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      Work From Home Capsule: 10x10 Challenge

      Work From Home Capsule: 10x10 Challenge

      This new season has come with a countless number of changes to everyday lifestyle. We're all trying our best to stay home, keep our families safe, and stay connected through technology.

       

      One of the biggest things that may have changed for you is what you're wearing from day-to-day. Those jeans have likely gotten pushed to the back of the closet, and your leggings, sweatpants and pyjamas are having a big moment! (sound about right?)

      Working in your pyjamas feels great for the first week ...but by week 9 or 10 of working from home, they don't feel so great anymore!⁠ One of the best habits we can add to our daily routine, is getting properly dressed for our day.

      Our community has been asking for cute styling inspiration for WFH. So, we're bringing you JUST THAT today! Johanna, our social media manager, is showing you 10 effortlessly cute but cozy outfits for working from home, with just 10 pieces of clothing! All 10 of these outfits are luxuriously comfortable, but they can be dressed up for work and evenings out too once we go back to normal life! 🙌⁠ 


      Click here to shop our WFH capsule.


      The 10 Miik pieces we used in this 10x10 video are:

      1. ⁠Jessie jumpsuit
      2. Rory waterfall cardi
      3. Anya drawstring pant
      4. Eden twisted hem top
      5. Shea tulip pant
      6. Daisy centre seam top
      7. Liz rolled sleeve striped dress
      8. Ezra wide leg capri/culotte
      9. Eliana high-low tank
      10. Ivy soft cropped blazer

      Kicking off 2020 with our first 10x10 challenge + giveaway!

      Kicking off 2020 with our first 10x10 challenge + giveaway!

       

       

      Happy New Year! We're so excited about 2020, and we know that it's going to be a big year for our brand and community. Rather than reinventing yourself in 2020, we want you to take some time to appreciate all the amazing things in your life that don’t need changing. To start the year with gratitude and mindfulness, we’re running a 10x10 wardrobe challenge on Instagram. The 10x10 challenge is simple: choose 10 items in your closet, create 10 different outfits, and wear them over 10 days. Created by Lee Vosburgh, fashion enthusiast and blogger at Style Bee, this challenge is all about getting creative with your style, getting more use out of fewer things, and learning to love what you already own.

      Starting Monday, January 6th we’ll be sharing our 10 outfits on Instagram, created from 10 core pieces: 7 of these pieces are Miik, plus we’ve included 1 pair of denim and 2 pairs of shoes. We’ll also be adding a few other accessories like hats, scarves and hosiery which don’t count towards the 10 item limit.

      Enter to win a $200 Miik gift card

      Many of our styles have been designed with a "less is more" mentality, prioritizing versatility and timelessness over trends. Capsule wardrobes and the 10x10 challenge encourage you to make the most of the items you have, but they're also great exercises to identify any key pieces your wardrobe are missing and really consider which styles make you look and feel your best.

      We invite you to participate in our 10x10 challenge on Instagram and be entered to win a $200 Miik gift card. Use it to kickstart your capsule wardrobe or invest in a new foundation piece you'll wear for years to come! Here’s everything you need to know:

      1. Follow @miikinc on Instagram. The challenge begins today, Monday, January 6 and runs until Wednesday, January 15 at midnight (PST). We will be posting one outfit every day in our Instagram stories, so be sure to follow along there!
      2. Pick 10 pieces from your closet. We suggest 3 tops, 2 bottoms, 1 dress, 2 top layers (like blazers or cardigans), and 2 pairs of shoes. Don't stress too much about the rules; accessories, handbags, and outerwear don't count towards the 10 item limit, and some people prefer not to include shoes in their 10 items either. Have fun with it and adapt as necessary to make the challenge work for your lifestyle!
      3. Share your 10 outfits on Instagram (in your stories or feed), tag @miikinc and use hashtag #10x10challenge. Every day you tag us in a 10x10 outfit, you’ll be entered to win a $200 Miik gift card (up to 1 entry per day). The more outfits you share, the better your chances of winning! Please note: Your Instagram profile needs to be set to "public" for us to see your tagged photos. If you prefer to keep your profile private, feel free to DM us your photos.
      4. We'll randomly choose a winner on January 16. The winner will be notified via Instagram direct message.

      That’s it! We can’t wait to see your creative outfits as you learn to love your wardrobe all over again in 2020.

      Love from,

      The Miik Team

      Offset your Carbon Footprint when Shopping Online

      Offset your Carbon Footprint when Shopping Online

      Woman in a blazer looking at a laptop

      Every time you make a purchase on our website, you have the opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint by adding a small donation to your order with Carbon Checkout. For every $1 dollar contributed, Carbon Checkout offsets 245 pounds of global greenhouse gas emissions that would have otherwise been released into the atmosphere. So far, just over 3% of Miik customers opt to offset their carbon footprint at checkout. We would love to see this number increase!

      Introducing Carbon Checkout

      Carbon offsetting funds different projects around the world that help reduce our carbon emissions significantly. Without additional funding from people like you and me, these vital projects can’t be completed. In addition to individually reducing our own carbon footprints, funding these projects helps to create a brighter, greener future. That’s what offsetting is all about.

      How to support carbon offset programs on your next Miik purchase

      It’s just three simple steps!

      1. Check the box next to “Give change to the environment.” It’s at the bottom of the screen during the checkout process. You can round up to the nearest dollar based on your order total, or select a different number from the dropdown menu.

      2. Your funds are invested in renewable energy projects to reduce carbon emissions.

      3. Track your emission reductions and view your portfolio by entering your verification code on the Carbon Checkout website.

      That’s it! Three easy steps and a very worthy cause: the future of our planet. These small changes in our everyday buying habits lead to big change. Collectively, a dollar can go a long way. 

      Leading up to Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the Holidays, we would like to remind you to be mindful in the way you purchase items and gifts, and encourage you to opt-in to offset your carbon footprint when it’s offered. We only have one planet, and we’re all responsible to take care of it!

      To a greener future, 

      Your Miik Team

       

      5 Tips for a More Sustainable Wardrobe

      5 Tips for a More Sustainable Wardrobe

      Clothes on a rack


      You’ve heard that fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world and that garment workers are suffering dangerous, exploitative conditions sewing clothes for less than a living wage. You recognize that something needs to change, but where to start?

      Making the switch to sustainable fashion doesn’t have to be a daunting task. You don’t have to have all the answers or throw out your entire wardrobe of "fast fashion" clothing. Nobody is 100% perfect 100% of the time—it's a process and a learning experience. Get started by asking questions, learning more about how and where your clothes are made, and making small changes to your shopping habits. Here are 5 tips to help you build a more sustainable wardrobe.


      1. Establish your values

      Consider what is important to you when buying clothes, whether they’re ethically-made, locally-made, environmentally-friendly, vegan, organic, one-for-one, fair trade, and so on. Few brands will check every box and it’s a lot of pressure to put on yourself to find items that fulfill every criteria, so think about what matters most to you, what is attainable, and go from there.

      2. Invest in quality pieces

      While it’s hard to resist a $5 t-shirt from a fast fashion retailer, it’s likely to fade, pill, stretch, shrink, or fall apart after a handful of wears. Spending a little more money upfront on higher qualities items will save money, time, and waste in the long run.

      3. Rent or borrow for special events

      It’s fun to have something new to wear to a wedding or a party, but if you know you’ll only wear it once, save your money (and your closet space) by using a dress rental service or borrowing from a friend. If you must buy something, check out consignment and secondhand shops for unique and new-to-you pieces, or opt for timeless classics that you can wear to many future events.

      4. Treat your clothes with kindness

      Washing less often, in cold water, and hanging to dry is better for the planet AND is gentler on your clothes. Extending the lifespan of your garments reduces waste and saves you money. A few more ideas: mend items that are damaged, use a fabric shaver to remove pills, and store items appropriately—fold sweaters and heavy knits that might stretch out on a hanger and thoroughly launder and store seasonal clothing in air-tight containers to protect against pests.

      5. Stop using shopping as a distraction

      If you’re not wandering the mall for entertainment or scrolling online retailers when you’re bored, it’s easier to resist the temptation to buy things you don’t need. Out of sight, out of mind! Take an inventory of your wardrobe and identify key pieces that are missing or need replacing, so that when you do go shopping you have a clear intention.

       

      Not just any black legging

      Not just <i>any</i> black legging

      Leggings have become an indisputable wardrobe staple for women of all ages, shapes and styles. But, any legging-lover will tell you that not all are created equal. There are the saggy ones that stretch out around your knees. Some fade so much you’re scared to wash them. And of course, there are the waistbands that squeeze and roll, giving you the dreaded muffin-top. 

      The worst is that you never really know what to expect—sure, they seem fine at the store, but after multiple washes and wears, will you be back on the hunt for a replacement? 

      At Miik, we take leggings seriously and are committed to bringing you the best. It all starts with our signature fabric – our custom milled rayon from bamboo is buttery soft against your skin yet surprisingly durable. Our bamboo doesn’t pill or lose its shape like other natural fibers and boasts a rich opaque black so you won’t have to worry about see-through leggings. Plus, bamboo naturally retains the dye better than other textiles so your leggings will stay their blackest black, year after year.

      Next, we focus on fit. Our Lisa2 legging’s 4-inch waistband acts as a super comfy control top (to smooth out that pesky muffin-top) or can be rolled down over the hips if you prefer a lower rise. The stitching is less sporty than other styles, making the Lisa2 great for dressing up or dressing down. 

      Share with us on social media how YOU style your leggings. #LoveMyMiik