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Now that we’ve talked about colour and body type, there’s one more factor we’ve been learning about to help our customers dress with purpose and that’s personality style. We asked a series of questions about what our customers prefer and we found that they have three things they like best when it comes to their clothing: functionality, comfort and a dash of style.

When we work with individual clients at ICU Image Consulting, we do a detailed personality style analysis and a series of exercises to help our clients really dig down into what they love most so we can help them make the perfect choices for them. There are six personality style types that we work with and we find that people typically reside in one and have a secondary influencer.

Here’s a quick bit about what each one is like:

Dramatics love being seen, love to live in the best place in town, are high flyers and so would drive a noticeable vehicle, either something brightly coloured, uniquely detailed or expensive! They live for cutting edge trends and are often seen in the latest thing.

Aristocrats (Elegant Sporty) really like using their intelligence for achievement and would love to live on a spacious country estate. The Elegant Sporty loves function, so might enjoy a sturdy SUV that’s not too flashy but good for heading off-road if necessary. They love high quality and things that last.

Natural personality types are very much ‘what you see is what you get’ and their fashion is always comfortable and they don’t care much about how things look, although they do like to dress with attitude, given the right opportunity. They are the freedom loving, bargain hunting nature lovers! They would be living in a cabin in the woods, off the grid, at their most extreme.

The Classic is mainly concerned with being appropriate and they like rules and order. They live in nice houses in nice neighborhoods with white picket fences at their most extreme and they love order. They like to blend in and love things that are simple, elegant and tailored. They love simple clothes that are neither too trendy nor outdated.

Creatives like to break the rules, as one of their favourite things is self-expression. They love eclectic homes, and unusual pieces with a story. In their fashion, they like to put odd things together.

Finally, the Romantic personality style type is the one who loves luxury and beauty the most. They love to live in opulent spaces, with lots of soft throws, pillows, crystal and chandeliers. They are the lovers and are really motivated by relationship and they love to wear things that are feminine, flowing and soft. They need to have things that feel good against the skin. In their fashion, they enjoy sheer fabric, lace, jersey, cashmere and things that drape well.

People can exhibit traits of different personality style types at any time, but they generally feel most at home in the one that meets the majority of their needs. We spend a lot of time getting very specific on all these details, but we know that you might be pressed for time when you’re looking for that perfect outfit at Plum.

We want to make sure that we know as much as we can about what you need, so the outfit we help you find works not just for your colouring and body type, but also for your personality. In our next blog, we’ll talk about what kinds of Plum fashions suit each set of characteristics best. We’ve found that the traits of a few different personality style types to better fit the majority of customers.

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Here are the three basic personality types and their characteristics– see where you fit best! 

The Active Thinker

This type loves things that function really well, are of good quality and hold their value. They will pay more for things that they expect to last. They love things that make sense and meet their needs. They don’t like to think a lot about their clothing. They love the best quality they can afford and their style is simple, tailored, sporty and elegant.

They love to influence others and are sophisticated, yet approachable. In their ideal world, they’d live in a spacious home with a large groomed acreage or yard and would take active vacations that would include things like skiing or golf. They might drive durable SUVs of good quality that can get them to places like the ski slope or tennis court equally well. At work, you might find them in traditional industries such as finance or politics. Think Princess Kate and you’re on the right track.

The Easygoing Comfort Seeker

This personality type is extremely direct, loves freedom and doesn’t generally care about fashion. They enjoy functionality and have high economic value, so everything they buy needs to be a good deal, practical or comfortable and preferably all three. They aren’t especially concerned with material possessions but are very concerned with authenticity and being real. Their style is also simple, but much less tailored – if something fits, that’s a bonus. They love natural fabrics and they love to dress with flair and attitude while still remaining comfortable.

Naturals really enjoy a casual lifestyle, love to live in homes that are very eco-friendly and love to be close to nature. They would drive a hybrid or have no car at all. They would vacation in nature, either camping or travelling to places to go on safari and see more of the world’s natural beauty. You’ll often find them in careers that allow them to make a difference and make the world a better place. Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston are great examples of this personality type.

The Lover of All Things in Moderation

This personality type loves being moderate and neat. Safety is one of their chief concerns and being appropriately dressed for any occasion is of primary importance.  They are very well mannered and like to practice good etiquette. They are refined, poised and well-coordinated. They don’t like to stand out, are often found in supportive roles and like to make sure everyone gets along.  Their style is much the same – they like to blend in and keep things harmonious, choosing beautifully tailored pieces that go well with one another. They love style rules that they can follow and they also love to ‘do things properly’.

You’d find these lovers of moderation living in nicely appointed homes in safe neighborhoods; a white picket fence would suit them perfectly. They would drive a beautifully cared for (but not flashy) family sedan and would vacation in places where the itinerary is carefully laid out and organized. At work, you’ll find them in careers where they can use their organizational skills to their advantage and support others in a team environment; they are fantastic administrators and managers. If you’re thinking of Michelle Obama, you’re on the money!

-Katherine Lazaruk of ICU Image Consulting

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How many women wear dresses where you work? I bet you can name them right away. Dresses make an immediate impression.

When you wear a dress, it looks like you put a ton of effort into your outfit but it really doesn’t take much at all. We feel pulled-together and polished right away.  It takes seconds to put a dress on and seconds to make this impression.

Because of this, dresses are the ultimate wardrobe solution for women with busy lives. The dress speaks volumes about your personality and taste, whether you like a creative colourful dress or a classic LBD.  Then, if you need to go out after work, just bring some heels and some statement jewels and your look is transformed.

It’s easy to impress with a dress.

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Get fancy with this Simone flocked ponte dress with back detail

The jewelled clutch and embellished belt glitz it up for holiday parties.

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This colourful Simone dress with peplum makes quite an impression. It's flattering too.

$129 now $95

 

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An updated LBD (like this Simone sheath dress with zipper detail) is so versatile and will be a go-to for last minute invitations.

$129

 

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Plum’s Perfect 10 is a collection of 10 items that we love. Our tenth and final selection of this series is the Tobias black pencil skirt. Get down to business with this office staple, and after your nine-to-five, wear it overtime by changing your top and accessories and trading your flats for heels.

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Work it during the week--the black pencil skirt looks polished and professional whether your career is creative or corporate.  Show off how you’re detail-oriented by tucking in your top and adding a belt.

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The weekly grind is out of mind with this evening look. Glitzy accessories and a sky high heel take this skirt out of the work-wear world. The black pencil skirt has flattering fit to accentuate your curves and waist so wear it long after you punch out.

The Tobias black pencil skirt is a wonder for your wardrobe so we always have different styles in stores.  The one we've shown in the Tobias black slim skirt and it's priced at $79.

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PS: Did you miss #9 in the Plum's Perfect 10 series? Read up on the Plum white button up blouse!

 

 

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Nature is inspiring--every season it comes out with amazing colour combinations. Whether they're light and bright like in the spring, clear and cool in the winter, or rich and woodsy in the fall, Nature can surprise us with the variety of colours it offers. Just like Nature, we are inspiring and surprising, and our natural colouring can serve as the basis for our colour choices in clothing as well! You don't see Nature running around wearing pale, baked colours in the spring, when everything is fresh and new, and you don't see many riotous colours in the winter, when things are a little more stark and dramatic.

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It works the same way for us. When people with really light and bright colouring wear something that is pale and soft, it looks out of place. Same with people who have really gorgeous intense colouring--when they wear something too warm and woodsy, or something that just doesn't pop, they can also look out of step. If you've got something in the closet that you just aren't wearing, colour can be one of the reasons why. Take the item, step in front of a mirror, and see if it really matches who you are. If not, it might be time to shop with purpose and find something that makes you look naturally healthy, radiant, and beautiful. Take a page out of Nature's album and find out what your natural colours can do for you.

 

UPDATE! Plum's fashion consultants have now completed all 3 modules of the training program: colour, body analysis and personality. We have learned so much and we are eager to share it with you. Stay tuned to No Guru for more posts on body analysis and personality coming soon. 

 

 

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Plum’s Perfect 10 is a collection of 10 items that we love. Our seventh selection is the Kersh Tabbed Sleeve Cardigan. Now that it’s feeling more like sweater weather, embrace the cooler temperatures with a cozy cardigan! When the calendar calls those crisp autumn days,  warm up without the bulk of winter wools--this cardi is the perfect layering cardigan since it is so long and lean.

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With just the right details of the tabbed sleeve and the pockets, the cardigan is relaxed for casual weekend looks, but also refined enough to work as a go-to piece in our 9-to-5 wardrobes. Choose from these gorgeous fall hues to work with every item in your wardrobe: Ginger, Merlot, Black, Evergreen, Turmeric, Indigo, Grey and Teal. (Click here to see the colour swatches!) All these colours are exclusive to Plum stores. The Tabbed Sleeve Cardigan is priced at $69*.

 

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We give this cardigan a perfect 10. How are you wearing it?

 

*FOR A LIMITED TIME, get $10 off your purchase of a Kersh tabbed sleeve or ribbed waist cardigan!  Offer ends September 29, 2013.

Did you miss our Plum Perfect 10 blog about the Kersh ribbed waist cardigan? Click here to see why we love this style!

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