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      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

      How to style Miik

      How to style Miik

      Style, comfort, versatility – the three most important things we think about when designing our collections. Our aim is to create timeless pieces for your wardrobe that can be mix + matched, dressed up or down, and carried forward from season to season. Whether you’re a busy mom or a career gal (or both!), Miik meets all your wardrobe needs – from 8am school drop-offs, 3pm boardroom meetings to 7pm drinks with the girls.

      Here are some tips for how to get the most from your Miik pieces, and take your look from day to night:

      Reverse It

      For optimum versatility, we design many of our pieces with front-to-back reversibility. And because of the premium quality of our custom-milled luxury eco fabrics, our designs maintain their shape whichever way you wear it.

      Take the Kristen tailored zipper dress for example, this gorgeous dress can be worn with a scoop neck or reversed to expose the zipper for an edgier evening look.

       

      Our Ella striped v-dress can we worn casually with flats with the nautical stripe at the front, or reverse it for a classic LBD to be worn under a blazer for a corporate look. You can even put a blazer overtop with the stripes at the front for a pop of pattern.   

       

      Mix and Match  

      The accessories and complimentary clothing you pair with your Miik pieces can make an impact in the look and feel of your outfit. Your wardrobe doesn’t need to stay in specific categories (i.e. office, weekend, evening wear). You can mix and match pieces to find different looks to suit every occasion. 

      The Emily soft blazer is an essential wardrobe staple that need not be limited to the office. Pair it with jeans, capris or a dress for an effortless, yet put-together look, year round. The Emily is the most comfortable yet stylish traveling companion you'll ever own. 

       

      The April aline inverted pleat top features a tone-on-tone contrast between the smooth bamboo bodice and its textured linen sleeves. The added bonus – a linen inverted pleat for a party in the back. Wear this to the office with your favourite pencil skirt or dress pant, or dress it down with your favourite denim. 

      Show us how you style your Miik! Share your images on social media using #MiikStyle.

      Donna Smith: Q+A with Miik Co-Founder and Creative Director

      Donna Smith: Q+A with Miik Co-Founder and Creative Director

      Co-founder Donna Smith wears many hats here at Miik. She’s Creative Director, lead designer and also develops all of the creative materials and branded content. She also manages her own graphic design firm and is a mom of two daughters. Needless to say, Donna is a busy woman! Here she answers a few questions to give a glimpse into her design process and daily life.

      Where do you get your design inspiration?

      I get my inspiration from a variety of sources but travel is probably number one. Our last two trips to Turkey and Croatia were very inspirational for me. I love taking a design element from a dress hanging in an outdoor market in Istanbul and twisting it completely to work beautifully for Miik. And even better, seeing it become our top selling skirt for spring!

      On a daily basis, I will see someone on the street wearing something that catches my eye. It’s usually something I would never wear – nor would our customer – but I love the challenge of “Miik-ifying” that idea to become something unique, yet wearable.

      Other inspirations come to me out of nowhere. I am an insomniac so I get a lot of my best ideas in the middle of the night. Great for the collection but not so much for me!


      What does a regular day look like for you?

      I start the day with either strength training with Michael or a brisk walk. I work from home quite a bit but divide my time between client meetings for Visual Integrity and meetings and fittings downtown with the Miik team. My favourite part is seeing the collection come to life on the models. I love choosing the images, laying out the lookbook and editing the promo videos. I am trying hard to cut back my work schedule to have more of a work life balance. A year ago, I was working 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, including weekends. Now I am forcing myself to stop working after 7:00 pm. I’m not always successful, but doing better than before!

      What is it like working alongside your husband, Michael?
      Well, I'll be honest with you, we had a rough start! We each have very different ways of doing things. But after a few months, we worked it out. Now, I can't imagine not working with him. He is not the work horse that I am, but he is so smart and knowledgeable in so many areas, and is constantly coming up with brilliant ideas. We are both able to not take ourselves too seriously, and we laugh a lot. I was worried that Miik could take over our lives, but somehow, on the days I work from home, I still can't wait for him to get home.



       



        

      What do you love about Toronto?

      Michael and I find we are really starting to enjoy Toronto again. I think when our kids were young we were just so busy racing between activities. We’ve started going to see live music (The Cameron House has a different band at 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 every weekend!), comedy shows and exploring the areas of Toronto we used to love before we had kids. We are so lucky to have such great selection of live theatre and concerts available in TO. We have been huge fans of Soulpepper for years.

      What is your favourite piece from the Spring/Summer 2016 collection?

      What an impossible question, there are too many! I always test the styles the summer before so how about I tell you what I ended up wearing the most? I absolutely love the Tansu skirt – it is so unique but so wearable and I got a ton of compliments. My favourite tunic is the Lesia – great as a coverup or with leggings, so versatile and forgiving. The most easy, comfortable wear-every-day dress is the Simone but my favourite party dress is the Larissa. I also wore the Wynona cardi a ton! Can I do that many?

      Do you have more questions for Donna? Let us know in the comments below!

       

      Crazy for Dresses this Spring, Part 2

      Crazy for Dresses this Spring, Part 2

      The other day I told you just how much I love dresses this season. For me, this is a departure, and if any of my old high school or university friends are reading this, they probably can't imagine me in a dress. But with time, gravity and three kids, my body has changed, and so have my tastes. While I used to consider dresses special-occasion pieces, I now love them for just about any occasion. Miik dresses flatter my shape, with ruching, pleats, seams and twists just where I need them and fabrics that don't cling. I had twins and then two short years later another baby, and while my body has recovered pretty well thanks to some good genes, not everything is as smooth as it once was.

      There's a particular Miik dress this season that does my body a lot of favours: the Toni reversible diamond dress. Do you know the French expression "trempe l'oeil"? It means "decieve the eye" and I was first introduced to this term in art and interior design. When I hang my living room curtains a couple of feet wider than my window actually is, I'm creating a "trempe l'oeil" effect -- it appears as though my window is bigger. When Donna and Proshat designed our Toni dress for spring, I think they had the same thing in mind. Those diamond inserts are strategic and...well, magical -- they give me the waist and shape that I miss! The stripes camoflague my bumps, and the diamond shapes point inward. Ta da! I appear slimmer! My bestfriend and I estimate this dress takes a couple of inches off of our shapes (not that we have a very scientific way of measuring, but we feel better in this dress!).

      The Toni Reversible Diamond Dress

       

      The Toni dress features a classic boat neck at front, and a rounded v-neck at back. It's back-to-front reversible, so you have options. Diamond-shape details at the waist adds interest to this classic dress, and are, best of all, ultra slimming. Our beautiful rayon-from-bamboo fabric washes and wears with ease. Just wash in cold water and allow to air dry. Perfect for travel.

      You’ll wear the Toni to work, at play, in the evenings, on vacation…you’ll want to wear it everywhere, any time of year. Cute with flats, pumps or sandals.

      Our Toni dress is available online and at our fantastic retailers now.