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Plum's Perfect 10: #1 The Side Ribbed Blouse

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Plum's Perfect 10 is a collection of 10 pieces that we love. Our first selection, the Plum Side Ribbed Blouse is one of our favorite pieces to wear because of its versatility. The tabbed sleeves and the side ribbed panels are a spin on the classic white button-up blouse but we also have great colours this season: Merlot, Rider Blue and Rolling Stone Brown.

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Our love of this blouse can be boiled down to the two ribbed panels that give a fitted look down the sides of the body and slim the waist. The rolled tabbed sleeves also hit the right spot on the arm for a flattering sleeve length.

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Even styled more casually, this blouse never looks frumpy. Leave the blouse undone over your denim skinny jeans; the length is not too short or too long. No need to iron it to a crisp, because the blouse looks good even slightly crumpled. If you want to look more put together, tuck the blouse in to a pencil skirt, like this Elastic Waist Polka Dot Pencil Skirt. The open neckline is ideal for showing off a statement necklace. The Side Ribbed Blouse is in stores now and priced at $69. 

We give this blouse a perfect 10.  How are you wearing it?

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Sunny Day Dresses

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On the way to work this week, I had two compliments from strangers on how nice I looked in my dress. Don’t you just love mornings like that?

That morning, I put on a sleeveless eyelet dress that I had bought for a wedding I attended this summer and that I had only worn once. Over top, I wore a floral print cardigan and I slid on some silver bangles to make it appropriate for the office.  Later that evening, I took the cardigan off, switched my flat sandals to ones with a slight heel, and put on some dangly earrings, and I was fit to go to a social function I was invited to right after work. The dress easily took me from work to an evening event with just a slight change in accessories.

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When I think about how little I fretted over what to wear that morning, I know that is the beauty of a dress.  During hot, summer weather, there is nothing like a dress in creating easy and stylish looks.

This week, we are offering an additional 20% off all spring/summer blouses and dresses in store so you will have more reason to add a few more dresses and blouses to your wardrobe.   Start planning your wardrobe for your mid-winter escape and get your packing done early! Offer ends next Tuesday.

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Style that Lasts

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Style that lasts goes hand-in-hand with items that can mix and match with other pieces in your closet and create looks out of single garments. Every wardrobe should have pieces that create stylish outfits in little time and these are the must-have items that I am always on the lookout for:

The Jacket: Investing in a great fitting jacket not only gives you endless wardrobe combinations from jeans to suits, but when you need to look polished and professional, you have the perfect solution in your closet. Tobias Jackets are renowned for their incredible fit and during our summer sale, they are as low as $89.

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The Dress: A go-to dress looks chic without effort, and shows off your best assets. Go for a bold colour like this blue for longevity, or a print that works with many of your wardrobe’s coordinates to always have the perfect dress for any event. Simone dresses are designed for a variety of body shapes and now start at $49.

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The Right Accessory: Scarves, purses and jewellery have incredible power to take a drab outfit and show off your personality and style. Expand from your usual pickings while the price is right and go for bold colours, interesting prints and textures like snake print for fun and added visual interest. During the sale, all jewellery is 25% off and purses are 50% off the original ticket, while all scarves are just $10 each.

 

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Made in Canada with Love

As Rebekah said goodbye to Plum, I'd like to introduce myself as the new face behind the No Guru blog. My name is Lindsay and I am a lover of all things fashion. I think we'll get along well!

Here at Plum, for this Canada Day long weekend, we are celebrating all things Canadian, especially our favorite fashion brands designed and made with love right here at home.  Plum shoppers adore the fact that our in-house designs are made in local Vancouver factories. 

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Manufacturing locally, we have a distinct advantage in ensuring the excellent fits that we are known for in our Simone and Tobias lines. Our designs are made in limited quantities so each style is unique, not mass-produced, but is still right on trend.

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Second Jeans also designs and manufactures our favorite Yoga jeans in la belle province of Quebec. By keeping their manufacturing 3 hours from their headquarters in Montréal, they are able to respond immediately to new denim trends. Also, by producing locally, they need to meet Canadian environmental standards so their dyes and washes won't pollute our waterways.

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This season, we are loving the ankle cuff skinny Yoga jean in red, blueberry and teal regularly $120, now on sale for $75 for 5 days only! Two other deals you will want to take advantage of are the high-rise skinny Yoga jean in white regularly $120, that is now priced at $89 and our high-rise skinny ankle length Yoga jean in black and classic blue regularly $110, that is now priced at $85.

Midnight Cactus, our lovely jewellery line, is proudly made by hand in Nova Scotia. Pat Manthorne, the designer, uses only sterling silver and semi-precious stones to create stylish earrings. This weekend, all jewellery, including Midnight Cactus, is 50% off for 5 days only!

Plus, there will be many more specials in store.

I hope to see you there!

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Casual & Chic

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One of the biggest style challenges we face as summer gets under way is retaining our sense of style despite the climbing temperatures. You want to look casual and feel comfortable, but you still want to dress in a way that represents you and your style. To get the best of both worlds, I recommend looking for lightweight knits in a fun or unique silhouette. Let the shape, colour, and print of the garment do the work  - you just have to throw it on and go!

 

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Outfit Details: Short sleeve Simone dress with handkerchief hem, $75.

The asymmetrical hemline and the delicate stripe (so perfectly on trend) of this Simone dress turn a simple and casual knit dress into a truly stylish option for spring and summer.

If you find yourself drawn instead to the simple t-shirt and jeans combo, you can revitalize this look using the same principle. Instead of the classic plain tee, opt for one with unique detailing (I suggest a print or a modern cut, like in the picture below) for an automatic and chic update.

 

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Outfit Details: Cap sleeve Plum tee with flared back panel, $59 $45. White skinny jeans with ankle zipper, $120.

See all the wonderful knits that Plum has at www.plum.ca

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Event Season

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Whether you're ready or not, event season is officially here (it is late April. Let that fact sink in for a minute). I'm talking bridal showers, patio parties, weddings, graduations, and oh so many more events that are likely to sneak up on you this spring. Rather than stress out about it, or worse, ignore it, until you wake up the morning of with not a thing to wear, choose dresses for an easy, stylish solution to your wardrobe woes!

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Simone shift dress, in black, blue, and red, $120

A fun shift dress in a bold colour is sure to turn heads. The beauty of this Simone number is its simplicity - you could wear it as is or it would make a great foundation for layering (try a pretty sheer blouse underneath, or a chambray shirt over top and knotted around your natural waist).

 

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Simone sleeveless lace dress, in coral, royal, and jade, $129

Lace is a perennial favourite for spring dressing, and it works especially well in a waist-cinching style. Keep the look modern with some fun, colourful baubles (see above and below!). Go all out with bright shoes (above) or make the ensemble more streamlined with nude pumps (below).

 

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Simone cap sleeved lace dress, in cobalt and jade, $129

 

What are your go-to looks for the parade of spring events? 

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