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Speaking of 'inside sources'...do you have your own? Or rather, do you have beauty secrets you share with NO ONE, not even your cat? Personally speaking, I'm not one to keep things to myself, however, some things I do not care to share. To my great discomfort, someone once watched me while I applied my makeup. I'm quite sure no one would accuse me of being a 'natural' beauty; my eyeliner looks like it was applied with a magic marker most days. Yet, that process is something I don't care to share...However, Plum is happy to seek out and share with you some great and sumptuous sweater styles. Sometimes sharing is good! ;)

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The secret to a great sweater is it's texture or colour or design... maybe all 3! This one has such a delicious simplicity, like vanilla ice cream! A great 'go to' pattern, cut and design suited for most body types...of course height dependant, a nice bum skimming length.

Point Zero cable knit turtleneck sweater (cream) $75

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Something about the same old sweater that is so inviting....but if not...here's a refreshing take on the usual, with the oversized, off center pocket (big enough for an ipad or very large wallet), and a fabulous hood! The colours are so fall enticing!

Kerisma tera hoodie (brown, olive or grey blend) $89

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Who doesn't love a great twin set. Sold separately this is such a sleek, sexy pairing. Turtlenecks are very 'in' this season.  Beautiful worn open or add a wide belt for a bit of added style.

Backdrop sweater open duster (brown or green) $105

Backdrop sleeveless knit mock neck (brown or green) $68

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If you're a bit of a virgin to the poncho craze, here's one that might be your first. It's a poncho sweater with lovely ribbed sleeves, a really unique, curved hem and very flattering v shape pattern.

Kaffe kikki poncho (black/white) $79

Is your best kept beauty secret a body shaper, an opaque concealer or photoshop app on your smart phone? Probably your best kept beauty secret is your smile...and you should share that with everyone!

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

Things uttered in a whisper tone, are usually the most interesting!

Plum has so many more sweater styles than could fit in here (or my closet)...check out more online or in one of our 7 locations.

 

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Feelin' it!

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What guides your fashion choices? Body shape or size, how you feel in it, what you read or something else? For one thing, we're quite influenced by others opinions. After all, people read blogs (wink) and fashion magazines and are convinced they 'must' buy a turquoise, wide, vegan studded belt because...well, Vogue said it's a 'must!' Or feel just so 'empowered' in pink! This is where Plum staff come in. Convey your intention to them and they can help guide you, so the feeling is expressed in how you look!

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I would say the feeling here Mona Lisa is, 'I feel so fabulous that if I so much as smile, it would be over-the-top'! This very understated, dress comes in very autumnal hues and can also be worn as a tunic (depending on your height).

Simone cocoon dress (with pockets) (black, plum or wine) $129

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Maybe there has always got to be a different or unusual element to your style choice. A great addition to your casual wardrobe, this top incorporates something unique with the asymmetric zipper to an otherwise basic style.

Very J asymmetric knit top with zipper (charcoal or olive) $69

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Perhaps you like to make yourself and everyone around you laugh...(or you love cats); graphic t's are a great addition. The feeling is light hearted and the simple nature of the colours make matching a breeze!

Bear Dance 'I work hard' (black) t shirt $35

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If showing your feminine shape is the ultimate requirement, check out this absolutely stunning Simone design. Very forgiving fabric as it's comprised of poly/rayon and spandex. As well the collar adds a slight retro feel to the whole fitted, 50's vibe.

Simone sheath dress with collar (blue or wine) $149

Speak your feelings with what you wear... (But using a dictionary never hurt anyone)! ;)

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

Check out Plum's online store at any time, but for more personal service, check one of Plum's 7 locations near you. Very well fashion educated staff are happy to assist you!

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Moody blues...

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MOODY? ME? Never! Let's be real, I'm human, not digital, programmable software.  Moods change and your desire for different things ever evolving. But thankfully, Plum carries three of the top, steadfast denim brands in today's market, consistent in their quality and style goals. Perfect for our ever changing West Coast life. Because it's comforting to know, some things remain constant...YOGA, MAVI, DISH (and Plum).

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The MAVI Emma boyfriend jean is designed specifically to look like you've had them for years. Maybe longer than the boyfriend...lived in, loved and so very easy to craft a funky, YOU-ful look.

Mavi Emma boyfriend dark R-vintage $108

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Gone are the days when putting on a pair of jeans was like trying to put panty hose on a cat...a painful and useless experience! I adore these jeans. They fit like they were made for me, move with me (and no cats were hurt during the process)! Wear them with the highest heels and a scrumptious blazer like Plum's draped front and a saucy t shirt.

Mavi Ashley mini flare (34" inseam) $118

Plum draped front jacket (caramel or wine) $135

Bear Dance 'talk to the paw' t (ivory or white) $35

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Not to be outdone is Dish, an innovative, Vancouver based company which regularly explores and creates new denim blends. Their goal is to accommodate the active, moving, sweating person (which we as humans surprisingly do), with style. So go ahead, hop on your bike and head to work...Dish makes an amazing black denim that is just beyond compare, tailor made for the active west coast style. Despite the compulsion to show off your dexterity in these jeans, it will do fine for the more usual professional settings. Wear with this pretty, floral top.

Dish forever black 28" skinny jeans (black) $132

Plum 3/4 sleeve top with back keyhole (black or blue) $49

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And last but certainly not least by any means Yoga jeans. A true leader in the denim industry. Made in Canada, the top priority (beyond style) of Yoga is to truly fit and conform to a woman's body (not the other way around)! High rise, an on trend style component, creates a gorgeous silhouette and comfort beyond compare.

Yoga ankle skinny Miami jean $120

The beauty of denim is that it never looks the same on any two people. And the best part is, Plum carries the top brands, with our real west coast life in mind. So go ahead, find your fit without compromise! 

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

 

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One size fits all!!

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Whomever created that phrase must have been in a different industry, like tent making because one size 'rarely' fits 'all'. Even tents come in different sizes. On that note, shopping online can be an exercise in utter frustration from one retailer to the next when it comes to finding the right size. However,  Plum remains consistent with sizing with it's own labels and other labels it carries. In part, to strict quality control and a beautiful fit model consistent for over three years (an actual person). Let's have a look at a few sweaters for fall and some other options where size matters.
 
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Sweaters are fairly easy to get the size right online based on fabrication. This one is particularly easy to wear, no buttons to fuss with (open front) and a really nice line...as in, long, not super fitted nor boxy and an Aztec inspired pattern. Great start to the fall season!

Shopping online tip: When buying online always check the size chart and compare with your current measurements

CM open front jacquard sweater (Plum) $79
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Time to get in the game and this is the place to start. Bomber jackets...the big in thing this season. This one is a must...so easy to wear because of it's knit composition. Offset the masculine vibe by wearing it with a full or a pencil skirt with heels.
 
Shopping online tip: Visit the store in person, try on a few labels and make note of how they fit. Next time, if you choose to shop online, you'll have a clear sense of fit
 
Kerisma gamine baseball jacket (black/olive/heather) $85
 
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Sneaking away from the sweater topic a bit, let's look at dresses because Plum does dresses really well! You can't beat the wrap dress for fit as it accommodates various body types and is just so darn comfortable and sexy at the same time. (the two qualities don't often go hand in hand).
 
Shopping online tip: Do some research on fabrics. Better quality knits (for instance) generally have less give and a slightly more structured look while at the same time providing more comfort and ease of movement
 
Simone 3/4 sleeve wrap dress (blue, denim/olive, grey/red/black) $125
 
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Here is yet another thing Plum does very well! Suits and jackets. And another thing where fit is essential. Have a long look at this fabulous head turning jacket. This may be the closest you'll come to custom made. Just a divine work of art in fabric!
 
Shopping online tip: When you know the retailer and their label, it's a pretty good bet season to season, the fits are the same
 
Tobias double breasted jacket with flared hem (black, pewter) $230
 
Shopping on line is like a gift from heaven for those of us with zero time to shop in the flesh. No lineups, you can leave things in the cart for extended periods of time, you can wear your pj's or nothing at all without getting arrested and you don't have to talk to anyone. No wait, that's not usually a positive. Remember Plum has brick and mortar stores as well so check out both.
 
Yours in Fashion passion...
 
Suzanne M.
 
Remember Pieces now has a POP UP STORE at UBC which includes Men's wear!
 
 
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Chromophobia party!

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GREAT NEWS: Plum is excited to announce it's new 'POP UP 'PIECES' STORE' at UBC...just in time for back to school, for a limited time only, check it out at the UBC BOOKSTORE!
 
A stark departure from the wonderful Pride events (colours and all), a newly emerged trend is Le Dîner en Blanc. Pride is an 'anything goes' and 'all welcome' type public social party! Dîner (began in France thirty years ago) is a refined, distinguished, elegant affair, by invitation only. Both are wonderful, however, one is a bit more of a stain magnet, as the requirement is 'white only' (everything)! This lovely, community building affair, affords you the opportunity to dress elegantly, bring a guest, and meet new people as you sit and converse, surrounded by a stunning white decor. Sounds great (I mean divine!)...So... let's get dressed!
 
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Go ahead and flirt. You know you can't help it in this dress. It's fresh, stunning and sexy! White eyelet is perfect for such an event and so form fitting.
 
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Another excellent choice is anything with lace or embroidery. This gorgeous top matches well with white pants or a maxi skirt.
 
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Show a little shoulder. Very much an 'in' trend this season. Great length if you wish to add a belt or use as a scarf instead. Perhaps add pearls and a white clutch!Image
 
A must have for the evening. Worn above as a scarf, doubles as a shawl...because the venue's are unknown ahead of time, you could be near the water. Don't let the evening breezes catch you off guard. Be prepared.
 
 
I love white...some of my favourite things are white...wine, sugar, Betty, liquid paper (throw back Thursday)....and of course a dress!! Nice to know one need not be a stressed out bride to wear one! If you're fortunate enough to be attending or invited, have a wonderful time, (and just in case, don't forget your umbrella...the white one!).
 
Yours in Fashion passion...
 
Suzanne M.
 
For more information on Le Dîner en Blanc...follow this link.  check availability in a Plum store near you. As well, new fall arrivals in store now!
 
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Girls in white dresses

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Wedding season is in full swing...outdoor, under the gazebo, beach, and even bungee jumping off a cliff...'type' weddings...(GULP)...Often, as a guest, a dress is the go-to choice. However, how do you choose the right one for you? Here are some thoughts. Venue might give you a clue (such as 'beach' location, perhaps a pretty sundress with a shawl). If you're unclear on colour choice, and you're part of the family, possibly consult with the maid of honor about colour theme. If unsure if the dress is too short...it probably is! But most of all, if you have hopes of catching the bouquet, don't upstage the bride!

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This is a wonderful option. Features a  lovely, light pink hue, textured fabric and it passes the 'finger tip' test for length. A great opportunity to play up the neckline with a fabulous necklace. Edit the shoes to suit the location, possibly black pumps if the venue is more formal, and perhaps a hat or an updo.

Simone crew neck dress with pockets

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This is one of my favourites from this season. Floral's are often the pattern of choice at a wedding for obvious reasons. This dress is extremely comfortable as well as stunning (don't forget, you might be asked to dance).

Simone printed knit dress with back detail

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Perhaps something slightly more fashion forward and the black and white pattern make it an easy background for bright red lipstick, shoes or a clutch.

Numph Itsuki dress

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What could be better than a fresh, minty eyelet dress. So sweet with it's graceful v-neckline, a-line skirt and yes, pockets. We love our pockets!

Simone v-neck eyelet dress with pockets

So when things don't seem to be going your way...when the dog bites, the bee stings, and you're feeling sad, you can simply remember your dress is on sale and then you don't feel...so bad! ;)

Yours in Fashion passion...

Suzanne M.

  • Note availability of above noted dresses, sizes and colours varies currently from store to store. Please visit a Plum store near you.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Plum's Big Sisters May campaign draw winner 'Carmen' ..sounds like she's enjoying her prize.
  • New arrivals are already arriving!
 
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