10 Made-in-Canada Loungewear Brands That Will Keep You Warm, Snug and Glam all Winter
The temperatures are dropping quickly. What better way to fight off the winter doldrums than by wrapping yourself in some indulgent, fashionable and toasty warm lounge outfits.
Lounge with a social purpose: Mary YoungMary Young is a pioneer in creating ethically produced intimates that promote body positivity, comfort, and a natural fit. Her minimalist pieces are perfectly crafted in high-quality fabrics that are made to last.
Fall 2019 featuresColour trends for loungewear include bright yellows, rose pinks and muted teals that match her lingerie selection. Her dedication to the natural woman includes using a wide range of diverse models in her promotional shots so you can get an idea of how her styles will look on you.
Nasha Robe, $222
Minimalist done ethically: The Sleep ShirtRelease 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.
Fall 2019 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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The ultimate work from home outfit: Soft FocusWhen Soft Focus' founder Sammi Smith decided to create her own fashion line, the first thing she set about doing was designing loungewear pieces that would keep her stylish and comfortable while working from home. She uses visually surprising fabrics like viscose denim that gently drape the body while giving a crisp, tailored look.
Fall 2019 featuresSmith's loungewear, jumpsuits and tees are perfect for indoors, as well as wearing for a casual brunch or day out with friends. Her pared-down, minimalist pieces have a slightly masculine cut infused with soft, flowing femininity, and their relaxed, generous silhouette is designed to fit a wide range of women's bodies.
Darkest Denim Lounge Shirt, $165
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Weather appropriate wear: SartoriaLet'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.
Fall 2019 featuresColour trends feature a soft palette in natural shades of browns, greys and pinks.
Women's Longjohns, $150
Loungewear for everyone: Christine LingerieChristine 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.
Fall 2019 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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Sustainable loungewear: OKAYOKIf only all ethical shopping were this easy! This Toronto-based, super-sustainable loungewear and clothing brand is dedicated to having the smallest carbon footprint possible — and they're not afraid of letting their customers know about it. Many items on their site tell their complete journey, including where the cotton was milled (Montreal and Scarborough), dyed (Ajax) and sewn (Etobicoke or in-house). Their studio is located straight above their Junction Triangle store — making sure all items are always freshly delivered.
Fall 2019 featuresStyles include gently faded, gender-neutral sweatshirts, with or without unique, layered graphics, which are the perfect easy-going accompaniment to a cozy evening in or for staying warm while out exploring the outside.
Premium Hooded Unisex Sweatshirt, $145
Step up your onesie game: Snug as a BugThere 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.
Fall 2019 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, $85
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Sustainable twists on a classic: 49th ApparelSometimes 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.
Fall 2019 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, $139
Maximize your wardrobe with minimalist essentials: EncircledIf 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% knit and dyed in town, using chemical free dyes. The brand is so dedicated to sustainability that even their domain provider is 100% wind powered.
The Chrysalis Cardi, $168
A step towards winter comfort: Manitoba MukluksThe 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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