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I've been presented lately with quite a number of 'would you rather' questions from my 10 year old. And NEITHER is no more accepted as an option than it is on a voter card (sadly)! So I thought up my own 'would you rather'...Would I rather spend one night in a castle, in an exotic location with full facilities and unparalleled views.....or find the perfect dress? Maybe the 'one night' seems like a slam dunk...however every year at this time, I find myself in search of the dress as if it would totally make my life complete. It seems a dress in a woman's wardrobe is often like the suit jacket to a man. Although, we usually like to have many and we don't only wear them to the office. Plum absolutely excels at dresses.

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Isn't this the sweetest thing since chocolate dipped donuts? And nicer to wear! So nicely designed, with pockets, slight A-line, flattering length, beautifully fitted with slight stretch and slight stretch lining.

Simone sleeveless A-line dress (black or white print) $135

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Unquestionably a print that declares clearly that spring is here. Blossoms throughout, this dress is yet another fresh, easy wear...with pockets, unlined with a delightfully feminine back view.

Simone A-line dress with pockets (aqua, navy/cream, or pink) $129

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This is such a hot little, knit, pull on, dress, showing 'just' enough...to create come intrigue and unless you're Melania Trump with a private audience with the Pope, you can probably afford to be a little bit daring.

French Connection Ottoman crepe knit dress (fuschia) $158

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On the lighter, more casual, less structured side, is this pretty blue, denim, embroidered style. Made from 100% cotton, a comfortable, breathable wear for the seasons to come.

Ellison embroidered dress (denim) $79

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Another casual denim dress, which can switch to being worn as a tunic or just a light cover with capri tights. Made from the, emerging in popularity fabric, Tencel (lyocell), a great sustainable fibre, comprised of wood cellulose...very similar to rayon in it's fluidity.

Etherial tencel dress (denim blue) $79

Life is full of so many choices...should I have the salad or a nice thick burger, should I marry the artist my family thinks is a bum or the computer geek? Just remember though, that even 'not' making a choice...is still a choice. So don't just sit there, dresses are waiting to be chosen (if you don't choose them someone else will)!

So many dresses...so little time

Suzanne M.

"Different roads sometimes leads to the same castle" ~George R.R. Martin ~ Game of Thrones

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How many is enough?

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PLUM'S CURRENT promotion: 4 days only...buy a pair of jeans, get $ 20 off! It's that easy! ( black denim, skirts or jackets are not part of this promotion). In all Plum stores until Sunday October 18.  Online use Promo Code 20JEANS1015 

Jeans were originally created merely as miner's work wear, not the fashion icon they've become.  In one poll, 91% of women own at least one pair, and a whopping 25% own 10 pairs or more (I feel relieved of guilt). But why own more than 3? Because they're the best fashion invention since mascara! Long gone are the days we had a death grip on our favourites, purchased after an eternal search for 'the fit'!  Now that's no longer necessary as every season presents new finishes, better cuts and style fabrications.

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Favourite jeans and the hand knit sweater look. I love this open cardigan, the variegated knit pattern reminiscent of sweaters from decades ago. (I won't say how many!)...Always a a winning pairing. Easy weekend wear with the motorcycle boot.

Point Zero spaced dyed open cardigan (caramelo) $79

Mavi Alexa Jogger 5 pocket jean $118

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A favourite night-out-with-the-girls look..destroyed denim with heels! Just enough to make you look a tiny bit dangerous, or at least not so serious! Wear with one of the Tobias Jackets, duster or long cardigan.  Such a rock star look.

Mavi Emma boyfriend ripped vintage jean $118

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I can hear you now..."I have no space in my life for heels". In which case, the above jeans are perfect. Ankle length, pull on, super stretchy fabrication (Cotton/poly/spandex); no zippers or buttons to contend with, but just enough fading and whiskering to make them look like they've been yours for years.  Fabulous with Keds or ankle wrap ballet flats or really flats of any kind.

Becxy B Riley pull on dark denim skinny jeans $ 89

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Plum carries a wide range of the best made jeans. Dish is designed right in Vancouver and above is an excellent example of one of their very well designed jeans. Very high tech looking with the dark denim, zippers and angular seams, yet still comfortable with the cotton/poly/Lycra stretch combo.

Dish skinny velo with zip jeans $ 120

So just how many jeans should you own? Well, let's just say, what's in your closet is no one's business!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

ps...don't forget the $ 20 promotion...time to stock up! In all Plum stores until Sunday October 18th.   Online use Promo Code 20JEANS1015  www.plum.ca 

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It all adds up...

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Don't forget to use the $20 off min purchase coupon (September 17 - 27) NOTE our coupon can also be used online...still in effect!

Can the right suit get you hired or the sought after promotion? Probably not, but it can make sure you're not ruled out. In other words, if it's between you and another candidate...and it's neck and neck....why not choose the one with the flawless attire? Just a minor detail that we'd rather not consider, however real. I've had substandard quality shoes fail me at a wedding...why put yourself in this position at a crucial time. Why not walk confidently in quality.

 

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Here's a jacket (and it's co-ordinates) that looks polished yet looses no points to being 'run of the mill'...Tobias always includes unexpected, interesting features to help you stand out. Because different is not only ok but great, distracting (for all the wrong reasons) maybe not.

Tobias one button hem side flare jacket (black, burgundy) $210

Tobias pant with front and back welt pocket (black, burgundy) $115

Tobias high waist pencil skirt (black, burgundy) $92

 

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While pairing your jacket with opposites such as destroyed denim on the weekend is standard in style now, matching for work means it might be best to invest in the actual mates. It just seems a touch off when the jacket is worn with a bottom that is of similar fabrication but 'not' quite.  Colours do not always match therefore, maybe best to get the matching pant or skirt making for a complete, pulled together look. Add the creative part with the blouses, tanks and accessories.

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

Tobias relaxed trouser (black, charcoal) $98

 

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While the blazer is the standard for most office settings, there's no reason why you can't veer off course a bit with this slick looking faux leather piece. Smart, sleek and a bit edgy put together with a pencil skirt, heels and a simple necklace would make this a great piece to do double duty for weekends as well.

Fate faux leather and rayon front jacket (black) $129

Gone are the days when showing your own personal style meant, you just did not fit in, it just was not done. Not only is it acceptable in most cases to add a bit of 'you', it indicates you don't just follow a path, you create one.

You know what they say...you are what you eat wear...inspire yourself.

Yours in Fashion passion...

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A pattern of choice...

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Don't forget to use the $20 off min purchase coupon (September 17 - 27) NOTE our coupon can also be used online!

When you sift through a rack at your favourite store, are you drawn particularly to colour, pattern or are you drawn to how it feels next to your skin? Why one might choose texture first seems fairly obvious, (as an example) eliciting possibly comfort when the touch is soft; colour may provide a clue to your personality, but what about pattern? What first draws you in? The twisted teardrop shape of the paisley, bold colour, cozy bulky knits or the flow of rayon? Let's see what's suits your fancy right now.

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The beauty of this paisley print is surpassed only by the fabulous fit. It's wonderful to have a beguiling colour or pattern but if the fit is not there, you're left looking rather awkward. This dress provides a wonderful fit, with well cut sleeves, rushed waist and just the right length. This could easily be the go to dress of the season.

Simone v-neck dress with draped waist (burgundy or navy) $119

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Here is a fresh pattern that is just so playful. Very significant this season, showing up in jackets, shawls, poncho's and even skirts. Love how these have been matched with oxfords, but I could easily see them paired with ballet flats or knee high boots with boot cuffs, turtleneck sweater and skirt...lots of room to be creative with these as the starting point.

Guilty poly/spandex legging (various patterns/colours)$25

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Incorporating both texture and pattern...the variegated, irregularity of this knitted pattern creates a very handmade, eclectic look, while the interspersed open knit provides an opportunity to show a bit of you...or not. Possibly wear a bold tank beneath. Lots of ways to play with this and easily can go from office to weekend.

Kerisma wool blend v-neck sweater (grey multi) $95 (coming soon)

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What better way to edit your work wardrobe but to add a shell top. Clearly a constant paired with a suit, or cardigan, the shell top is best friends with a pencil skirt or crop cigarette leg pants. But this is far from basic. Note the unexpected mesh texture at the yoke. Pull your hair in a pony tail, add bright red lipstick for some punch and you're good to go.

Kaffee Melissa cap sleeve shell top (black/white) $59

When choosing try to draw in what enhances your natural features, along with what suits your personality. Whether you're attracted to particular patterns, colours or textures, keep in mind what may suit your already beautiful features...big voluminous hair, freckles or very dark locks.  Plum staff can help create some looks that work for you. Because the texture and colour of your personality is what you ultimately want to shine through!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

Don't forget to use the $20 off min purchase coupon (September 17 - 27).

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Two great promotions:

While supplies last, spend a minimum of $ 200 before taxes and receive a neck wrap (7 color options)

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receive a $ 20 coupon when you spend $ 95

Unless your name is 'Lennox' and you're a furnace or 'Joseph' and you have an amazing technicolor dream coat, at this time of year in Canada, you'll probably start to need a coat. Possibly different weights and perhaps different colors, but what I learned long ago is, you're unlikely to find one coat for all your fashion and outterwear requirements. So, on that note, Plum, as always, has provided us with some great investment, outterwear options.

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The pea coat; a time honored style.  This one, slightly longer in length than the usual and double breasted with crest buttons.  Looks great with skinny jeans, a knee length dress or maxi. Such a beautifully fitted, tailored feel.

Tobias wool blend Pea Coat (black, olive or grey) $ 298

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What a sensational coat. Usually I have my hands full of kid things so, I find the collar clip hardware not only functional but a point of interest. This coat covers all the bases; it's drapey design is fashion forward, the boiled wool blend is light weight, keeps you abundantly warm and layering is never an issue with it.

Tobias boiled wool blend asymetic coat (black, navy, chocolate) $ 249

 

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Possibly you fancy a bit of nostalgia (cover of email). This feels a bit like the 50's, with the shawl collar, large, one button and above knee length. So great with everything, dresses, pants, any length of skirt or a thick sweater underneath. Plum's designer brings this classic up to 'now' with the color block sleeves.

Tobias shawl collar wool blend coat (Olive/black, grey/black and black) $ 275

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A fully functional coat. Ready to serve you weekend after weekend, rain, sleet, baby spit, you name it. "Shake it off", as Taylor Swift would say....Fleece interior, double ended zipper, zip pockets and drawstring hood.

Soyaconcept zip coat (black) $ 110

It looks like Plum has it all covered.

Yours in Fashion Passion

Suzanne M.

Don't forget about the promotions....neck wrap while quantities last.

Remember, Plum's Tobias coats are all made right here in Vancouver.

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