There’s no better feeling than getting your hands on some super cool, fresh and funky threads. But when you’ve bought one too many smashed avos and lattes in the past week and your bank balance is looking a little bleak, you can always count on outlet stores to have your back. With mountains of bargains waiting for you to come and snap up, Auckland’s trusty outlet stores will hook you up with some new clothes without leaving a dent in your wallet.
#1 Trelise Cooper Outlet
Propped up on Richmond Road is Trelise Cooper’s outlet store—a true mecca for fun and feminine frocks. It’s safe to say that the boutique is just as beautiful as the garments. Here you can find all the pieces you need to add some glitz and glam to your wardrobe without a super hefty price tag.
#2 Adorno Outlet
While you’re on Richmond Road, make sure to venture down a little further to number 252 to find Adorno, another fabulous destination for discounted designer threads. It’s full to the brim with exclusive clothing from some of the world’s snazziest labels like Isabel Marant, Carven and Philip Lim. Here you can treat yourself to some pieces that won’t break the bank but will leave you looking très chic indeed.
#3 14oz Jeans Outlet
“I really don’t need any more jeans,” said no one ever. Skinny, flared, cropped distressed—you name it, the possibilities are endless and we love it. Trust us when we say that 14oz Jeans in Kingsland is basically a denim dreamland full of the brands we love like Lee, Vans and Dr Marten’s. Not only do they have a killer selection of denim goodies, but everything here is super easy on the wallet meaning you can shop ‘till you drop.
#4 Flying Fish Studios
While it’s not actually an outlet store, Flying Fish Studios on Ponsonby Road is definitely a place to keep on your radar if you want to be the first to know about outlet and sample sales. Make sure to keep an eye out for the pop-up stores that set up shop here year round. All of our fave brands from Moochi to Stolen Girlfriends Club have held epic sales here over the years and we’re just itching for news of the next ones.
#5 Decjuba Outlet
It’s no secret that Ponsonby Road is the perfect strip to indulge in retail therapy. There’s boutiques for days and daaaays. One stop not to be missed on your retail tour of Ponsonby is number 109—the Decjuba outlet, where you can find cheap and chic womenswear that’ll have you feeling a million dollars—even though it was a humble $20 score.
#6 Dress Smart
Does the legendary Dress Smart really need justification as to why it's on this list? Well, in case you've been hiding under a rock and need the low down on what makes this place special, let's just say it's the 'it' place for discount fashion. With store after store after store of outlets, it's pretty much the Emerald City for all the fabulously frugal fashionistas out there. Here you'll be able to get your hands on pieces from some of our favourite brands like Huffer, ilabb, Lacoste and Country Road—just to name a teeny tiny few.
#7 Bendon Lingerie Outlet
Looking for snazzy undergarments that won’t break the bank? Then head on over to Bendon’s Manukau Outlet to nab a bargain on briefs and bras. Sure, it’s a fair drive away from the centre city, but we’re sure we won’t hear you complain about that when you manage to score a sweet pair of pants—or even better, a matching set!
#8 Love My Makeup
We've gotta give Love My Makeup a special mention for keeping our faces looking fab yet our bank accounts looking well stocked. You tell yourself you’re just only going to pop in for a quick look and then somehow walk out with a bunch of stuff. Trust us, that happens to the best of us when we go in to one of their stores. Here, you can stock up on errthing you’ll ever need to glam up every inch of yourself at a fraction of the normal retail prices from lippy to nail polish, bronzer to brushes.
Situated on Blake St, Scotties sells recyled gears from the creme de la creme. Here you'll find items from the likes of Louis Vutton, ACNE Studios and COMME des Garçon. Even better, if you haven't the time or energy to hit up this Ponsonby gem, they also offer their recycling section online.
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