Simone...it's only a name!

As buyer and an owner of Plum I can say that we have loved designing clothes … especially Simone dresses! So when we had to stop designing and making clothing in Canada it was tough.  But we are delighted to tell you that we get to relive our relationship with our previous designer Claudia Agusti by carrying dresses designed by her for another company. Plum now carries a full range of dresses (some of the patterns and the fits come directly from our original designs) with a new name “Spencer & Shaw”. You are going to fall in love with them the way you fell in love with our Simone dresses!

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I was besotted with this bold, blossoming print at first sight. Reminiscent of garden parties, weddings but also fitting for the office, school and a wide variety of other events. Again, with Claudia's great design features, such as the mid waist stretch, and a fully lined skirt.

Spencer+Shaw sleeveless dress - elastic waist (black/pink or black/yellow prints) $110

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A dress which will find itself the center of attention at many gatherings and Friday night date nights. A vision of what is needed for adequate movement and comfort includes a faux wrap, designed to not offer exposure to the world, such is the case with many wrap skirts and dresses. Accompanied by a gentle frill and matching sleeve frill and lining.  The perfect party dress!

Spencer + Shaw ruffle trim wrap dress (black combo print) $149

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Claudia has always been able to design with fun, function and fashion! Don't let the simple cut of this dress fool you into thinking it's merely casual. Try wearing it with leggings and your favourite knee high boots, a puff sleeve blouse and a long necklace, for a more upscale look. Comprised of a substantial stretch fabric, it's sure to be a go to for weekends and days off as well!

Spencer + Shaw sleeveless mini star dress (black/heather grey) $106

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The front of this dress presents as a simple cut. However, Claudia has always been able to design with all angles in mind. The back, showing a sweet ribbon tie and slight peek a boo back. We've brought this back for many seasons as it's continued to be a Plum favourite!

Spencer + Shaw trapeze ribbon tie dress (plum) $110

Names represent many things when it comes to branding and labels. And yet, over the years, there have been many companies which have morphed and changed. And while Plum has moved on from having our own design dept and no longer has Simone, we are grateful to continue our relationship with Simone's designer who continues to provide us with her magical vision! 

Katie O'Brien

Be sure to visit a Plum location near you as we have many more 'Spencer and Shaw' dresses to suit all!

And don't forget about denim promotion...Purchase a pair of regular priced black or blue jeans until Sept. 23 and receive a $25 Plum certificate to use on a regular priced item between Sept. 29 and Oct.31.  (instore and web).

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Here's your chance to shop now AND later. Purchase a pair of regular priced black or blue jeans between Sept. 13 and 23 and receive a $25 Plum certificate to use on a regular priced item between Sept. 29 and Oct.31. Delayed gratification! (instore and web).

In the old old old days...people wore destroyed denim because, well...they were poor! Could not afford new ones...now it's 'pre worn out' for you (how nice). The ripped and destroyed trend of denim began in the 80's with the 'hair' bands. It then moved into the 90's where grunge bands took over the style, adding to it unkept hair and a loose, easy style (a la; Curt Cobain). Somewhere beyond the 90's, it became fully mainstream, and everyday, to the point where there were more rips and skin, than actual denim. Me thinks this extreme version of the trend can REST IN PEACE! Will destroyed denim ever die completely though? A Donald Trump presidency versus aged or weathered denim... I really have my doubts as to which will move on sooner. Let's make denim great again...wait, was it ever not great!? ;)

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Perhaps black denim gives your look a bit more polish...it can also add some edge, it can go either way, depending on the co-ordinates chosen. Perhaps your heart belongs to coffee....then... espresso your love for the deep dark brew with this graphic t! (I know, groan!)

Mavi Kendra straight leg jean (black) $98

Kaffe heart t shirt with writing (white) $42

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The above jeans, just enough wear so they look like you've worn them for some time, but you can make your own holes. And if you are on the hunt for a new blazer, plaid or check is 'IT' this season. I bought this jacket and wore it on the weekend and despite the pattern, I had no issues with pairing it with my graphic t's. Made for a great, casual weekend look.

Mavi Alissa high rise super skinny (mid indigo) $118

Kaffe checked blazer (black/grey/red) $139

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Another denim trend not to be passed up is the frayed hem denim. The pizzazz of this style is so apparent. it's fun, it's easy, it's charming (who cares if the hem is straight, the more jagged the better). Wear them with a Moto jacket and Cuban heels or chunky Mary Jane's and a long blazer. Or as above casually with converse. And a jacket/coat like this, helps welcome the weather change.

Mavi Alissa high rise super skinny fringe ankle (dark brushed supersoft) $128

Daisy long zip coat (black or olive) $110

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The ideal compliment to a loose fitting denim bottom is a fitted top, be it a tank or as above the mock neck top, thus avoiding an 'over' fabricing (is that a word) of your body!

Mavi Ada boyfriend jean (smoke vintage) $118

Daisy mock neck 3/4 sleeve top (black, burgundy, light rust or olive) $35

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And veering away slightly from skinny and relaxed is straight leg. Nice with (as above) sky high heels or high heeled boots as they will slide nicely over a boot. Excellent for a less strict office environment.

Yoga Dominique straight leg jean (medium indigo blue) $130

The term 'Flawsome' I believe was coined by someone who made her mark on the fashion world by showcasing her 'so called' flaws as apposed to camouflaging them, being a woman of colour and plenty of shape - Tyra Banks! A substantial challenge, in an industry where her attributes would not be so readily embraced. Therefore...Flawsome (adj): something awesome because of it's flaws...pretty much all of us, wouldn't you say?

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"My love to thee is sound, sans crack or flaw" ~ Shakespeare (Love's Labour's Lost)

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Currently, unless your dress standards are set by the royal family, tasteless seems to have a far wider set of brackets than in the days of 'long haired freaky people...need not apply' (Five Man Electric Band). What about wearing overalls to a wedding?...erm, wait what if the venue is a pasture OR Goth wear to a funeral...black is still fairly standard at funerals and I doubt the dearly departed will care! Seems it's not so much a math equation as an emotional or social one. Just be grateful to not be Kanye West who, while attending a wedding recently, had his slides ridiculed by the www for being too small. 'It's the Japanese way' said Yeezy. Sure Kanye, I guess my leggings are worn the 'gymnastics' way then! So, on that note, jeans, we now can find in every possible venue, event and scenario, accepted almost everywhere. Dress them up, down or just get in them! Let's have a look at some new jeans and some possible ways to give them your tasteful touch!

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Thinking I was sufficiently stocked with my jeans, ready for fall, I put them on...or rather tried to. -REASON # 7 FOR BUYING NEW JEANS...'my old ones shrank' (right!)...I had to do a try on of these! They are simply divine!  So, comfortable they feel like a hug! Jeans should do that and keep the jiggle at bay!  I adore this sweet jacket with its shawl collar, below pocket pleats and the feminine back tie. Also comes in black, my favourite funeral colour! (bloggers favourite pairing this season so far)!

Yoga Dominique straight leg jeans $130

Cream blazer (black or brick red) $149

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Something about these sky high heels and the worn, washed black...just so sexy looking. Add to it, a long cardigan or this fabulous lace kimono maybe some fabulous jewelry, perhaps do your hair in a messy bun and voila! A stunning look!

Mavi high rise skinny jeans (dark grey vintage) $118

Kaffe lace kimono (vintage blue) $99

 

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Long gone are the days where high rise meant, something worn by your Mom. Now, they are well constructed, perfectly fitting and always with comfort an important factor. A perfect pairing with this luscious open front sweater. Add a fabulous scarf to the coupling and you have a comfortable, yet outstanding look.

Yoga high rise super skinny stretch $130

B Young colour blocked cardigan (burgundy multi) $119

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What do you not need a boyfriend for? Boyfriend jeans! Looking relaxed and feeling ultra comfortable and easy! However, to shake things up a bit if you're doing a Friday night cocktail party or cozy local concert, add a sophisticated top, a jacket, eye catching earrings and some bold cut out booties. A funky look is born.

Mavi Ada boyfriend jeans (smoke vintage) $118

Cream shell top (smoke rose) $79

So, really...have we seen the death of tasteless? Probably not any time soon, but I also don't believe we can easily bullet list it because, needless to say, what's tasteless to one person is wedding apparel to the next;) So what really is considered tasteless? WATER!! Water is tasteless...zero taste!

Yours in fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"Always have a unique character like salt, it's presence is not felt, but it's absence makes all things tasteless"

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DREAMERS UNITE....WE HAVE THE SWEATER for you~~~lush, dreamy and on special~~~ until Monday Sept 3 ~ eight colours ~ $ 59 ~ instore and webstore

We likely all have 'something' we like to cover up...an old scar from your 20's, best not talked about because, you know...that was an 'experimental' period! ;) Or maybe the first marriage...perhaps you won't talk about that, you were young, it was the 80's, enough said.  How about grey hair? Actually times are trending more towards people proudly letting it grow and show, instead of investing in root cover up products. What a relief.  I love it when fashion trends follow our unique or natural qualities. But what goes with this pigment challenged hair colour? Come with me...let's have a look.

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This weeks featured sweater is back by popular demand in eight colours. Whether you have grey hair, blonde...or follically challenged...there is bound to be a colour to suit your complexion or hair colour. This will definitely be a go to sweater for the season. Get it while it's on special and colours are still available. (scarf sold separately)

Dreamers V NECK sweater in 8 colours (black, olive, denim, heather coral, heather grey, heather plum, mocha and raisin) - was $69 UNTIL MONDAY $59

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The rules of dress and colour typically state that grey hair is better with bold jewel tones. However, we're not talking city bylaws here, we're talking fashion guidelines...so if you are compelled by muted tones go for it. After all, some of THE BEST things come from rule breakers! But this is a fabulous little knit dress with stretch lining! Break the rules with desert!

Kaffe dress (sundried tomato) $99

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And yet another rich hue to try is this t shirt above, especially if you tend to be drawn to the blues or greens. Note it's ubiquitous cut which allows it to compliment nearly all your coordinates.

B Young melange cap sleeve t shirt (black, burgundy or green) $32

WORN WITH...Soya concept glen plaid skirt (burgundy/off white) $75

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The other way is to literally indulge in the colour completely which helps accentuate it. Above are four diverse options, depending of course on the occasion. The dress draws out some other beautiful tones and neutrals as well, the coat adds coverage but with a bit of style...over jeans, dresses or skirts...wear it open or use the wrap belt. Add a bold scarf or bold lipstick if you wish to break it up.

Cream printed knit dress (forest multi) $109

Cream maxi coat (grey melange) $169

Motion multi yarn sweater (black/grey) $86

Maronie camo drop shoulder sweatshirt (grey camouflage) $55

Lately I've seen many who are totally rockin' their natural pigment free manes of various ages! Although, grey, white or silver hair stems from our eventual lack of ability to generate melanin which are contained in pigment cells....OR our lack of ability to tolerate nonsense or general buffoonery! (a natural childish quality). I must still have some tolerance left in me, as I don't seem to have sprouted much...sadly!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

"Grey hair is a blessing...ask any bald man" ~ picturequotes.com

 

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Boho vibes

NOTE: some items that are featured here are part of the sale, and some are new arrivals. Prices are noted or check in store for details.

One more month of official summer remains, then back to it...school, work or, as in my case...back to…um, what I’m doing now (lol).  In any case BOHO, technically speaking is short for bohemian homeless originating in the 19th century, meant to describe the unconventional lifestyle of journalists, writers and artists. The style is characterized by large floppy hats, long flowey skirts and Joni Mitchell songs. A look typically representing, free thinking, creativeness and long, lazy days of summer. In 30 days, fall will abruptly attempt to put an end to all the free thinking fun...but for now, we have a reason to look like we haven’t a care in the world.

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I think lace, in particular, can be viewed as a central part of bohemian style. Presenting an image of light, easy, fresh and vintage. The above dress can be just as comfortable at an evening out, as at the beach. As I often note, the footwear and accessories most often punctuates the look.

En Creme sundress with tassel straps (red/white) was $89 is now $69

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One of my favourite features of this dress, aside from the open weave linen and pockets, is the shoulder ties, which offers the ability to slightly adjust the length. Aside from the every day, wear-for-tasking/lack-of-conformity style, I can see this worn with a shawl, and a long pendant.

Catwalk linen jumper dress (black, denim blue, pink or white) $110

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Aside from the sweet, floral pattern, what’s lovely about this dress is the length, not too long... not too short...just right Goldilocks! If the neckline looks slightly too plunging for where you’re going, easily add a lace tank and if your air conditioned office is where you’re headed, add a jacket.

Hem & Thread spaghetti strap dress (navy/orange) was $85 is now $65

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And of course embroidery is yet another common theme. The kimono featured here is bound to be another seasonal favourite for its very light texture.

Embroidered kimono (white) $79

There is definitely a way to add elements of the boho style to your outfit without being head to toe 70’s. A little bit of lace, a hat, or an embroidered jacket.  I once went all out on Halloween as a hippy. I could very easily see from the passersby on the street, it was rather unclear if this was my usual style.  Lesson I learned? You can take the girl out of the 70’s but it’s best to leave that entire 10 years where it was, maybe grab a piece or two, but it’s in the past for a reason!

Peace...

Suzanne M

"Rows and flows of angel hair, and ice cream castles in the air, and feather canyons everywhere, I've looked at clouds that way" ~ Joni Mitchell  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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