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The tactile nature of your skin and hair make up the overall texture of your appearance. If your skin is clear of natural markings, and your hair sleek, you have a satin and shiny texture. On the other hand, if your skin is freckled, and your hair is naturally wavy, you have a suede and matte texture. But as we age or as we style ourselves, changes in our texture are bound to happen. When you match up the texture of your fabrics to your own texture, you are flattering your natural appearance.

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If you have a suede and matte texture, wear fabrics with surface interest like a jacquard. When compared to a smooth fabric, the jacquard harmonizes with your natural texture so that any wrinkles or freckles on your skin aren’t as prominent. On the other hand, if you regularly flat-iron your hair, your texture becomes more balanced. You could wear a textured fabric to better effect by choosing a solid coloured garment rather than a print.

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If you have satin and shiny texture to your skin, wear some fabrics with sheen to balance. Sheen attracts light which can draw attention so you would want to be aware that the style is flattering for you. On the other hand, if you can’t resist those shiny fabrics but you have a suede and matte texture, go for one with a print. The print would detract from the reflective qualities of the fabric and match your skin’s patterning, even if the fabric was smooth to the touch.

Play with textures to see where you fit at this time of your life, and notice how the different fabrics make you look. By knowing how fabrics affect your texture, you’ll be able dress for a better effect.

Find out more about the rules of texture and How to Wardrobe at plum.ca.

 

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Belts and necklaces are wonder accessories. Not only do they tailor, polish, accent an outfit, but they also create focal points to draw the eye. Using them skillfully can help highlight and balance your proportions. 

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When you are adding these finishing touches to your look, adjust a long necklace so that the point of interest meets a balance point.  Not only will someone’s eye be drawn to the details, but it will also imply a vertical line on your torso and create length. On the other hand, a short necklace will keep the eye around the neckline.

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Place a belt where it makes more sense for your proportions.  For instance, if you have a long waist with shorter legs, you may want to create balance by wearing your belt at the balance point closest to your natural waistline. The belt creates a horizontal line dividing your body in two, and placing a belt higher on your body will elongate your bottom half to create more balance.  If you have a short torso, wear your belt so that it meets a balance point further down on your hip.

By understanding your body’s proportions, you can effectively create focal points where your proportions will balance. In the end, your outfit will look more harmonious.

Read more about the Rule of Proportion and How to Wardrobe on plum.ca.

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PS: Due to snow, we have extended our West 4th Warehouse Sale until Sunday, March 2nd!

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Struggling to find something to wear? You might need some new inspiration. During this transitional time between winter and spring, styles that were the mainstays during the fall season feel lackluster. A few fashionable pieces added now will make you excited about your clothes again until it's time to change over your closet. Transition into spring in style with these items:

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Dresses: Floral prints are a go-to wardrobe item now when you wear it with a cardigan and tights. Later in spring, lighten the layers and play off the print.

Shop some of the sale dresses here.

 

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Blouses: Sheer blouses with colourful prints transition easily to spring. Unique styles add endless outfit combinations with your basic black.

Shop some of the sale blouses here.

 

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Sweaters: Knitwear has never been so stylish. Now on sale, you can take risks with fun trends. Later in spring, replace your coat with a cardigan.

Shop some of the sale sweaters here.

 

Now during our end-of-season sale, get inspired by the prices as well. All fall and winter merchandise is now 50-70% off!

 

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We all love our Kersh cardigans. They warm us up when we are cold. They tie our outfit together when we need a final layer. And they even add a pop of colour. For these reasons, the Kersh cardigans are closet essentials that we wear over and over again.  This holiday season share your love with a friend, mother, aunt or cousin. Here are 5 reasons why the Kersh cardigan makes a great gift:

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  1. You'll find her size easily: Finding her size is low-risk because the cardigan is has just five sizes to choose from: XS to XL.
  2. There are two styles to choose from:  Both styles are popular so you can’t really go wrong. The ribbed waist cardigan slims your middle and works well with dresses. The open cardigan is a flattering length and is fun to layer.  Whatever her style or personality, these two designs will work for her.
  3. You’re bound to find a colour that she doesn’t have: Every season, a new palette of colours that are exclusive to Plum stores is hand selected by the buyer. When choosing for someone else, you can either opt for a basic neutral that everyone needs, or you can go for a pop of colour! If you are picking out a brighter hue, go for something that would fit in with the colours that she already wears.
  4. She’ll get so much wear out of her cardigan: Cardigans are closet essentials. You can dress them up or down; throw them over jeans or wear them with a dress. In the winter, they can be an extra layer, and in the summer, they can replace a jacket. Because we wear them all the time, we can never have too many cardigans.
  5. They’re now on sale: Now get the ribbed waist cardigan for $39 (reg. $49) and the open cardigan for $45 (reg. $59). For under $50, she'll have a great gift that she'll wear all year round.

For a little sparkle when she opens it, add a piece of jewellery. The jewellery promo is still on until December 24th. Buy one and get the second piece (of equal or lesser value) for 50% off! Details here.

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How to be Sale Savvy

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We love sales for the thrill of the hunt. We also love to share our good fortune when we get a compliment on our find. Being sale savvy is about finding outfits that add new life to your existing wardrobe when the price is right.  Here are some ideas on how to shop this mid-season sale:

  1. Take a look in your closet and evaluate what you have before you head out the door.  When you know what you need, it’s easier to stay focused when tempted by the sales racks. Because the selection and quantities are better than at end-of-season sales, you want to think about outfits.
  2. Wardrobe essentials such as a black jacket or skinny yoga jeans are great finds because the cost-per-wear on closet basics will be that much lower.  Plus, essentials such as the yoga jeans rarely go on a promotion with a full selection of styles and size so it’s time to buy.  But even if the price is a steal, make sure the fit is right.
  3. Closet basics are nothing without the fun pieces that speak to your personal style. Trendy items are worth buying if you can think of wearing it in three different outfits. And you’ll still have time to wear them before the season is out.  
  4. You can never have enough accessories and jewellery. Because they can transform your outfit and allow you to play with trends with minimal investment, it’s time to stock up when they are on sale.

Being sale savvy is buying the clothing that excites you and inspires you with many outfit ideas. The real value is in every time you put them on.

 

Plum’s 4 day sale runs Thursday, November 28th to Sunday, December 1st. 

4 day specials including a minimum of 30% off the original price on all items!

Get there early! All Plum stores open at 9 am Thursday and Friday.

Willowbrook Mall opens at 9:30 am on Thursday and 9 am on Friday.

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Find those fun pieces that liven up your closet basics.

Everything in store is a minimum of 30% off including jewellery, accessories and new arrivals!

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There's a full selection of wardrobe essentials during this mid-season sale.

Must-have basics like the yoga jeans are on sale for 30% off during our 4 day sale!

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Select Tobias Coats are specially priced at $150 for 4 days only.

Includes the Tobias Coat with Hidden Placket and the Tobias A line Coat with Hood and Patch Pockets.

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Select Simone dresses are specially priced $79 for 4 days only!

Includes the Drop Waist Shift Dress, the Wrap Dress with Contrast Trim, and the V-neck Dress with Side Wrap.

Also, all William Rast jeans are $49 dollars for 4 days only!

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