Some people really underestimate the challenge of finding a stylish, yet comfortable outfit that is beach-proof, acai bowl-date proof, fashionista approved, and that also supports local businesses.
No wonder most people opt for active wear and Triangl bikinis; our closets have turned their backs on us! And with the increasing number of retail chains popping up in GC’s mega malls, it’s getting harder to cut through the mainstream market that is often cheap quality and repetitive fashion.
Lucky for us, and for the millions of tourists visiting every year, the Coast is full of hidden treasures that support home-grown brands and local business owners who are very well attuned to our #styleinspo.
So gals, warm up your credit cards, ‘cause here’s where you can find some of the best shopping on the Gold Coast.
BIRD ON A WIRE
You need not drag yourself all the way to Byron in search of a boho-chic outfit; Bird On A Wire has all the hippie-loving apparel and lifestyle brands for you right in the heart of Burleigh Heads’ James Street. From colourful printed maxi skirts and dresses to a wide range of bold accessories that could easily pass as vintage, this local Burleigh gem knows exactly what a Gold Coast girl wants: looking like Vanessa Hudgens when she goes out for brunch.
Where: 1840 Lower Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
This Southport-based fashion boutique shines among the crowd of beachy-bohemian fashion boutiques on the Gold Coast, by stocking an interesting and popular selection of Australian and internationally-recognised labels. Another Love is the only fashion boutique on the Coast where you can give an edge to your sporty outfit with a bit of Alexander Wang, and actually pull it off. From Ellery, to Sass & Bide, to Zimmerman, Another Love is becoming the destination for independent designer-obsessed Gold Coasters, who look for a timeless piece to make their beach or work outfits bolder, and let their personal style shine bright like the Queensland sun.
Where: The Brickworks, 107 Ferry Road, Southport
About A Girl
Surprisingly, Nobbys’ About A Girl isn’t as hippie and free-spirited as you might have thought. Located in the heart of this surf-frenzied suburb and its restaurants and cafés, About A Girl is the perfect way to end an afternoon on the beach, by strolling through this friendly and relaxed fashion boutique. Its quirky taste, with a twist of chilled-out surfer-style pieces from brands like Mink Pink, One Teaspoon, All About Eve, and Jorge, this fashion boutique is perfect for a girl who knows how to rock her swagger, without needing to show it all off. It’s the Gold Coast interpretation of the French’s “effortlessly chic”; casual and unique style wear that suits you to a T.
Where: Shop 1, 2221 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach
Alright, we get it. You hate mainstream fashion stores; you’re sick and tired of more surf brands popping up around the Coast, not to mention the epidemic of fashion boutiques rising on Instagram. You love vintage because it’s unique, it tells a story that isn’t on your Snapchat. The good news is, you don’t need to move to Melbourne, nor wear the same outfit every weekend in attempt to give it that vintage look. Arkive Vintage is the pre-loved hub for fashionistas who live for digging through all sorts of fashion—60s denim jacket, incredibly tight pencil skirts, pre-ripped denim shorts, and so much more. Hidden by the tourist crowds and fashion chain stores, Arkive offers a wide range of vintage clothing and accessories collected from all over the world, for you to rock with confidence on your next beach stroll. Say goodbye to Urban Outfitter and start digging through Arkive; you might just find some vintage Versace!
Where: Shop 43 Centre Arcade, 3131 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise
This hidden Palm Beach fashion jewel offers trendy and quirky street wear that could have been inspired by the cool 90s grunge-rock scene. The Craveyard Store proudly rocks its hashtag #notsogoldcoast on social media for being a black sheep among the beachy bohemian Gold Coast fashion boutiques, yet it still knows how to offer a selection of outfits that are safe to wear without seeming like a pretentious hipster. From big brands like Huffer, Evil Twin, and RVCA, to supporting local and independent brands like The Fifth Label and Afends, make sure that you check this Palm Beach grunge beauty to get your inner rebel on.
Where: Shop 2/1166, 7th Avenue, Palm Beach
Bikini & Me
Every beach city needs a few epic bikini boutiques so we don’t all end up in the same Triangl bikini and side-eyeing each other at the beach. Burleigh boutique, Bikini & Me on James Street is the perfect place to head if you’re into edgy swimwear choices from internationally-renowned brands like Tigerlily, Bassike, Seafolly and Zimmerman. That said, it should be renamed “bikini & more” because Bikini & Me also offers causal apparel, lifestyle wear, and gorgeous accessories that will spice up your beach style.
Where: 1/53 James Street, Burleigh Heads
If you obsess over those boho-chic outfits you see on Freepeople’s Instagram, and you wish that overseas shipping didn’t break your wallet, the great news is you can find those hippie-bohemian looks in the fabulous Gold Coast fashion boutique, White Bohemian. Founded by free-spirited local lass, Sharon, this gem is the embodiment of new-age hippy fashion; stocking renowned Byron Bay labels such as Arnhem Clothing, Spell Designs, and Amilita, while also supporting up-and-coming local brands. So, get your best Kate Bosworth face ready; it’s time to be a beachy bohemian.
Where: 6/1160 Corner 7th Avenue and Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
A Little Birdie Told Me
Every Gold Coast girl worth her salt has had a post-swim stroll in the minimalistic and stylish James Street boutique, A Little Birdie Told Me at least once in her life. This store has established itself as one of the best fashion boutiques on the Gold Coast, living up to the mantra hanging off their walls which states “Life is too short to be wearing boring clothes” . And you won’t be wearing any boring clothes from Birdie. Stocking Australia’s favourite new labels like Willah, First Base, Faddoul, Staple The Label, and many other independent and stylish brands, Birdie offers fashion and lifestyle choices that could resuscitate even your 9 to 5 office looks and will finally force you out of those workout clothes.
Where: 2/53 James Street, Burleigh Heads
One Hundred Words
Ah, if only the outfits we see blowing up on Instagram could instantly be delivered to our closets. Well, it might not be the age of teleportation (yet), but this Burleigh fashion boutique is a stylish hub of bold and quirky outfits for casual wear and special occasions. It should be your immediate plan B when you complain about having nothing to wear (like you already do every single weekend). Offering fashion labels like Alice McCall, Maurie & Eve, Steele, and many other fashionista-loved swimwear brands and casual apparel, One Hundred Words is a must-SHOP on the Gold Coast fashion scene.
Where: Shop 14, 50 James Street, Burleigh Heads
The Village Markets
Okay, we hear you, this ain’t no bricks and mortar establishment, but it’s as local as it gets on the Gold Coast when it comes to supporting home-grown creatives and designers. Add to the fact it only comes around albeit once every two weeks, The Village Markets is a welcoming cluster of mini boutiques and a Sunday morning not-to-be-missed treat. Love vintage? The monthly “rack sale” is a sweet opportunity to snap up a bargain and save someone’s once-loved threads ending up as their boyf’s car buffing rag.
Where: Burleigh Heads State School and Paradise Point Park
What are your faves among the best fashion boutiques on the Gold Coast? Let us know!
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