My deepest sympathies go out to Calgary for the sudden passing of 'FALL'!!! Sadly, in a flash Autumn was just entirely covered up for the year. We now are thrust into sweater season. As much as a dump of snow is not new to us, neither are our last years sweaters. And we are left to either find inventive ways to wear them or find replacements. Which, tends to make the cold and cuddle season a bit more appealing (well, the cold part). Let's entertain ourselves with a look at the sweater that's on special and some new ones and fresh ways to wear them.


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The quintessential, lush sweater for the season. Quintessential because of it's universally appealing fit, soft texture and comes in 7 seasonal colours and as a basic, completes so many fall/winter ensembles.

Mak crewneck sweater - (teal, yellow, black, off white, burgundy, red or camel) (Oct 4 - 8 - $45)


And yes you can so tuck it in, add an infinity scarf, a bold necklace and a hat. Basically converting your basic into something beyond basic!

Mak crewneck sweater worn with:

Love Tree plaid knit pants $69

Menswear fedora hat (charcoal or coffee mix) $49


Maybe there are times when you want to take off the sweater; layering is always great with varied types of environments. To this, add a classic cut shirt with an unexpected, all over print pattern to give your outfit some kick.

B Young printed button down blouse (off white/mustard) $65


In a professional setting skirts are great with sweaters for a diversion from pants. If the one on the right appears too short, put on a pair of crop leggings and add ballet flats. This takes a simple, pulled together look, to a fresh new level, with very little effort.

Soya Concept Glenplaid pull on skirt (burgundy/off white) $75

Motion A line mini skirt (black check) $69


Kimono's, shawls and open front sweaters continue to dominate the sweater market. The above sweater is just a brilliant combination of all of those, with the added smart function of a button for a shawl look, a bit of flair! And who doesn't love the fringe trend?

Love Tree fringed shawl sweater (black, wine, camel or heather grey) $69


Reaching beyond the solid colour sweater or different knit patterns of course is print or patterned. Making an interesting look by itself. Have some fun playing around and mixing patterns or simply wear as is.

M printed floral sweater (beige or blue) $60

Motion long grey check coat sweater (grey) $90

Sweater weather....a time for crunching through leaves wearing your favourite boots, watching your dog frolic in the snow like some crazed beast high on life, sipping a hot chocolate at a cafe patio watching the passersby, or recreating the opening scene from the Mary Tyler Moore show! (I always wanted to do that-maybe this year)!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"Bad weather always looks worse through a window" ~ Tom Lehrer

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Can you just smell spring coming? Come on! As long as you're not down wind of someone's faulty muffler, surely you can smell it on the horizon. Be grateful that you're not on the east coast where emerging crops of fiddle heads are soon to be buried in another dump of white hell! Someone send Mother nature a memo 'Dear Mom, It's April-please send flowers!' Nevertheless, wherever you are...I believe when the time changes we think, evening strolls, afternoon golf games and gardening! Well...has Plum got a crop of dresses for you! Here are just a few featuring designer Claudia Agusti.
If any colour shouts spring it's yellow! It's bright, happy,  light and makes your soul feel like it just ate ice cream with a vintage merlot, oops I meant with sprinkles! Regardless, it's a great introduction to spring and welcoming sunshiny days. Designed for superb comfort with classic Claudia style! Well placed darts and gathers AND pockets (to keep your hands out of trouble) Really, designed to be worn and lived in!! ;)
Spencer+Shaw v neck knit dress (2 print options) $87
Just call this a wow dress! Incorporating, modern style with a head turning hue of red. Perfect for spring, but really a great transitional piece that can carry over into multiple seasons. I have long ago abandoned umbrellas (this is Vancouver, we have see-through snow) in favour of hats as I felt I was merely donating them to restaurants or establishments I frequented. If you have not tried a crushable hat, DO! They truly do fold up, to be stored away in your purse or backpack without loosing shape. Serviceability, style and stash away!
Another sensational cut! This time, a winner for those with an hourglass figure, including an extremely flattering neckline, and draping skirt length. Abundant ways to style this, or wear it as is, and why not, it's fantastic as is, featuring a vibrant blue or classic black.
Another dress which features Claudia's attention to detail along with functionality. A dress cut that is universally appealing to multiple shapes, comprised of rayon and spandex, pockets, a graceful neckline and an easy length to accommodate a life of activities and movement.
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Another many times, repeated design by Claudia. Repeated because of it's widely appealing feminine fit. Certainly at this time of year, a jacket is still needed and jean jackets are ideal when you're looking for a pretty, yet casual look. Add a hat and your favourite footwear and that's all that's needed.

Spencer+Shaw sleeveless dress with back shirring (blue print) $120

Mavi Samantha jean jacket (used gold vintage) $98

CH Telly natural mix bucket hat $59

Welcome to spring...brought to you by, flowers, sunshine and an abundance of hope and possibilities of reboot! The official sponsor of internal happiness and optimism. Don't step in that puddle, you might have to change your attitude!

Yours in Fashion passion...

"A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms" ~Zen Shin

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