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A pattern of choice...

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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.

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Dress like a woman....

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Does wearing a dress define you 'as a woman'? Does it mean anything at all, in our ultra 'anything goes' society? What does it mean to you? Whether you're a committed dress wearer or not, we can't help but feel a tiny bit sorry for men on an ultra hot day, that they cannot throw on a dress!  There is no prohibition rule, however unless feeling like a street sign all day is compelling...this is probably why most don't. Just a guess! Plum has plenty of dress options, for the hot days here and ahead.

Take a peak:

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This delightful little dress really can't help but make you happy. It's just lush with fresh, mesmerizing patterns and a multitude of colours. Sweet, easy v-neck, with gathered, empire waist and pockets. It just screams comfort and fun. And once again, the designer does not disappoint with a lovely, low back detail.

Simone sun dress with back gathers and pockets in 4 lovely prints $ 110 now $ 88

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I don't think anything says 'summer' more than the strapless dress (maybe a sun hat)...top shirring makes for great comfort and a sweeping maxi length. A tie in the middle can be tied as a bow or as a halter around the neck. For a bit more coverage, can be worn with a shrug or short kimono if a little more coverage is needed (or to conceal bra straps). Either way, a great pick!

Alythea bandeau dress (navy/green) $ 85

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Here's a dress that has somewhat of a goddess like feel to it. Divinely draped, giving it an elegant edge despite it's knit fabrication. Definitely a high fashion look, yet has not lost it's comfort value.

Pursue drape dress (black/heather grey) $89 now $69

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Another fantastic dress where colour and pattern pack a huge punch. Comprised of a butter soft fabric combination of rayon/spandex with side slit. Do not be intimidated by the deep slit at the back. So easy to pick out a colour from the dress and find a cami if not wearing a bra is out of the question. Great for dressing up or down; and my feeling is the footwear choice creates the conversion.

Cherish sheath dress (multi or navy) $89

So, after exploring a multitude of dress style variations, what's the verdict? Can a dress define you as a woman? I think not! Do not let the dress define you...YOU define the dress...make it your own (or wear shorts ;) ).

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Suddenly a good friend has tickets to a music festival. They're wonderful but they can be long days outdoors. Be it Cavendish Music Festival in beautiful P.E.I. or Edmonton or Vancouver's Jazz Festival's, you could encounter wall to wall sunshine....or possibly a buffet of unexpected weather. Let's assume it will be fabulous weather. Why not! However, what should or could you wear?

Let's see what Plum has to suggest:

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Dresses are as synonymous with festivals as Neil Young. Be it a festival or beach BBQ you'll be attending, think bright and comfortable, this dress has both these qualities. Vibrant, feather print, long back dip hem and braided skinny straps, keep it simple yet fun and bright to match your personality. Be prepared with appropriate footwear, festival grounds can be rather unpredictable.

Simone mid length dress with braided strap detail (royal or purple print) $110

 

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Maybe dresses are not your thing....not a problem, shorts are another 'go to' co-ordinate for the summer months. Pair them (of course) with t shirts or sleeveless blouses, whatever they're married with, they are sure to be a good wardrobe investment (don't forget the bug spray).

Dish chino short (evergreen) $79

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This has summer written all over it. (Yes I realize they're flowers). Light weight, skinny straps and free flowing create a really wonderful seasonal feeling. Shawls or large scarves (tied in different ways) are great for a bit of extra coverage. As you can see, looks great with jeans, but can easily look great with a pencil skirt and cardigan.

Plum tank with shirring detail (navy, orange or turquoise prints) $49

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And on that note, if converting a scarf does not suit you, how about a lovely, light, ethereal piece that looks like it was dreamt up by angels. So incredibly flowey and light, won't add bulk to your wardrobe, just a light bit of coverage and funk! A very pretty and versatile trend.

Cecico kimono georgette top (blush or mint) $69

So, where ever you're headed this summer...Jazz Festival, Folk Festival or just your folk's place for a BBQ, be ready with a wardrobe that reflects the summer we expect. Fun and beautiful.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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Raise your hand if you have a big sister. I don't have enough hands, because I'm blessed with 3 big sisters. Yes you can count your best friend who you feel is like a big sister. But maybe you don't have a big sister and always wished you had one. Someone to always confide in, bounce things off of and look up to. Someone who will support but not criticize you, no matter how silly you feel your ideas might be.

Some young girls are less fortunate, their parents (or parent), are stretched to the limit. Not enough time or resources to provide all of this. Here's your opportunity to help a little sister get her big sister. During the month of May Plum collects donations by asking our customers to contribute $2 to help match 2 little Sisters with their big sisters. From now until May 31, 2015, Plum will be matching donations up to $25, and, you get a chance to win a $350 Plum Gift Certificate! 

These big sisters play such an important role in the lives of these growing young girls. By providing much needed support and encouragement, which in turn can boost a young girls growing self esteem. With healthy self esteem, we know so much can be accomplished. 

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Party Perfect

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Planning early for the perfect outfit for a garden party or wedding? You may not be the center of attention, but you probably want to be noticed. As a guest at one of these lovely affairs, it still requires a bit of thought into what is appropriate. Will this be a rather formal, large affair, or an intimate, subdued event? Be grateful you're not the bride, with all the planning involved. Plum can't likely assist the bride with the dress for her 'main event' but can definitely help you. Plum is abundant with options, below are just a few tantalizing ideas:

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This email featured dress is such beautiful quality, comprised of stretch, cotton jacquard and fully lined. Defined by the stunning details, front and back, it leaves you wanting nothing more than a seat next to a handsome bachelor.

Simone open back dress with pleated skirt and pockets (coral, royal) $139

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A pencil skirt is a perfectly acceptable choice of attire for a wedding; simply draw in one of the colours and match your shoes to it. Add either a simple necklace or something  more dramatic that might make the bride miss a step walking down the aisle. Add or subtract a cardigan or shawl, a clutch (as above) and perhaps a selection of bracelets. Comfortable, yet still elegant and versatile.

Plum pencil skirt with hidden elastic (coral, navy, royal) $69

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Orange is a powerful colour. Some believe it gives off a sense of optimism and social interaction. And how perfect for a social event. Beautiful a-line, stretch, lined lace.

Simone cap sleeve dress with back gathers (coral, jade) $110

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Lace and weddings go together like brides and tantrums. The above Simone dress is possibly the most ubiquitous dress for a wedding guest. Maybe even the Mother of the Bride? Gorgeous lace covers a cream coloured lining. Beautiful v-neck front and back.

Simone lace v-neck flared dress (black, off-white) $139

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This beautiful blouse is it's own garden party...with lush detailed images of efflorescence. Pair this with a light shawl, a knee length skirt and simple pumps or peep toe shoes or booties and maybe top it off with a pair of 'exclusive to Plum' Midnight Cactus, hand made earrings (in store only).

Yumi botanical floral top (off white) $99

Plum has so many options available for the impending seasonal events, you can save your lamenting for the brides choice of everlasting love.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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What do you know about Simone?

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Smart, bright, fun....in this case, I'm talking about the Plum label Simone. Have you tried a Simone dress? Attention to detail is key with a great dress, something Plum takes very seriously. And the most important detail of all, is how it makes you feel. The Simone brand is designed and manufactured right in Vancouver with all types of women in mind.  So, not only will you find a fit for you, knowing you're cutting down on the carbon footprint, completes the good feeling. Let's have a look at some new creations:

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This is so fresh and fun. The graphic print has so many colours, there would be no problem matching shoes, cardigans, shawls or accessories. Or pick out one of the colours for nail polish! The cut is loose and easy and features a v-neck and a very accommodating, stretchy back panel.

Simone racer back dress (2 prints) $110

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If you're looking to explore your feminine side, this dress can help. A great dress for a wedding event, or just because (Who needs a reason to feel pretty). Comprised of 97% cotton and a hint of spandex. Exquisite floral print over jacquard texture, with back zip and pockets. Just beautifully fitted to compliment the curves.

Simone flared v-neck dress with pockets (white/grey or white/navy) $129

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This is a darling little number. I love how the addition of the sky high red heels helps diffuse the cute factor. OR go all the way with the cuteness....kitten heels and cropped cardi. It's all in the feeling.

Simone cap sleeve dress with flared hem $129

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There is nothing like jersey to accommodate the comfort needs. However, no compromise has been made with regards to fit, fabric choice or design features. A dress for many types of requirements. Gorgeous blossom print, button front keyhole, neckline and pockets complete this design.

Simone sleeveless dress with pockets (black or navy) $110

Plum's designer, incorporates some clever little touches that make the designs unique while never compromising on fit or quality. This is just the tip of the dressburg; so many more choices in store.

Come into a Plum store and try a Simone dress.  Find something to fit your body and your mood.

Yours in Fashion passion....

Suzanne M.

 

 

 

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