Melbourne is all abuzz about fashion as we do away with the coats and boots and get ready for spring (or we at least try, even if the weather has other ideas). Designers are showing their new collections at Melbourne Fashion Week, high-street stores are changing their mannequins, and vintage boutiques are swapping jackets for sun dresses.
It’s no secret this town’s got the goods when it comes to shopping strips, but which one to choose? Are you all about the pre-loved finds? Or is luxury shopping more your style? Look no further than this handy guide to some of Melbourne’s best shopping havens.
Boutique Melbourne labels on Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
You’ll find a bunch of local designers who’ve set up shop among the wine bars and restaurants on this little street that connects Brunswick and Smith. Pick up a femme and floral find at Megan Park, peruse block-coloured garments in wide cuts at Handsom or get graphic with printed dresses and tops at Leonard St.
Event and bridal wear on High Street, Armadale
Whether you’re planning your big day or just need something to wear to someone else’s, this leafy east-side boulevard has you sorted. Australian labels including Thurley, Camilla and Marc and Zimmerman are all on hand for a reliably show-stopping frock, while Aje, Skin and Threads and Ryder will suit those who prefer a laid-back look. For those with pending nuptials, Karen Willis Holmes and Rachel Gilbert, to name a few, will help you find the dress of your dreams.
Vintage finds on Sydney Road, Brunswick
Everyone knows Sydney Road is home to vintage clothing superstore Savers, but what you might not know is there are a host of other funky little stores where you can pick up pre-loved threads. Some, including Brunswick Style, have other knickknacks and bric-a-brac to retro up your home along with your wardrobe. Others, such as Recycle Boutique, will sell your old (but good quality) clothes for you.
Luxury labels on Collins Street, Melbourne
It’s called the Paris end for a reason – Hermés, Louis Vuitton and Dior all call the eastern end of Collins Street home. There are a host of other luxe international labels, too – including Gucci, Ralph Lauren and Prada. For shoe fanatics, there’s Miss Louise and Dolci Firme – each with a range of renowned brands that would send Carrie Bradshaw into a frenzy.
Outlet shopping on Bridge Road, Richmond
Despite big outlet centres boasting the best bargains, Bridge Road still has the goods. Not every shop is dedicated to sale stock anymore, but many still do have last season’s stuff for cheap, including Gorman, Country Road and Alannah Hill.
High street brands on Chapel Street, South Yarra
Melbourne’s answer to the Champs Élysées spans three suburbs and is filled with clothing, shoes and accessories. We reckon the South Yarra end is the best place in Melbourne to hit up high street brands, including Witchery, Sportsgirl and Kookai, as they tend to have the best store fitouts and a larger range than their shopping centre counterparts. Among the chains, you’ll find some higher-end shops, including Alice McCall, sass & bide and Zomp (another favourite for the shoe fiends).
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