Day 2 - Festive fashions

Image from Instagram @oddpears
I always hear people complain about receiving socks for Christmas, but I know that I'd be happy with these OddPears beauties, stocked by The Happy Cabin. They have a reasonably large range of clothes for men and women, plus 'lifestyle' items (like huge inflatable doughnut pool loungers. Definitely a lifestyle).

At the top of the Valley mall, Trash Monkey is a treasure trove for vintage-inspired, retro and rockabilly fashions. Generally pricier than the others on this list, Trash Monkey covers everything from shoes to swimwear, petticoats to purple lipstick. The staff are always impeccably dressed, friendly, and honest if you need a second opinion.

If you're looking for thrifty gifting, Swop is a great way to go. Essentially a well-curated op-shop, Swop buys and sells vintage and preloved clothing and accessories. Prices vary greatly depending on the items, but all are excellent quality - Swop doesn't do stains or scratches. A great place to buy for vintage-lovers without selling a vital organ, and to find unique, one-off pieces.

Image from Instagram @boxvintage
Keep Christmas sustainable this year with more reasonably-priced vintage clothing! A physical business until earlier this year, Box Vintage is now run via their Instagram page. Beautiful vintage dresses of all kinds plus a smaller selection of vintage menswear. Most items are around the $50 mark. Express postage within Australia, or you can collect from Jungle Bar in West End. I snagged this maroon beauty a month ago from them, and I'm a bit in love with it. 

Started by two sisters in 2008, Verge Girl combines affordable fashion with supporting local and emerging designers. Lots of playful prints, silky shorts, bralettes, playsuits. Just be aware of their limited sizing range (6-12ish I'd say).