Fashion at Orchard Park

If you haven’t shopped at Orchard Park mall lately, you are in for a stylish surprise. 

I recently visited and was impressed with the new unique, independent boutiques plus the addition of a favourite Canadian fashion brand. 

It’s So Mimi opened this June, featuring classy ensembles with a vintage feel. I especially love their full mid-length skirts in satin florals and brocades. 

This is a great place to shop if you have a holiday formal or special New Year’s Eve gala on the calendar. You’ll be the belle of the ball in the Hepburn-esque gown shown above. 

Some of you may already be familiar with Raw Athletics, but now it’s time to check out the evolution of the store under new ownership since this past summer. 

It’s been renamed Honest and now puts more emphasis on fashionable every-day clothing as well as specialty athletic gear. Honest carries North American-made brands with a focus on sustainability. 

The clothing is very wearable, with a boho chic feel that transitions great from day to night. 

My favourite piece was a satin, Kelly-green, long-sleeve crop top. It would look equally great worn casually with jeans or dressed up with a skirt. Sadly though, I fear my crop top days are over. 

Of course, I had to check out Orchard Park’s latest addition to the mall — Aritzia. I have long been a fan of this brand, shopping there often when visiting Vancouver, and was delighted to hear it was coming to the Okanagan. 

Aritzia was founded in Vancouver in the 1980s. Their innovative concept is in the development and creation of the their own exclusive in-house brands such as Wilfred Free, TNA, and Babaton. 

I’ve always found their styles to be just that bit ahead of the curve. A few years ago, I bought a unique pair of Babaton-cropped pants made of sweater material, well before every fashion label under the sun started crafted everything in knits. 

This season, Aritzia is going big, literally, on puffer jackets. And, true to form, they are making them puffier, softer, warmer and in more gorgeous fabrics than anyone else. I’m loving the iridescent sheen on the long puffer coat shown above. 

So next time you are at Orchard Park, don’t just shop at the same places you usually haunt. Step into one of these great boutiques and discover something new. 


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Marla is best known for her 19-year career in the local charitable sector as a fund development and marketing manager with the Okanagan Regional Library, United Way, UBC Okanagan, and Kelowna Community Resources. 

In 2014, Marla and her husband decided to take a break from the work world, and, four years, later they are still enjoying Okanagan summers, winters in Mexico, and extensive travel. 

Marla has had a life-long passion for fashion, designing her own graduation dress and formal gown for the 1990 Miss Interior competition before age 20.

In 2014, she was named one of nine Style Ambassadors for a year-long marketing campaign at Orchard Park Mall. Her motto is “Life is short...you might as well go through it looking good."

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