I love shopping for fashion, and of course I am not the only one, as most women love it. I like to go to malls for shopping, because it’s so much easier when all your favorite stores and brands are gathered in one single place, not to mention the other advantages of a mall – food court, cinemas, beauty salons, spas, and so on; rather than going to representative boutiques across the city and running from store to store when you want to go for a bigger shopping session.
But I also discovered another great way to shop for fashion – in fashion outlets. They are not necessarily gathered in one single mall, but rather may have separate stores in different areas of the city. Instead, the biggest advantage of shopping in outlets is better prices than retail environment from malls. And many times the difference between the retail prices in malls and the outlet prices is really substantial.
So I found the best compromise – shopping in outlet malls, or in outlets that create a mall environment. And what I mean by outlets in a mall environment is outlets gathered in one single shopping area; not necessarily in a mall, but in a group of outlet stores located one by another, at walking distance between them.
There is at least one such an outlet shopping area in Toronto where I live. One of our biggest intersections in the city, Eglinton & Warden, hosts a huge shopping area with lots of outlet stores. There may be other such outlet areas in our city, but this one is the most familiar to me. There are at least 4 shoe outlets in this area – The Shoe Company, Town Shoes, Globo Shoes, Payless Shoe Source. There are also quite a few apparel outlets in this place – La Senza, Le Chateau, Danier, Smart Set, Roots. There are also fashion outlets for kids – Mexx Kids, La Senza Girl, Children’s Place. And many other outlet stores.
I shopped a few times in this area, and the prices were really good, much better than in malls. And the great thing about it is that it’s almost like in a mall – with all these great outlets gathered together, in the same intersection, close to each other. Some of my nicest shopping experiences in this outlet area were at Danier (a gorgeous leather jacket), The Shoe Company (winter boots), Le Chateau and Children’s Place (gifts).
And good things about fashion outlets in Toronto don’t stop here – there is actually a huge outlet mall in Great Toronto Area, called Vaughan Mills Mall of outlets. It’s the heaven of outlets, the heaven of shopping. Last time I went shopping there a few months ago, it was a fantastic shopping experience. The mall is so big, that I couldn’t even manage to see it entirely. Some of the greatest brands from that outlet mall are Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, BCBG, Benetton, Buffalo David Bitton, Calvin Klein, Designer Depot, Gap, Guess, H&M, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Mexx, Michael Kors, La Senza, Miss Sixty, Nike, Old Navy, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria’s Secret PINK, to mention just a few of them. I did some nice shopping from Nike, La Senza, Designer Depot. It was really the most exciting shopping experience I had in a long time.