Dressing in the latest fashion trends and still being able to afford necessities can sometimes be tricky for those of us who want to take advantage of the latest fads. Luckily, Los Angeles, a notorious hub for setting trends, has some of the best outlet shopping in the state. Here’s our guide to the best outlet malls.
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20 City Blvd W
Orange, CA 92868
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Smart shoppers at this Orange County outlet mall know to visit during the week, as the deals are so good that weekend parking lot traffic can be a nightmare. The dozens of outlet shops at this top-rated mall include a Nike Factory Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call, and Old Navy.
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Camarillo Premium Outlets
740 E. Ventura Blvd.
Camarillo, CA. 93010
www.premiumoutlets.comJust shy of an hour from Los Angeles, the Camarillo Premium Outlets is chock-full of your favorite brands – both mass and luxury. Once out of Los Angeles’ conjestion, the drive north leads to fresher air and open spaces, and upon entering the Outlets, you will find everything you need from head to toe and from kitchen to living room. From designer fashions and sportswear to shoe stores and home furnishings, the Camarillo Premium Outlets truly offer everything imaginable. Popular stores at this massive shopping complex include J.Crew, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Ann Taylor, Restoration Hardware, Michael Kors, Samsonite, Barneys, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and more. The outlets have hundreds of stores so make sure to get there early to get a full day of shopping bargains in!
100 Citadel Drive
Commerce, CA. 90040
www.citadeloutlets.comJust a hop, skip and a jump off the I-5 and built behind an Assryian Castle wall, Citadel Outlets offers LA-area residents a range of fabulous outlet shopping featuring brands such as American Apparel, BCBG, Charlotte Russe, Lucky Brand Jeans, The Gap, Coach, Michael Kors and many more. If you make a day of it, Citadel will satisfy your cravings at Fresca’s Mexican Grill, Lamajoon Shish Kabob Mediterranean, Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt and Starbucks. In addition, Citadel has partnered with Commerce’s Doubletree Hotel, Crowne Plaza Hotel, La Mirada’s Holiday Inn and The Montebello Plaza Hotel to offer guests Shop & Dine packages – perfect for entertaining your out-of-towners.
One Mills Circle
Ontario, CA. 91764
www.simon.comLocated east of L.A., Ontario Mills features COACH Mens Factory, Tommy Bahama and Sean John Factory Store, just to name a few. The outlet center is also home to Abercrombie & Fitch, Quicksilver and Hollister & Co. for your special tween/teen and Estee Lauder Company Store (located inside Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th) for your leading lady. Ontario Mills runs all of its deals on the website and is updated frequently with promotions and coupons.
Desert Hills Premium Outlets
48400 Seminole Drive
Cabazon, CA. 92230
www.premiumoutlets.comSister to the Camarillo Premium Outlets, Desert Hills brings fashion die-hards some of the best luxury brands. Fashionistas will drool over the latest seasonal fashions at Barneys New York Outlet, Burberry, Loro Piana, Prada, Saint Laurent Paris, Salvatore Ferragamo and Diane Von Furstenberg. And, for accessory queens, check out Bottega Veneta, Furla, Kate Spade New York, Gucci and Donney & Burke. Who needs the holiday season discounts when you can shop here year round?
100 N. La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA. 90048
www.nordstrom.comDon’t have time to navigate an outlet center? Make a quick stop at Nordstrom Rack right across from The Beverly Center in West Hollywood. Here you will find signature Nordstrom brands as well as runway designers including Alice + Olivia, Betsy Johnson, Burberry Brit, Diane Von Furstenberg, Vince and Trina Turk. Skip into the season with a pair of Belle by Sigerson Morrison cutout flats or Stuart Weitzman pumps. Don’t forget to accessorize your new outfit – pair it with a Kate Spade New York metallic satchel or Tasha headband. The store offers mens and womens name brands and you’re sure to find some great finds here.
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Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.