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A recent fashion news story stated the day of 'trends' is all but gone, that we create our own individual trends, thus no longer requiring fashion hierarchy dictating what we must wear. However I then discovered yet another story about an ecommerce retailer who's latest trend set the web on fire by stating they are now selling 'puppies' alongside accessories. After I picked my jaw up off the keyboard, the article later stated it was a fake ploy to draw attention to animal welfare issues. I love puppies, but prefer mine on the end of a leash, not delivered in a Fedex box! So,if you're of the 'trend' camp and like to see new, exciting, fresh ideas on the fashion front OR you see things more in a classic way...linen is a great seasonal choice, It exudes class without being pretentious but provides a great canvas for your trendy additions. Here's what some of Plum's very own staff (the experts) have to say about it:

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Graciela said: "It's elegant, sexy and versatile". I agree Graciela, this jacket is all these things. Hard to abandon the blazer for the summer but the breathable nature of this fabric makes it possible to extend the wear into the warmer months.

Tobias linen jacket with welt pocket (caramel, khaki or natural) $185

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Allison said: "I tried on the top and pants together to get an idea of the fit, without the intent to wear them together, but they actually made a great outfit. I added a long necklace and it was fantastic!"

The function of these summer neutral colours are indeed wonderful together and yet the benefit of blending them with your existing wardrobe pieces, also makes them a must for the season. The washed fabrication of many of the co-ordinates, makes them softer to the touch. Worn simply or adding (as noted) some bold trendy jewelry punctuates your look!

Plum relaxed washed linen pant (black,grey or oatmeal) $82

Plum washed linen tank top (black, grey, oatmeal or white) $59

 

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Kayo said: "it's a 'chic' hippy look" 

Of course we soon head into the nearly unbearably hot season where shorts are almost the only option. What's great about linen shorts is they offer a bit more of a 'grown up' style. Great for festival season, however, a trendy way to wear them is with heels or strappy sandals and a long, light weight vest or kimono.

Plum washed linen shorts (black,grey or oatmeal) $65

worn with:

CM shell top, button back, lace bottom (cupcake) $55 (100% rayon)

 

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Naomi said: "it wrinkles but, like me, they earned it by living and loving life". Linen is definitely livable, breathable, loveable!

And let's not forget the skirt because while summer suddenly descends upon us, we are still on the job. A great co-ordinate for the office, school or the weekend wardrobe. Yes it wrinkles but, this is part of it's easy going, aesthetic.

Plum washed linen drawstring skirt (black, grey or oatmeal) $69

The earth inspired colours of the 'exclusive to Plum' linen collection, blends so seamlessly into the season at hand. Whether you decide to dial up the daring and add bold accessories or choose the minimal route, linen is an essential for the season.

Remember; being yourself is a trend that never goes out of style!

Yours in Fashion passion....

Suzanne M.

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Linen reigns supreme

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Linen is a fabric that, in ancient times, would have been worn by the wealthier class of society.  In fact, it was a very important source of trade and commerce.  Which might explain why we're all drawn to it. Of it's many beautiful qualities, durability and breathability insure it's a staple of the season. Plum has, once again, produced some jackets with simply exquisite fits. Lets look at these linen beauties, and what can be paired with them.

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Above the beautiful front cover jacket in white. Put together with a black skirt and simple clutch. Linen's usual hue's are ivory, ecru and natural shades, however, this crisp white is such a great, light departure from the usual.

Tobias 100% linen jacket (mustard, black and white)$179

Tobias front flap skirt with buttons (black or off white) $88

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Despite it's noble past, linen marries so well with nearly all coordinates.  Dress it up, or dress it down, it can easily replace a simple cardigan so beautifully without appearing too formal.

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In keeping with the same, casual, cool vibe, the above tank is a wonderful, lightweight option if you choose to go the informal route. If you feel so inclined to remove your jacket, the back detail does not disappoint.

Kersh flower tank (warm white) $48

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This sweet little, feminine dress combined with the linen jacket in mustard is such an airy, easy look. (Simone dresses always abundant in detailing and fit). Change the sandals to sling backs or heels and this look is great for school, the office or a Saturday brunch date.

Simone open back dress (ivory or navy print) $120

Despite Linen's regal history, it invariably provides for as many options as outfits you choose to create. Nefertiti would be envious!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

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In Love with Linen

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It is a lucky lady indeed who is able to totally reinvent her wardrobe every time the seasons change. It’s simply not realistic for most of us. 

Recently graduated student here. Apart from my new degree, my university experience has given me the ability to stretch a dollar. Sometimes I stretch it really, really far. There have been times when I've had to get pretty creative to give my wardrobe a much-needed shot of life after a long Vancouver winter. But the process doesn't have to be painful.

I like to invest in quality pieces that are versatile, and then switch them up with fun and inexpensive accessories, like jewellery and scarves.

Take the Tobias linen jacket (in stores now, I’ve seen it, love it, must...have...). Linen is perfect for the spring and summer because it travels well, still looks great with a few wrinkles, and pairs beautiful with dresses and skirts.

The best part? You don’t need to spend a lot of time thinking about how you’ll wear it. You can just slip it on over jeans and a t-shirt, like you see in the photo below, or over a sundress, a maxi dress, a pleated skirt, coloured denim, a navy pencil skirt...ok, I'm getting carried away. But you get my point. Versatility is the name of the game here.

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Linen boyfriend jacket in Sand (pictured here), Purple, and Steel, $165

 

Our stylist took a simple look, just a jacket over jeans and a tee, and made it more unique by adding an armful of bangles. Imagine this is Monday's look. You could give this outfit a totally different feel altogether by adding a brightly coloured scarf for a pop of colour and a leather belt around your hips. Then it's easy to wear it again later in the week if you're in a rush and need a go-to outfit.

 

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One more thing: Don't forget to enter our feather necklace giveaway! You've got until May 7th to enter to win. It just takes a minute, all you need to do is complete a very short survey for us and you'll be in the running.

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You can find the entry survey here: http://plum.ca/i.cfm/p/survey/sid/84

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