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What's new in dresses for spring?

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Dresses are at the top of what I instinctively look for whenever I go shopping for a new season. Plum is my first stop. Not only do they start with a fit model that generally has the most common proportions but the many years of experience of the pattern makers means different designs must be made to fit exactly right before anything goes into production.  After the dresses are produced and out to the stores everyone in the company has tried them on to see exactly how they fit the huge variety of bodies working for Plum so they know how they will fit the customers.

So let’s take a look at some of the styles for Spring 2015!

The dress featured on the email will satisfy all dress requirements. Beautiful, sexy, comfortable and requires no ironing, thus travels well. You should try this on.

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If you're searching for something to kick off spring with a bang, this is where to start. Going to a cocktail party, this dress is a perfect choice, a casual date, this dress fits the bill. Speaking of fit, this dress feels so good on. I can say this because I've tried it myself.

Simone knit dress with criss cross back (black or navy dot) $110

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Feeling a bit like Julie from 'Mod Squad' circa 1970 (TBT) then this is the dress. Beautifully lined, v-neck front, sleeveless dress with zippered pockets. Comprised of 97% cotton with a hint of stretch for ease of movement.

Simone colour blocked shift dress with drop waist (blue or beige) $139

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Perhaps you lean more towards something less fitted, allowing for more movement, maybe you like to dance. Such a sweet, retro feel dress. I love it with the T strap heels, but, for fun would pair it with my Doc Martens, for a casual funky, ecclectic look. Why not!

Simone button front shirt dress (beige or black print) $139

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There are times when your image needs to be polished, neat and professional looking. What I like about this sheath dress is, the finishing details. The exposed zipper just brings it up a notch, giving it that unique edge. Fully lined, back zip, back slit, sleeveless dress. Looks simply stunning in ivory.

Simone sheath dress with zipper detail (black, ivory and royal) $139

Plum does not disappoint, kicking off the spring season with a gorgeous selection of dresses. So great to know you're wearing something that is unique, exclusive to Plum, and designed and made right here in Vancouver. 

Dress to impress yourself...because if you're impressed, so will everyone else be.

Yours in Fashion passion...

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Final Boarding Call

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Plum has put together everything you need to make your escape. We hear that February is the biggest going south month of the year for Canadians so here you go find your summer bliss during this long cold Canadian winter. Leave it all behind with all the most important get away pieces in stores and on line now. Go on... say hello sunshine, hello beach.
 
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The "to and from" sweater does double duty on the plane ride there as well as warding off the chill of the night when temperatures dip. The nautical look is the perfect piece to pack for it's versatility... after all you can't wear a tank top to the airport. The sweater also looks great over Point Zero rolled cuffed cargo shorts in light weight cotton poplin.
 
 
 
 
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Everyone needs at least a few tank tops - perennial resort favourites. Ours come in a light weight ribbed cotton spandex in 8 delicious colours. Don't leave home without one or 4 for that matter. Seen here over Mavi knee length Denim shorts.
 
 
 
 
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At Plum we are famous for our Simone dresses and these new tank dresses for resort are no exception. Get your beach party on.
 
These two easy care dresses are throw on an go. No muss no fuss and that just means more time at the beach. 
 
 
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Admit it. All this cold weather has you dreaming of being someplace else, less 'below zero' perhaps? Well, maybe it's not all bad, after all, they're only single digit negative numbers. Or, maybe you don't have to 'dream', maybe you are planning to head to an exotic locale? Maybe you're just 'done' with winter? Plum has all that in mind. They have put together an amazing early spring collection. So, be it for a last minute get-a-way, a long ago planned escape or you efficiently plan your wardrobe, Plum has a superb ensemble with you in mind.

Let's have a look at some of the dreamy pieces available now to get you ready:

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One of the first things that springs to mind when thinking of warm climates is dresses. Effortless. Makes packing a breeze; add sandals or espadrilles and a hat, and you're set. The above Simone asymetrical hem dress, features a sweet print, with black border neckline and adjustable straps. Very easy jersey fabric makes it simple to pack and care for.

Simone flare dress (black/aqua and black/coral) $ 110

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This lovely gauzy top, reminds me of radiant sunshine. Pixalated rose print is loose fitting, adding plenty of colour to offset any bottom you choose. (as above) Jeans, shorts or skirt. Why wait for warm weather to wear this? No reason this can't compliment one of our bright winter days here.

Plum oversize blouse $ 69 (also in blue print)

 

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This really has a certain sex appeal without showing much skin. The curves are courtesy of you alone. The dress (a comfortable length), merely compliments them.

Simone scoop neck t shirt dress (fushia/seafoam, orange/turquoise, turqoise/grey) $ 85

 

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Nothing really needs to be said about this....but I will. It's a tunic, a dress, a coverup, just lovely! And so translatable for pairing with so many things. If you're looking to pack light, this is a must. Features a below chest fixed gather and peak hole tie neckline as well as a slight slip for minimal coverage. Small gold buttons finish off the batwing sleeves. Truly Goddess wear!

Fate blue print dress $ 99

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While this might seem like quite a simple piece, (which it is), it's also quite versatile. The colours this tank/tunic comes in conjur up images of ice cream. Which, also makes matching with other things, so uncomplicated. Therefore,if you prefer to add accessories, again, easy to add to this simple yet functional jersey. Surprisingly comprised of 96% bamboo.

Emma's Closet $ 39 (mint, black, peach, royal)

I honestly was presented with a rather difficult challenge with what to include here, with so many amazing warm weather options (skirts, more dresses, more breezy blouses etc.). Plum has you so prepared, you'd think they were coming along. In a way, they are. Take some photos and don't forget your sunscreen and sunnies!!

Yours in Fashion passion

Suzanne M.

 

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Being first means, usually people will follow you...For me, at least, the only thing better than chocolate, not requiring diaper changes, is new arrivals. Isn't getting something first such a rush? Don't mind people following your lead or looking for a way to freshen up some portion of your wardrobe? Perhaps you are also a first-a-holic...Do you like to be first in line, first to receive something, first to wear the new thing....whatever the case may be? Plum can easily feed that 'new arrivals' addiction. While Plum's merchandiser might not be 'first born' in her family, rest assured, she's definitely first at discovering new labels, capturing new trends, interesting style features, fabrics and accessories.

Below a few of Plum's recent arrivals...

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Hard to tell if this is a dress or a tunic. And so, in trying to figure this out, it's now become 2 garments!  This is such a unique design because it reminds me of a vneck vest, yet has all the makings of a very feminine form fitting dress. Vneck, wool blend, egyptian print with a very defined waist feature is above the knee in length. Just gorgeous! So many ways to incorporate this into your existing wardrobe with it's incredible fall color palate.

Kerisma wool blend Cleo sleeveless dress $ 149

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Fun is the best way to describe this sweater. And no, no combing is required for maintenance! So soft to the touch, be prepared for plenty of tactile attention. Features an open front with hook and eye neck closure.

Beulah style fuzzy sweater in Vanilla Milkshake $ 99

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What a fetching little number! I had to show the back view because frankly, it has pretty written all over it with that back detail. Can you not see this translating from daytime activities (whatever they may be) to evening? Comprised of a simply amazing stretch knit fabric, featuring a very well concealed side zip and a completely easy to match black/white floral print (or solid option). As if the fabrics wonderful stretch was not enough, it features a very stretchy below the waist lining. So, on that note, you can leave the spanx in the lingerie drawer if you wish. ;)

Simone cap sleeve dress black/white or burgundy $ 139

Don't forget Plum's own labels (Simone and Tobias) are designed and made in Vancouver. When they're designed and made so locally, it can take no time to go from conception to arrival (no pun intended).

Stay tuned for more..........

Yours in fashion passion

Suzanne M.

 

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Killer trends

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This dress is simply criminal (pardon the pun) how great it looks on everyone (email and below). Initially sold out so quickly, that it's been reproduced by popular demand. Plum staff say it works on nearly every body type, thus it's popularity and why it's once again, flying off the racks. Once I heard this, it simply had to be tried on (by me of course)! The verdict? Amazing, easy, flattering! What else could you want?Image

Lovely cap sleeve, poly/spandex mix makes it easy to get on, easy to care for and easy to pair with footwear. Elevate it to a nighttime, glam look with clutch and stilettos, or jean jacket and tall boots! Comes in multiple other colors and patterns. The waist level bow with gathers feature is so incredibly cute, no one will know it's a bit of camouflage...speaking of camouflage... 

 

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I knew I simply had to sneak this into my wardrobe (did I say sneak?) before I even layed eyes on the photo. As I passed by it on the racks I gave it a sideways glance like you do a 'really' handsome guy; not wanting him to know you notice him. The bubble over my head would have said 'I'll be back for you'. Very easy crewneck, 3/4 sleeves, pockets and just long enough to consider calling it a dress. OR DON'T...call it a tunic. Wear with tights and combat boots. Too predictable? Maybe ankle boots with cuban heels (my favorite Fleuvogs). This will be one of my new favorites. Comes also in green camo.

 

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Hard at this point to imagine the cold, but I'm starting to feel it at night. Another great item that can translate from dress to tunic. This beautiful dress, calls for a hug. A lovely textured knit, easy 3/4 sleeves, pockets and a v-neck that's ready to display any lovely accessory of choice.  Comes in purple, green and the ever ubiquituous grey.

Ready or not here comes fall in all it's glory. The dress for the season is here for the picking. Don't be caught with your pants (or dress) down.

Are you ready?

Yours in Fashion Passion

Suzanne M.  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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