Winter has been known as the season where black takes centre stage, but you don’t need to follow the tradition. Upgrade your winter style because Melbourne has plenty of options to give your look a new life. Here are some essential shops and boutiques to visit when your wardrobe needs a reno.
Everything cosy from Yellow Earth
Don’t despairingly part with cosy ugg boots at the door this winter. Yellow Earth marries the highest quality sheepskin and wool with fashionable wears. Pair traditional, earthy sheepskin boots with ripped navy jeans, or choose a bold, statement colour. A range of sheepskin jackets are also on offer, for the chilliest days.
Bespoke footware and leather goods from Roberts and Hassett
Located inside Captains of Industry gentleman’s outfitters, Roberts and Hassett produce and sell fine handmade leather goods and bespoke shoes. Pick up something truly unique – and reward yourself with an espresso afterwards.
A statement piece from No Order Market
Despite the name, there’s plenty to order at No Order Market. A retail space housing Archive, Base Range and Shifting Worlds, it’s the smallest, boutique department store above ground level. Treat yourself to a statement piece (or three) for winter.
Classics from LIFEwithBIRD
A Melbourne-based designer and one of the most recognised local brands, LIFEwithBIRD’s autumn/winter collection is a must. Timeless classics combine bold visuals with contemporary culture. Wear the statement pieces seamlessly from day to night.
Contemporary construction with Even Penniless
Muted, androgynous pieces from Even Penniless are cleverly minimalistic and often one-piece outfits. Dressing has never been easier.
Accessories from Melbourne boutiques
Finding something that tickles your jewellery fancy isn’t difficult in Melbourne. It’s both a blessing and a curse. Browse through boutiques including e.g.etal, Gazelle Jewellery, Lucy Folk and Craft to revamp your accessories this winter.
Headwear at The Eternal Headonist
Get a jump on spring racing frenzy. Along with fascinators, The Eternal Headonist is home to a range of party-friendly hair accessories.
Practical clothes from The Practical Man
Leisurewear, activewear, and fashion meet at The Practical Man. Practical clothes (which you’ll actually wear), include effortless shirts, cosy jumpers and bright, bold sneakers. A double storey venue, wander down to the neon-lit basement level for aesthetic activewear.
Be awestruck at Alpha60
With over nine boutiques across Australia, there’s no shortage of demand when it comes to Alpha60. Founded by brother and sister-duo Alex and Georgie Cleary, Alpha60 combines sophistication with quirk.
Brooches at Erika
Erika Boutique is home to over 1,000 brooches, and is one of Melbourne best independently-owned boutiques. Browse through animal-themed brooches, crystals and gold brooches.
A little art with your shopping at Assin
An ever-changing retail and exhibition space, Assin connects fashion with architecture and design. A city basement space below Little Collins Street, the space hosts galleries, installations and collaborations. Check the website for the current showcase.
Sustainable fashion at Kuwaii
Made in Melbourne, Kuwaii is equal parts beautiful and versatile. Intelligently designed for long-lasting wear, Kuwaii’s light-filled Cathedral Arcade store is a relaxing place to shop. Using environmentally friendly fabrics, sustainable fibres feature in each collection. Kuwaii also works with makers to ensure workers are paid a fair wage.
Hidden treasures at The Cats Meow
One of the gems tucked into Campbell Arcade, The Cats Meow stocks independent designers from around Australia. All designs are Australian-made, and sizes vary from 8 up to 18.
Cash in cashmere at Catcher Coats
Hunt for jewellery gems
Crazy cat lady gear at Cat Café Melbourne
Melbourne’s furriest café stocks enough cat fashion, cat beanies and cat-lady scarves to get you through winter. After you’ve patted your fill of kittens at Cat Café Melbourne, browse through the limited selection of feline-inspired winter gear.