The Holiday Gift Guide

The Holiday Gift Guide

With the holiday season in in full swing, the pressure of finding the right gifts for everyone on your list can be overwhelming. That’s why we have put together the Essential Holiday Gift Guide to make gifting as stress-free as seasonally possible. So, whether you need some quick inspiration or some serious 911 help for the fussy or for those who have absolutely everything people on your list, our gift guide will help you find the perfect gifts. Check them off your list, then celebrate your success by meeting up with friends for your favourite tipple or desert. 

OK, OK, before we get to celebrating, let’s talk about the gifts at hand. One tip that I have adopted over my many years of working in retail is that the person you are buying for will never know the product(s) that you did not pick, so don’t let it stress you out. I offer this advice because sometimes we become obsessed with the minutia of deciding between a few gift options but if you are truly stuck, go with your gut instinct and own your decision—a gift receipt never hurt either! 

 When thinking about the hard-to-buy-for loved ones in your life, think about what they like to wear on an average day, their style, the colours they always wear or perhaps the colours & styles they have decorated their house with. If that doesn’t give you a clear indication, think about their personality or their hobbies—are they sweet, quirky, business minded or maybe they love to travel? Let these qualities guide you to the style of clothes they might like. If they are quirky, go for an unusual colour, dramatic calls for a flared sleeve or diamanté embellishment and if they love to travel, go for a suede blazer jacket that they can layer over tops to suit any occasion.

To help streamline your options and create a stress-free shopping experience, we have grouped our favourite pieces together for easy navigation. You’ll be sure to find something they will love, at any budget.

 

The Holiday Gift Guide 

For more gifting inspiration, read our posts, Get The Look: Denim After-Hours and 4 Ways To Wear Plaid For Fall 2019.

Get The Look: Denim After-Hours

Get The Look: Denim After-Hours

The perfect pair of jeans is an important part of every woman’s wardrobe. If you are lucky enough to be able to wear them to work, they can take your outfit from standard dress code to a standout style file.

But, when the lights go down on the workday or the workweek, denim can also be your versatile go-to option for casual chic.  It’s an understated look that just needs a pair of statement heels and some earrings and you are good to go!

For inspiration, look to the latest fashion magazines featuring models and celebrities sporting this trend but the bonus of this look is that it works for every age—so don’t limit yourself!  The main key to getting this look right lies in fabric textures and design details. So, it’s all about mixing casual skinny, slim or straight leg jeans with tops, blazers and accessories that add glamour and texture. It’s the mix of casual and dressy that makes this look work for any evening occasion, especially if you aren’t sure of the dress code.

TOP TIPS TO GETTING THE DENIM AFTER-HOURS LOOK:

  1. Choose a light, medium or black wash jeans
  2. Try jeans with diamanté embellishment or embroidered details
  3. Add a top with a metallic thread, foil-print or diamanté embellishment
  4. Flared sleeves add glamour
  5. Velvet, silky georgette and lace create texture and understated elegance
  6. Blazer jacket with metal buttons or zippers or a swacket 
  7. Small shoulder or clutch bag
  8. Crystal drop earrings or pearl studs
  9. Heeled ankle boots or simple black heels (high or low)
  10. Bright lipstick – classic red or fuchsia
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.

GET THE LOOK: 

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.