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Australian Boutiques: Get the right look for travelling

Looking for the perfect kaftan for your trip to Bali or want to look like a Californian dream at the Coachella festival next year? Once you’ve booked your holiday, the fun really begins as you start shopping for the threads that will take you comfortably and stylishly from dawn to dusk in exotic destinations around the world.

With so many prominent boutiques now available on and offline there’s no need to go offshore for the latest trends, Australia has got you (beautifully) covered. Whether you're heading to balmy Asia, adventurous US, or fashion-forward Europe, we’ve shopped around for the best Australian boutiques that will have you jet setting in style.

When in the USA 

Head to Coachella Music Festival, Indio, California: With its dreamy desert setting underneath the California sun, this free-spirited music event is the modern answer to the iconic Woodstock Festival. While it’s renowned as the place for checking out the biggest bands on the planet – everyone from Kanye to The Killers has played at Coachella – it’s also famous as a dusty catwalk of emerging fashion trends, the perfect place to show off your unique style.

Get the look at Beginning Boutique: This youthful brand has a selection of edgy, but wearable dresses to throw on with sandals or hi-tops – perfect for a day-to-night look in the desert. Beginning Boutique’s Coachella Playsuit, a light-wash denim number that can be dressed up or down, is a particularly perfect choice. Add stacked bangles and a fringed bag to nail the festival-chic look.

Head to New York: The city that never sleeps is the ultimate city break, impressing with everything from the impossibly chic rooftop parties in Manhattan to the sizzling and satisfying Asian street food in Flushing. Make a statement amidst the smorgasbord of styles on offer.

Get the look at Aurium: A trip to upscale New York needs a sophisticated wardrobe to match. Australia’s Aurium boutique is all about timeless elegance, stocking an exclusive list of designers who excel in reinventing traditional silhouettes into contemporary garments. Pick up an A-line dress from Elliatt to channel Charlotte from ‘Sex and the City’, or go cocktail sleek in the Meatpacking District with an off-the-shoulder number by Kalenta.

Head to San Francisco: Home to Silicon Valley and the gentrification that comes with it, San Fran’s signature style has drifted from hippie to hipster, and it remains a sought-after holiday destination for good reason. Submerge yourself in the atmospheric fog of this chilled-out US city and you won’t want to leave.

Get the look at Luxe Fashion Boutique: The various dress styles on offer at Luxe Fashion Boutique match the eclectic population of San Francisco. While a bodycon number from Nookie will serve you well for bar hopping in the Mission District, a boho-inspired dress from Auguste is more suitable for a day trip to the Golden Gate Bridge. A pom-pom clutch from The Wolf Gang will keep your passport and credit card tucked away with flair – ready for a splurge at one of the many fine foodie hotspots.

When in Asia 

Head to Bali: Whether you plan to surf the sky-high waves of Uluwatu or explore the rice paddies of Ubud, Bali is a mystical destination that will stay in your heart long after you leave. Dress the part by opting for bohemian-style clothes: think long loose trousers and floaty dresses topped off with floppy hats and strappy sandals.

Get the look at Another Love: With a modus operandi of fashion freedom, Another Love and travel go hand in hand. This store stocks local designers like Zimmermann alongside high-fashion houses like Alexander Wang for an eclectic mix. Let the expert team at its airy brick-and-mortar shop help you choose the perfect wardrobe for Bali – a dress from Bec & Bridge or Theory is a must-have.

Head to Japan: From the jaw-dropping beauty of snow-capped Mount Fiji to the quirky graphics decorating Tokyo’s subways, Japan is one of the world’s most aesthetically astounding destinations. Dress the part by paying particular attention to simple accessories, while keeping the look streamlined overall with block colours and clean lines.

Get the look at Maiocchi: This Brisbane-based brand’s vintage-style clothing will go down a treat on a summer trip to Japan. With their retro and vintage designs, the soft cotton dresses are perfect for packing into your case. The flattering patterns and nipped-in waists are on trend strolling the streets of Tokyo’s high-fashion Harajuku district. Pair them with the ultra-reliable Saltwater Sandals the company also stocks for sight-seeing in style.

When in Australia 

Head to Barossa Valley: Just a short trip from Adelaide, Barossa Valley never disappoints. This world-renowned wine region’s manicured meadows and verdant hills demand an outfit to match. But while it’s best to put a little thought into what you plan to wear to tour one of the local vineyards, don’t go overdressed: countryside-chic is key.

Get the look at Birdsnest: With a head office quietly nestled in NSW’s snowy mountains, the dedicated staff at online boutique Birdsnest are experts in cultivating a sophisticated countryside look. The boutique offers a more personal shopping experience than you’d expect to find online, helping you navigate your way through the 250 brands available. Loose pants tucked into heeled boots with a tight top is a smart style to adopt for a round of the cellar doors.

Head to Bondi Beach, Sydney: Whether you’re sunbathing on its dazzling shores or swimming a few laps in Iceberg’s saltwater pool, Bondi Beach is the place to be seen in Sydney. Celebrity spot Australia’s A-list over brunch at one of the many trendy cafes; sporting the latest active wear will help you go incognito.

Get the look at Peppermayo: Peppermayo’s quirkily colourful active wear has got your covered for a day at the beach. Let your swimmers do the talking with fun slogans and funky cuts, then throw on some patterned yoga pants from Onzie whether yoga is on the agenda or not. Peppermayo’s a young, fun company focused on using social media to create an interactive online shopping experience. Hashtags at the ready!

When in Europe 

Head to Berlin: Germany’s capital has emerged from its turbulent past with a surprising amount of panache. While its dark history and rich culture is well worth exploring during the daytime, at night the city throws off any modicum of sombreness and becomes a playground for clubbers.

Get the look at Live Clothing: Live’s Perth store has won awards for its industrial-style architecture that’s reminiscent of Berlin’s 24-hour clubs. It’s no surprise then that its grunge-inspired sultry nightwear is perfect for an evening dancing to techno beats. Throw a flannel shirt over the top of a tight grey dress and pair with chunky heels and wine-red lippie for the pared-down look often seen in Germany’s capital of cool.

Head to the Greek Islands: Attracting the most avid fans for decades, the Greek Islands remain a magical haven away from everyday cares. The locals are still as warm and vivacious as ever, welcoming flocks of visitors to the ancient architecture and warm waters of famous destinations like the impossibly high cliffs towering over Shipwreck Bay in Zakynthos and the remarkably intact medieval walled city of Rhodes.

Get the look at Dissh Boutiques: Dissh believes fashion should be effortless, simple and fresh, so its clothes will serve you well when you’re surrounded by the natural beauty of the Greek islands. Whether you’re snapping the views of Santorini’s breathtaking volcanic caldera in Fira or living it up in the old-school clubs of Mykonos, uber-cool boutique Dissh has the outfit for you. Go for floaty baby-doll dresses to take you from day to night in Kefalonia or play it straight with colourful stripes fit for a yacht party in Kos.

Head to London: Tradition rules the day in the UK’s capital, known for its red buses, iconic buildings and galleries, not to mention the royal family; but London’s population has always pioneered cool too. It’s a mind-blowing melting pot and shopping mecca; every new corner offers an exciting culinary or shopping adventure. Wind your way from the fabulous flea market in Portobello to High Street heaven on Oxford St. A mishmash of glitz, grunge and glamour permeates the city.

Get the look at Pure Moda: London may be the life and soul of the world’s party, but it does get chilly – even in summer. A glam jacket from Pure Moda means you don’t have to compromise on style. Colourful blazers will dress up any jeans and top combo or can add a touch of androgynous chic to a girlie outfit. This boutique aims to serve elegant, confident women, so grab your shimmering jacket and fit in at Soho’s flamboyant clubs. When it comes to travelling, getting the right look together for a different city, culture or climate can take as much organisation as the trip itself. Luckily, our very own home-grown Australian boutiques have got enough fashion-forward solutions for any style of holiday. Shopping on home soil is sure to have you looking the part as you set sail to your dream destination. Bon voyage!