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Embroidered Sleeve Blouse, $75, and Sequinned Mini Skirt, in Black and in Chai Melange (pictured) $69

The typical afternoon before a holiday party for me has typically gone one way: try on every remotely festive article in my closet (making a huge mess that I will inevitably have to tidy post-party), panic as I start to realize I have not a thing to wear, and then end up dashing off to the party in an ensemble I am less than excited about. But not this year. This year I am determined to plan ahead and avoid the dreaded holiday party stress mess! With that in mind, I thought it would be good (for all of us) to do a little outfit inspiration.

The beauty of holiday dressing is that once you have a selection of key pieces, you can mix and match to create as many new looks as you want! To illustrate this, let's take a look about how you can create two completely different looks using one base piece.

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Look one: Glitter Cardigan, in Black and Walnut (pictured), $79, Twist Back Blouse, in Kelly Green and Oyster, $65, Sequinned Mini Skirt, in Black and in Chai Melange (pictured) $69

Look two: Embroidered Sleeve Blouse, $75, and Sequinned Mini Skirt, $69

Some people can get scared off by glitter or sparkles. If this describes you, please refer to my cardinal rule: Just try it on. You may be pleasantly surprised! For example, the reason that these two looks work is because, even though the skirts are sequinned, they are still neutrals. This will up the glam factor without looking over-the-top. You can even try pairing the skirt with a plain t-shirt! The contrast of sparkly with plain is an easy way to create a unique and interesting outfit.

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Sequinned Evening Sweater, $89, Art Deco Skirt, $95

If you don't feel inspired by the sparkles, there is always the classic Little Black Dress. This is an absolute fail-safe for an holiday party you might have this season. It's also a great backdrop if you want to experiment with some jewellery to ease yourself into glittery territory. 

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Simone Purple lace over ponte de roma black lining with keyhole back $135

Simone Grecian style dress with draped sleeve, in Black and Plum, $135

 

For more holiday inspiration, check out our latest board on Pinterest

What do you think? Are you a glitter pro or a skeptic? 

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Get the Party Started

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I know what you're thinking. It's only Halloween, can we please just eat our fun sized candy bars in peace and worry about the holidays in December? But like or not, the holiday season is already upon us (office Christmas parties are starting as early as -gasp- next week).  Besides, the holidays are undoubtedly the most wonderful time of the year...for dressing.

So don we now our gay apparel! When else are you invited encouraged to wear sparkles and ruffles in day-to-day life? If you're not as excited about holiday dressing as I am, I would suggest starting now with staple pieces that can be worn to the office, out to dinner, etc., and then festified with jewellery and accessories as we transition into the party season.

 

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Dolman Sleeve Blouse, $85, in Green, Magenta, and Sapphire

This blouse is a great example of holiday-appropriate wear that can be worn now straight through New Year's and beyond. Wear it with a pencil skirt and under a blazer for the office, then lose the jacket and add a glitzy necklace for the office party.

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Sheath Dress, $120, in Royal, Black, and Red

Another option is to invest in a classic sheath dress. A simple sheath that sits juuust close enough to the body will be stylish indefinitely, easy to accessorize, and a great go-to in a hectic holiday season. You can learn more about the fantastic fit of Simone dresses by checking out my previous post.

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Your New Favourite Pair of Jeans

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Highrise skinnies in Indigo, $120 on sale for $95! Plum's Yoga Jeans (in Black, Ink, Indigo, and Recycled Brown) will be priced at $95 for four days only (October 25-28), so get them while they're hot!...which is always. 

How do you explain Yoga Jeans, by Second Denim, to someone who has never tried them before? I'd love to tell you that they're  the comfiest pair of jeans you will ever put on your body. But honestly, you need to feel 'em for yourself to truly understand the level of comfort I'm talkin' here (side bar: I once had a customer come by and tell me she actually went to yoga class in her Yoga Jeans. I'd like to see any other pair of jeans take you into downward facing dog and back.).

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While that's not really what they're meant for, the point is that these jeans are as flexible as you are! So how do they do it? How do you make jeans that don't sacrifice fashion for function?

It starts with premium denim containing 97% brushed cotton and 3% elastane on a diagonal weave (that means 4-way stretch, my friends). Add a six-piece waistband contours your body for a fit that always hugs, never gaps. Put it all together and you've got a pair of jeans with a 92% shape memory - rated highest in the world.

Plus, Second Denim is a Montréal brand, and Yoga Jeans are made right here in Canada.

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You can check out Second Denim for yourself right here

 

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So tell me! Do you have a pair? How do you like them? Leave me a comment here, tweet me @PlumClothing, or make a comment on our Facebook page!

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Sweater Weather

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Melange Yarn Sweater in Orange/Ade (pictured) and Purple/Rain, $79

There are few things in life that can top the feeling of bundling up in a cosy sweater on a cool day.      And lucky for us, sweaters are one of those magical articles of clothing that can be both practical      (read: warm) and stylish.

A sweater is a great way to pull the individual articles of your outfit together. Pair it with slim-leg pants and top it with a scarf for an easy ensemble that always looks put-together.

These sweaters (below) are both great examples of what to look for this fall. Rich patterns and textures create depth and interest in your look, the same effect that is achieved through layering multiple articles, in one easy step.

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Pointelle Cardigan, $78, and Jacquard sweater, $68.

 

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Striped sweater, $95. Acrylic scarf, $25

(Psst. This scarf comes in Blue, Grey, Mustard, Pumpkin, and Red. I bought the red straight out of the packaging and can attest that it is now my #1 favourite outfit completer.)

 

Warm up to the carefully selected collection of sweaters at Plum this season! To ensure that you have the best selection, our buyer chooses a range of unique and well-made sweaters to suit every style and every budget. To keep our selection complete, we look to exceptional outside vendors to fill in the gaps of what we cannot produce ourselves. 

Pullovers! Turtlenecks! Cardigans! What is your favourite style to rock through the fall and winter?

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Coats

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"Your coat is your car." This quote has been sticking in my mind for months now (seriously, I've been saving this one up since August). It is a perfect and simple truth. A good coat takes you everywhere and, chances are, you will spend a great deal of time in it.

 

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So naturally, when choosing your coat, it makes sense to look for a classic style, like the one picture above. While it borrows from the very current military style, the clean, simple lines and subtle colour ensure the timelessness of this piece. 

 

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A coat with a convertible funnel neck (left) or a similarly high neck (right) is also a savvy move. If you've ever been caught out in a Canadian winter without a scarf off, you know why.

 Equally important when you're choosing your coat is quality, as a carefully constructed coat made of high-quality materials will ensure the longevity of your purchase. Plum's Tobias coats are manufactured right here in Vancouver. The 3/4 length military style (shown in the first picture) is made with a lush Italian wool and nylon blend with a Kasha lining. The dense weave and lofty nature of these fabrics provide extra warmth without being overly heavy in weight. $330

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But of course we know that a gal's got to have options. That's why we're pleased to offer variety in our outerwear. Our draped front style coat, made with boiled wool and a high-quality spandex lining, will suit your comfort and your style. $220
 
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What do you look for when you're choosing your winter coat?

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Trailblazer

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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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