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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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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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