For the fellas… how to accessorise in winter August 03 2015, 0 Comments

This is a guest blog post by Sally Mackinnon, one of Melbourne’s most experienced Personal Stylists specialising in men’s style, with over 8 years’ experience in the industry. A Melbourne CBD resident, Sally has a great love for the city and a strong affiliation with Melbourne’s retailers. Sally’s expertise is her ability to make her clients feel confident in a fashion world that can be overwhelming. Sally recommends wardrobe, shopping and fashion advice that is clear and easy to implement for men and women, regardless of their budget. Whilst shopping with Sally, you might also learn a thing or two about the wonderful city of Melbourne!


Let’s face it, when it comes to winter most people revert to a daily uniform of black and grey. Black coats, black boots, black jeans, dark grey suits and scarves.

But your ‘Melbourne Black’ winter wardrobe can easily be brightened up and there’s no excuse with a great range of men’s accessories available at Melbournalia this season.

 To reflect the resurgence in men’s style, accessories are becoming key in setting your style apart from every other bloke in town.


Made in Melbourne’s Otto and Spike create a range of luxury knitted scarves that are guaranteed to work in with your existing pieces. For the corporate guy, I love this 100 percent premium surplus Australian and New Zealand lambswool ‘diffused scarf’ with it’s a pop of texture and forest green (pictured below) It’s a great way to lift to a dark suit and of course keep you nice and warm on your morning commute to work.

Don’t be afraid to team a colourful or patterned scarf to your look. It will lift your outfit and create interest to your style. Guys, don’t leave us women to have all the fun with colour and pattern.

Another one of my favourites is Otto and Spike’s Tram I Am Melbourne scarf (pictured right)

A quirky nod to Melbourne’s famous old W-Class trams, this 100% merino extra fine wool scarf can be worn with a business suit or to the footy over a coat and jeans. Available in a range of colours, you can keep things simple in black and grey or have some fun with some colour like this fabulous ink and burnt orange.



So you have your scarf, now how do you wear it?

This is a question I get asked a lot. My answer: keep it simple. The traditional ‘loop and through’ not only looks neat and effortless, it’s also a great way to keep your neck warm. This is the perfect way to wear shorter scarves, particularly with a jacket, trench or coat.

For a more contemporary look, tie your scarf loosely around the neck with the two ends falling vertically. This works best with longer scarves, and can be a great way to accessories a more causal look of jeans and a jumper.


Don’t think winter woolens are restricted to pieces designed specifically to keep you warm. Otto and Spike’s 100% extra fine merino wool knitted Double Negative ties are a great way to add some interest to your work wardrobe. This black and grey checked tie (pictured left) looks great with a black or charcoal suit and a classic white shirt. Or team casually with a black shirt and denim jacket for the weekends.






If you’re the more creative sort who’s not afraid to get a little quirky, then you should try these hankies (below) by Hanky Fever. Made from 100 percent cotton and made in Australia, you can use as an actual hanky, or why not try as a pocket square? There are some fun prints to try like the coffee lovers and in keeping with our Melbourne theme, the old W-Class trams.





And finally, if you like a point of difference but want to be a little more discreet about it, try some socks.

These bamboo diamond socks (pictured left) made in Australia by Lafitte come in a range of great colours and prints. Breathable and very absorbent, these socks draw moisture away from the skin, are anti-fungal, odour resistant, eco friendly and biodegradable. Winner!

Rennie Ellis Rocks Melbourne Fashion! Friday August 29 6-8pm August 23 2014, 0 Comments


Sharpies, 1973, Rennie Ellis


Rennie Ellis photographed Melbourne's fashionable underground from the 1970s to the 1990s. To celebrate Melbourne Spring Fashion Week we're projecting images from his books Decade and Decadent into the street. We'll also be carefully creating an 70's and 80's themed playlist for your enjoyment inside the store. Dressing the part is encouraged!

To help transform your own wardrobe we've curated some Rennie Ellis inspired looks in collaboration with Melbourne labels Emily Green, The Dusty Caravan, Kester Black, Elizabeth Milsom and Otto and Spike. As well as our photography slideshow, Musician Amy Pollock will be performing outside The Job Warehouse (where Melbourne's fashion designers shopped for more than 50 years) throughout the evening. 

Join us as part of the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) Opening Night Shop-Hop Events for a glass of bubbly, fashion and photography in store from 6-8pm (before proceeding to the other Shop-Hop Stops open until 10pm). Opening night attendees have the chance to enter the Shop-Hop To Win competition by checking in to two or more Shop-Hop stops
Visit the MSFW website to plan your night. 


Chai Parade, Chasers, 1980, Rennie Ellis


Choose your winter scarf June 03 2014, 0 Comments



Our pals Kirstie and Robbie from Brunswick's Otto & Spike popped in last week to knit a giant scarf for our window showcasing more than 50 different scarf styles now available in store and online - from Otto & Spike's extra-wide, extra-long Bond andBrioche scarves, micron wool tram and bike scarves, circle scarves and wool neckties to Uimi's Polly short scarves and Elizabeth Milsom's silk and chiffon scarves too. Yes, there's a lot to choose from at Melbournalia!