Dressing like a runway model and still being able to afford necessities can sometimes be tricky for us fashion junkies. Luckily, Los Angeles, a notorious hub for setting trends, has some of the best outlet shopping in the state. Here you can find both budget-friendly chain stores and Rodeo Drive treasures all in one spot.
Camarillo Premium Outlets
740 E. Ventura Blvd.
Camarillo, CA 93010
Just 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. Seasonal fashions make their way into Tory Burch, Theory and Kate Spade, deep discounts are found at GAP and Nike and home décor and necessities can be unearthed at favorites Le Creuset, Restoration Hardware and Waterford Wedgewood.
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100 Citadel Drive
Commerce, CA 90040
Just 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, BCBGMAXAZRI, Charlotte Russe, Tillys and Michael Kors. 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
Featuring COACH Mens Factory, Tommy Bahama and Sean John Factory Store, Ontario Mills might just be the ticket to finding gifts for all the men in your life. The outlet center is also home to ecko unltd., 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. Through September 2012, Forever 21 is running a “Pink is Courage” promotion that donates 10 percent of each item you purchase with a pink Love To Give, Give To Love heart logo to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Desert Hills Premium Outlets
48400 Seminole Drive
Sister to the Camarillo Premium Outlets, Desert Hills brings fashion die-hards Madison and 5th Avenue luxury brands. Fashionistas will drool over the latest seasonal fashions at Barneys New York, Burberry, Loro Piana, Prada Yves St. Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo and Zenga. And, for accessory queens, check out Bottega Veneta, Furla, Kate Spade, Gucci and Judith Leiber. Who needs the holiday season discounts when you can shop here year round?
Nordstrom Rack The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center
6081 Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Don’t have time to navigate an outlet center? Make a quick stop at Nordstrom Rack right off the 405 Freeway near LAX. 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 spring 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.
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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.