Clothing Stores

We all have love/hate relationships with our clothes, and travel only heightens the emotions. We forget to pack something, or we need something unexpectedly, or we just want to see what Sydney has to offer that our own city may not. That's why 10Best compiles a list of the best clothing stores in town. From independent boutiques to upscale chains, we tell you where to find terrific basics and quality fashions that will get you through any clothing crisis. Popular possibilities? Alannah Hill and Akira Ishogawa.



The clothing at this upscale shop is ultra-feminine and incredibly popular with a younger crowd. Lush fabrics, lace, and embroidery characterize the garments, which are unapologetic in their allure. Jewelry and hair accessories also find favor with patrons, who are themselves devoted to style and fashion. The shop's decor takes decorative cues from the clothing. Alterations are available. Buses 380, 382, L82 from Circular Quay.

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Inside this small, elegant shop with its cream decor and large chandelier lie clothes made especially for the modern woman. Influenced by styles of the '40s and '80s, the current collections are feminine, romantic, and figure-hugging. They're intended to be versatile and comfortable, hip and stylish. And more than anything, they're meant to be worn often and enjoyed much. Town Hall station.

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Eastern Suburbs

In this eponymous shop, you'll find unique, feminine clothing that takes its inspiration from Australian and Japanese cultures. Delicate fabrics take the forefront; some garments feature antique Asian textiles and hand-printing. The shop, which has a minimalist decor, is popular with young locals looking for something out of the ordinary. The designer's first collection won an Australian Fashion Week award for new designers, and he has also designed costumes for the Sydney Dance Company. Take the bus from Circular Quay or Castlereagh Street – 378, 380 or 382.

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A minimalist interior with tiled walls and floors sets the scene for this shop's fashionable clothing. A variety of menswear, including suits and casual knits, are popular with the clientele, which includes actors, musicians, and the fashion-conscious. Along with its own label, the shop carries merchandise by Jill Sander, Dolce & Gabbana, and Helmut Lang. Located a short walk from St James station.

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Sensual, romantic designs distinguish this feminine shop, which is characterized by a beautiful iron staircase and courtyard. Sexy, figure-flattering clothing abounds, and while dresses are most prominent, you'll also discover shoes and accessories. Fabrics include embroidered and beaded textiles, silks and sequins. Australian reputation already cemented, Collette is now expanding her influence to Europe, the UK and the US; her shows in Paris have met with great success. For proof, you only need look to Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Jerry Hall – all wear Collette's designs. There's also a line for little girls. Bus 378-380 or L82 from Elizabeth Street.

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Open since 1838, this venerable department store is Australia's oldest and carries the largest number of designers in one place. The store stocks most major local and international brands and is particularly strong in designer fashions. Businessmen and wealthy clients frequent the popular establishment, Australia's answer to Harrod's. Known locally as DJ's, the store also offers an alteration service and online shopping. A 2-minute walk from St James station.

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Eastern Suburbs

Polished wooden floors, pale walls, and subtle lighting whisper "stylish" even from the outside. Inside, you'll find a host of women's fashions and accessories, most of them from up-and-coming designers. Many unusual pieces are available, and the shoes are much-coveted. Especially popular with society types from the eastern suburbs, the shop scouts out new items from both Europe and Australia. Brand names include Issey Miyake, Marni, Saltwater, Martin Grant, Sigerson Morrison, Marc Jacobs, and Emma Hope. And if you hesitate in your own taste, the staff are happy to assist with wardrobe planning and advice. Bus from Circular Quay 323, 324, 325.

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Amid a spacious, white decor, tables and shelves display casual, understated pieces that appeal to the 20s to 40s age group. Well-cut clothing comes in a broad range of colors and also includes t-shirts, belts, accessories and ties. Buses 380, 382, L82 from Circular Quay.

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Clothing intended for young, thin, beautiful women is at the forefront here. With white floors and walls, the garments take focus, and everything is the company's own label. Figure-hugging clothes are prominent, and items made for being seen are the main feature. A certain urban influence pervades the clothing. A short walk from Town Hall or Wynyard stations.

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Young fashionistas and happening young locals rule at this hip, eclectic boutique. The Corner Shop brings together international cult & emerging fashion names like Acne, Eley Kishimoto, Humanoid, Isabel Marant and Mike & Chris, plus Australia's rising stars such as Anna & Boy, Ellery, Friedrich Gray, Josh Goot, Therese Rawsthorne, Tina Kalivas, Willow and Yeojin Bae, with exquisite vintage finds. The interior is decorated beautifully creating a vivid and fun atmosphere while you shop. Located in the heart of the shopping area in funky Paddington, The Corner Shop is worth checking out.

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