Vintage Finds

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A little bit of Missoni

I’ve had this skirt for a while now, and intended to wear it all summer long but then got myself pregnant and couldn’t fit…

Lady Melbourne in vintage Missoni from Mary Lipshut's collection


Two years ago I got to meet one of Melbourne’s most fashionable treasures, Mary Lipshut. She passed away last year, and this year her stunning collection was bought and consequently sold by Hawkeye Vintage in a series of sales across Melbourne.

Lady Melbourne's 1970s tan leather coat

A gift…from the 70s

Occasionally I am given vintage clothes from friends who know that I wear them pretty much…all the time. This was passed along to me by a friend as it belonged to her mother but she wasn’t getting any wear out of it. Would I like it?

High Fashion, High Tea

Today I attended High Fashion, High Tea at the Park Hyatt here in Melbourne to round of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

It was a great way to end a hectic week of parades, showings and parties, but I loved every moment of it, specially seeing the Carl Kapp parade today.

Today’s (not so) Face

I loved the colours in this dress, and while I’ve styled it here with quite tough accessories, I think a pair of lavender, suede heels would look great with a slim, silver belt.

Or maybe you can give me your suggestions on how you’d wear it?

Like A Lady

The day I tried on this dress in New York, it was 30 degrees and humid. It was hard to imagine that it was going to work on a winter’s day, but I’m glad now that I bought it.

I featured it in a post I did on why people love New York but it only got hotter and hotter and it sat at the bottom of my suitcase for the rest of the trip.

Mix Up

A big part of why I started the blog all those years ago, was that I didn’t see the way I dressed represented in mainstream media. And I suppose it is hard to put ‘vintage’ or ‘op-shop finds’ on the pages of glossy magazines, but none the less I knew I wasn’t alone in how I mixed up my wardrobe with new designers pieces, high street fashion and vintage and second hand clothes.

I still love you

I’m not sure how long I’ve had this dress now, a couple of years I think but it could be longer. I wore it to an event today and had loads of compliments, I think it’s the colour that people warm to.


One of my favourite TV shows is ‘The Love Boat,’ for too many reasons to list in this blog post for fear that you will get bored and click elsewhere. Also: it’s not the point.

The point is, when I found this dress in an op-shop for $12 it screamed ‘Love Boat’ and I couldn’t leave without it.

I’m back!

I’ve been looking out at the geraniums in the garden and I’ve also had this dress in my wardrobe since September when Dr.Jones moved to Oxford to complete her PhD and was cleaning out her closet. It occurred while we’ve had super hot weather here, that I had a blog post staring me in the face with the flowers and this dress.

From Mexico with love

Earlier in the year while holidaying on the Gold Coast, it just so happened that there was a vintage fair on while I was there. Complete coincidence peeps, but who was I to refuse and invitation?

Random new things

A little post to share with you all some random new things in my life picked up at op-shops and local Melbourne businesses.

Colour pop!

On my visit to Fashiondacci I purchased this clutch amongst a couple of other items yet to be seen on the blog, partly because they are winter wear. This clutch however could be worn all year around and I think it’s a nice little colour pop to add to any outfit.

Black & Gold

Most of the time, not all, but most of the time my outfits are lead by what accessories I’m wearing or intend to wear. Ergo, I may have a necklace I know I want to wear, or a pair of shoes, or earrings. Then I build the rest of the outfit around that.

Welcome to my wardrobe: Vintage 70s Dresses

For me, there is something so perfect about soft, cotton 70s dresses for summer. I love the Laura Ashley look too, you might remember I recently blogged about a new season Laura Ashley skirt.

These need some small alterations, to be cleaned and pressed but I can’t wait to share them with you as the months get warmer.

MSFW Day 2: What I Wore

Where else can you swan about in a silver, metallic jacket where no one bats an eyelid if not fashion week? I thought that this Lillie Rubin jacket (I blogged about it earlier in the year) would get a bit of a workout once MSFW rolled into town and last night was no exception.

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent

In June this year it was reported that the new creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane, was set to change the name of the iconic Parisian label. So what did I do? I went onto Etsy the moment I heard(via Twitter of course) and bought myself a little piece of this iconic label.

Laura Ashley

Trundling down Church St in Brighton the other day I noticed that Laura Ashley was having a sale. I’ve always had a soft spot for this British label.

Victoriana: My new red silk shirt

This shirt is part of the Etsy purchases I made recently, the dress from yesterdays post was one of three items. This shirt actually looked like a fire engine red in the photos, but I don’t mind that it’s more of a burgundy.

Objects of Desire

As I am injured at the moment(what, you haven’t heard about my sprained ankle?) there may be a lack of outfit posts this week. Crutches = not sexy. However, being the bower bird(read: compulsive shopper) that I am I have plenty of things to show you that I’ve picked up lately that haven’t yet featured on the blog.

Quick, quick!

While I was out I got chatting over a cocktail about how Melbourne women seem to lug around tote and shoulder bags full of everything from flats/heels to umbrellas. I did a quick inventory of my own accessories closet and found that pretty much all of my bags were on the medium to large size. Why?

New home ware additions…

As long as something is beautiful and good quality, the price is generally(and I say generally as I’m no chamillionaire) not an issue for me. I don’t care if it is from and op-shop or designer, the way it looks and feels is more important to me.

With that in mind here are some of my recent purchases…

Ray of Light: Sunray pleats

Just because I need another white shirt in my life, I bought this little blouse at Savers last week. I love the sunray pleats around the collar, I think it looks like I’m wearing a doily and I don’t care who says so 😉

The Big In-between

Not quite autumn, not quite winter here in Melbourne I’ve found that I’m doing what Melburnian’s do best and that’s layering.
When I first moved to Sydney I found it hard to get used to just wearing a t-shirt all day, or just a sweater. What was this crazy concept where the weather stayed the same all day?
I dressed for all four seasons, every day in Melbourne thank you very much.

Haji Lane

I met the delightful Stephie from Fashion Nation on Friday night at the awards ceremony who was a fellow nominee. She asked if I…

Happy Friday

You know how you have those days where despite your wardrobe bursting at the seams, you have nothing to wear? I’m having one of…

Night Call

It was the shortest day of the year today, or perhaps it was yesterday. Hhhhmmm… ‘Big deal Lady Melbourne!’ you might be saying, however…

Dark Arts

Aside from all my accessories, everything I’m wearing today is second hand and I feel so happy about it because I picked up a…

Spring Time

It just sort of landed here in Melbourne, the cherry blossom’s bloomed, the magnolia tree’s erupted into bursts of white and mauve signalling that…

A Gift

How very lucky and honoured I felt when I was given this dress last week. I haven’t accessorised because I didn’t want to detract…

Happy Friday

Happy Friday everyone, I trust it will be lovely for you- drinks, Friday night shopping, dinner, a little theatre perhaps. I’m minus a cocktail…

Come with me….

Enough of the silliness….. Let’s get back to what this blog is all about shall we?!Thrilled you all like my little escapade with the…

Winter cheer

When one feels a little unwell there is nothing nicer than making your surrounds as comfortable as possible, and for me that includes aesthetically.I…

Dita Vision

Sometimes I think I get away from the purpose of theses pages which is to bring you lady like fashion from Melbourne.May I introduce…

eBay Joy

I had to share these eBay finds with you, I’m practically bursting with excitement at their imminent arrival.


So it seems that people out there are discovering what Lady Melbourne is all about which is just thrilling for me, because as many…


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