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If you are not a sequin enthusiast, you might be feeling a bit lost when it comes to holiday dressing. But good news! There are absolutely ways to dress festively without feeling like a disco ball. A great place to start is with a distinctive top or dress that will act as a base for the rest of your outfit.

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Beaded collar top in cream and black, $75

This is a perfect example. The beaded collar and the asymmetrical hem are two details that add interest and give your look a little edge. Either colour in this top looks fantastic with black or blue skinnies and a pair of pumps or boots. If you want to take it one step further, pair it with gem-tone leather look Yoga Jeans (as seen in the top picture). The texture of these Yogas will make an amazing contrast with the delicate material of the blouse.

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Rhinestone Blouse, in cream and black, $65

Or try something like this top. You can wear it with a black blazer skinnies or tucked into a skirt for a more formal look. Best of all, with an embellished neckline, you never have to worry about matching a necklace! Just pop in some earrings and you're ready for an unforgettable night. And now, an exciting announcement! Can you say Flash Sale?

 

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For 4 days only (Thursday through Sunday), Simone dresses are on sale for 25% off! Don't miss this opportunity to round out your work/holiday/party/whatever you feel like wardrobe!

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Left (Simone Draped Front Dress, in Black and Magenta, $135), Middle (Simone Sheath Dress, in Black and Magenta, $135), Right (Simone Ponte de Roma Wrap Dress ($129 $89 + additional 25% off!)

 

What kind of styles are you most excited to trot out this holiday season? I'd love to hear from you!

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Monochromatic

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Plum Sequin Cardigan, $95, Plum Sleeveless top, $49, Silver floral print Mavi jeans, $98

The monochromatic look (head-to-toe in shades of the same colour) has been a huge trend over the past year. Don't believe me? Check out these celebs owning their monochromatic look.

But how can you take this striking style into the fast-approaching holiday season? - it is upon us, people. Plum's Christmas party is in just ten days! For a look that is on-trend and appropriately festive, I suggest taking silver for a test drive (although these tips work equally well no matter what your colour of preference is).

They key to mastering this style is to look for items in varying shades and textures that complement each other without being over the top matchy. Then, add accessories that work well with this particular look, but can also be paired with the rest of your holiday or formal ensembles. A silver clutch or pair of earrings, for example, will pair well with juuuust about anything. Which is why they make great gifts if you're treating any special women in your life this season.

 

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Finally, polish off your look with a pop of colour on the lips. I like this rich burgundy colour, but feel free to give silver a whirl if you're particularly daring ;) Our stylist mimicked this oxblood shade in a pair of pumps to tie the outfit all together.

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So, what do you think? Ready to give the monochromatic look a try this season, or is it not for you? Tell me what you think by leaving a comment here, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter @PlumClothing.

And now, a giveaway! Hop on over to our Facebook page, leave a comment under the corresponding post and you'll be entered to win this fabulous statement necklace! This giveaway will close at 11:59pm on Sunday, November 18th. Prize must be picked up in person at any of our nine locations.

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Dresses That Fit

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Tunic Dress in Red (pictured) and Purple, $89

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At Plum, you know we take the fit of our garments seriously very seriously. Our designer works one-on-one with a size 8 fit model to craft designs that fit. For more information, you can watch our design process by clicking this link. We're taking a stance against fast fashion.

Fast fashion is another way of referring to disposable fashion. These items are manufactured quickly and cheaply, usually with the emphasis on ultra-trendy pieces and not on quality. They simply cannot do for you what an expertly tailored garment can in terms of fit. 

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3/4 Sleeve Dress, in Jade (pictured) and Coral, $98

So why settle for less when you know you deserve better? A better fit and a better consultant to help find the right look for you. That's what you can expect at Plum, no matter what your style is.

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Lace Dress with 3/4 Sleeves, in Teal (pictured), Black, and Burnt Orange, $129

 

Proper fitting garments is key to achieving your overall look. What is your favourite fit? Personally, I'm a natural waistline dress (like the lace dress above) kinda gal.

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The Boyfriend Jean

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Well, it is officially September and officially too late to keep pretending that fall isn't happening. The air has definitely started to have a bit of a nip to it, especially in the evenings. So chances are, you're probably grudgingly looking into revamping your denim wardrobe. It's getting just a liiittle bit chilly for bare legs.

Luckily, your denim options have never been greater (great as in many and great as in awesome). We've already talked about wide leg jeans and skinny jeans, today it's time to put the spotlight on the boyfriend jean.

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People can make the mistake of thinking that the relaxed fit of the boyfriend jean isn't sexy. Wrong-o. You just have to keep the overall tone of your outfit sophisticated, and the look comes together beautifully. For example (since we're borrowing from the boys anyway), try topping off your boyfriend jeans with a tailored jacket.

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Tailored blazer, $195 and Mavi Boyfriend Jeans, $98.

This is one of my favourite looks for fall, and one of the easiest to wear! You can pair almost any kind of top with the boyfriend jeans (t-shirts and button downs are my favourites) and add a structured jacket for a wearable, fashion-forward look. 

I recommend finishing this look off with a fetching pair of pumps or wedges. We like borrowing from the boys, but I say let 'em keep their shoes. Some heels, or even a cute set of ballet flats, will keep your outfit appropriately chic.

 

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And now for something a little bit special! Starting this Friday, September 7th, we're helping you build your fall wardrobe with a promotion. We're offering a lace trimmed cami, pictured above in one of eight delicious fall colours, for just $2.00 with any purchase of $75.00 or over.* This offer is only good while quantities last, so get 'em while you can!

*Not applicable to previous purchase, limit one per customer.

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Free Fall

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Fall is kind of a mixed bag, isn't it? On the one hand, it will be sad to see the summer go, taking the heat and the long hours of daylight with it. But (major but), fall is undoubtedly the most fun season to dress for. So let's get excited! Who am I kidding, I was excited for fall in July. I love layers, what can I say?

In the spirit of back-to-school, I present to you a lesson in dressin' for Fall 2012.

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This is math I can see myself getting on board with.

Fall is the perfect time to work your layering skills , so it's a great time to get back to basics. Most importantly, you'll need a pair of great skinny jeans. They (along with a cute pair of boots, of course) can be the perfect foundation for your fall wardrobe, providing they fit you just right. We like Yoga Jeans for their legging-like stretch and fit with their true denim durability.

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Skinny Yoga Jeans with ankle zip, available in Indigo and Black, $120

From there, the options are endless. Try any of these toppers for an A+ fall look.

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Our classic military jacket ($189) creates a streamlined silhouette for instant sophistication, whereas the cowl neck sweater dress ($79) is perfect for a laid-back environment. Finally, a fitted ruffle front tank ($39) give the jeans a more flirty spin.

Finish your look off with a colourful scarf and you have my ideal fall ensemble.

Tell me, what is your ultimate effortless fall outfit?

You can leave me a message here, on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PlumClothing) or tweet me @PlumClothing

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Tips on Wide Leg Jeans

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Fashion is fun partly because there is a huge wealth of dressing options on the market. Quite literally, there is something for everyone, every taste, and every style. But the number of choices we have to make when we're shopping (or even just getting dressed in the mornings) can feel a bit daunting at times. So it never hurts to have a few tips at your disposal, amiright? 

With that in mind, today on the blog we're going to be talking about how to wear wide leg jeans, a stylish and oh-so-comfy alternative to the skinny jeans that have been dominating the jean scene. I'll walk you through the pictures below and show you just how easy it is to seriously rock this trend.

A huge thank you to the fabulous Plum staffers who styled and modeled in these pictures!

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Lydia Rose paired her wide leg Mavi's (now only $49) with a cozy sweater and fringed bag, channeling the effortless esthetic of the 70's. The pendant necklace and bold print of the sweater keep the look pulled together and stylish. 

 

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Think wide leg jeans are not figure flattering? Think again. If you want to show off your shape, follow Amelia's lead. She tucked in her collared shirt and finished the look off with a wide leather belt. The long line created by her pendant necklace keeps the outfit from looking broken up.

 

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If you want to dress your jeans up a notch, swap out a more casual top for a sheer blouse and blazer, like Lydia Rose did. Add some chunky jewellery and a textured bag and you're polished (but with a cool edge) for your evening out.

Heels or wedges look fabulous with wide leg jeans, particularly if you're petite, but I know not every woman is a fan of them. If you're apprehensive, look for a low wedge with a slight platform at the toe. This keeps the angle of your foot from feeling too extreme while still giving you a little bit of extra height.

And remember, there are no hard and fast rules in fashion. If you're unsure of how to style a particular item, just experiment with it. And don't forget to have fun!

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Our gorgeous gals are wearing head-to-toe Plum, except in the final two pictures, where she's added ZigZag shoes and sunnies.

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