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$20 off a regular priced clothing or accessories purchase of $95.

Ever have those days where it's a struggle to get it together? Example...today, despite the generous, inspirational sunshine, my outfit manages to bear a great resemblance to Johnny Cash. The only thing missing is the guitar, and June Carter!  Some days the 'throw together' just does not 'come together'.  Not trying to promote selfies, but... if in doubt, take one and have a look, as the visual is different from the mirror. That is, if there is no one around to give you a kind, yet honest opinion(if you in fact, want one ;). Better yet, shop in person at Plum, they will definitely help guide your look!

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Clashy patterns is really a thing now. The black and white can be treated as neutral to the other chosen pattern. Don't like it? That's ok, mix something up that suits you. Both are a backdrop to the fabulous vest/jacket, however. Add the reverse pockets with zip, long, finger tip length, which elongates the body and you have a great fall piece. Go get one now, I'll wait here!

Kersh bonded Sherpa vest (caramel cream) $88

Acapella long sleeve tie front blouse (black or forest) $89

Kersh printed pencil skirt (brown) $59

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Here's a gorgeous contrast textured look that most of us have grown to love, the feminine lace with rugged, worn denim. Above shown with heels, easy to add a shawl or blazer and some great earrings for a girls night out look.

Kersh capsleeve lace top (cream) $65

Emma boyfriend dark R vintage $108

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Graphic t's have no trouble mixing it up with other patterns. It works very well if both have at least one colour in common. Paired with this dramatic draped front sweater, brings it up a notch!

Nanavatee open front drapey cardigan (black) $66

Bear Dance 'sorry I'm late' t shirt $35

 

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If pulling it together to you is putting on a dress and going...this simple, fresh design is for you. Wear this with a jean jacket or bomber jacket (very hot right now) and knee high boots for casual dates. The textured fabric has so much stretch; accommodates all your daily bend and flex with no effort.

Simone dress with elbow sleeve (burgundy or green) $139

My Father loved Johnny Cash, so maybe he'd be proud of his 'girl' named Sue...But, even after much more than 30 years (go Hillary) of dressing, sometimes, it just doesn't work out perfectly as planned for me. But that's ok. There's really no one voting for me!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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Running for office

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Today's office setting is changing; cubicles are becoming a thing of the past, the walls are coming down (sorry Mr. Trump) in favour of a more open/collaborative setting. Often attire is less constricted and severe, offering the ability to show a more creative and casual 'you'. Showing more of 'you' brings 'you' into the tasks. That's a very good thing.  Every season Plum creates pieces that can move from event, to function to office and home. Let's look at this seasons great crop of Tobias jackets designed for life:

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Ok so, maybe your office is not a patio on English Bay....(or maybe it is, lucky you). At first glance it looks like the standard 2 button, welt pocket jacket. However, once you see it in person...(and I apologize for drooling on the screen), this is a gorgeous fit! The back has a slight gather feature which I have never seen before in a blazer. It fits so amazingly well.

Tobias (linen/cotton) suit jacket with elastic back detail (soy black or white sand) $195

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Clean, fresh and sleek describe this impeccable, open front jacket.  The textured fabric is substantial, featuring a waist defining placket and hidden pockets. Comprised of cotton and unexpectedly, the slightest bit of spandex.

Tobias open front jacket with waist detail (black or latte) $185

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Just letting you have a peek of something to come. Another uncomplicated yet distinct Tobias design. Simple, no collar to the front, back with beatiful definition detailing and flap pockets. Note that pink is an important emerging colour this season.

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You could certainly be running for office with these jackets in your wardrobe, or simply running to the grocery store and all things in between. Tobias has many jacket options; finding the right fit is as important as finding the right candidate for Presidency (just a bit more complicated perhaps)...

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

Tobias jackets are tailored in Canada

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Personally yours

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Add: 'great bargain hunter' to your personal style resumé. Don't miss out on some great deals here!

Really what IS personal style and how does one get 'it'? Trends can play a part, however, if you look at some famous icons...Stevie Nicks, Taylor Swift, Ellen DeGeneres or Betsy Johnson...all have identifiable personal style. Even Iris Apfel at 94 years young. Trends never seen to over take their personal style, merely become part of it. You have to let 'you' become your style! So fear not the fashion police...if you feel you need help defining or refining yours... ask for it! Plum staff are experts!

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If your personal style is to 'stand out' or have one unique piece that's fun...this will add nicely to your collection. Wonderful fuzzy/funky mohair/alpaca blend, vest that creates flair but also adds warmth. 

Backdrop fur yarn collar vest (mushroom) $129

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Maybe you lean towards a more demure image, but with a dash of sass! There's a simplicity to this top, however, a little added interest with the blurred print image. Great to go with one of the Tobias suits or eases into the weekend with jeans.

Plum cap sleeve top (mustard or purple) $45

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As with all Plum's Simone dresses, there really is NO blending in....fitting in, yes, but blending in, no! Flirty, without being too obvious!

Simone front pleated dress (black, denim, honey/black, red/black) $110

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Something about the unexpected and off center that keeps you looking...it's intriguing. Opposite's attract. Asymmetrical cardigan paired with the very straight lines of the plaid. Both can create very different looks; a very fresh weekend, casual image or worn with a suit, the shell compliments both so well.

Backdrop elbow sleeve asymmetric cardigan (charcoal) $75

Plum sleeveless shell crepe print top (black, blue or purple) $45

It may or may not be intentional but like it or not, you are always wearing your personal style.  Plum's philosophy is that it should always be intentional. Whether deeply devoted to your personal style or still, after many years, creating one, it's all fun exploration of yourself. Maybe it even regularly changes. Just remember, if you walk in the footprints of others, you won't make any of your own!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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As owner and buyer for Plum for 35 years I have learned to become disciplined in what I purchase for our customers.  Contrary to what you may imagine I cannot buy whatever I want.  Plum customers are very specific about what they want and need, so a Plum store must be balanced, consistent and beautifully merchandised.

Often I must pass up on things that I would love to purchase because it doesn’t fit into the mix.  That is where the new Plum Pieces comes in.

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At the beginning of 2015 we changed our Kitsilano store and experimented with a new eclectic mix of ‘pieces’ I could not resist.  The freedom as a buyer has been fun. Some are unique pieces, or trendy pieces, or just pieces that have nothing to do with anything else except that I have ‘fallen in love’ with them.

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The new Pieces store still has lots of fashion that Plum has become famous for; like our own designs and locally made labels Simone and Tobias (plus this fall we have added acapella and wink wink to the collection).   But, since I am in New York and LA several times a year to find interesting fashions for Plum, now I can kind of ‘go nuts’ for the new Pieces store!  Much of what I buy will only be in Pieces.

 

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Store graphics by Jason Turner from Brooklyn NY

So even if you love the Plum store you are currently shopping in, you may want to check out Pieces on Fourth Avenue in Kitsilano.  You may even find just the blouse, or dress, or scarf, or sweater you could not live without!

Let us know what you think!

2290 West Fourth Avenue (at Vine)                         See us at plum.ca

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2 Personalities, 2 Careers, 1 Jacket

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A jacket can be creative or corporate, without sacrificing style or comfort.  The Tobias One Button Blazer in brown works the trend where the jacket’s cut is slightly shorter in the back and longer in the front. The one button closure also gives a flattering shape at the waist.

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When put over a simple ivory crossover Top and skinny jeans, the jacket elevates the style of the outfit, making the look more structured without sacrificing comfort.  (Lauren is wearing the Mavi Alexa skinnies in Mid-Vintage.) Suede heels and a canvas and leather convertible bag add personality, an asset in creative fields such as marketing and design. You will be relaxed and comfortable without losing any authority or credibility because the jacket pulls the look together. 

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If you need a professional look, wear the jacket with the coordinating slim pants, and a top with a pop of colour like this Plum t-shirt with gathered neckline.  Accessories such as this floral print quilted purse, a statement necklace and metallic shoes will add personality and show that you are not only on trend, but also media savvy and a creative thinker.

Many people resist wearing a jacket but it’s actually a key piece in your wardrobe that works in any work environment, for any personality. Add colour and texture to suit your mood and environment, and pull your look together with a great jacket!

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