4 Ways To Wear Plaid For Fall 2019

4 Ways To Wear Plaid For Fall 2019

Plaid is a true heritage print that you can use to infuse your wardrobe with classic versatility, pops of colour or a touch of whimsy. It’s one of the easiest ways to update your seasonal look and to help bring our your personality and sense of style. 

This versatile fabric has been around for centuries and keeps trending each season during Fashion Week on the catwalks of New York, London, Milan and Paris. It appears in various colourways and styles—sometimes as a classically tailored trouser, sometimes as chic Goth and sometimes as cool Britannia. Whatever the seasonal inspiration, rest assured, plaid is once again a huge trend for fall.

The beauty of plaid is that it styles seamlessly into your wardrobe, so whether you only want to add just a touch of plaid in the form of a handbag or wish to dive all-in with the head-to-toe look, there is something for every style, age and fit.

As a company, NYGÅRD prides itself on having trend-driven styles that fit and flatter every body-shape & size. This season, we have introduced the vegan-suede line into the SLIMS and TanJay collections and have gone a step further by mixing this innovative fabric with the heritage of plaid.

So, if you are still wondering how to create a chic plaid outfit, look no further, than my easy-to-follow ultimate checklist:

 

4 Ways to Wear Plaid

  •  The Plaid Jacket
  •  The Plaid Pant
  • The Head-To-Toe Look
  •  The Finishing Touch

To read more on the history of plaid and how to incorporate it into your weekday looks, read my articles, Check Mate: The Best Plaids To Wear All Week and In The Trenches: How To Wear The Luxe Suede Trench Coat.

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In The Trenches: How To Wear The Luxe Suede Trench Coat

In The Trenches: How To Wear The Luxe Suede Trench Coat

The trench coat is one of the most iconic pieces of clothing that you can add to your wardrobe. Historically, the trench was designed as an overcoat for British Army officers during the First World War, but throughout the decades it’s design, fabric and fit has been updated from a purely utilitarian rain protection garment to a versatile fashion coat fit for royalty, models and for us, mere mortals!  

The new Luxe Suede Trench re-imagines the original iconic design details and updates them for today’s woman. Let’s face it, you’re busy juggling your time and roles, so your clothes need to be versatile, easy-to-care-for and looking fabulous at all times. No small feat of course but we were up for the challenge and went to work developing a new fabric and streamlining the design.

 

Hence, the Luxe Suede Trench was born. 

 

As a premium engineered fabric, Luxe Suede has a soft brushed finish that looks like suede on the outside, but on the inside, it’s a Luxe Ponte Knit. This vegan-friendly fabric has the luxuriously soft texture of suede and the comfort of a 4-way stretch fabric that moves with you and drapes beautifully. So, it’s a win-win-win for fabric, comfort and design. Luxe Suede is not waterproof like suede from an animal, but one of the main benefits is that it’s machine washable and is designed to be worn outside as an overcoat or inside as a blazer/coat. Simply layer it over a tank, a fine knit sweater or even a chunky sweater. 

 

Not sure how to wear this wonderful piece or how to fit it into your current wardrobe? Let us help you style it in a cool modern way that fits your lifestyle…

 

5 TOP TIPS ON HOW TO WEAR THE LUXE SUEDE TRENCH COAT:

1️⃣ Before the leaves start to change their colour and temperature starts to drop, wear your trench coat open over a simple top & jeans or a dress. The medium-weight of our engineered suede fabric will keep you looking cool and feeling cozy.

2️⃣ Wear your trench coat draped over your shoulders for a super chic look. This simple styling trick looks fantastic & is all the rage with fashion #bloggers 

3️⃣ Try the head-to-toe look by pairing the coordinating Luxe Suede Pants with your Luxe Suede Trench. #headtotoe looks are sleek and an easy way to elevate your style! Use the belt to cinch your waist or tie it at the back and leave the coat open for a more relaxed look. 

Pro Tip – Swap our suede belt for one of your own to change the look and feel of the coat. 

4️⃣ Layering is a great styling option that looks good & keeps you warm. Bundle up & layer a chunky knit sweater under your trench and add a scarf & hat too. 

5️⃣ Try a pop of colour under your trench coat and don’t be afraid to try one of our patterned trench coats and matching pants. Fashion should be fun!

Work it Out: Your Guide to the Performance Wear You Need Right Now

Work it Out: Your Guide to the Performance Wear You Need Right Now

For the majority of us, the hardest part of any workout routine is getting started. Ugh, I know right? We all have such good intentions, but work, kids and general busyness can easily get in the way. These factors will always be present, so one of the first things you need to do is to have the desire to get fit and be healthy. The next thing is to have a great selection of workout wear. Now, I know this will not guarantee success everyday BUT…if you genuinely love the look and feel of your leggings and tops, then you will be more motivated to commit to your intentions. Of course, your workout wear also needs to perform technically. Luckily, NYGÅRD SLIMS Performance Wear looks the part, and its technical fabric performs under pressure, so it will hold you up along your journey.

The Performance Wear collection consists of leggings, Capris, Tees, vests and jackets, all made from a four-way stretch fabric that wicks moisture away from the body and this is what will keep you cool throughout your routine or class. The other unique feature of the fabric is that it incorporates the same technology and support as the rest of the SLIMS line.

So, regardless of your age or fitness level, the fabric will breathe, hold you in and give you a smooth silhouette. If this isn’t motivation to get active, then I don’t know what is? Hmm, when is the swimwear line coming out? Sizes range from XS to XL and are available in bright colours, dynamic patterns or minimalist black, so there is a style to suit everyone. To top it off, the price tag is super affordable—ranging from $29 for a short sleeve top to $69 for leggings. When have you ever heard of high -leggings from a yoga shop costing less than $100? 

Right now, until Sunday, June 16, all Performance Wear is a whopping 50% off online only, so I have scoured the website and put the best leggings, tops and jackets together for you.

Here is your Guide to the Performance Wear You Need Right Now.
So come on, let’s get the look, get inspired and get strong. The possibilities are limitless… 

SHOP LEGGINGS

SHOP TOPS

SHOP JACKETS

NYGÅRD INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO PARK50 WITH “WELCOME NEIGHBOUR” BBQ

NYGÅRD INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO PARK50 WITH “WELCOME NEIGHBOUR” BBQ

PARK50 was the place to be on Wednesday, May 8 from 4-7 p.m. as we welcomed our Inkster Blvd. neighbours and the Winnipeg community to enjoy a family-friendly BBQ. The “Welcome Neighbour” BBQ was the second event of the season and an excellent opportunity to showcase the beauty of PARK50 and to give Winnipeggers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the company’s Head Quarters, which has been a landmark on Inkster Blvd. since 1977.

Everyone was greeted with a smile and encouraged to experience all of the unique features of PARK50, that Mr. Nygård painstakingly incorporated into the project. It’s not only a feast for the eyes, but it’s also intended to delight all the senses—from the sound of the waterfall and the smell of the wood-burning fire pits to the sight of the 2.7 billion-year-old rock from Greenstone Belt and the wow-factor of the outdoor gym. Guests satisfied their palettes with delicious artisan pizza & hot dogs cooked in the main outdoor BBQ, that just so happens to be housed within a giant Inukshuk. There were healthy beverages to quench everyone’s thirst, and the kids (young & old) flocked to the vintage-looking popcorn machine that overflowed with bags of fresh popcorn.

To top that off, there were tours of the interactive museum called GALLERY50, which highlights Mr. Nygård’s personal life and professional achievements, and is a testimony that if you work hard and be kind to people, EVERYTHING is possible.  A SLIMS Shop was set up so guests could purchase the latest collections of SLIMS jeggings, leggings and tops with an exclusive discount on the evening. And, if you ever wondered what Nygård Style Direct is, several NSD style experts were on-hand to explain the program and answer questions. 

Peter Nygård launched PARK50 last September to mark the 50th Anniversary of the company he founded back in 1967. It encompasses his vision of celebrating the success of and giving back to all the associates at the company, the community and to Winnipeg, a city that is dear to his heart. ” I’ve travelled all over the world & there is no place like Winnipeg,” imparts Mr. Nygård. He wanted to create a holistic environment that focuses on personal well-being, happiness and a healthy lifestyle. 

The BBQ kicked off with a welcome speech from our VP HR, David Paton and then the merriment continued! Even Alana Mowbray from the Winnipeg Free Press lightheartedly said, “I wish I worked here!” The successful turnout showed that the community loves to support home-grown business and enjoyed the open-house atmosphere that gave the public a chance to see our amazing products and brands, showed off our modern premises and explained the history of NYGÅRD International, as well as, unveiling the amazing rags-to-riches story of the man behind the brand—Mr. Peter Nygård.

 

Be sure to watch our video of the event below.

From Desk to Dinner: How to Make your Outfits Work Double Duty

From Desk to Dinner: How to Make your Outfits Work Double Duty

If you’re like us, then you’ll want to maximize your wardrobe without carrying the whole darn thing around with you. Knowing how to take your outfit from desk to dinner will make your clothes work double-duty so you can work once while leaving your clothes to work the late shift.  We all have super busy lives, so whether you’ve had plans for weeks or it’s all last minute, we have the simple styling tricks that you NEED to know to look chic after clocking out. NYGÅRD’s selection of brands are bursting with plenty of new arrivals and a vast array of on-duty and off-duty looks.

Your 3 Essential Styling Tips

 

1.  Get Down to Basics

Everything starts with a great capsule wardrobe that has 8-10 basic staple pieces. Make this a combination of tops, pants and dresses that have simple design details and a fairly fitted silhouette. Staple pieces like a sleeveless top, slim black ankle pants, skinny jeans and a classic LBD (little black dress) are your BFFs! Textures, such as faux leather, knits and embellishment also work well in the transition from day to night. Be sure these items are comfortable and easy to care for.

2.  Make it Office-Appropriate

Once you have your basic foundation sorted, it’s time to add a layer to make it suitable for the office. This is where you can match your look to the office culture and environment. Add a blazer jacket, which can be formal if you work in a law office or much more relaxed if you work in media, a cardigan (choose something formal or relaxed) and then finish it off with an office-appropriate handbag & shoes.

3.  Pack Your Evening Essentials

Like any great traveller, the number one rule to follow is to pack light! This means having an essentials checklist and packing smartly. Just bring just one extra bag with you, such as a cloth tote or book bag, then add the specific pieces you will need.

 

Here is your Essentials Checklist:

  • Statement Necklace

    A stand-out necklace is a quick and easy way to add evening chic to your outfit. Make it silver, gold or embellished with diamanté for impact.

  • Earrings

    This is another easy way to elevate your after-hours look. Earrings are small so they won’t take up any space in your bag but will instantly transform your outfit. Simply pop your earrings and necklace in a small soft cloth jewellery bag with a drawstring that won’t take up too much space.

  • Clutch Bag or Small Camera Bag

    A small clutch bag is easy to stow and a must-have for the evening. I prefer a soft envelope style that you can throw into your day handbag or into your essentials tote bag. Again, it’s light-weight and won’t take up too much space. Go for one that has some statement embellishment or a pop of colour. 

  • Lipstick

    Always a classic and compact to carry. Make yours an iconic shade of red or try a fuchsia or a more coral/orange matted hue.

  • Evening Heels

Heels, either closed or open toe, make all the difference when it comes to an evening look. Find a height that works for you and that is relatively comfortable—I know this can be a challenge, but gel insoles also help!) They don’t have to be sky-high stilettos to work—look for colour, texture or detail. I suggest keeping a pair at your desk so you will always have something on standby and will avoid having to tote them back and forth.

These are relatively easy to roll up and fit into your essentials bag.  Textured fabric with a sheen, pleats or a pattern will instantly take your look from day to night.

This is another must-have essential for your evening kit. In some cases, your workplace will allow you to wear such an item but if not, wear the bulkier motorcycle or printed jacket to work and pack a more office-appropriate jacket that you will wear in the day. Then change once you get into work—this one is a little more cumbersome but well worth it in the long run.

And, this is how you make your wardrobe work double duty! I hope you found these tips helpful—if you have any other tips on how you go from desk to dinner, please do let us know in the comments below.

How to Wear the New Spring Trends for 2019

How to Wear the New Spring Trends for 2019

With spring finally, insight, we can now shift our focus from surviving winter to what we will be wearing to energize our soul, feel confident and look amazing. Hooray! Now is the time to start Marie Kondo’ing your wardrobes—keep the items that spark joy and donate or hand-down the ones that don’t.  This will allow you to update your closet with new spring trends that bloom into fresh and effortless outfits for 24/7 style. 

Four of the top trends for spring 2019 are:

  1. Not So Boring Beige
  2. Luxurious Lace
  3. Fresh Floral Prints
  4. Bleach Out

How to Wear the Trends

 

NOT SO BORING BEIGE

Beige is definitely NOT boring! Seen on all the spring/summer catwalks, beige held it’s own as a sophisticated and subtle style icon. It’s a versatile neutral shade and one that you must wear this spring from head-to-toe for maximum impact. Mix it with varying shades of off-white, oatmeal, camel and white, of course, and also with different textures, such as twill, mesh, chiffon, fringes, pleats and knitted fabrics to increase its luxurious look.  To finish off your look, add in a neutral handbag, heels or even some white sneakers—the styling possibilities are endless.

LUXURIOUS LACE

Lace is always a classic look but this season, it’s not just for the evening. It’s been updated & reworked for the day to break all the rules! So, you’ll find it printed, inserted into yokes, used in denim and even as a turquoise cardigan. The best way to wear it is to mix it with basic staples, textures and masculine designs details to offset its feminine qualities. Match yours with dress pants for work and more formal occasions or pair it with denim and a T-shirt for a relaxed vibe.

 

FRESH FLORAL PRINTS

Floral prints are blooming for spring! Feel to clash your colours and prints for a fresh take on the trend. You can go subtle with just one floral print or go for bold with a mixed print that incorporates flowers, stripes and nautical themes. Again, you can dress these up for the office with dress pants, midi-skirts and heels or pair them with coloured or white denim and flats for a carefree, modern twist.

 

 BLEACH OUT

Bleached out denim is BACK…OK, that ’80s trend never really went away! So, why not embrace what’s new again and go for bleached, acid wash and distressed options of jeans, jeggings and capris. It’s a strong but relaxed look that says, “Viva spring/summer.” This trend is best mixed with whites or pastels for chic street style looks. 

 

Here’s how to wear these 4 spring trends that are easy to mix & match with your existing wardrobe and that will give you standout style for any occasion. And, if you want more information on the art of organizing your wardrobe the Marie Kondo way, click here.

 

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NOT SO BORING BEIGE

LUXURIOUS LACE

FRESH FLORAL PRINTS

BLEACH OUT

I hope this post helps you know how to wear the latest trends for spring and gives you some ideas for mixing them into your current wardrobe. Let me know if you have any questions. Leave your comments below and be sure to subscribe to the blog for the latest updates!