You've got your train (or plane) ticket, accommodation is booked, you've planned your days and nights in the city so as not to miss any excitement...now all you have to do is pack your bags. But what to wear in the big smoke; the country's Cultural Capital?
By day and by night Melbourne is known for its love of black. It's simple, elegant, and unlike pink velvet or blue corduroy you won't look foolish if your entire outfit is made of the same stuff. Melbourne is a big business city, so black says "office" as well as "sexy cocktail dress".
Victoria's capital is also known for something a little less glamorous: volatile weather. Yes, "four seasons in one day" is the right way to describe Melbourne, and it's confused more than one traveller – not to mention the locals! As such, layering is your new best friend. You'll want a light jacket if the rain sets in or the temperature turns unexpectedly colder, and a hat that can protect from both sun and rain.
Well suited - two men don their jackets and take a break from work
Most main city streets are lined with talented buskers, from pianists and singers to hula hoop artists, and (my favourite) the moving statues. Wear something with pockets so you can keep a few coins handy to throw their way.
Although there are trams, trains and buses to get to where you need to go, a lot of Melbourne (especially the shopping) is best experienced on foot. A pair of comfortable shoes is essential, and as February winds up and we veer towards autumn you'd best make sure they're waterproof as well.
Back in Black - and comfortable enough for a whole day in the city
On that note, take advantage of the abundance of tote bags and oversized handbags around – you'll want something practical yet stylish that holds your coat, scarf, sunnies, gloves, wallet, phone, keys, camera...