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What Do I Wear There? Study Abroad: Australia


What to wear to study abroad in Australia

This week, I’m returning to the Study Abroad series by popular demand to focus on an amazingly beautiful place many of you are lucky enough to study in–Australia! Super helpful CF reader Anika was kind enough to advise on us style there from her own experience, so be sure to thank her in the comments below.

As always, the same guidelines apply:

  • All of the information here is taken from advice I have received–it is not a binding set of rules for how to dress in these locations! These are simply some helpful suggestions on what articles of clothing have proved most functional and worthwhile for those who have traveled abroad. However, for this article, it is important to note what is and is not appropriate to wear in these areas, as they tend to be more conservative than what most readers may be used to.
  • Because of the nature of these posts–which are trying to cater to such a large crowd of people going to all different places within each of these areas–I am forced to generalize. However, I do understand that fashion is different not just in the different countries but also in the different regions of each country. Therefore, please feel free to correct me or add more detail in the comments if you think your specific location within these countries follows different fashion “rules” or subscribes to a different way of dressing!

(In case you missed my previous posts, see What Do I Wear There? Study AbroadStudy Abroad Fashion FAQWhat Do I Wear There? Study Abroad in the UK and Ireland,  Study Abroad Fashion in France, Germany, Italy, and SpainStudy Abroad Fashion in China, Israel, and JapanStudy Abroad Fashion in Scandinavia and Study Abroad Fashion in India and South America.)

General Tips

Sydney Opera House in Sydney Australia
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Australia is generally a warmer climate, so do not pack your heavy winter gear! The best way to get through the winter is with layers, so be sure to pack pieces that you can pile on for a chilly day.

For warmer weather, stick with the same basics you love from here–you can’t go wrong with jeans, shorts, tee shirts, and tank tops. And since it does tend to be sunnier in Australia, do not forget to bring or buy some strong SPF! As Anika told me, “The sun burns really quickly and is much hotter than sun I’ve experienced anywhere else. Sunscreen is my best friend.”

Daily Look for Australia

First and foremost, Anika noted that, “On campus in Australia, I’d have to say it’s a LOT more relaxed than most would be used to.” Below is a sample outfit I created based on her suggestions for a cute, casual daytime look.

Australian fashion

Product Information: Tank:, Vest:, Sunglasses:, Shorts:, Bracelet:, Sandals:

Anika told me that she often wears shorts, a tank top, a vest, and some cute accessories for a regular day going to class. I picked out this outfit because the base of it is extremely flexible and can be worn for a variety of activities. The sunglasses will protect you from the strong sun there, while the bracelet and shoes add a great pop of color to your look.

Dressing up should be reserved for “off campus” outings, such as fun nights out with friends. For these, you can pretty much wear what you typically would back in the US. However, you can stay pretty casual–jeans are appropriate for most daily looks in Australia, including going out.

Anika also suggests that, “A person should definitely bring every bikini they own” if you want to be able to truly take advantage of all the beautiful weather and outdoor fun Australia has to offer. She also stresses how easy it is to burn and how vital sunscreen is. Hats are also a great way to ensure your head stays out in the sun and doesn’t roast!

Finally, just because the look in Australia is slightly more relaxed does not mean sweatpants are okay there either! Anika pointed out that “most [Australians] have no idea what ‘sweat pants’ are, so you’re unlikely to buy them or see them.” So keep your sweats to yourself in your dorm or at the gym!

Shopping in Australia

According to Anika, “The best places to shop would have to be Valley Girl, Ally and Temt, totally cheap but great clothes (you can check them out online).” For more high-end products, she suggests David Jones, which is one of Australia’s major department stores. If you’re looking for some accessories, try Sportsgirl, which is also slightly more expensive, but has great outfit additions like headbands. Cosmetic purchases are best at Priceline, which Anika claims is both “cheap and amazing.”

If you’re interested in traveling, Anika suggests going to Burleigh Heads rather than the popular tourist spot Surfer’s Paradise. Burleigh Heads not only has a “better beach” but also “great shopping,” so go prepared to spend some money, as “a walk down the main street will leave a girl with an empty purse.”

What do you think?

Do you have any other tips on nailing Australian style? Are there any other tips you’d like to see? What essentials would you want to bring to Australia? Let us know in the comments!

And if you have any “What Do I Wear There” questions, let me know in the comments! Yours may be featured in next week’s article.

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73 Responses to “What Do I Wear There? Study Abroad: Australia”

  1. 1
    January 14th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I love the outfit you put together. Laid-back, casual, and so cute. :) I want those sandals!

  2. 2
    January 14th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Since I live in Australia, I know the importance to bring a bikini along. Also remember to bring thongs for the beach and yes, sunscreen is vital. Another good store to check out for clothes is SES and for jewelery, there’s Diva.

  3. 3
    January 14th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Great advice, especially the bit about suncreen& layering! And as an Aussie, I feel I should add that every city in Australia has different weather & trends. Darwin is tropical, but it can snow in Hobart! Everywhere gets fairly warm in summer, but do some research on the winter weather before you pack.
    Oh, and beware that the Australian term for ‘flip-flops’ is ‘thongs’ & that they’re considered wardrobe essentials.

  4. 4
    January 14th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I really appreciate you keeping the series alive! I would be so very grateful if you would create a post for those thihnking bout studying abroad in Eastern Russia.

  5. 5
    January 14th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I completely agree with the article. Very true to where I live in Brisbane. Shorts and loose shirts and cami’s are basically essentials. Every outfit needs a pair of sunglasses if you’re going outside.

    Some of my favorite places to shop are:

    If you have a look at those sites you can get a pretty good idea of what styles are popular here.

  6. 6
    January 14th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I studied in Perth for a semester last Spring if you are studying in Oz definitely check out the West Coast it is just as amazing as the rest of the country and a bit under rated. Perhaps it was more of a west coast thing but I definitely felt that a lot of girls looked very nice even during the day, but especially at night…make sure to bring some cute club outfits if you plan on going out!

    Some other stores to check out are Supre a lot like Forever 21 but a bit pricier and Cotton On had some great sales while I was there!

    Maybe also think about some stylish hats for the beach, the sun is very strong and if you aren’t paying attention you will get burned!

  7. 7
    January 14th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    it really depends where you go in australia.. the weather is kinda unpredictable =( so have heapps 0f layers because it could be hot in the morning, then cold, or the other way round .

    but i agree with Jenn =)

  8. 8
    January 14th, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    lol i live in melbourne australia, have done for pretty much my entire life. basically temt, valleygirl are good if your looking for cheap, mass produced clothes that fall apart pretty quick.

    there isnt one particular shop that you can recommend especially in melb because they all differ so much although general pants, sportsgirl are good. if your visiting melb just catch the train to flinders street and go down swanston and then bourke st. there are heaps of good shops there.

    people do wear sweat pants but there called track pants here and might look slightly different, DO NOT whatever you do wear trackies with the slogan on the ass because youll be labelled a bogan. not good.
    summer in melb= barely any clothing.short shorts, havainas flip flops and singlets.
    BEWARE OF THE SUN. you will burnnnnnn if you dont wear sunscreen on a really hot day..

    if your interetsed in travelling to melbourne australia check out my blog, although i havnt actually posted anything yet add me because itll be up and running soooon

  9. 9
    January 14th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Great suggestions!

    As an Australian (from Melbourne, Victoria), I might comment that I rarely – if ever – wear jeans on a night out! Always dresses. Even in the middle of winter, I simply take a trench or cardigan with me to brave the cold when I’m not inside a venue. Melbourne has a great nightlife so definitely bring dresses you can style in more ways than one, you’ll get lots of use out of them – I think I’d feel out of place if I ever wore jeans on a night out!

    Melbourne is also notorious for having just about every season in one day – so layering is essential. I bring a cardigan with me everywhere, because there is always a chance of a cool change, wind or rain in every season.

    The outfit is spot on, great combination. I also appreciate your comments on “campus wear”. We are incredibly casual, but by no means slack. Girls tend to dress nicely, fashionably, but never dressed up when it comes to uni.

    I shop at all the places mentioned by everyone, cheaper places for trend items and more expensive places for staples – and highly recommend a gorgeous bikini for your travels here!

    Great post, sorry for rambling :)

  10. 10
    January 14th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Great post- but i would be wary about not bringing any cold weather gear. I’m a Melbourne girl and during winter its freezing! Well, maybe not freezing since we don’t get any snow, but it still gets quite cold, especially in the morning. An umbrella is also a good idea – although we’re in a drought it always seems to rain when you don’t have one with you. And as for ‘sweat pants’ I say bring them, they’re comfy and handy for gym and around exam time. We do know what they are but we call them trackies.

  11. 11
    January 14th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Wow, thank you so much to Anika and all you wonderful Aussie posters!
    I am studying in Wollongong in just a month and I am so excited! But this has truly given me an idea as to what I should bring/expect/wear when I’m there! Please keep posting your ideas! They are EXTREMELY helpful! :) :)

    Just a question: when you say casual, does that mean usually shorts or jeans on campus/at university, or do a lot of girls wear skirts and dresses too?

    Thanks so much ladies!

  12. 12
    January 14th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Catie Cap: Casual can mean anything you mentioned. A lot of girls wear dresses/skirts/shorts in summer (mainly dresses though) and then move to jeans and cardigans as it gets cooler. Just dress for the weather and always take a light cottony cardigan with you as you never know when a sea breeze is going to come through. Have fun in Wollongong :)

  13. 13
    January 15th, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Catie Cap, I’m from Australia and I usually see girls wearing denim shorts and singlets around campus in the summertime. It’s an easy, comfortable outfit and can be personalised with accessories. I actually need to get myself some new denim shorts before the new semester begins in March… :)

  14. 14
    January 15th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Catie Cap: I’m from wollongong and study there too, the majority of girls wear denim shorts with thongs/sandals with cute acessories, not many wear dresses though and jeans are usually saved for the colder days.

    However i would pack alot of going out outfits such as really nice dresses, skirts & heels because wollongong has pretty good clubs, & it usually stays warm even at night so you won’t need to take a cardigan, coat etc. out with you.

    I agree on the don’t bring “sweat pants” or trackies as i call them as people usually only wear them coming around to exams or gym time, but alot of girls seem to like the harem pants (i think that’s what they’re called??) with a low crotch, they’re sort of like dressed up trackies.

  15. 15
    January 15th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I’m from Sydney, and i do all agree to the shops the previous posters!….. on campus its quite diverse – making the effort to look nice, but not too dolled up.

    Another tip, if you are in Sydney, then id go check out paddy’s markets, bankstown /cabramatta area for cheap clothes as well.

  16. 16
    January 15th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    oh and we have target here as well (i shop there mostly for my basics), and supre is good for basics (just stay away from the mainstream trendy stuff). Cotton on is good as well and SES

  17. 17
    January 16th, 2010 at 2:04 am

    thank u ,thank u, thank u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    iv been begging for this post……thank u
    im heading there this feb……
    again….thank u, thank u, thank u

  18. 18
    January 16th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Catie Cap- I too am from Wollongong -and whilst denim shorts are worn mostly, leggings and dressess are very popular starting around April. Some fo the lecture thetres can be very cold/hot so make sure you have a cardigan or something especially if going to the mckinnon building!!

  19. 19
    January 17th, 2010 at 12:10 am

    I’m from Sydney and these are definately good places to look:

    Basics – Supre! I defs agree with the above comment, you need to stay away from the trendy pieces in this store, but its great for cheap basics from $10-$20

    Party dresses – in a lot of shopping centres there are really great cheap boutiques (we call them “cheap knock off” stores) that sell pieces from Mink Pink, Ladakah, Sunny Girl and other labels and they just have great copy pieces (i bought a bandage dress for $20 from Calla) . Look here for trendy things that are still flattering. You can find these places in Westfield shopping centres

    Day-to-day wear (for classes etc.) – places like Dotti, Just Jeans and Country Road is good. Country Road is actually targeted towards the middle-aged market and is renowed for being preppy, but they have lovely cami’s in high quality fabrics for around $50. Make sure you buy a tote bag from here aswell, its great for holding books or taking to beach, staying overnight somewhere etc.

    Accessories – Sportsgirl is great for this! It isn’t the cheapest, but very nice. Otherwise Diva and Equip sell nice stuff, defs check out pendants, stacked bangles and rings here.

    also look at General Pants, and be sure to go to Paddington, Glebe and Bondi Markets! And definately get a good quality bikini that will last you many trips to the beach, Seafolly and Tigerlily are good.

    A lot of places like Cotton On, Temt and Chicabooti have cheap things, but they smell like plastic and fall apart really quickly. Not a great fashion investment.

  20. 20
    January 17th, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Hey, I’m from Melbourne and I would have to agree with Beth, the winter in Melbourne IS cold! You will need coats and scarves and gloves etc if you’re going to be here in the winter.
    Also Uni tends to be quite an artsy type enviroment, so be really creative with your clothing, mix op-shop and vintage finds with new pieces and don’t be afraid to rock any style, people really appeciate individuality.
    And yes Sunscreen is SO important SPF 30 at least! If you were ever going to get skin cancer you would get it here. We have no ozone layer.
    Oh and Australian girls tend to be a lot more focused on natural beauty, we look after our skin and don’t wear nearly as much make-up.

  21. 21
    January 17th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Yeah, depending on where you’re going you should probably take that “no winter gear” advice with a grain of salt. I live in Hobart and no, it doesn’t snow here all that often, but it rains a whole ton, year-round. It is coat-and-scarf weather more than you’d think for Australia.

    But yeah, I have to agree with rhe previous commenters for the most part. Places like Target and K-Mart are great for basics, and uni culture is very casual. I’m usually the only person around campus in heels at UTAS.

  22. 22
    January 17th, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I used to live there as a kid and most of my friends used to shop at Supre, and many still do. But be aware though, their sizes are ridiculous. I was an “M” when I was 12 and back then I was about a US 4. I think most of the time they design the clothes, especially tees to be really form fitting but you can find some really cute stuff in there.

  23. 23
    January 17th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    hey i heard melbourne is kind of chilly right now and will go on till june
    is that right?
    im going to rmit this feb…..dunno wat to take

  24. 24
    January 17th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Aish – It’s summer right now in Melbourne but definitely take a lot of layering clothes since as said in a post before Melb is known for its changing weather during the day! If you are coming in Feb it will still be quite sunny and hot but cools down more in mid autumn.

  25. 25
    January 18th, 2010 at 12:46 am

    wendy-thanx, i’ll remember that(great to hear that it warm, thought i would freeze to death)

  26. 26
    January 18th, 2010 at 9:31 am

    It’s really quite cold at the moment and will stay cold till the end of the week, but this is freak weather, February is normally the hottest time of the year and this time last year we were all sweltering with scorching weather, thus causing the devastating bushfires. Also last week it got to 45 here (which is 114 F). Melbourne weather can be random but Feb will be HOT. I Promise.

  27. 27
    January 19th, 2010 at 2:53 am

    omg….better be ready fr all 4 seasons

  28. 28
    January 19th, 2010 at 3:13 am

    I live in Queesland, so it’s hot for pretty much 3/4 of the year. Clothing is generally pretty relaxed, especially on campus. Sandals are a must. And it’s also worthwhile investing in a good pair of sunglasses, you’ll notice the difference.
    Another great store I don’t think anyone mentioned is Witchery. It can get quite expensive, but the clothes are worth it. For basics, stores like Target and K-Mart can be good. Target flats are also nice (and cheap!!), but they probably won’t last you long. Big W has a lot of Bonds stuff, but I generally find it to be too expensive for basics.

  29. 29
    January 20th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    HELP ME…Im going to a wedding next weekend and I live in a warm place,really warm..Imin Brazil,lol! The wedding is going to be at a country club and that means GRASS,lots of it. Its going to start at 6:30 pm which will be around the time sun is setting.Can you please,please,please help me.Im totally clueless about what to wear.

  30. 30
    January 20th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Hey Ana,

    Here is an article I wrote a little while back about dressing for a wedding. I hope this helps! Of course, if it’s lots of grass, I would definitely think you’d want to stick with heels, so mentally substitute those in for the looks I put with heels.

    Good luck with your outfit (I’m sure it’ll be great!) and have an amazing time at your wedding. I’m jealous of your warm weather–it’s pretty cold where I am!

  31. 31
    January 21st, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Great post Colleen! I hope to study abroad in Australia over the summer so this really helped! I loved everything!

  32. 32
    January 28th, 2010 at 4:16 am

    sorry Colleen what you’re source failed to say is that “sweatpants” is so common in Australia DURING WINTER that you couldn’t go out and not see at least one person wearing sweats.

    Sweats + Ugg Boots = Australian Combination of a day outfit during winter

    one the very rare days that we wear casual at school about 40% of the people wear the combination and about 70% wear uggs.

    I personally don’t approve of this and DO NOT own a pair of UGGly boots and only wear sweats when going to the gym

    and btw, australians LOVE wearing ugg boots, it’s a fashion staple in australia
    in fact this brand is very popular
    so are the australian surf brands like roxy, billabong, etc. they have uggs to prove that ugg boots is definitely not frowned upon in australian style. yuck

  33. 33
    January 28th, 2010 at 7:41 am

    I don’t think I have ever seen anyone in trackies (sweatpants) and uggboots except maybe in the middle of winter…on year 8 camp. No one at my uni would dare to wear trackies out, we don’t live on campus so you don’t just roll out of bed to uni, so what’s the point of looking like you did?

  34. 34
    January 28th, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Hi all! I’ll be studying abroad in Cairns from February to June, any suggestions about what to wear and bring? What kind of shoes do girls wear in the rain there? and how hot/rainy is it really?? Thanks!

  35. 35
    January 30th, 2010 at 9:24 am

    seen only a few ppl wear trackies at my uni………

  36. 36
    February 4th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    SO helpful! I’m studying in sydney this semester and I leave in a few days. I will take all of these comments to heart while packing! I’ll also be sure to come back here if I have any more questions. Thanks!

  37. 37
    March 28th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Very few people where uggs out of the house the majority of Aussies consider them slippers ( for indoor use). Track pants are actually very common. I go to
    uni on the gold coast (obviously this girl is here with her listed suburbs) and styles vary from sloppy to way overdressed (stilettos at uni, really?)

  38. 38
    June 28th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    I’m studying abroad in Brisbane from August to May this year any advice for what to bring to wear in August (isnt it winter?) and what I WONT need to bring? I am such a pack rat!

  39. 39
    June 29th, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Brisbane is more like Florida, it’ll be cool at night because it is winter but cold in Australian terms is not much, especially up north, unless you get cold easily you won’t need a heavy coat just light layers.

  40. 40
    June 30th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I am applying to study in India in January 2011. This will be my first time going abroad so a post on what to wear in India would be very much appreciated.

  41. 41
    July 4th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    I’m leaving for Sydney in 3 days and I’ll be studying at U of Sydney… Do I bring my uggs? What about my cowboy boots? They are all girls wear at my university in Virginia. My go to outfit for going out is a pair of skinny jeans with highheels and a cute dressy T… Will this work or should I bring more dresses and skirts?

  42. 42
    July 4th, 2010 at 6:26 am

    I study at the University of Sydney and pretty much no one wears uggs in public (think of them as slippers) and no one wears cowboy boots either! Girls tend to wear ballet flats, cute flat boots and black Doc Martens are really popular atm aswell.

    For going out, girls tend to wear tight fitting dresses with heels and keep warm with a blazer and tights. Skinny jeans and a cute dressy T would heels would be perfect for going out to dinner somewhere!

  43. 43
    July 4th, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Thanks so much Kel! I’ll leave the cowboy boots at home! Now I know what to pack for going out!!!

    I have a completely random question about the weather. I notice during the day it is in the 60s but with high humidity. Does this mean it is muggy? Basically I want to know if there is any hope for straightening my hair while there and if I should pack my flat iron.

    Thanks for the help once again!

  44. 44
    July 5th, 2010 at 1:03 am

    I would definitely pack your flat iron, its not muggy at all. When its not raining, your hair should be fine – and in the case of rain all you need is a little anti-frizz stuff :)

    Also, a little hint – make sure you bring something cute in case of wet weather (like a nice overcoat or trench or something) – its been raining heavily over the past few weeks and there are hardly any undercover areas outside to walk under when you go from class to class.

  45. 45
    September 1st, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Where would you Aussies say is the best “beachy area” to visit/ study abroad in

  46. 46
    September 1st, 2010 at 2:58 am

    The Gold Coast probably, it’s very touristy though. Study abroad in Queensland or Sydney and then make a road-trip along the coast to visit all the little incidental beaches that are just as beautiful and very untouched by man. Also go for a run very early in the morning and hopefully you’ll will find a time where there is no one else on the beach but you…and maybe a fisherman or two.

  47. 47
    September 1st, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you jenna! your post was extremely helpful!

  48. 48
    October 15th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I am planing to study abroad in australia Spring semester 2011. BUt because the of the cost i started to consider doing it this coming summer, which for me is May- August ( i live in the US). Anyways i reserched and found out that is your winter time. If i decide to do this am i going to be missing out on all the beach and water activites or will it still be hot and a great experince for that?

  49. 49
    October 25th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I’m studying abroad in Wollongong from February to June. What kind of clothes should I bring for most of the weather?! Do people wear long jeans a lot or should I pack mostly summer clothes? Also, should i not bring boots and focus on flip flops and heels?

  50. 50
    November 22nd, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I’m studying in Adelaide from February to June. any suggestions?

  51. 51
    November 24th, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Adelaide is a beautiful city but it is known for hot dry summers and pretty cold winters however it is still Australia it won’t drop below 50 F and if you are leaving at the beginning of June it probably won’t even get close. Oh and one of the good things about Adelaide is that it does get cooler at night so maybe a cardigan or two would be a good idea.

  52. 52
    December 16th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Hi I’m moving to Brisbane in February from NZ to study, people keep telling me it is practically summer all year round – problem is, I love my winter wardrobe! Am I going to have to part completely with my stockings/tights and boots, or can I get away with them? Also, in NZ we really don’t care how dressed up or down someone is for college – does it matter it aus?

  53. 53
    December 17th, 2010 at 4:04 am

    check the weather on a weather site, the year long one.
    i live in melbourne but have been to brisbane. although yes most of the time it is reasonably warm there are times when it is colder and warmer things will be needed. so bring your favourites but dont bring too many.

  54. 54
    January 5th, 2011 at 4:47 am

    I’ll be studying abroad in Sydney starting in Feb and the comments above gave kind of mixed reviews. Sounds like Uggs are slippers, leave them at home? What about a pair of flat boots I usually wear with skinny jeans – too hot for these? For everyday should I bring lots of sundresses or stick with shorts (apparently jean shorts). And for as for a light jacket for going out, like a cardigan sweater, leather jacket, cotton blazer… ? Any suggestions? Thanks!!

  55. 55
    January 20th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I am going to Griffith Uni @ the Gold Coast in a month!! I’m so excited but what is the weather like now? I will be there from feb- end of June…how cold will it get?? I’m most worried about shoes and coats. I hear that now is like the heart of summer but that it can get cool in the evenings? is this true? Also, by like May/June will it be cold enough that I will need a jacket? Also, as for shoes im thinking flats, flip flops, and nice flat boots…then heels for going out at night….Am I on the right track? Any help would be appreciated!! THanks

  56. 56
    January 28th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    @Courtney I go to USyd and not that many people wear UGGS. The college students (i.e. the ones who live on campus) wear trackies and uggs more than everyone else. I wear a lot of dresses – the weather can be warm up until about April sometimes. I also wear dresses in winter (teamed with tights and boots) and a lot of jeans/cardi combos. I’m a fairly girly girl though so some people don’t wear dresses as much as me.

    I’m assuming you’ll be here for at least a semester, and once Autumn hits (or fall for you I guess) the weather can be a bit unpredictable. We can get the 4 seasons in one day type thing happening. It is super humid at the moment and I’m hoping it dissipates by the end of Feb. It’s a bit hot for jeans atm but by the time uni starts, you’ll definitely want them. A light jacket or cardi is perfect for going out til about April when it may get a bit cooler at night. You won’t need a trench or anything heavy duty til about June.

    Hope that helps! Sorry for the epic long comment.

  57. 57
    January 31st, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    hey all! just been reading all the above comments and they have been quiet interesting!! i am from ireland and I am heading over to australia in May untill the end of July not for college or anything just 4 d summer (well summer 4 me) hope its ok to leave this comment as its not really about college fashion… more so fashion ovr der in general…i am going to perth and will prob be travellin east coast i tink!! im tinkin jeans, and flowy tops, dresses (love dresses) and il be bringin tights/leggins and what kinda boots should I be brinign..i ave alot of ankle type booties both (flats and heels) wuld dey be gud!!!and shuld i b taken hoodies and stuff with me…and what clothes ar good 4 nite tym ovr der? id be really greatful 4 any help or suggestions.. sorry bout all d question!!! :-D im super excited about gettin ovr to d gorgeous australia. x

  58. 58
    February 1st, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Im going to Wollongong February 12th! And the only thing I’m worried about is shoes… should I bring a pair of fuax leather boots for when it gets colder around may/june? Otherwise im just brining sandals, heels, gladiator sandals, and flats.

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    May 31st, 2011 at 3:11 am

    hey girls…i read all ur comment rite m planning to come here in australia melbourne i need some info about casual fashion over there.. i like to wear very simple clothes like jeans and simple t-shirts..these comments hav been posted at starting of the year..plz let me know if there is any change in fashion for college going girl..plz give some suggestions wat kinda clothes and other things should i bring …my arrival might be in the starting of july..i ll really appreciate if u can give me some good tips regarding this..

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    June 29th, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    poonam: Your simple clothing will be fine here in Melbourne. At uni you always find different fashions, mainly neat-casual for example, jeans, boots a casual tee and blazer are usually found in winter, but it is very easy going. Jeans and a sweater, a dress, tights, boots and cardie. Combat boots are still big here, mainly with dresses, tights and leather jackets. Chunky knit wear is also a main feature in most uni-students wardrobes, usually paired with jeans. Heels not so big (usually only the asian girls where them, small heeled boots are usually the only heels worn or slightly heeled wedges) Sorry this is so late for your arrival. Hope you have fun here in Melbourne! Prepare for all the four seasons in one day!

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    July 1st, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    thank you Melissa:-)

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    January 20th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Hey, I’m from the U.S. and I’m going to Brisbane in February for a week. My family and I are going to the zoo and other places do you have any suggestions on what to wear ?

    Thank you!! :)

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    May 31st, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Hi! I’m studying at UNSW from July-November 2012 in Sydney. I want to bring everything in my closet, god knows that won’t be happening. But besides the UGGS and Sweatpants what should I leave out for sure? And also, at my school everyone wheres Uggs, leggings and a northface. Are northface’s big in Aussie? I have a Baby Blue northface rainjacket that I’m not sure if I should bring or invest in a trenchcoat instead. During July-November, would you say the colors are BRIGHT or tonned down (this would usually be my summer to fall so pastels going into neutrals. And leather jackets.. yes or no? Shoes, what do you wear when its raining and when its colder on campus? LAST, is there any American “lingo” you hear and can stand, or behaviors that you dislike us doing? I heard we are alot more aggressive as far as meeting knew people. I love to strike up convos with random people where ever I am. Is it weird to to just go up to someone and say “hey”? Oh and how often do you use your cell phones? I can’t live without mine and am trying to pick a plan that won’t kill my wallet. Thanks!

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    June 19th, 2012 at 10:19 am

    That pretty much sums it up for Australia. I live in Sydney and I also study at UNSW.
    Ashley, I don’t think Northface is big in Australia… at least in Sydney. During July-November, it’ll be the end of winter and most people would start dressing up for spring in August because it warms up then. By November, it gets pretty hot like it would in the summer. Then again, the weather is pretty unpredictable because the summer that just passed wasn’t as hot as it normally would be. As for shoes, you don’t need any winter boots or anything like that. When it’s raining, people just wear closed in shoes like sneakers or boots. As for leather jackets, you wouldn’t need it during July-November. We tend to follow the trends in the US so because there’s the choice of brights and pastels for your spring, we’d have the same. I’ve already seen lots of pastels in stores at the moment, and bright colours.

    As for the American “lingo”, I’m not sure about that. I don’t think there is anything that we (in general) can’t stand because most of our television shows are American and we’re exposed to some of your “lingo”. It’s not weird to just go up to someone and say “hey”. We’re pretty friendly but you still have to keep your eye on body language too. If the person sitting next to you looks like they’ll bite someone’s head off, you wouldn’t talk to her/him. As for cellphone usage… let’s say we use them a lot. Some more than others. I’ve always seen people their eyes glued onto their phone and twittering during lectures (some lecturers use it as an educational tool so it’s not all bad).

    In the end, most people won’t care about what you’re wearing. I see lots of people in jeans, T-shirts and thongs (flip-flops) but then there’s the occasional person who is a little more dressy with her Tory Burch flats or YSL ring (yes, I’ve seen people wearing them…) I’m sure you’ll fit right into UNSW. People are very friendly once you strike up a conversation and get to know them.

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    March 20th, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Hi everyone, thanks for all the wonderful insight…this post is very helpful!

    I will be interning is Sydney, Australia from mid May to early August. Do I bother packing my pleathera of bikini’s? Will I be able to enjoy the beach or layout at all? Any room I can save in my luggage by knowing ahead of time the better!

    Should I pack more layering stuff (blazers, sweaters, jackets, scarves) than say warm weather stuff? (tanks, shorts, sandals). I see someone mentioned you may need to wear gloves and hats. Does Sydney really get that cold? (Im from Michigan so needless to say anything above 50 is warm to me)

    Lastly, I will be spending most of my days downtown working for a fashion company. I would love some insight into the work clothing of the city in the winter.

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    March 22nd, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Hi, my daughter is 15. We are traveling to NZ (her birthplace), and Australia this April from the US. She may be attending a day of school with our friends daughter, where they probably wear uniforms, but I thought I might get some ideas about
    how teens are dressing. She wears skinny jeans or leggings, and uggs or Spearys here, most everyday here. Any comments?

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    December 8th, 2013 at 3:41 am

    hey! thanks a ton for all the information. i will be starting uni in feb’14 and was a little concerned as to what stuff i should be carrying. all this info definitely sorted me out! :)

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    January 14th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I know this post is kinda old but I’m headed to Perth, Australia from February to June and I’m wondering if you all have any suggestions or anything that has changed from earlier comments.

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    February 26th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Hey all!

    This article is awesome! I am heading to Townsville for 6 months from July-December, and I am trying to figure out what all I need/don’t need! I’ve heard people say don’t bring my flat iron/blow dryer because the voltages are different, and to just buy a cheap one there…? It seems like the weather up there is pretty warm constantly, so will I need very many warm items? I was thinking of bringing only like a pair or two of jeans, maybe a few light cardigans? Also what is the style like? I am a very casual dresser, denim shorts and t-shirts or tank tops usually. Will that fly while I am there? Dresses for going out at night??
    What are some good places to see/do in town? Any good nightclubs, bars, restaurants, etc? and beaches!! I am definitely a beach person so knowing where to go is a must!
    Is travel expensive to Sydney or Melbourne? Since I am so far up north I really wanna visit farther south but I don’t know how often i would be able to if it was expensive!

    Sorry this is so long, I just want to plan best I can lol. Can’t wait to go!!! :)

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