The Australian sense of style is very relaxed, especially in laid-back, artsy Melbourne.
You will need to pack things to wear while people-watching in cafes, wandering through the alleyways to see street art, and visiting one of the quality vineyards.
Melbourne is notorious for its unpredictable weather, and can easily go through four seasons in a day. So even if you are travelling in summer, pack an outer layer that can withstand sudden rain and icy winds. In winter, pack items that can be layered so you can add and remove layers as necessary. No matter what season you travel in, be sure to pack comfortable shoes as there is much to explore in Melbourne.
Here is your month to month guide to the seasons in Melbourne, and what to wear.
With the hole in the ozone layer nearby, it gets insanely hot in summer. Protect your skin with sunscreen and sunglasses in the warmer months in Australia. A light dress with sandals is what you will see the locals wearing.
Join the locals flocking to the beach to cool off. Swimwear is a must-pack item for summer trips, a lot of hotels will have pools, and the beach is never far away.
The weather is starting to cool in autumn, but the days can still be quite warm. This is where layering is important as it will be cool enough in the mornings and evenings for stockings and a good jacket. During the day the sun will be quite hot, and you will want to have a light t-shirt and skirt on.
Light cashmere jumpers and cardigans will find their way into your wardrobe as we get closer to winter. Pair them with knitted skirts and some comfortable boots.
The sun is still bright in Melbourne’s autumn, be sure to pack a pair of sunglasses even when you’re rugging up against the cool winds.
It is the start of winter, and while the locals might be dressing really warmly, the weather will still be mild for you. Melbourne is quite close to the coast so the wind can be icy. Be sure to pack a jacket to keep the wind out.
In the middle of winter, it might be cold enough to pack jeans or warm trousers. Dress similarly to autumn back home, a pair of jeans, a light jumper, and some sturdy boots. Pack a trench coat or light jacket to layer over the top in case it is particularly cold.
Things are starting to warm up a little, so your best accessory is a large handbag to carry extra layers. Your second-best accessory will be a big scarf for the cool evenings.
Spring weather can be a little fickle; it can go from blazing hot to cold and rainy in a matter of seconds. Pack lightweights skirts or shorts and a jumper or jacket in case the weather turns.
Your two most important shoes to pack in the warmer months are a pair of strappy sandals and comfy trainers. While trams connect all of Melbourne, there is nothing better than wandering through the alleyways discovering cute cafes, and street art.
While the locals will usually stick to neutral colour pallets through autumn and winter, spring and summer mean floaty fabrics and fun prints. Pack a few summer dresses, and research the best outdoor bars in Melbourne.
December is party season! Because of the warm weather, Aussies love to celebrate the festive season with BBQs, pool parties, and nights out at rooftop bars. Pack a few little black dresses or sparkly outfits.
VOYA KEY ITEMS TO PACK
No matter what season you visit Melbourne, always pack one or two outfits for the opposite season. Your best accessories to pack for all seasons are sunglasses and a comfortable pair of shoes. Don’t forget the sunscreen, the sun is harsh here, and you don’t want to spend your whole holiday sunburnt. Our tip is to buy factor 50+ locally.