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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

      Miik's Sustainable Clothing Holiday Gift Guide

      Miik's Sustainable Clothing Holiday Gift Guide

      Give the gift of Miik this holiday season! If you’re looking for ethical and locally-made gifts for all the amazing ladies in your life, look no further. Our unbelievably comfortable, sustainable clothing is designed for women, by women, with eco-luxe fabrics that last. We’ve put together a list of 5 different types of women you might be buying for this season. Whether it’s your mom, niece, sister, grandma, aunt or coworker—we’re confident that Miik has something for everyone!

      Without further ado, let’s get into it!

      1. For the one who loves cozy winters

      She’s the skier, the ice skating queen... the one who’s always ready for a snowy adventure! We’re not ones to boast, but if there’s one thing we know best at Miik, it’s après ski style. Here are some perfect pieces for the girl living in a winter wonderland:

      Reese drawstring hoodie: A modern take on a classic hoodie, this tunic has all the cozy winter vibes. While typical hoodies can be bulky and look sloppy, this tunic over a pair of leggings or jeans looks so put-together and professional!

      Charlene cowl hooded tunic: The Charlene is the PERFECT holiday gift, just in time for winter weather. It has pockets, a hood and has a chic take on the après ski style. In solid or stripe with so many colours to choose from, we have you covered!

      Kerry turtleneck: This turtleneck is perfect for every winter capsule wardrobe, and great for layering all season long. This charcoal tone is super cozy, but if you want extra winter vibes, we recommend our port stripe!

      Jodi zippered tunic: This piece is one of our favourites because it effortlessly transforms from a cardigan to a tunic with a simple zip! Wear it over a pair of jeans and a tank as a cardi, or zip it up and wear as a tunic over leggings for ultimate comfort. With the Jodi, you just can’t go wrong.

      Lucy legging: Every outdoorsy woman needs a go-to pair of leggings. The Lucy won’t let you down... like, ever. These leggings won’t fade, pill or lose their shape like other leggings do. Buttery soft and made with eco-luxe rayon from bamboo, these leggings are a cozy friend—especially in the winter! 

      Collage of women's corporate attire

      2. For the one who's a boss babe

      From boardrooms to networking events, we’ve all got that woman in our life who is crushing it in the corporate world. These Miik pieces are tried and true for the working woman.

      Emily soft blazer: This is our most popular blazer and one of our bestselling items. It’s a classic blazer that will last in your wardrobe for years to come. Our customers can't get over how comfy it is... one even said it feels like you're wearing leggings on the top half of your body! If you’re buying for a working woman, we can’t think of a better gift.

      Sonya wrap dress: This classic wrap dress is perfect for work, but has great evening and special event versatility. It can be dressed up or down, and is made of buttery soft rayon from bamboo.

      Sienna boyfriend jacket: Who doesn’t love a good boyfriend jacket?! Perfect for a corporate chic look, this jacket is versatile, so comfy and has the most flattering fit. She’ll be rocking it over and over again.

      Claudia side panel skirt: The iconic corporate skirt, the Claudia can be paired with any of our StretchFit blazers for a sophisticated tailored suit that doesn't sacrifice comfort. This relaxed fit pencil skirt is our go-to!

      Alana wide leg pant: These wide-leg pants are so beautifully tailored, you would never guess how stretchy and comfortable they are. The pull-on waistband has a perfectly smooth finish with any top, and—wait for it—they have pockets! Seriously, these are the only pants you'll want to wear to work.

       

      3. For the one who lives in loungewear

      Well, pretty much anything from Miik would work for this person, but let’s get into some ULTRA comfy options! Here are some of our top picks:

      Lisa2 legging: These are a no-brainer. One of our top selling products, you could truly live in the Lisa2 leggings. Our customers love the wide, 4-inch waistband: wear it high-waisted or folded over at the hip, it acts as a comfy control top that smooths everything out. No judgement here if you throw in an extra pair for yourself at checkout!

      Katya striped boxy tunic: The Katya's boxy fit makes it feel edgy yet very relaxed. This tunic will take you from weekend lounging to errands around town effortlessly. It’s put-together and polished, even though it feels like you’re rocking PJs... win-win!

      Joy tunic: The Joy tunic is another crowd pleaser. Feminine and flowy, it's the perfect match for leggings or jeans. Get the most out of this versatile style by dressing it up or down.

      Malory long cardi: This cardi is the ultimate in functionality and comfort. The longer length makes it great for layering with any outfit, and the contrasting collar makes it a cozy staple for the fall and winter seasons.

      Kiri pant: One of our fave pants! They feel like yoga pants, with a tailored, fashion-forward look. The Kiri pant has a subtle flared silhouette with a 2" pull-on waistband for a smooth, flattering, and comfortable fit.

      Mid-calf socks: The perfect stocking stuffer, that will actually be worn and loved! Make every step more luxurious with these buttery soft mid-calf socks. Miik socks have hand-linked toes for seamless comfort, plus a reinforced heel and toe for durability.

      4. For the one who prefers basics

      So she's got a capsule wardrobe? No problem! We have just the thing:

      June simple skirt: The ultimate basic that you never knew you needed. It has a smooth look under fitted tops, and can be worn at the hip or high-waisted. If she prefers a longer skirt, we suggest the Jan long simple skirt: the exact same design with a bit more length!

      Lea reversible tank: This tank has been a fan favourite for years. The Lea is the perfect layering basic, with a neckline that reverses from boatneck to scoopneck. With bra-friendly straps and a fitted silhouette, it can be worn on its own or under blazers and cardigans.

      Yara reversible dress: A classic tank dress, the Yara is an essential that’s perfect for layering and so chic on its own. Back-to-front reversibility means you can switch from a boatneck to high scoop—more ways to wear it, for any occasion.

      Anne circle blazer: The perfect crossover between blazer and cardi, the Anne can be styled for work or play. Unlike most of our blazers, this one is machine washable, so there's no excuse not to wear it every. single. day.

      Presley top: Truly the basic top of all basic tops, the Presley never disappoints. Its boxy, relaxed fit is universally flattering and easy to pair with jeans, skirts, or tailored pants. Get it in a solid colour if she only wears the most basic of basics, or in a stripe for those who like to mix it up!

      Ankle socks:  The perfect stocking stuffer that will actually be loved and worn! Treat her feet to these buttery soft ankle socks. Miik socks have hand-linked toes for seamless comfort, plus a reinforced heel and toe for durability.

      Collage of on-trend women's clothing

      5. For the one who's a fashionista

      She’s beauty and she’s grace... she’s never had a bad style day. Wow her with these on-trend and equally comfortable Miik pieces:

      Jess dress: We love the cutout detail on this dress, and she will too! The Jess can be worn to work with a blazer or dressed up for an evening look. Its flattering A-line silhouette looks great on everyone.

      Shea tulip pant: These pants are so comfortable, feminine, and all-around luxurious. The perfect pant for a special occasion, they make a statement with overlapping front panels that curve into a gorgeous tulip shape. Betcha she doesn’t have pants like these... yet!

      Tarina reversible cutout top: Wear this reversible v-neck top with the fashionable cutout detail at the front or back. An on-trend bell sleeve completes the look.

      Joni ruffle sleeve top: We love a good bell sleeve for the winter season, and if she’s got a passion for fashion, she’ll be obsessed with the Joni! Dress it up for work and down for the weekend or an evening out.

      Aedan boyfriend jacket: Talk about a versatile jacket! This gorgeous piece can be worn with black dress pants as a suit, or with jeans and a tee on the weekends. This one is a fave for anyone whose style is a little edgier.

      We hope you got some great ideas from this gift guide – and that you have an incredible holiday season spend with friends, family and the people you love most.

      Happy holiday gifting!

      The Miik Team 

      7 Ways to Shop Sustainably this Black Friday

      7 Ways to Shop Sustainably this Black Friday

      If you’re interested in receiving exclusive Black Friday deals from Miik, be sure to subscribe to our email list today!

      We’re coming back to that time of year where virtually every company in the world offers major sales, and we all go CRAZY! That’s right, Black Friday is just around the corner.

      It’s an exciting, festive time of year and thousands of people will be taking advantage of the Black Friday deals. However, in the light of recent climate strikes, there’s no doubt that climate change is on people’s minds. We’re sharing some simple but effective ways you can be mindful of the environment during Black Friday this year! Let’s get into it. 

      Child in a crowd holding a painted sign that reads "Save the planet"

      Photo of the Toronto climate strike by @lewypee

      1. Shop eco-friendly brands

      Almost every eco-friendly brand—big or small—has Black Friday deals. It’s so easy to make a simple switch in who you’re buying from, and it can make all the difference. American author Anna Lappé says, “Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” If more and more people adopt this mindset, big companies will eventually start to take notice, feel the pressure and make some important shifts towards sustainability.

      Black script text on white reads "Everytime you spend money, you are casting a vote for the kind of world you want."

      2. Shop locally-made

      It is always better for the environment to shop locally because you can avoid additional shipping and therefore avoid excessive carbon emissions. It’s also so much nicer to receive a thoughtful, locally-made gift! Shopping local helps fuel your local economy and supports small businesses. When you shop locally, it's also more likely that the people who created the products were paid a fair living wage.

      Black handwriting on a pink background reads "When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance"

      3. Shop less: don't impulse buy

      Ever gone on a shopping spree, and realized a week later that you didn’t really need (or even want) 75% of what you bought? That’s the power of the impulse buy. Just because something is a great sale, doesn’t mean you need it, or that you’ll wear it. And if you don’t love that purchase, it’s never worth the price—no matter how cheap! When it comes to apparel, we like to ask ourselves these questions before adding items to our cart: How often will I wear it? How will I care for it? Where was it made? What is it made of? How long will it last? How does it make me feel? Never buy something that won’t be worn or used!

      4. Look for energy efficient gadgets

      The best gifts are the ones that keep on giving. From rechargeable batteries to reusable sandwich bags, looking for ways to reduce everyday waste is great for our wallets and our landfills. Here’s a blog post with a handful of products to get your mind going. When it comes to technology items, read here for some products that would make great gifts for the holidays, or for your home! When you find products you’d like, make a list and shop intentionally over the Black Friday weekend rather than blindly heading into a website full of seductive deals.

      5. Gift wrap in reusable wrapping

      Save gift wrapping from events during the year and reuse it over the holidays, or use materials that might already be in your recycling bin. Think cardboard, newspapers, baskets, shoe boxes or paper. Paint it, stamp it, DIY it, and keep it out of our landfills for longer by giving it a new life!

      Rectangular package wrapped in burlap tied with twine and decorative red berries

      Photo from Stocksy

       6. Don't choose rush shipping

      Black Friday and Cyber Monday have blurred together now that everyone would prefer to shop from the comfort of their living room. One of the things we're cautious about (and don’t offer on our website) is express shipping. This causes lots of half-empty trucks to be on the road, driving longer distances to deliver packages. Choosing standard shipping and waiting just a little longer ensures companies can optimize their deliveries for fewer, fuller trucks making deliveries. It’s a small change we can all make, and it’s worth the wait!

      Cardboard shipping box marked "fragile"

       7. Look for carbon offsets

      We recently posted about our carbon offset checkout feature, and we would encourage you to look for this opportunity as you online shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Many brands have started adding it to help reduce your carbon footprint. We love this option: it’s a great way to give back and continue to be mindful of the earth as you shop.

      Screenshot of the Carbon Checkout app

      There are so many ways we can positively contribute to the environment during Black Friday. Miik will be participating in the festivities, as always! Be sure to subscribe to our email list for first access to all our amazing deals this year. Styles always sell quickly, so sign up and make sure you snag all your favourites!

       

      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.