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Where to buy Melbourne’s best basics under $100

The backbone of any wardrobe is a collection of quality staple pieces. From eco-jewellery to organic tees and cute summer sandals, here’s how to build the basics on a budget.

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Build your basics on a budget

Kuwaii designer mask – $25

The face mask is here to stay. Make it fashion with the Charlotte Alldis face mask from Kuwaii. Colourful and trendy, it’s designed with lightweight cotton for a super breathable summer option. It also contains an inner pocket for a filter.

Statement necklace – $35

This eco-friendly jewellery made in Melbourne ticks all the ethical shopping boxes. Atelier Cayelle’s square necklace is made from recycled coffee grounds and real gold powder, so you can wear your favourite drink and look cool as an iced latte. Shop the Atelier Cayelle collection.

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Statement pieces with sparkle are the key to a solid look

Melbourne made scarf – $39

A scarf can be the most versatile item in your wardrobe. The Antipodes scarf is perfect for spring with its Obus floral pattern. It’s made from quality fabric cut-offs that were destined for landfill. Tie it around your neck during a chilly night or wrap it in your hair after the beach for a carefree look.

Custom reversible bucket hat – $39

Explore your street style with a Quirkie Su bucket hat. Made from upcycled fabrics, the hat is reversible to suit every look. Pick your preferred pattern from a selection of 9 unique prints. Available from Design a Space.

The last tote you’ll ever buy – under $50

Whether you’re heading to the supermarket or meeting some friends at the beach, totes are totes essential. Choose a colourful bag with eccentric patterns or be more subdued with a monochromatic fabric. Obus stocks a 100% cotton Lenchaa Tote inspired by the lions of Ethiopia. Or try Happily Made’s black pocket bag made from ethically sourced materials. Available at QVWC shop.

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The Obus Lenchaa Tote is perfect for picnicking

Organic tees – from $50

If denim jackets are the MVP of your wardrobe, then the plain tee is the VP MVP. Incu offers a great selection of quality looks from awesome brands, like the Rag and Bone Missa Tee or the Baserange Loose T – made from breathable bamboo. Or check the black tapered tank for a classic touch, available at Bassike.

Vintage denim – under $60

Denim is the MVP of every wardrobe. If you’re looking for the best fit on a budget, vintage spots are the place to start. RetroStar boasts a huge range of denim looks. That includes chic pieces like an original Lee denim jacket, and the ultimate denim staple: dark blue Levi 501’s. Or bring out your rock n’ roll side with a patched blue denim pinafore.

Summer shoes – under $70

For summer are you team sneakers or team sandals? Stay classic with a twist and pick the tartan trip sneaker at Gorman. Match them with a classic denim jean or white linen skirt. If you prefer something more casual, try Melko‘s terracotta sol sandal featuring a thick sole and strap for extra support. Made in Brazil, they’re perfect for warm days.

Handcrafted statement ring – $75

Collective Closets is an all-female run business displaying clothes and accessories made in Melbourne by local designers. The Sura ring is a delicate moon-shape ring made of brass. Handcrafted in Nairobi, Kenya, its lightweight design makes it perfect with every kind of style.

Little black belt – $99

Give your look a touch of luxe with Alpha60’s Maddie Belt. The beautifully crafted piece made from smooth, matte leather is the easiest way to take your outfit from zero to 100 real quick. Pop it over pants, dresses and jackets to become a black belt in versatile styling.

More luxe brands on a budget

Balling on a budget? Check out Vintage Sole for hidden high end gems. Including casual pieces like this Tommy Hilfiger blue stripe dress or an authentic leather jacket. Both under $90!

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Vintage Sole