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Blazers have been a closet staple for years now, and Fall 2012 is no exception. So you might be eager to get in on the trend, but not so thrilled about the prospect of donning a full-on suit. Have no fear, today on the blog we'll be showing you how to style the jacket into other great outfits.

 

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When you're breaking out of your suit jacket + dress pants comfort zone, styling a blazer is as easy as pairing it with your favourite coloured skinny jeans. You're welcome to my super secret industry trick, just don't spread it around too much. Finish this look off with a cute pair of boots and you're done!

 

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The blazer is a also a great piece to build a more involved outfit around. Plum staffer Madeleine from our South Granville store started with a sheer blouse, added a denim button-down, and finished it all off with a smart tailored blazer. By using different textures and fabric weights, she's created depth and interest in her look while her skinny jeans keep the ensemble from feeling bulky.

 

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Another way to wear your blazer this fall is like a light outerwear jacket. It'll smarten up any outfit that you normally would have tossed a jean or (shudder) fleece jacket over, and it's just as easy, promise! With a double-breasted jacket like this, you want to add a little bit of extra detailing to make up for what's hidden underneath. Laura Beth (staff at our White Rock location and Plum web model) used a statement necklace and a purse in oxblood, the season's hottest colour, to up the visual interest.

 

 

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Share to Win a $200 Gift Card!

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Here's the deal, my friends. Forward Plum's Fall 2012 coupon to your friends, and you'll be entered to win a $200 Gift Card! For every friend you refer, you get an entry. We'll be drawing our lucky winner after this offer expires on October 8, 2012.

Spread the love, it's as simple as that. Sounds pretty win-win to me!

Click here to forward Plum's coupon to your friends

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The New Office Attire

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How do you walk the line between professional and fashionable? It can seem like a difficult trick to master, but every woman should be able look and feel amazing, regardless of their work environment. Suiting is the appropriate choice for most office settings, but the thought of wearing the same old thing day in and day out is almost enough to put this blogger back to sleep.

With that in mind, let's talk about contemporary office options that will make you stand out at work for all the right reasons.

 

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While it is important to look well put-together and professional in a work setting, you don't want to lose sight of your own unique personality while doing so. So yeah, do try a nicely tailored suit, but pair it with a blouse in your favourite jewel tone. And update the look with a pair of modern tapered dress pants, as seen above (I may or may not be wearing these pants right now and can vouch for their major comfort factor).

 

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If you do happen to work in a more creative or relaxed environment, you can still tailor the rules of suiting for your needs. The military-style jacket was captured adopted by women as early as the late Victorian era, and hasn't ever really left the style scene since. The classic tailoring and simple chicness have secured it as one of fashion's most iconic pieces. For the office, finish the look off with a pair of skinny jeans and either pumps or boots (we'll let the weather dictate that one).

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And now for something special! If you subscribe to Plum's E-News, you've received our exclusive Fall 2012 coupon. But did you know that if you share the coupon with your friends you'll also be entered to win a $200 Gift Card?

You can read all the details by clicking here!

 

And finally, I want to know, how do you walk the line between professional and fashionable? You can leave me a comment here, on our Facebook page, or tweet me @Plum Clothing!

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Fashion's Night Out at Plum

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Got plans this Thursday evening? Well, now ya do. This Thursday, September 6th, marks an historic event for Canada. Fashion's Night Out, a global celebration of all things fashion-related, is coming North of the border. For the first. time. ever! 

And you can bet that Plum is going to be a part of it. We're a local company that is passionate about personal style. Naturally, we were thrilled to learn that Vancouver would be a host city of this fashion phenomenon, which originated in NYC.

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We will be hosting a shop night on September 6th at three of our locations (North Vancouver, South Granville, and Kitsilano). You can enjoy longer hours - we'll be open until 10pm - and a gift with purchase over $75. At our South Granville location, you'll have a chance to meet our designer, Claudia Agusti, at 6pm. Meanwhile, I'll be working at our Kits location, and I'd love for you to come say hi! 

One of the goals of this night out is to get people excited about shopping locally. Plum manufactures about half of our merchandise right here in Vancouver. This means that from design to production to shipping, we're able to monitor the quality of our garments. Expect quality and shop locally.

Plum is proud of our locally designed, locally manufactured clothing. Watch the process, step-by-step, here.

 

Want to learn more about Fashion's Night Out? You can find their homepage right here.

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Shopping the Sales

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  Well friends, it's that time of year again. Believe it or not, retailers need to start making room for fall merchandise pretty soon (excusemesummerhasn'tevenhappenedyet), so now is a great time to shop the sales and put together a summer wardrobe on the economical. While sales are indisputably awesome, they can be a bit overwhelming and tiring if you go in without a game plan. So here are some simple tips on making the most out of the sale season.

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1) Take stock of your wardrobe before you go. Where are your gaps? Most stores have a 'final sale' policy on sale items. If you get home only to realize that you bought a repeat of something you already have, you're likely to be stuck with the double.

2) If you happen to be on the smaller or the larger side of the size spectrum, this is your time to shine. Get out there and get shopping. Median sizes tend to get snapped up right away, leaving smaller and bigger sizes to be discounted when it comes sale time.

3) When you find a great deal on an investment piece (a blazer or a great dress, for example)- or even just something that you really liked but the sizing is a bit off - go for it. Having some minor alterations done will be worth it in the long run, and you'll wind up with a piece that not only was on sale, but was custom tailored for you!

4) If you want an entire outfit at a great price, don't be shy about asking the sales associates for advice on how to pair items. Trust me, they (we!) see the clothes worn in every combination imaginable and will be happy to pass along the unique product knowledge to you. 

5) Quality over quantity. If you're at a sale trying to decide between two or three tops that you have lukewarm feelings about and one blazer that you love, always go for the love. In this case, less really is more.

Don't forget to visit our fabulous sidewalk sale this Thursday through Sunday (June 21-24) and put my handy tips to good use! And I'm not saying you'd want to hang out with me, but just in case you do, I'll be at our Kitsilano location Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Check out all the great deals here: Plum Sidewalk Sale

And now I'd like to know, do you usually wait for sales to go shopping? Are you a sale veteran/rookie? Leave a comment here or tweet me @PlumClothing

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Some Fantastic Markdowns now on at Plum!

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Plum is happy to help you with your gift purchases and holiday dressing with some markdowns.

  • Tobias and BB Dakota coats are now marked down!
  • Tobias jackets with coordinating skirts and pants are also marked down!
  • Selected Simone dresses are 50% off.
  • Plum sweatshirts are 50% off.
  • Mavi Cords are only $79.
  • Selected knits 50% off.
  • Plum has a huge variety of sweaters including Kensie, Kersh, Press, Dex and many more labels which have sale prices. See NoGuru.ca at: http://noguru.ca/content/sweaters-plum-0
  • Most purses are 50% off.
  • Selected styles of assorted scarves, shawls and belts are marked down.

It is definitely worth the trip to your favourite Plum store for a visit during this busy season.

 

Tobias Pea Coat - $285 no $225  

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Hooded BB Dakota Blanket Coat - $165 now $125

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Tobias Faux Fur Leopard Coat - $195 now $135

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