The bad news: temperatures are dropping quickly. The good news: there’s plenty of great ways to fight off the winter doldrums — and it involves wrapping yourself in some indulgent, fashionable and toasty warm lounge outfits.
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Comfort and style for all: Elita
Elita is a Canadian heritage brand with 30 years under their belt of making women's undergarments with high-quality natural fabrics, innovative design, and comfort in mind. Their items are made for everyday wear for all body types, ages and lifestyles — not to mention, they're affordable!
Standout features:Their soft and luxurious basics feel gentle on the skin and are sustainably-made. Whether you're wearing them to bed or under your clothes for the day, these items will feel like you're doing something special to treat yourself. Silk Magic Full Slip, $44
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Stylish bodywear without the unnecessary details: HIRRS
Based in Vancouver, HIRRS was created from the belief that the female form, in all its many forms, is already perfect. They're advocates for a community of women who push boundaries and shift perspectives — a philosophy that's reflected in their bodywear.
Standout features:The brand thoughtfully designs bodywear with beauty, minimalism and function top of mind. It does away with superfluous details that we know so well like those pesky tags, wires and clasps that can dig into your skin. Everyday Bralette, $52.
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Minimalist done ethically: The Sleep Shirt
Release your inner Jackie Kennedy with a classic, Oxford-style sleep shirt reminiscent of the preppy styles from the 50s and 60s. Locally and ethically produced in Canada by workers paid above minimum wage, the brand offers a pared-down, quiet aesthetic based on traditional men's tailoring with an updated, contemporary, minimalist flair.
Standout featuresTrends this season feature delicate skinny red stripes, navy-and-red Lake Huron checks on a cream background and red buffalo plaids, along with solids such as midnight blue and white. Made from natural, biodegradable, high-quality cotton and linen, these items are perfect for wearing at home, on the weekend or as a cover-up at the beach in the summer. Short Sleep Shirt, Blue Check Linen Blend, $200
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Weather appropriate wear: Sartoria
Let's face it, Canada does not have the same climate as France. That is what prompted Satoria's founder, Sara Torrie, to make a brand of luxurious, feminine intimates that works well in the colder climes of the Great White North. Her women's longjohns, lounge pieces and lingerie are made from super-warm, non-itch cashmere and Merino wool that has been upcycled from luxury fine-knit sweaters, making each piece unique and one-of-a-kind. Made in her Toronto studio, these soft knits are perfect for cozying up around the house or worn as a base layer under clothing when braving the outside cold.
Standout featuresColour trends feature a soft palette in natural shades of browns, greys and pinks. Women's Longjohns, $154
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Loungewear for everyone: Christine Lingerie
Christine is famous for its sumptuous, silk night and loungewear collection made in its Vancouver-based studio. Originally from Scotland, founder Christine Morton has been in business for over 40 years, slowly building her reputation for quality workmanship and stunning detail, attracting customers of all ages, including celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Demi Lovato. She works with the world's oldest manufacturers to reproduce vintage lace and create bespoke prints for her collections.
Standout featuresChristine's fashion trends include the colours hushed sable and tearose pink, along with jacquard butterfly prints and kimono-styled robes in black cherry with a phoenix print and obi-style belt. Phoenix Long Robe, $675
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Step up your onesie game: Snug as a Bug
There is nothing quite so low-key kitsch and highly adorable as matching couple's onesies. Each season, Toronto-based Snug as a Bug creates a new collection of brand-exclusive prints that they manufacture locally.
Standout featuresTrends include stylish, sporty, solid-coloured onesies with a relaxed fit, along with pre-Christmas patterns featuring snowflakes, plaids, pine trees, polar bears and Nordic-style motifs made from super-warm, insulating polar fleece. You can order online or visit their bricks-and-mortar store in Toronto's The Junction, which is open seven days a week. For an added bit of quirk and whimsy, you can have your matching onesies embroidered with your names. Charcoal Footless Onesie, $100
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Sustainable twists on a classic: 49th Apparel
Sometimes true comfort can only be found in a pair of traditional plaid, flannel pajamas. 49th Apparel offers a range of classic, traditional nightshirts and pajamas that are sustainably made in the studio at the back of their Sault Ste. Marie boutique, as well as in Toronto. A firm believer in sustainable, zero-waste production, all fabric scraps are either incorporated into their designs or donated to quilting charities.
Standout featuresStyles are inspired by the area's woodlands and feature a classic-contemporary design that can be worn for years to come. Women's Heritage-Plaid, Red-Flannel Pajama Set, $179
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Maximize your wardrobe with minimalist essentials: Encircled
If you want to minimize your wardrobe, Encircled is the brand for you. Instead of manipulating you into buying more, they want you to consciously consider buying less, by only purchasing items that fulfill a need within your wardrobe. The brand is aware that most clothing ends up hanging around in closets collecting dust, so their items are designed so you will wear them as much as possible. Their versatile, multi-way designs can be worn in a myriad of styles, with one item converting from a scarf to a loungewear shirt or a dress that is perfect for a night out. All their styles are sewn in Toronto, with about 25 per cent knit and dyed in town, using chemical free dyes. The brand is so dedicated to sustainability that even their domain provider is 100 per cent wind-powered. The Chrysalis Cardi, $168
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A step towards winter comfort: Manitoba Mukluks
The true secret to keeping snug all winter is keeping your feet toasty warm, and if you are looking for what to wear for the colder seasons on your tootsies, look no further than Manitobah Mukluks, an indigenous-owned company dedicated to the manufacture of mukluks and slipper moccasins. While a portion of their collection is made at their own factory in Vietnam, many of their signature products are produced at their Winnipeg headquarters, and all Made-in-Canada items are clearly marked with a maple leaf. Their museum-quality Storyboot collection is created by indigenous elder artisans in order to keep traditional craftsmanship alive and handed down to the next generation. Each individual artist receives 100% of the proceeds for each pair of Storyboots sold, with the company taking a zero cut. For all their collections, they only use furs and leathers that are considered "waste" during production by the food industry, thereby ensuring the full use of the entire animal, just like their ancestors. Horse Hair Moccasins by Lisa Shepherd, $700
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