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It doesn’t take a style guru to know that you feel the most fashionable and put-together in a well-fitting garment. I spoke with Plum designer Claudia Agusti about fitting dresses for every woman. The focus is of course on accentuating a woman’s best features. For Claudia, the neckline and the waistline are key.

One of the most exciting formal dresses for Spring 2012 is this classic LBD (available in a dreamy cream colour as well). You can take this number from work, to a wedding, on a date, and back again. The natural waistline falls at the smallest part of a woman’s figure. This slims the body and gives the illusion of an hourglass figure, if you need a little help faking it like most of us do!

This ultra-feminine neckline shows off another great ladylike feature, the décolletage. It also makes a great backdrop for any kind of necklace you want to showcase.

 

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                                            Sheath Dress with Bust Detail in Black and Cream, $129

 

If you're looking for a colour with a little more pop, try this one on for size. It has similar design features as the dress pictured above and a to-die-for peekaboo back. It's still appropriate for any formal event, and the eye-catching print is fun and feminine.

 

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                                        Dress with Peekaboo Back in Green, Pink, Purple, and Red, $120

 

When you look great, you feel great! That’s why Plum invests so much time and care into each Simone dress it produces. Check out this video from Shaw TV and watch the design and production process from start to finish.

 

                       

 

                       Think of your favourite Simone dress. What is your favourite feature of it?

 

 

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Jeans and T-Shirts

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We think jeans and a T is a great look that seems to endure!  But this spring the look has the benefit of coloured jeans.  We know... we know... you probably are a little hesitant to go for those bold jean colours, but wait a minute … it is not that outrageous if you remember a couple of tips.

If you are going to wear a bold colour on the bottom don’t over do it with colour on top. Wear something plain like a white or neutral coloured T on top then punctuate with a bold coloured accessory like a scarf or bag.
 
And if your look is denim, like the yoga jeans, then any of this season’s fantastic colours can go on top!
 
For a limited time: Buy a pair of jeans at Plum, and get a Cap Sleeve T-shirt for $5 (reg. $20)! See details.
 
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Kensie Tape Yarn Sweater Cardigan in Driftwood. $88
Mavi Molly Straight Leg Jean in Light Brushed Dominique. $98
 

 

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BB Dakota Micro Twill Belted Coat in Navy $134
Mavi Alexa Highrise Skinny Jeans in Barcelona Green $98
Plum Dolman Sleeve Side Pocket Top in Navy/White $59
Co-Lab Small Nylon Tote in Yellow $65
 

 

 

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Kersh Ribbed Waist Cardigan in Pansy $49
Mavi Alexa Highrise Skinny Jeans in Daphne Blue $98
Wish Tonic Charm Necklace $22 

 

 

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Mavi Alexa Highrise Skinny Jeans in Dark Sateen $98
Plum Longer Back, Slub Tank Top in White $39
Multi Chain Necklace $35


 

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Second Highrise Skinny Yoga Jeans with Zip Ankle in Rinse Indigo $120
Plum Striped Knit Tank Top in Black and White $49
Necklace with Large Resin Center Pendant $35
 

 

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Mavi Alexa Highrise Skinny Jeans in Dark Sateen $98
Plum Longer Back, Slub Tank Top in White $39
Multi Chain Necklace $35
 

 

Our question to you today: Which is your favourite look?  Jeans or yoga pants?  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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Holiday Looks Fantastic at Plum

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Fantastic holiday looks are in Plum stores now.  If you are hosting guests, or if you're the life of the party, there's a holiday look at Plum for you.

What are your plans for the holidays?

 

 

 

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Kensie Sequined Dress. $88

 

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Arriving in Plum stores soon: Plum Short Sleeve Blouse in Beige/Black. $72

 

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Simone Sleeveless Dress in Blue and Purple. $120

 

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Simone 3/4 Mock Wrap Dress in Red and Charcoal.  $115
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This March 3rd the Dress for Success annual fundraising gala will take place at the classy Vancouver club.  Suitably dubbed an event for change, IMPACT will be a fun, fashion-friendly event that also benefits the community.

Plum has long been a supporter of this amazing organization that first helps disadvantaged women gain employment, along with confidence, through finding suitable clothing, accessories, and even make-up and hair styling for their job-search.   What many people aren’t aware of is how much support is offered to the participants after their work-friendly wardrobe is found. Through mentorship, networking opportunities, skills-training workshops and use of computers and supplies at their career centres, Dress for Success helps women become self-supporting and economically independent for themselves and their families.  Such involved charitable work in our community is not possible without the support of countless volunteers and sponsors, and amazing donors and attendees at events like IMPACT.

 
This year, IMPACT, an event for change, will feature amazing door prizes and raffle prizes (imagine winning a $2,500 Oakridge Shopping Spree), a thrilling live auction (live the swank life and bid!), and fine wines and hors d’oeuvres, all while enjoying our good company.  Let’s not minimize the effect of hearing how your attendance will impact the many lives of Dress for Success applicants, as they share their incredible stories of achieving success. 
 
So put on your lovely Simone dress, and come!
 
When: March 3rd, 2011 Doors open at 5:30 pm
 
Where: Vancouver Club 915 West Hastings at Hornby
 
How: Tickets -$125 dollars at www.supportdfsvan.org (75$ Charitable Tax Receipt included)
 
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Casual Fridays - Love it or Hate it?

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Is it possible that Casual Friday has passed its expiry date? Has the original intention become irrelevant?

We at Plum want to stay absolutely up to date with how our customers are dressing so we are asking the question. Do you love it or do you hate it? Is it necessary? Please fill out our Casual Friday survey  - you could win a $200 Gift Certificate.

The workplace has changed over the years. For instance the technology era has brought us “cool” places to work where casual dressing is the new suit! 

But everyone has seen cases where workers just don’t seem to get it when it comes to casual dressing for work. When the norm is casual during the week Friday arrives and for some it means one step above going to the beach! Is that how we want to represent where we work?

In an era where everyone is trying to get our economy back on its feet and competition for advancement in the workplace is prevalent, are we really getting what we originally intended from casual Fridays? It used to be a break from wearing a suit? Tell us what YOU think.

So, please post a comment here, and also take our Casual Friday survey  - you could win a $200 Gift Certificate.  ... read the full post and reader comments

 
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