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IT'S MY 5 YEAR BLOG-VERSARY WRITING FOR PLUM. Considering I'm imposing my opinions on you, weekly, I realized a big miss was never introducing myself. Well, no time like the present. A little about me...I'm obsessed with t shirts, I love bold colour (and non colour). I have a black belt...literally a black belt to wear, with clothes...well...more than one, if I'm honest. I have a PHD in new arrivals! And my pastimes are sewing, reading books half way through and abandoning them and sarcasm (in no particular order). In any case, I truly hope you've enjoyed my guided tours through Plum fashions. And feel free to tell me about you. But right now, let's look at things I like, because, you know, I'm making it all about me, this week!


A tiny snowflake of a lie. Not really all about me...but that's ok. I love outerwear. The feature this week is coats, and the weather dictates that we're not totally done with them.  The one on the left is fully rainproof with sealed seams, drawstring, for more definition and cold protection and features a detachable hood; to provide for less of a function and more fashion look. The one on the right has a soft interior for a bit of warmth. These will be good for years to come, and my picks for layering at this time of year.

Soya Concept polka dot coat (navy) $159 until Apr 21 $129

Soya Concept softshell jacket (black or sand) $ 155 until Apr 21 $125


Let's talk about the wide leg pants trend. Not only are they super comfortable, and offer an air of sophistication, but they're everywhere! I'm seeing lots of crops, worn very street style. As in, with very masculine boots, or loafers, as above, with slides, or for a more night out vibe, pumps or cut out booties! What else to wear with them? Feeling like you want something more edgy? Try a graphic t, knot it in the front and casual white kicks. OR, as noted in the above bottom right, they look great with a kimono. Or maybe go a different route - a la Katherine Hepburn and other great women of the 30's and 40's. Hair up, and a string of pearls or a big hat to balance out the pants. Best advice I can straight posture gives off the air of 'I'm a trend setter'!

B Young cropped pant (black) $89

Motion stripe Palazzo pant (blue) $86

Final Touch pull on palazzo pant (black or mustard) $69

Final Touch palazzo pant with waist tie (sage) $74







As I've previously mentioned, I love multiple or stripe colours and patterns. They're bright and lively, and on a practical note, grab any colour and it's easy as pie to match with accessories and shoes. (Is it funny only to me, that they picked white?)!

Cream front tie blouse (multi) $89



Another trend I'm super happy about, shorts are getting longer, yay!!  I personally don't need to flash everyone the blinding, untanned 13 inches above my knees. And I don't think an explanation is required for how to wear them, but maybe a reminder, that they're not just for gardening and walking the dog. One can certainly upscale them a bit. A long cardigan or Kimono, slingbacks and a hat.

Cream Bermuda shorts (black) $79



I'm also a huge fan of skirts. In part because dresses pose a specific challenge for my proportions and skirts offer the same feminine flair, but with a few more options for changing up the style, with different tops. This one above is so pretty with it's floaty, light weight fabric and dotted pattern.

Ichi mid length skirt (navy dot) $69

Ok really...about me...I'm from New Brunswick (the other edge of Canada), married and over 20...ok,, really 50...8 (but who's' counting); I have 2 beautiful girls and a black (of course) lab! I've gone from being a 70's girl, where being bold for me was wearing beige and green together to...ok let's just say, I no longer wear beige! Fast forward to now, and I love how the internet has provided us with the ability to virtually find those who blaze trails for us and I continue to be inspired by women of all ages and sages. And fashion expression to me is like what words are to communicating...sometimes they're colourful, sometimes they're strong but sometimes they're barely a whisper and minimalism is best.

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"I myself am entirely made of flaws, stitched together with good intentions" ~ Augusten Burroughs  ... read the full post and reader comments

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Hem and haw!

Hem and haw...a very old expression dating back to the 18th century. Giving verbal meaning to the sounds we make when we're unable to commit to something. Which leads me to skirts...I know, kind of a huge leap. 'Not really' says I. When you're moving from one season to the next, it's very hard to commit to pants, when it's been a monumentally scorching summer. Having had weeks of shorts and dresses...who wants to crawl into a pair of pants? Enter the skirt. But where is your comfortable hem line? I like mine near my knees, but longer means you don't need to worry about nylons (do people still wear those?), shorter means you get to show off your runners legs. Hmmmm, another dilemma;)


This head turning skirt should not be overlooked for the every day because of it's specks of glitter. Dashes of glitter have made their way into main stream as a way to liven up or add a tinge of fun to what is usually ordinary. Subtle pleats add a bit of variation to the length.

Be Young Uldora skirt (light grey) $59


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Going up? Well, let's start with the mini. This is so so cute. This faux suede skirt reminds me of the 70's, when I was a toddler (ahem)...Just a fantastic fabric, excellent suede mimic but with ample stretch and fake button down front, leaving no chance of a malfunction.  And unlike suede itself, it's washable! For now, this is amazing as above with flats but as it gets colder, throw on a pair of tights and ankle boots or over the knee boots.

Orb Parker faux suede pull on skirt (black or dark brown) $60 IN STORE ONLY


And what to wear with your fabulous little mini? Go for something equally dramatic; the bold animal print, either wear it alone and add a wide belt or a tank top and open. Fun little flirty twosome!

Ellison leopard sweater (comprised of Cotton/linen) $89


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Perhaps you spend of lot of time on the dance floor. Oh but don't limit yourself to the dance floor, think...cycling, walking or God forbid, sitting and having a cup of tea! This is a great length (model is tall so it looks perhaps shorter on her), however on me it's near my knee. Very functional and substantial, speckled knit fabric.

Soya Concept flared mini skirt (black speckled) $69


A couple of great options for your flippy little skirt. One a sweet, primitive heart print, cross front, 3/4 sleeve and the other a skim the body type t shirt with some added sleeve detailing.

Wink wink 3/4 sleeve cross over top (black or ivory) $48

W+M t shirt tie sleeve (black, hershey, teal or white) $45

You can hem and haw or huff and puff, however, no matter what you do in the long run, even not deciding, is still making a decision, so realize that unlike some life decisions, hem's can be altered.

Suzanne M.

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Trend Alert: Fall Maxi Skirts




Longer skirt and dress hems were everywhere this summer and we definitely see them carrying over into fall.  As such a basic and versatile piece, a printed maxi skirt like this one by LUSH can be simple on warm days or layered up for full leg coverage when it cools down.  We asked our Twitter followers to tell us what they thought about maxi skirts and @alanadenham tweeted at us: "I'm gonna wear mine with chunky cropped sweaters and ankle booties!" and we just couldn't agree more!

Would you rock a maxi skirt?  How would you wear it?

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