Teens have an important decision to make: what to wear. This choice weighs heavily on teens whether they’re starting their first or last year of high school. Stop by these fabulous Orange County shops with your teen to figure out the perfect outfits.
142 North Glassell Street
Orange, CA 92866
If you’re looking for up to date and trendy looks tat won’t break the bank, Laurenly is the one of the best options in Orange County. Opened nearly a decade ago at the Orange Circle, the owner is a Chapman University graduate who hand-selects the clothes in the shop — with her sister’s help. Lauren and Whitney are ahead of the curve, keeping the racks stocked with the cutest clothes and gorgeous accessories. Offering a selection of patterned rompers, maxi dresses, plaid tops, skinny jeans and tanks featuring phrases like “chase the sun,” Laurenly will help your teen stand out in unique, quality clothes once the school year begins. With plenty of jewelry, sandals, boots and tote bags on display, teens can pick up trendy accessories as well.
Irvine Spectrum Center
757 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
For years, Forever 21 has stood strong as one of the top stores for teen fashions. Keeping on top of trends and modern styles, their selection is ever changing—and often different at each location of the popular clothing chain. The Irvine Spectrum location, aside from being rather spacious, offers a selection of classy, upscale designs for both teens and adults. The brand has expanded in recent years to include fashions for men, kids and plus sizes as well as to include a beauty line featuring make-up, nail polish and plenty of beauty tools. From blazers, dresses and skirts to tees and tanks, Forever 21 has something for literally everyone with an endless amount of patterns, fabrics and colors. Though a lot of their stuff isn’t entirely unique, their vast selection makes up for it tenfold.
305 Main Street
Newport Beach, CA 92661
Though this small, family-owned business started out with one boutique in Laguna Beach a decade ago, they have expanded to many spots in both California and Florida, including Newport Beach. With innovative designs and quality clothing, items from Heavenly Couture are bound to become some of your favorites. For dresses, choose from lace sundresses, colorful A-line dresses, denim shirtdresses and casual maxis. They also have plenty of cute rompers, jumpsuits and even overalls. But, teens can also find classic staples like cutoff shorts, skinny jeans, camis, cardigans and tank tops. Though the majority of their clothing comes in neutral colors like black, white, beige, olive and denim, they also have some bright blues, vibrant oranges and deep reds as well.
1065 Brea Mall Drive
Brea, CA 92821
Though the company itself has been around for over 20 years in Australia, it’s a bit newer in the United States – and boy are we glad it’s here! With basics galore (and unique ones at that) plus incredible prices, there aren’t many spots like it that still offer quality items. With lines for men, women, kids and babies, teens can easily find what they’re looking for this fall. Women’s clothes aren’t limited to tees, leggings and sweatshirts, though. You’ll also find cute casual dresses, denim jackets, knit sweaters, jeans and jeggings. Teen boys can choose from V-neck tees, crew neck sweatshirts, cargo shorts, blazers and slim jeans. The soft materials will become everyday staples especially since nearly every item can be easily mixed and matched with other pieces in your wardrobe.
335 East Grove Avenue
Orange, CA 92865
Though you may not have heard of The Sheepfold, don’t count it out. This thrift store uses their proceeds for their shelters, which benefit women and children who have experienced domestic abuse. This is a great place for teens to shop because the clothes are high-quality, the prices are right and it teaches teenagers about the importance of giving back to both the local community and those in need. With a great selection, sales every day and an organized clothing section, it’s all you can ask for in a thrift store.
2930 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Those who love the hipster trend have got to stop by Urban Outfitters, another spot that offers both men’s and women’s clothing. Whether you’re looking for dressy, casual or in-between, the chain sells jeans, suede jackets, trendy rompers, patterned dresses, graphic tees and leggings for girls and plenty of band shirts, jogger pants, sneakers, leather jackets and hoodies for boys. They’re already beginning to release their fall clothing so they’re the perfect spot for teens to shop as they prepare for the new season. Aside from clothing, Urban is a popular spot for books, music, home décor, beauty products and the trendiest tech gadgets on the market. Located at The Lab, it’s nestled next to the popular Gypsy Den Cafe. Once you’re done shopping, head over for soup, a sandwich and live musicians.
240 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Fresh Produce may not seem like the obvious choice for teenagers – their target market is women seeking “resort wear” – but don’t count it out. You can find some spectacular gems at this store that you won’t find elsewhere. Skip over anything that looks like it’s made for an older generation, but consider items like the World Explorer Zip Shoulder Dress, the Vintage Palm Crossback Tank and the KUT Catherine Boyfriend Shorts. The clothes at Fresh Produce are all about color — something that is perfect for California teens. With our proximity to the ocean, it’s practically summer all year long. Parents can feel free to send their teens in without worrying about inappropriate clothing too; everything is conservative and perfect for back-to-school in sunny OC.
8010 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620
A good set of street clothes is a must for any teen. Attic stores all your clothing needs for when you just want to bum around town. Shoes, shirts, bottoms, hats, hoodies, and more are available for teen boys and girls. Sometimes all you want is your Stussy shirt, cap, jeans, and a pair of Converses on your feet. This look fits the laid back teen well.
Ashley Ryan is an Orange County native that loves traveling, live music and photography. She blogs at Pure Wander and freelances for a variety of publications including Newport Beach Magazine and Laguna Beach Magazine.