Melbourne’s best shopping October 19-26

sass & bide is holding a major sale this weekend.

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This week you can #humblebrag your shopping by visiting one of several Australian designer sales, buy a dress and support Frocktober, which helps raise awareness and money for ovarian cancer research.

This weekend is also the Garage Sale Trail, so if you’re more of a vintage gal, there are more than 10,000 registered sales, with plenty of diamonds in the rough just waiting to be found.

On to the sales, this week starts with a bang. Aussie fave sass & bide is having another of its legendary sales over four days.

Expect up to 70 per cent off past collections, including evening wear, embellished skirts and leather. Last time I picked up a leather mini for less than $100.

671 Chapel Street, South Yarra. Thursday noon-5pm, Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.

sass & bide is holding a major sale this weekend.

It’s been quite the busy few months for Melbourne brand Skin and Threads. Following its hugely successful collaboration with Zoe Foster Blake, the brand is having a clear out of old styles (sorry but the collab is not included in the sale).

There is up to 80 per cent off denim, cashmere, silk and cotton dresses.

Prahran Town Hall, 180 Greville Street, Prahran. Thursday 7am-6pm, Friday 8am-5.30pm, Saturday 8am-4pm.

Skin and Threads has a bumper annual sale.

Skin and Threads has a bumper annual sale.

One of the quickest ways to update any look is to throw on a new accessory. And the Elk accessories sale is legendary for being able to load up your limbs with baubles, clothing and accessories for a few dollars.

Prices will be reduced by to 80 per cent of discontinued styles, including leather, footwear and jewellery.

296 Plenty Road, Preston. Thursday 10am-4pm, Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am-2pm.

Elk has up to 80 per cent off accessories, clothing and jewellery.

Elk has up to 80 per cent off accessories, clothing and jewellery.

Popular Australian brand LIFE with BIRD, famous for its printed separates, is offering up to 80 per cent off past collections at its warehouse sale.

If you’re a fan of monochrome (hello, Derby Day!), this is a sale not to be missed.

321 Chapel Street, Prahran. Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm, Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm. Until October 29. 

LIFE with BIRD's warehouse sale is on this weekend (sorry, Lindy Klim won't be there).

LIFE with BIRD’s warehouse sale starts this weekend for nine days.

Searching for some spring jeans? Australian denim specialists Jeanswest is offering 50 per cent off all jeans, including maternity.

This rare sale comes weeks after the brand launched their collaboration with Cotton Australia, with the largest all-Australian cotton-woven womenswear collection.

Instore and Online. Until October 22

Jeanswest has 50 per cent off jeans.

Jeanswest has 50 per cent off jeans.

Just launched

If you’d describe your style as “luxe casual” – and don’t we all these days? – the new EcoD store in Brighton is an oasis for lovers of lifestyle dressing.

The new store is a bit of a homecoming for owner Felicity Holding, who grew up in Melbourne’s Bayside but had not opened a store in central Brighton until now.

Customers familiar with the format will love the look of the new store, which carries brands including Amo, Assembly Label, Elka Collective, Faithful The Brand, Hunkydory, KitX and Luxe DeLuxe.

23 Church Street, Brighton. Monday-Thursday 9am-5.30pm, Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 10am-5pm.

The new Eco D. store in Brighton.

The new Eco D. store in Brighton.

​Last year, the dress rental business model took off in a big way and when it comes to spring racing, it’s still one of the most affordable ways to get dressed (and styled).

Alex Osmond from Her Wardrobe has taken her online business to the street with a shopfront in St Kilda where customers can get styling advice and book a frock, hat or bag (or all three) for their big event.

Labels stocked by Her Wardrobe include Thurley, Carla Zampatti, Alice McCall and MSGM.

264 St Kilda Road, St Kilda. Monday 10am-4pm, Tuesday 10am-6pm, Wednesday-Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 9am-4pm. 

Online dress rental business Her Wardrobe now has a physical store.

Online dress rental business Her Wardrobe now has a physical store. Photo: Prue Aja Steedman

And finally…

If you’re more in the market to buy a dress this spring, why not get on board with Frocktober, the annual dress drive that raises money for Ovarian Cancer research?

There are some great stories of regular women embracing the cause, such as Andrea Smith, who is raising money by wearing the same dress, by designer Leina Broughton, for the whole of October, styled differently each day. 

To participate, register at the website and post photos of yourself wearing a frock using the hashtags #frocktober2017 and #frockonaustralia.

Or, you can attend the charity gala dinner at the Sheraton Melbourne this Saturday, so you’d better be quick. See the website for details. 

Still on the topic of fashion for good, Country Road has again teamed with the Red Cross to raise awareness about the volume of textiles sent each year to landfill.

For every pre-loved Country Road item customers take to participating stores or Red Cross shops, the company is giving a $10 item to spend in store. Plus, the donated items have the chance to go to a new home.

Until October 22. Check website for details.

Country Road has partnered with the Red Cross to raise awareness about fashion wastage.

Country Road has partnered with the Red Cross to raise awareness about fashion wastage.

​#inthecart: artist collaborations

Since it launched on October 11, I have been a wee bit obsessed with Gucci’s collaboration with the UK artist known as Unskilled Worker (real name Helen Downie). Spotted by Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele in 2015, their relationship has sprouted a 40-piece collection ranging from T-shirts to bags, all featuring Unskilled Worker’s signature floral and faces designs.

A number of Australian brands have collaborated with artists recently, including Aje, which used prints from the archive of the late indigenous artist Minnie Pwerle in its recent collections, and Gorman, which has teamed with Mirka Mora and, more recently, Spanish artist Moreia Ruiz. 

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