We love new stuff, so why not refresh your wardrobe with new styles from Alia N TanJay, hot off the press?
We’ve picked the best of our latest new arrivals, so you can save time and look great.
Comfort and style are the Alia ethos and these sweaters, quilted vest and check shirt are classic pieces that work double-duty to keep you looking on trend and ready for any occasion. Wear them during the day with denim and ankle boots for a relaxed look or dress them up with tailored pants for a polished look. The sequin quilted vest comes in three soft winter pastel colours, so you will never run out of options. Simply layer it over your favourite sweater, Tee or shirt and you will sparkle with style. The plaid stretch shirt is an update of the classic check shirt and a must-have for any closet. Pair it with the Flower Embroidered Jean for added detail. And, last but not least, you can never go wrong with a sweater—both these styles offer a refined yet relaxed silhouette that will keep you looking warm and chic.
Think TanJay, think chic style for day or night, work or play. These new arrivals will amp up your style-cred and make you the envy of your friends and colleagues. Not only do these new styles mix with each other for a capsule wardrobe, but they are also easy to mix into your existing wardrobe NOW to give you great style mileage through the winter months. Cobalt florals are a wonderful fall/winter colour combination to match with black, navy and grey. You can’t go wrong with checks and this cardigan with faux leather trim is smart enough for the office and relaxed enough for Sunday afternoon book reading. And finally, take a classic black trouser and add leather trim to bring your look to the next level.
Have you ever uttered the words, “What am I going to wear to work today?” If so, then you need my Best Boss-Inspired Work Wear Edit at your disposal. Whether you work in an office, at home, from the coffee shop, or from literally anywhere in the world, what to wear to work day-in and day-out can sometimes be a challenge. Our lives are busier than ever, so rummaging in our wardrobes every morning for the perfect outfit can either make or break the day.
It doesn’t matter if you have an entry-level position or are the CEO, the old saying, ‘Dress For The Position You Want, Not The One You Have’ rings truer than ever in today’s competitive workplace and social media stratosphere. Even if you don’t think clothes matter that much, know that first impressions do matter and that what you wear ties into this. The forbes.com article, Is Your Work Attire Making The Right Impression At Your New Job, makes the case that, “If you continually wear clothes that aren’t a fit with what your work culture considers acceptable, it can and will work against you in a serious way.” The author, Kathy Caprino states, “…the reality is that we are still judged by things other than our skills and experience.”
In my personal experience, I can honestly say that what you wear to work, definitely impacts your credibility and how others perceive you. Even if their perception is dead wrong, it is almost impossible to change their view, once it has been formed. So, with this in mind, having a carefree modern and stylish look that also reflects your personality can work to your advantage.
Don’t leave looking like the best-dressed boss of your own personal brand to chance, instead invest in a small capsule wardrobe that you can mix and match to suit your career, personality and lifestyle. Why not get the promotion you deserve?
So, regardless of the industry, you work in—Imagine looking effortlessly stylish, polished and ready for success every day? Here’s how to do it at Nygård:
If your work requires a more formal approach or if you are the spokesperson for your company, you can still keep it fresh and not stuffy by pairing together simple classic pieces. The key here is to keep the lines clean and to mix in an unexpected colour on one piece. Try a vintage or patterned scarf.
Politics is one very hot topic these days but if you work in this field, now more than ever, you need to stay relevant to the communities you represent. So, take style tips from politicians like Chrystia Freeland or America’s Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Keep it young, fresh and on-trend.
If you work in a creative field, such as design, fashion or the arts, then you have creative licence to add colour, patterns, textures and asymmetric silhouettes to your daily look. This can be great, but it also adds pressure to look ultra cool and stylish. But, if you stick to a budget and create a signature style, then you will get it right every time. Think Jenna Lyons and her signature heavy rimmed eyeglasses or Anna Wintour’s signature coif and sunglasses.
If you run your own business, then you are probably juggling several roles – CEO, marketer, shipping & receiving. So, you need clothes that are comfortable but also dressy enough to meet clients or for meetings on-the-go. Make your go-to item a jacket, as it is versatile enough to take you from any scenario that pops up. If you want a look that’s a bit more tailored, then substitute the logo top for a classic white shirt.
If you are a personal trainer or have your own fitness & lifestyle blog, then you need clothes that look sporty but also professional. You may have to make adjustments in your attire quickly, that can range from travelling to meet a client to teaching a class, so look for athleisure layers that take you from casual to dressy.
Computer programming has long been dominated by men, but luckily that is changing. More women are entering the field, and the World Economic Forum states that recent research suggests that women write better code than their male counterparts. So, if you are in this field, it is important to stand out to your bosses and rise to the top. Invest in smart business pieces that you can put on rotation to help you get it consistently right.
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With the global launch of Peter Nygård’sICONIC COLLECTION, we take you behind the man and inside the collection to reveal its history and significance and why you need to own it.
Peter Nygård is the man behind the NYGÅRD brand and has been at the helm for 50 years. He started out in 1967 when he bought a small manufacturing company located in Winnipeg, right in the heart of Canada, and grew it into a global design house. With facilities in Canada, America, Bahamas, Asia and the Middle East and with stores across North America and the world, the Nygård brand and its brand offerings are an international success.
Certainly across North America, NYGÅRD is a household name synonymous with style and quality at exceptional value. From the brand’s humble beginnings in 1967, women were introduced to Canadian fashion that met their lifestyles as they entered the workforce in greater numbers. Peter Nygård’s designs and business acumen were instrumental in leading the way for Canadian women, Canadian fashion and the Canadian Fashion Industry. In fact, he is known as the North American fashion industry leader in developing an automated supply chain merchandising and logistics system to get fashions to the consumer fast. Literally, the forerunner to fashion brands like Zara and H&M. He has also been instrumental in planting the seeds for NAFTA, where his work and influence granted him the appointment of Chair of the Advisory Committee on future Canadian long-term industrial strategy. For 50 years, he has been an industry leader—fusing design, business and technology.
50 Years of Fashion
Throughout these 50 years, Peter Nygård has not stopped. His tireless work ethic means he has faithfully presented his collections each season and has amassed a following of loyal customers and celebrities alike. To celebrate his commitment to the fashion industry, the Peter Nygård ICONIC COLLECTION encapsulates five decades of fashion. Each piece within the collection is inspired by the extensive NYGÅRD archive of iconic designs and has been revamped for today’s lifestyle demands. The 20-piece capsule collection is truly ICONIC—representing what Peter Nygård has stood for over the last 50 years and what he stands for over the next 50 years.
The clothes in the collection are richly textured and embellished with details that evoke tradition, strength and confidence. Silver is widely used throughout to represent feminine energy—fluid, emotional, sensitive and mysterious. Silver is also associated with words such as modern, glamour, grace, sophistication and elegance. So, whether you are 20 or 70 years young, there is a piece for everybody. One that represents your personality, attitude and style. Wear it your way—Be Your Own Icon.
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It’s official, fall’s foot is firmly planted on terra firma and well, ok, if we can’t do anything about the impending winter, then let’s change something we can control—our handbag. Thank goodness for that, because research shows that having a sense of control in our life, has a positive effect on our happiness. This winning combination means that not only does a new handbag help out our wardrobe, it may also make us feel just a little bit better.
You may be thinking, “With all the choices out there, what style of handbag should I choose?” Well, if trends are any indication, then this season’s darlings are all about the use of heavy metal embellishment. Luckily, you don’t have to like the music genre to participate (thank goodness, because I am not a fan!) but if you are, then rock on. Whether studs, chains or plain old hardware, I have just the selection of bags to turn that frown upside down. All of these fresh, new bags can be worn day or night and are an affordable way to update your look for the new season—making them versatile investment pieces that you need to have in your closet. Start wearing them now with your transitional coats and jackets and as the cold weather sets in, rotate the ones that you are obsessed with to keep your style looking hot.
From backpacks to totes, put your best shoulder (and smile) forward with my edit of the Best Heavy Metal and Classic Metal handbags to wear this fall.
Building a versatile seasonal wardrobe, without breaking the bank, can be challenging, but starting from the bottom up is a surefire way to build a solid foundation. To start, I recommend investing in three to six bottoms that suit your figure type. If you have a smaller waist, opt for pull-on styles like leggings or jegging that have an elasticized waistline (think NYGÅRD SLIMS) or for those who want a more traditional straight leg pant, try a pull-on style from TanJay or Alia. If you have a curvy figure, go for a boot-cut style, as the flared silhouette evens out your proportions and creates an elongated leg. For a smooth and contoured waist and hip area, the SLIMS line will suit your needs.
Next, mix up your styles and fabrics. A good rule of thumb to follow is:
Two pairs of jeans—one dark blue or black, one lighter denim or a patterned denim
One pair of black dress pants
One pair of printed straight leg pants
One pair of printed leggings or jeggings
One pair of dark or coloured leggings or jeggings
Of course, if your lifestyle is more relaxed then opt for more casual styles, and if you need more dressy looks, load up on the Slim Ankle and Straight Leg silhouettes for a more professional look.
Most people tend to shy away from prints, texture and brighter colours, but it’s these small details that can take an outfit from good to great, because they add depth, create a focal point and highlight your best assets. Now, this doesn’t mean that every piece of your wardrobe needs to encompass all these aspects. Take your style cues from Parisian women, who really know how to work classics together with statement pieces that add pops of colour and/or print. As an example, match a plain white top with bold red plaid pants, then add a classic cardigan or tailored blazer and some simple stilettos.
My best piece of advice is K.I.S.S —Keep It Simple Style.
So…if you go bold on the bottom, keep it simple and classic on the top. If you go for bold colour and pattern on the top, keep the bottom a solid colour. This rule applies for fit too—If you have skinny jeans or leggings, you can afford to wear a more relaxed top and vice versa. One last thing piece of personal advice is that even if you have a larger bust or heavier mid-section, keep your tops fitted through the shoulders and bust area. This will create some shape and definition without feeling uncomfortable or restricted but allow you to opt for a slightly looser cut through the mid-section.
I hope these tips on how to build your wardrobe around great bottoms, offer some practical and simple advice to help you get out of the starting blocks. I’ve also put together some high octane outfits for you below, pairing some of our best-selling bottoms with some best-selling sweaters, all topped off with a jacket, handbag or scarf to complete the look.
Get ready to invest in bottoms to build your wardrobe!
With summer but a mere memory, fall has floated in with its languid and cold resolve. So, to help combat the cooler temperatures and boost your mood, there is nothing like a new cozy sweater and a nice cup of hot chocolate. Luckily, we’ve got your sweater game all knitted up, so go ahead and practise your best ‘Resting Sweater Face’ in this season’s top knitwear.
Get ready to re-stock your wardrobe with oversized cardigans, chunky knits, colour blocking, cowl-necks, mock-necks, brights and fringe—just pop these styles into your fall rotation for continuous sartorial payback. Knitwear can be dressy, casual or somewhere in between depending mostly on your choice of footwear and handbag. Heeled shoes or boots elevate your look (pun intended!) to one that’s suitable for the office, dinner, drinks or a date. Typically, flat shoes, boots and sneakers are more casual but depending on the occasion and how you style your outfit, casual ranges from Sunday-sofa to sport-luxe to edgy street-style. For handbags, choose something smaller for a dressy look—think mini to small sized shoulder-bags for day or clutches for evening. For casual looks, stick to small to medium sized satchels or totes that can hold all your essentials.
So, with a bit of knowledge in-hand, I have rounded up my favourite Must-Have Sweaters and thought I would share my list with you here. Shop my favourites below and create your new fall style: