend!

Mavi Adrianna ankle embroidered denim $128

Even though the mighty cardigan started out as a gentlemans garment, does not mean 'we' can't share it. After all we both have hearts beating in our chests, feet for walking and like to look good...but like Bob Thaves famously in his 1982 cartoon wrote, 'sure Fred Astaire was great, but Ginger Rogers did everything he did, only backwards and in heels'! We win!! (the cardigan that is)

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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