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The lines we choose in our clothes affect our appearance--we can either harmonize them with our features or contrast them to emphasize or detract from our natural shape. Unless you want to cancel your curves, the key to line is to know that curved lines emphasize the curves you naturally possess.

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Because they create a soft drape, curved lines emphasize the roundedness of the body. For this reason, you can create curves where you might be lacking with the garments you choose. If you have narrow hips, for instance, go for a skirt with a curvy pattern and a flowing fabric to create the illusion that you’ve got shape there. Or, if you want to create harmony, choose a curvilinear blouse with a rounded neckline (as shown above) to mimic the arc of your facial features. The eye will be drawn towards your face. 

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Clothes look sleeker when they are made up of straight lines as they don’t hold the gaze as long. Straight lines cut the visual space in the direction that the lines are positioned. That’s why a top with bold horizontal lines creates width at the bust, and vertical-lined jeans create length in the leg, so place these straight lines with care on the body. Because rectilinear patterns can hold attention longer than stripes, a geometric print blouse (as shown above) can create harmony with your straight-lined facial features while still maintaining the attention on you.  

Read more about the Rules of Line 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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As past curator of the Vancouver Museum, and current curator for the Society of the Museum of Original Costume, Ivan has always been a collector.

As a child, he purchased antiques from thrift shops, catalogued them in his garage, then spent hours at the library to determine the exact age of the items. When he was just a teenager, he bought his first item of clothing: a black lace dress from the thirties. Now, he jokes that he sleeps in the dining room because the boxes have overtaken every room in his East Van house. He has amassed one of the largest private collections in all of Canada.

Fashion lovers flock to his events--not just to see a rare glimpse of his collection, but also hear the unique insights only he can provide. When Ivan is speaking, anecdotes about how and where he acquired each item are peppered in with his expert knowledge on the evolution of women’s fashion from 1650. His fashion shows are filled with stories from the original women who wore the garments that he could only hear at the original transaction. All told without shortage of humour and passion.

Ivan Sayers is hosting, after all.

 

Buy your tickets to Radical Rags at any Plum lower mainland store

or purchase them online here.

When: February 22 from 2 to 4 pm

Where: Vancouver's St. Andrew's-Wesley Church

All proceeds go to support the Civil Rights Now!

 

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Radical Rags: A Rare Live Model Vintage Fashion Show

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Radical Rags

A Rare Live Model Vintage Fashion Show

February 22 at Vancouver's St. Andrew's-Wesley Church, 2-4pm

Explore the history of fashion for social activists at "Radical Rags", a rare live model vintage fashion show. Hosted by fashion historian, Ivan Sayers, live models feature looks that your suffragette great-grandmothers fought to wear up until the clothes worn by the peace-loving protestors of the 60s and 70s. As the models parade during the show, the social change brought on by these activists becomes as revealing as the fashion.

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All proceeds from this show go to support Civil Rights Now, BC’s advocacy organization for persons living with disabilities.

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Win a Pair of Tickets to Radical Rags!

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Exciting News!

We are giving away one pair of tickets to "Radical Rags: The Fashion of Activism," a historic fashion show with Ivan Sayers.

During this time of 'Fast Fashion' when "more and cheaper" is the main message, it is good remember a time when fashion was something more important.  Ivan is showing part of his vast collection from an era that was important to all of us.  Don't miss a seldom seen live display of fashion from our past! 

If you'd like to buy tickets, please visit any lower mainland Plum store or purchase your tickets on-line.

 

Radical Rags

This fundraising event takes place on February 22nd at Vancouver's St. Andrew's Wesley United Church. All proceeds go to support The Civil Rights Now! Society.

To enter, click this link and fill out your contact information

To read more about this event and see what Kate O'Brien said about Ivan Sayers click here.

 

 

 

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Save the Date! Radical Rags Fundraiser

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Save the date!

On February 22, join us for "Radical Rags: The Fashion of Activism," a historic fashion show with Ivan Sayers.

Kate O'Brien (co-owner of Plum), an avid collector of vintage herself, speaks with emphasis when she says that Ivan Sayers' collection is unparalleled in North America: "Ivan is one of the foremost authorities on vintage clothing dating back long before the 20th century."

Throughout history, fashion has provided the signage for social, political, and cultural changes within our society. From the fight for womens’ right to vote in the early 1900’s, through womens’ participation in both world wars, to the peace, anti-war and civil rights movements of the 1960’s, the womens’ liberation movement which progressed throughout the 1970’s, and the on-going struggle for gay equality, disability and environmental rights of the present day.

These often controversial battles for equality all have a common thread – iconic fashions or signs of the times which identify the cause and depict the generation. Presented by fashion historian, Ivan Sayers, Radical Rags – a live model fashion show- will showcase fashions which define social movements and cultural milestones from the early 1900’s to present day. Ivan Sayers will take us on a historical journey telling the story of how and why political activism became fashionable.

If you have yet to attend one of Ivan Sayers' fashion shows, this is an event not to be missed!

Get your tickets online here or at one of Plum's lower mainland stores.

 

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