Mark's, the retailer formerly known as Mark's Work Wearhouse, impressed me again with their collection for spring and summer 2012. Inspired by "the freshness and wholesome spirit of a summer stroll or picnic in the park", the collection features flattering brights like coral and turquoise, peppy florals and plaids plus a hint of military with cargos and great trench coats.
I consider much of Mark's pieces to be "basics". Items like dress shirts, tank tops, khakis or sweaters that I'd mix and layer with other brands. They offer special features like wrinkle-free never iron shirts and dresses with built in bras so there's a huge element of functionality to their core collection. That being said, there were a few statement pieces that definitely stood out on their own. How great is this fuchsia print blouse?
The shoes were a highlight for me. I'm always in search of at least one pair of walk all day sandals for summer and the Mark's line up included a pair of camel wedges that will definitely do the trick.
Rain gear, including several great water-resistant coats and stylish rubber boots, also caught my eye. We've been lucky over winter to have such little snow but I feel like spring could be the great flood. I'd love to puddle jump in chic damask pattered galoshes.
This is just a small taste of what spring and summer has to offer at Mark's. To see more, head to one of their 380 stores across Canada (downtown Toronto at Bay & Dundas) or shop online for comfortable spring looks that play on trends in a subtle way. With a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all clothing and footwear, there's a pretty good chance you'll be pleased with your purchase.
-- Tamika Auwai is a fashion junkie, splurge-a-holic, and founder of Shop Socials.