The Essential Guide to Oahu for Fashionistas

Whether you're a casual shopper or ready to spend the day looking for the perfect outfit, Oahu offers a shopping experience like no other. From breezy open-air malls to air-conditioned indoor shopping centers to local labels, Hawaii's shopping Mecca can be a great place for fashion-forward shoppers to replenish their wardrobes. An added bonus? Oahu's current sales tax rings in 4.5 percent, which is about 5 percent lower than the national average. So, unless you're from a sales tax-free state, shopping in Oahu already comes with a discounted price. 

Take your tax savings for a spin and head downtown to unearth made-in-Hawaii jewelry at Ginger13, Fighting Eel or Owens & Co. Or, take the scenic route to the Windward side for a few new additions to your wardrobe with sunny island staples from Mahina, Global Village or Blue Lani. To peruse local vendors all in one space, stop by the Art & Flea, held every last Friday in Ward Village or the Honolulu Night Market, held every third Saturday in Kakaako. For indoor mall shopping, head to Pearlridge Center, where a monorail connects Pearlridge Uptown and Pearlridge Downtown. If you're looking to enhance your outfit with a designer brand, look no further than Waikiki, where you can find some of the world's most famous fashion houses. In Waikiki, many of the stores open until 10 or 11 pm, so put on your most fashionable walking shoes and be prepared to shop until you drop.