Vintage treasures, local designers, international brands: you'll find it all on Chapel Street, which spans from Windsor to the more upscale South Yarra. The shopping strip may have changed a lot over the years, but these days it's seen a resurgence of young Australian designers as well as some top-notch bars and restaurants. Plan your next spree with our shopper's guides to Bridge Road, Gertrude Street and Sydney Road.
Best shops on Chapel Street
For all your cutesy earrings and necklaces, Dorothy & Evelyn is just the place. Amongst the intricate designs in acrylic and wood, you’ll find a perfectly cheery addition to any outfit. One-off vintage dresses line the walls and you can even grab some candles or writing implements, not to mention the plethora of salt and pepper shakers.
With its the range of casual staples, One Day At A Time is all about taking it easy. If you’re after anything of the coloured denim variety, you’ll be able to get it here. There are also lots of tops and shoes, but denim is the focal point, and who doesn’t love jeans, especially at a reasonable price?
Starting out in 2007 with the simple idea of understated clothing, Plane has stuck to their promise and is still filling their racks with good-quality basic clothing. From their basic t-shirts and button down shirts for both men and women, to jackets and dresses that are a little bit more fancy, it’s best to avoid Plane on payday because it’s difficult to keep spending to a minimum.
The colours at Olga de Polga are almost hypnotic. You might not know where to start, but give your eyes a minute to focus and you’ll find some well-made dresses that take a modern approach to vintage cuts. Dresses dominate the space, but there’s no shortage of hats and jewellery to complete an outfit.
The ultimate in vintage shopping, Chapel St Bazaar has anything and everything you could think of. Make your way through the maze of nooks crammed full of goodies. Prices will vary depending on whether you purchase a vintage shirt, a couch, or a garden gnome. Americana treasure-trove Fat Helen's has also moved from a stand-alone store into the Bazaar, which has injected a healthy dose of darling dresses, jumpers and shirts into the mix.
With in interior that goes on forever, Dakota 501 is a lot bigger inside than it would appear from peering in the window. Specialising in denim, denim, and more denim, labels sold here include Nudie Jeans Co., Levi’s, Dr Denim, and Vans and long list of local and international brands. Of course there are shirts and shoes to be bought, but they’re mainly just to accessorise your jeans.
Fat is without a doubt the place to buy a quintessentially Melbourne outfit. The style is always up with whatever the street fashion is at the time, ensuring you some cool creds. From a flowing dress from an up and coming designer, to a pair of chinos from Otto, Fat will have you dressed to look the part.
The philosophy of cylk is simple enough: minimalist clothing from sustainable materials and the Melbourne-based brand has developed a following both locally and internationally. Neutral colours and flattering styles make their items welcome additions to anyone’s wardrobe. You can get all your basics here, but they do come at a price.
Italian leather is oh so soft to the touch and Bisonte knows how to turn it into a fashionable piece of clothing. Exclusively trading leather goods, you’ll have to pace yourself, so as to not end up looking like you rode in on your trusty steed. Like all quality leather products, though, these goods don’t come cheap.
If you're feeling a little overwhelmed by vintage, then Green with Envy is the cutting-edge fashionista's heaven. Australian designers including Dion Lee, Ellery are well represented here, as well as cultish ACNE boots, buttery soft Alexander Wang bags and a killer selection of party dresses.
Gorman’s bright, quality and on trend clothes leave no doubt as to why it is such a big part of the Australian fashion scene. The colourful and patterned items may be a bit more on the expensive side, but it’s definitely worth it, if only to boast that you bought it at Gorman.