Where do you shop?

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 76 Comments

Where DO you shop? It’s been some time since I asked this question.

I’m wondering if your shopping habits have changed? Are you shopping online more? Have you found a great new store you’d love to share with us?

We’re updating the Styling You shopping directory and we need your help.

Not only will it ensure that our current list is up to date but it will make sure we’re not missing out on visiting a great clothing and/or lifestyle store.

It doesn’t matter where it’s located in Australia or New Zealand, just make sure you let us know how we can find it should we find ourselves in your area. Include a weblink if possible or Facebook link, if that’s all they have. Also, tell us why you love that store and what we’d find there. If you’d like to upload a photo with your comment, fantastic.

If you have more than one fave store, share away. We want to know about them all. And store owners, don’t be shy, plug away!

This little update will be a big help because as part of my book, I’ll be including a directory of stores that will help people unlock their style. I’ll also be include a beauty/spa directory but that’s for another post. Today I’m concentrating on where you buy clothes, gifts and lifestyle pieces.

Zambezee Boutique, Hastings St, Noosa

PS. My girlfriend who owns Zambezee Boutique that I bang on about all the time (when I’m not talking about Willow & Bird) has just opened another store … this time in Hastings Street, Noosa (pictured above).

Over to you … spill the beans on your favourite stores.

  • Kyra Phoenix

    Love my local boutiques xx “Mimi & Flo” in Brunswick heads NSW is my favorite owner kaz is lovely and has great taste. But the one that takes all my money lol is http://www.samanthawills.com for accessories i have a very big stack of those beautiful boxes. Also love everything from http://www.redphoenixemporium.com and ilovebilly.com.au and tonybianco.com.au for shoes shoes glorious shoes!

  • Melinda

    Hi Nikki – there’s a super cute online store called My Dressing Room that buys and sells second hand designer goods – http://www.mydressingroom.com.au. I met the girls at “Round She Goes” and have since bought a few dresses and boots from them.
    Great idea and lovely service 🙂

  • heidi@mdr

    One of the favourites is http://www.alibionline.com.au I found them when I was searching for a Cooper St dress in my size that wasn’t instore. And presto…they had it. They also do the occasional warehouse sale which I love 😉

  • Bernice

    I’ve been dreading shopping for clothes lately because it seems like everything I try on doesn’t seem to fit right (oh and those dreaded change room mirrors giving you a 180deg view!). But there’s always accessories! And accessories will ALWAYS fit 😉 so I’ve been lusting over items from my good friend’s shop. Hope you don’t mind me giving her a shout out – she’s just launched, and her accessories are available in boutiques around Brisbane, and online at http://www.lacorvin.com

  • Chelsea Sutherland

    Hi Nikki, I haven’t read ALL the comments but it looks like most of my faves have already been listed – this one isn’t Australian but do free shipping worldwide and they have genuinely plus size fashion tights. I originally stumbled across them for a roller derby get up but also utilised them for my NQ winter wardrobe: http://www.donatellas.com/en/

  • Nicole

    Dear Nikki, I love your blog and really appreciate that you show us what the clothes REALLY look like. You have switched me onto Seed and NYDJ neither of which were labels I would have previously considered. My favorite all time shop s a little boutique on William Street, paddington, Sydney called Jiva. It is owned by a beautiful woman called Melissa who manufactures the label in Sydney and uses the most gorgeous fabrics. There is always a style there that fits and delights with a feminine, vintage vibe. I have been shopping their for the past 20 years.
    Jiva clothing.com.au

    • Oh I went into Jiva last year on a shopping tour – such a beautiful shop. Thanks for adding here!

  • Kathryn

    I live in Brisbane but I come from Moree in northwest NSW. My family still lives there. There are some AMAZING little shops in Moree, and I always shop up big when I’m at home, maybe it’s because I have more time to browse when I’m there. A couple of places I love in Moree are – a little boutique (called Shoe Elegance) which is jam packed with great labels and has very very good service – http://www.facebook.com/ShoeElegance
    Gift stores I love in Moree (crazy I know when I live 500 kms away) – are PR Interiors http://www.printeriors.com.au/ and the Moree Art Gallery http://www.moreegallery.com.au/index.htm

    Near where I live, for gifts I like to go to http://www.thecollectivestore.com.au/index.html or http://www.cominguproses.com.au/index.html

    When I was in Port Douglas earlier this year I fell in love with Bellissimo – http://bellissimoportdouglas.com.au/

    For clothes, I like to try things on and shop mostly in the city or at Carindale – for work I like Jigsaw, Leona Edmiston, David Lawrence, Metalicus etc. For weekends, I’ll wear anything, although right now I’m loving Seed and Jag again.

    I don’t have much time for exploring to find new shops, which is probably why I spend up big when I’m away from home/on holidays. I look forward to reading through the other comments to find some super cool places in Brisbane.

    • Great list, Kathryn! And especially thanks for the recommendations from Moree!

  • Nic

    I love Good Day Girl (formerly Mr Rose), Trenery, Country Road and Seed Heritage. I love Mocha for accessories (also online http://www.mocha.com.au/). Inspirasia in Smith St Collingwood Vic also gets a vote from me, their range of Elk is fabulous! For shoes: Glamazon in Essendon Vic http://www.glamazonshoes.com.au/ – especially for larger sizes.

    I REALLY wish I could get to a Zambeezee store! Would love to try on their clothes in person. I tend to look online first and do all of my homework, and then go to the store so I don’t have to spend a heap of time there. Occasionally I’ll buy direct online but prefer to try in store as I really want to see what it’s like on ME before I buy.

    Thanks Nikki – really enjoying all the suggestions too! x

    • The concept of Good Day Girl is fantastic, Nic. Thanks for sharing your faves … I agree that browsing online so cuts down on time when in store!

  • Britt Melville

    Hi Nikki – I love Espial Interiors + Gifts in Camp Hill, Brisbane. The owner Heidi McLeod hand picks the best from labels like Masion Scotch (Scotch & Soda), Tolani, Naudic, Ellis and Dewey and lots of others. Beautiful bags, shoes, jewellery and homewares are amazing too. All the clothing is selected for its cut and fabric to make sure us ladies feel good about ourselves and it’s just a happy place to be! I go there when I need (ok want) a new outfit or a gift because it’s so easy. Heidi will always have something I like. http://www.espial.com.au or https://www.facebook.com/Espial.Interiors.Gifts
    Thanks for inviting us to share. Can’t wait for the book! X

    • Oh thanks for sharing Britt … looks like I’ll have to make the trip to that store!

    • Kathryn

      Espial looks fabulous! And not far from me – I will definitely be dropping in for a browse.

  • Be StyleWise

    Rivette & Blair

    Found in Melbourne: 73 & 129 Bridge Rd Richmond (tram # 48 or 75 from CBD) also ‘Australia On Collins’ Shopping Centre CBD & Mornington)
    Sizes 8 – 18.
    129 Bridge Rd has corporate suiting, dresses etc.
    73 Bridge Rd has more casual pieces for the weekend, such as jeans, denim jackets etc.
    City store & Mornington store have a mixture of both ranges.
    All the staff are really really friendly & helpful – Both instore or via their website when ordering.

    I love many of the chain stores already mentioned too, but it’s always nice to support an Australian label.
    This is one place I frequently take clients to.

    • It’s so nice to support Australian labels … thanks for sharing this one! Can you also please email me details of your styling business (there will be a directory of stylists in the book too).

  • 26 Years & Counting

    These days my budget is Kmart… but with some Intimo pieces thrown in.

  • Reona

    Hi Nikki- love the blog,its great to see someone promoting real clothes for real women! Speaking of which, can I give a little plug for my own boutique which is located in Unanderra, a southern suburb of Wollongong, NSW. We cater for the 35-40 plus age group, and people tell me all the time how hard it is to find the sort of clothes I carry.

    Its called Looks Great Boutique ( 0242722680), and I carry many labels, including Threadz, Clarity, Cordelia St, Gitane, Jump, R Jay, Personelle, Cafe Latte,(we’re working on the website!)
    I think that as long as “bricks and mortar” boutiques continue to provide good service and a shopping “experience”, there’ll always be a place for us in this online shopping world.

    • Reona, you are certainly welcome to plug away! You know what I find even better than a good bricks and mortar shop? A good bricks and mortar shop that offers online as well so we can all join in the fun!

  • Cwooka

    I thought I would suggest a shop or two that haven’t yet got a mention, quite a few of my faves are already listed in comments from other SY readers. I love to buy accessories to make an outfit look individual. Etsy is my go to online shop for interesting pieces. When I want to browse and stop for a coffee all in one location I go to Urban Dweller a beautiful shop in Samford Village (beside the Flying Nun Cafe) they have clothing, homewares, and accessories. http://www.urbandweller.com.au/ their website doesn’t really do them justice, it is a treasure trove of goodies.

  • I prefer to shop in store and try on garments. I have learnt the hard way that things I am drawn to tend to sit funny and unflattering on me, and I always seem to get the sizing wrong when I order online.
    Depending on what I’m after determines where I shop. If I am getting something a bit more dressy or fancy I will spend more than normal, but for every day clothing I try to bargan hunt and stay as cheap as possible.

    • I hear you Miss Pink … you are lucky that you have all the stores covered near where you live. I think online has been great for those of us who don’t have that access. I’ll always shop both ways but convenience and access to all stores has seen me swing towards online.

  • The Plumbette

    I’ve mainly bought items online because it’s so much easier when you have little ones at home! At the moment I am wanting to add some pieces from Erin Louise – mainly their harem pants for summer http://www.erinlouise.com.au
    For basics and essentials Witchery, Sussan, Sportsgirl, Target and Big W
    For interesting pieces Decjuba, Erin Louise, Sass & Bide, Yeltuor
    Another great online store from Tasmania is Yeltuor. I left it to the last minute to buy a dress for a wedding that could be breastfeeding friendly. Decided on a Sacha Drake wraparound style. Bought it on the Wednesday arvo and had it in my hands via express post Thursday morning. Excellent service and great labels and clothes. http://www.yeltour.com.au

    • Great to hear about good online service – and with little kids or just a busy life, it’s such an easy way to shop!

  • Aisling

    Hi nikki

    If i shop online i love uk online company http://www.boden.co.uk usually ship to nz within a week. The clothes and accessories are sooo well made they really last and watch out for the great sales! Local shop Glassons is a cheap high street shop which has really been rocking in the last couple of years. Free shipping to Australia see http://www.glassons.co.nz. Loving their fur trim parka, merino (fab quality and doesn’t pill) and ponte pintuck leggings – they are more like skinny pants than leggings – very thick and great with ankle boots. In the summer i buy their cotton cardigans in every colour.

    • Louise

      Another vote for Glassons! They have super-fast shipping and lovely clothes 🙂 I adore their merino wool long sleeves and printed pants. They also have plenty of sales and multi-buy offers happening.

    • Thanks Aisling!

  • Kali

    Since moving from Melbourne to regional Victoria, I’ve become much more of an online shopper. Your directory already has most of my faves: Birdsnest (love the little notes that come with the parcels!), Hardtofind & Down That Little Lane. I also buy online from Elk (elkaccessories.com.au) and Nancybird (nancybird.com). Even though I enjoy the thrill of parcels on the doorstep, nothing beats heading to Melbourne to the big department stores and the quirky shops in the suburbs. Inspirasia in Fitzroy have a wonderful selection of Elk as well as other gems, and there are great little shops on Gertrude, Smith & Brunswick Sts, perfect for what my friends call “sifting” (kind of like window shopping) on a Saturday afternoon.

  • Lia

    In Newcastle, I have just discovered a boutique on Hunter St called Hunter81 which stocks Vigorella and Elk and has very friendly staff. On Darby st, Betty Mim is gorgeous for clothing and beautiful homewares and jewellery.
    I recently bought some pajamas online from a brand called ALAS which are eco friendly and fair trade and very cute!

  • Kathryn

    Metalicus and Mesop -NO IRONING – joy!

  • Daisy

    I tend to be a walking ad for Sportscraft but lately have been buying Veronika Maine as well. Occasionally, David Lawrence and Laura Ashley.

  • Megan Powell Du Toit

    I mainly shop at the chain stores as accessible and affordable, and I am increasingly likely to buy from them online. Country Road, Sussan (who have lifted their game in recent years), Witchery and Seed Heritage are my go to brands. I have cards for my faves to get the deals, Country Road especially have great deals for members.

    Ebay is often worth a look for labels I like, I often get clothes from new to only a couple of seasons old for brilliant prices there. Plus you can feel you are helping the environment.

    For a cheap accessories fix, places like Lovisa and Colette are almost too tempting.

    For shoes, I love Nine West, but often find myself buying from Diana Ferrari – I find you have to pick and choose there, but members get good deals, and the shoes are comfy. Again, ebay – I got some new Sambag boots off ebay for a fraction of the price that have given me great value over 2 winters.

    • Oh that’s a brilliant strategy you have there Megan – thanks for sharing!

  • Simone P

    Witchery, Seed Heritage and Birdsnest – all online as I live in Kalgoorlie WA aka the town where clothing retailers avoid. We do have a great locally owned boutique called Countrylane, they stock Mesop, Vigorella, Cooper St, Moss & Spy and many more https://www.facebook.com/countrylanekalgoorlie

    • Thanks for sharing Simone and whenever people poo poo online shopping to me I’m the first one to stick up for non-city people who don’t have access to stores.

  • Leigh

    Birdsnest, Sussan, Sportscraft, Country Road and for something special a little boutique in Parkdale, Vic called WilE that has a fabulous range

    • Thanks Leigh … I think it’s always great to know a boutique for the something specials!

  • Johanne Taylor

    My very favourite label is the Perth brand Morrison. I have met the designer Kylie a couple of times and she is as lovely as her clothes which I’ve worn for over 5 years. There is a small selection available in some Myer stores and as well as their boutiques, and you can shop on-line at http://www.morrisonshop.com/ . The sales are great if you can risk waiting for a favourite-mostly I can’t!

    The store formerly known as Sofia Londero in Sydney’s Balmain is now known as Quirky Birds http://www.quirkeebirds.com/. Still the same great stock and staff: the girls here are stylists and can add the accessories that make your casual stuff a bit cooler..

    For something REALLY special, can’t go past Strelitzia, also in Balmain. Great choice of Australian and overseas labels with a big range of sizes (including plus sizes) and stylists on staff. The sales are legendary, with more than 50% off Australian designer labels not uncommon, so well worth getting on the contact list.


    • Thanks so much Johanne – I too have Morrison from 5 years ago in my wardrobe! Thanks for the update too on Sofia Londero – will make the change in the directory.

  • angie

    There’s a couple of great little boutiques in Chirn Park on the Gold Coast, one called Aloha Lucy: http://alohalucy.blogspot.com.au and another called Miss Darcy: http://missdarcy.com.au
    …then pop across the road for a great coffee at Koncubine Cafe.
    (I try to support small local businesses as much as possible).

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    That should be where don’t I shop! I love Sussans,Seed Heritage,Witchery and Peter Alexander for PJs usually online.Walnut Melboune for shoes,SimplySilk.com.au for silk Pillowcases,Fashionista Depot.com.au and Glebe Markets have some beautiful things in Sydney and I also like Birdsnest.com.au,but show me a shop and I will have a browse ,you never know what you will find.
    I just found a new store through eBay AU called Nomadic Son-Anatolian Art which I bought a beautiful Mushroom leather Pouffe from ,very good prices and beautiful items!

  • Honeyaar

    Well Nikki, in Sydney I love to shop for homewares and candles at Shack ( Moore park and Artarmon). Clothes where ever but love the boho / ethnic style at the Tree of Life and also at some ethnic shops in Harris Park for great kurtas/ kaftans ….

  • Tanya

    Zulu Lulu McMahon’s Point, NSW
    Great quality items. Great colour selections. Love the styling help I always get there.

  • Hannah

    Vigorella is amazing. Something for everyone and so comfortable

  • Bernadette Mikita

    Most of my wardrobe is from http://www.birdsnest.com.au
    I LOVE this site. They have a huge range of brands and the best part of the site is the filters and you can narrow down your search by body type, occasion, personality etc. They have an awesome section for styled outfits – helping to put together different pieces and accessories for those of us who are not sure or need a little inspiration.
    And the Birds at the nest are so friendly and helpful 🙂

    • Natasha Andrews

      I was going to say birdsnest too!! I love their outfit styling shots and the face you can filter by body shape and that they suggest what body “characteristics” the clothes will suit 🙂

    • Judi McCowen

      Me too! I love the Birdsnest styling ideas.

      • They know how to make it look good so people can visualise what they’re buying!

    • Melinda McQueen

      Omg thank u for telling me about birdsnest, just spent an hour working out a new wardrobe. Busy working mum just moved to country town with no options. Thank u Internet too!!

    • Agree with everything you’ve said Bernadette!

    • Simone P

      I love how you get a handwritten thank you note with your purchase

  • Cassy

    I’ve just bought a bunch of stuff from http://www.thecherryshop.com.au I found them at the Bondi Markets and just love their stuff so much!

    • Carolyn

      Just looked them up, gorgeous! Can you give me an idea about the sizing?

      • Cassy

        They’re pretty standard sizing. But they’re so helpful via email, I was emailing them yesterday with my measurements so get some help with the new items I bought. Doesn’t hurt to double check!

        • Carolyn

          Thank you, that’s great to know!

    • Thanks Cassy!