From the Windsor end all the way to South Yarra, here are the gems of Melbourne’s iconic Chapel St

#78 - Fat Helen's

The first thing you notice about Fat Helen’s is the incense and the Americana music, creating a calming environment for the serious browsing you’re about to do. The next thing you notice is the racks full of vintage goods: darling dresses, shirts, jumpers, and accessories are all squashed in together. And in true second hand shop style, there is plenty of bric-a-brac. Windsor.

#81a - Dorothy and Evelyn

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. Windsor.

#113 - One Day at a Time

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? Windsor.

#121 - Dansk

There’s no denying the Scandinavian influence here, and it’s not just to do with the decorative bikes or the mounted deer head. This boutique offers the latest styles straight from Denmark, all of the highest quality. It’s a tad expensive, but worth it if you want to look like you’ve just stepped off the last plane from Copenhagen. Windsor.

#143 - Plane

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. Windsor.

#162 - Hunki

With walls lined with the latest in sunglasses fashion, the staff are be more than happy to help you find the right pair. Here you’ll be able to invest in some frames that look great and will actually protect you from UV rays at the same time. It’s all about the accessories here, so maybe you can also grab yourself one of those Eastpak backpacks the kids in Europe love so much. Windsor.

#177 - Bleecker St

The latest street threads are all here, downstairs for men, and up the stairs and past the framed vintage prints for the women’s section. With urban designs coming direct from New York, from killer heels to baggy tees with attitude, this get up will have you standing out. Watch your feet though, you might run into friendly little French bulldog. Windsor.

#212 - Olga de Polga

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. Prahran.

#217 - Chapel St Bazaar

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. Prahran.

#248 & #561 - Gorman

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. Prahran.

#272 - Fat

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. Windsor.

#497 - cylk

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. South Yarra.

#501 - Dakota 501

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. South Yarra.

#507 - Bisonte

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. South Yarra.

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First published on 11 Oct 2012. Updated on 12 Mar 2014.

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