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So, I've decided to venture towards this massive, white, senescent pachyderm in the room! After all, what is that and where is the Dept of Age Appropriate situated? And if there 'is' a line to cross into inappropriate I'm fairly sure, I've not only tripped, but vaulted over it at times. Yet, I respect that we often work in industries where our customers might lack faith in our judgment, should we decide to dress like Betsy Johnson while (for instance) attempting to sell burial plots to the grief stricken. That might not work that well! But, occasionally, maybe we feel like stepping out of our comfort zone and just 'trying' something fun or silly...just because we like it. Because fashion should be fun, not frightening!

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I adore this coat. Absolute winner this season. Fun, bold, universally appealing colour combination, substantially heavy weight, perfect length...what is not to love? This works for anyone, of any age, from kitten to cougar!

Kaffee Selby tiger stripe coat (grey mix) $219

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Jumpsuits have come a long way since Elvis' time. While you might possibly pass this up deeming it to be too revealing, with a bit of creativity (as above) this can easily work from day to date! Add a whimsical top, a scarf or a distracting eclectic mix of vintage pendants.

Wasabi+Mint strappy jumpsuit (black) $79

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Season after season, Bear Dance continues to entertain us with their amusing take on the t shirt. "BUT I'M OVER 50!!" you proclaim...meh, Fifty shmifty....fun has no age limits. Throw on a blazer, an infinity scarf and a pair of plimsolls and you have your weekend look.

Bear Dance optical cats (black) $35

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The typical harem pant (gathered bottom) has come back as an alternative fit. Up the style function with pumps or sandals, or tuck them into boots. I typically avoid wearing the camo prints to 'meet the teacher' meetings as I like them to believe I'm co-operative not combative. Otherwise the print keeps coming back season after season presenting an alternative to florals.

Cream drapey pant (olive) $119

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Not only is this pretty much an ageless look, it's also compelling for anyone who aims for comfort as a minimum fashion requirement. A universally popular style, married with the comfort of terry, add in pockets and above the knee length and this becomes a jacket, or a dress, or a shirt. Add or subtract tights or a belt ...there are so many combinations.

Pure French terry shirt dress (black or denim) $98

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Here's a top that has been a huge hit at Plum. Crosses the boundaries of casual to fashion in a very creative, yet easy going way. Doesn't distract from the smoking hot footwear you're aching to show off, rather a good balance!

Pure slouchy knit sweater tunic (ash, fig) $98

When I was 20 I didn't want to look 20, now that I'm double that (give or take 10), I still don't want to look 20 either. I don't feel the need to wear tinsel in my hair or neon lipstick, and I have respect for the establishments I frequent...work, school, banks, churches, however, fashion is a fun way to express myself and when I'm 90, I presume I won't loose that. I might loose my teeth and hair but not my sense of amusement.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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NEW ARRIVALS ALERT: If you're as much addicted to new arrivals as I am, head into Plum and check out the many new lines and labels! (be sure to check out the webstore as well)

When you're running late...but still want to look your usual fabulous self, what to do and how to cut corners? What else is there beyond, pull back ones hair? It's good to have some grab and go looks, just in case when you must also consider the weather, the commute or where you're actually heading. And remember, there's a fine line between the look of creative chaos and looking like you got dressed in the middle of a 3 year olds birthday party in an amusement park. So, don't try too hard to look perfect but, note to self, make sure things are brushed (hair, teeth and coat)!

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Oh, the power of the flower...the 60's was full of them...what could be simpler. And the sweater, so soft you'd think you fell into a pile of kittens but with a hint of gold glitter threads. Once again graphic t's are a massive hit season after season for their ubiquitous nature. Tucked into a skirt or crop skinnies, and belted with a blazer, this, by all means can move from weekend to workplace.

Kersh rose fist t shirt (warm white) $54

Cream Fiora fuzzy cardigan (cream) $129

 

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While dresses get the quick-one-garment award, it's hard to beat the pull on skirt for ease of coordination. Firstly, it's elastic waist makes fit and comfort a major plus, secondly, the tone is no challenge to match with nearly any shade. This skirt has slight metallics woven throughout. Great for Friday night fun or subtle enough for the office. Wear it with a turtleneck, throw a scarf on your neck and a Kersh cardi or blazer and you're done. Just as functional on the weekends with a jean jacket.

Be Young Uldora jersey skirt (light grey) $59

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Jumpsuits have made a big comeback as of late and the one above has been sold out multiple times. It's hard to imagine anything easier for getting dressed. Although unless your work environment involves toddlers, generally speaking,  this is a splendid choice for weekend and casual occasions.

W+M jumpsuit (black only) $59

 

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Blazers have now moved into the status of basics. And what better than stretch! Never fear the extra servings of pasta from the night before, and comfort is the ultimate key.

ICHI Kate fitted knit blazer (black, dark grey or wine) $89

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Perhaps it's a bit torturous to be showing a coat right now, however, this is just one divine coat and before long, we'll feel the chill upon us. And in recent years, I've realized at times they double as inner wear as well; a piece to complete the outfit, much like a long blazer. Made from 45% wool, 2 large patch pockets and 2 inner snaps for quick closure, this coat has just a luxurious texture.

ICHI Talin Ja coat (light grey) $109

Sunday was moving day or a sick day...or for whatever reason Monday now feels like something you'd like to take a pair of scissors to. Running late, running out of time and patience, you pull back your hair, skip the mascara and throw your 'office' shoes into a bag and run.  Try to think about this sweet quote: "Some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to point B but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way" ~ Douglas Pagels. And just remember, there's always Tuesday, we get to try again.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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Last blog was about staying indoors; avoiding the cold, reinventing ourselves or...just enjoying being inside and warm. What? You didn't read it? I just may never recover from that. In any case, it's probably time to venture out. The pavement is finally exposed (as will be our blindingly pale skin from the lack of vitamin D). So, just go for it, go for a walk; your body needs the blood pumping. What else gets the blood pumping? A good sale. And Plum has great end of season deals. But you do have to go into a local Plum to grab those great things that you know you missed out on! Get dressed, put on your boots and coat (or go and buy one)!

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I can't say enough about the poncho craze. They're a great, functional addition to the wardrobe and can realistically span three seasons. I love layering them on top of jackets or coats or even sweaters and I must admit I wear them around the house for an extra layer.

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I'm sure by now you've invested in snow tires, so it's time to make sure you also have a coat. A winter one...because we're in Canada...you know...where it's cold (we sometimes forget this on the far west coast).

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Scarves just never go out of style. We pack them away for the next winter, then gleefully pull out our favourites again when the season suits of course. Plum has such a luscious variety of scarves; the price is right now to stock up.

 

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If you're in search of a good basic sweater, look no further. Super soft, long in length (not tunic length but long enough to cover the bum and keep it warm), side slits, 81% cotton, great to belt or wear a necklace with and comes in 6 great fall colours. AND it's an excellent deal.

Kersh crew neck sweater (6 colours) was $59 NOW $29

I'm sure I'm not the only one staring longingly out the window in anticipation of the spring and higher temperatures. But in the words of Thomas Edison "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work".  Come to Plum, no overalls are required.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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What's in a name....

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'What's in a name' said William Shakespeare...is this a coat or a jacket...'that is the question'! (ok maybe not the coat/jacket part). Upon feasting my eyes on this, my first thought...'it's a jacket'. However after deliberating, and a quick poll..I discovered...it really depends. Is the deciding factor the fabric content, the length or something else entirely? What you call it and how you wear it are they related? If you call this a coat, you'll wear it over your outfit, if you call it a jacket it's potentially 'part' of the outfit. Looking for ways to expand your wardrobe...consider using your outerwear as part of the ensemble. Think outside the box (or outside the coat).

 

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The drape front collar is such a chic trend. Lending a great air of elegance and creativity to a garment. This coat was a huge hit in the office when everyone spotted the first cut! Generous pockets, crepe texture and a wonderful little gathering in the back for definition. And then of course, there's the yummy, warm, neutral colour, easy to infuse into any outfit. This is a must have piece; perfect for many different seasons.

Tobias draped front trench coat Rayon/nylon blend (caramel or black) $210

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Blazers are a staple of our wardrobes now. They've gone from the office to the weekend so seamlessly...worn with jeans, skirts, dresses...no limits...and great for layering. If it's needed as outerwear, underneath add a lightweight cardigan and a scarf if the temperature drops.

Tobias linen jacket (caramel, khaki or natural) $185

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Perhaps you prefer the classic Inspector Clouseau style trench (with a bit more sex appeal of course)! Button down, tie front, cotton/spandex blend. Worn as outerwear, over a cardigan, a jean jacket or a blazer...a great lightweight layer to peel off when the sun beams down.

Press trench style coat (khaki wash, lilac grey wash) $125

You're dying to know what the poll results were aren't you? Well I'm going to tell you anyway...it was a landslide, the majority of the voters in my miniscule poll voted for COAT. Call it what you will, but the main thing is...wear it your way!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

ps...worn by you, it becomes a style!

 

 

 

 

 

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Plum has a great sale for the next 4 days. No need to brave the border lineups! I've noted a few of the great deals below but I had to preface it all by noting that Plum's exquisitely constructed Tobias coats (select styles) are on sale. (an exceptional deal at $ 100 off the regular price)...Along with scarf and jewelry specials, jackets and more.

Ok who here has already started shopping for Christmas, put up Christmas lights,  sent out Christmas cards or snuck an eggnog latte? Raise your hand if you're already listening to Christmas music. The season is fast approaching.  I'm noticing that I'll ponder purchasing something for a few days, when I return to purchase it (online or not) it's gone, surprisingly, although it's just November. Getting in front of the seasonal 'to do' list, will save you in the long run.

However, and whenever you like to prepare for the season, Plum has some ideas for you. So, enjoy the sale and pick up a few great things for friends or relatives. Lets have a look:

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Who does not love PJ's for Christmas...Sshhhh, don't tell anyone, but I don't bother to buy them because I know I'll get them....(from Santa)...aren't these adorable? Clearly great for the cat lover or coffee addict. Already nicely presented, wrapped in a ribbon, makes gifting easy.  Can't you see these on your Gramma?

DKR&CO. PJ's. 100% cotton (multiple patterns available)

regularly $ 40 per set (For these 4 days only purchase 2 sets for $ 50)

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These pieces are so divine, it would be hard to part with one of them, however, that's also an option (a piece for you, a piece for your best friend?). Such a beautiful, elegantly bold, bohemian look with the multiple colours. I'll leave that conundrum of which to keep and which to give away, to you!

For 4 days only Plum is offering jewelry buy 1, get the second one at 50% off.

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And it's really not too early to start thinking about the office parties, or even New Years...this glitzy little bag or the magazine print clutch for the fashion lover (no I'm not dropping hints!). Both excellent options for all black, a hint of red or hot pink shoe and a dazzling necklace. Or go all out with a monochromatic look of another colour. The black and white of the clutch is a great companion for any other colour.

For 4 days only all purses are 25% off.

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Enough about other people and what to get them. How about a scarf to pump up your wardrobe. Clearly an easy pick because, needless to say, one size fits all.

4 days only at Plum SCARVES are 25% off. (so, you can think of others, if need be ;)

Try to enjoy the varied, seasonal activities in December, by starting early, beating the usual crowds, gift choices are also at their optimum. All in all, just go and enjoy the sale (passport not needed!). If you're prepared to start searching for the right gifts now, here's a great opportunity. Or find something for yourself and make something with those old, previously loved jeans as hand made gifts are always cherished. So many great suggestions came in on the survey. I've included a few great ones below for you to steal.

Yours in fashion passion

Suzanne M.

 So much creativity...enjoy:

The question posed on the survey was "What do you do with your old denim?"

The results showed: 

  • 60% donate to charity
  • 15% make them into shorts
  • 10% kept them indefinitely
  • 8% give to sister, Mother, roommate (etc)
  • balance are varied responses

 

And below are some of the notable submissions (you are definitely a generous, creative group):

 

“cut  into strips , use them in my smoker for my beehive. Cotton burns nice and slow” Anonymous

 

“cut off the pant legs into 12 inch sections fill them with barly/wheat and sew them together to make heating/ cooling bags, works great...makes great gifts” Caroline

 

“I used my son's old jeans as part of his home made Halloween costume. I cut off the legs and put these on his arms with old runners on his hands. His arms stuck out if the shark's costume I had made. It looked like the shark had eaten someone!”  Nicola

 

“I make gift bags out of them, lined with a previously loved t-shirt” Dee

 

“I have ripped them into strips and use them for tying my garden plants.” Laurel

 

“I have made (sewed) a closet organizer with old jeans, sewed pockets on parts of jeans and then attached to a hanger”   Anita

And this one we liked because it just sounded like so much fun!

"My friend has a "clothing swap" twice a year. About 30 women get together with bags of clothes they no longer wear(and often bring bags from other friends) The host holds up each item (this takes all afternoon) while we sit and enjoy all of the yummy food and wine that we also bring. She holds up the item, says the size and the brand. you put out a call if you want the item. If no one shouts out, then they get tossed to her beautiful assistant to rebag. All of the re-bagged items go directly to women's shelters in downtown Vancouver and schools (yes, we bring our kids clothes too) When more than one person shouts out for an item, they each have to try on and model and the group decides who it looks best on. A fun day, and at the end bags and bags of lots of jeans, jackets, shirts, dresses for women needed help at that time . There are always LOTS of jeans!"   Lyanne

 

Thanks to everyone for your contributions.

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