Orange County might not have many sports teams, but it might be because there are legions of fans and players in what might be the County’s official sport: shopping. With centers in just about every city and some of the biggest names in fashion at the fingertips of the OC’s most fashion savvy, there’s no shortage of chic spots and one-of-a-kind shops to get perfect gifts for you and yours. Step into any of these top 5 places to go shopping and you’ll leave with closet refresher, major couture and all the trimmings.
1 South Coast Plaza
Undisputedly the Holy Grail of shopping in Orange County (and maybe even the country), South Coast Plaza has names like Chanel, Vuitton and Dior alongside trendier spots like Intermix, Herve Leger and more. With a roster that rivals Rodeo all in one climate-controlled place, you'll wonder how the rest of the world gets along. And if the foreign contingency that comes to at South Coast is an indication, it seems like they've caught on.
2 Fashion Island
For seaside strolls and shopping simultaneously, there's no better place than the outdoor oasis of Fashion Island. Anchored by Orange County's only Neiman Marcus and featuring a slew of exclusive stores (think Inglot Cosmetics, Jonathan Adler, Elie Tahari and more) along with some of the area's favorite restaurants, you can be sure that when the weather's nice -- and when isn't it? -- the shoppers flock to Fashion Island.
3 Irvine Spectrum Center
For a more laid-back vibe, a family-friendly selection of stores and an entertainment hub that's freeway-close, the Irvine Spectrum Center is a shopping paradise. Where else can you shop stores like Anthropologie and White House | Black Market before heading to the ice rink or taking a ride on the ferris wheel? Can't think of anywhere? That's because the unique mix of choices at the Spectrum lets shoppers sate their retail cravings and ditch the stores for some major fun.
After moving from the spot that drew major celebs like the Olsen twins to it's doors, A'maree's has moved to a landmark building on PCH. What did they bring with them? All the big names they were known for like Alaia, Pierre Hardy, Christian Louboutin, Lanvin and Givenchy alongside a new bistro, soaring ceilings and harbor-side views. The same family-run fashion house is there and you can be sure that in this new spot, there will be more than just pint-sized celebs coming in to browse the racks of couture.
5 The Cove
The new kid on the block (but definitely not the newest building on the coastline) the collection of shops known as the Cove has just opened and the buzz is already getting loud. With unique stores that cater to everyone from babies to those brave enough to bling it on, there's everything you need to fill the gaps in your closet. From one-of-a-kind finds at blend, a boutique that brings LA style to OC shores, to toppers at the Hat Loft and handmade baubles at Relic, the Cove is definitely a hidden gem.