There’s one month on the calendar that has our whole city buzzing with excitement: September. And it’s not even because of spring (although that helps). Or Fashion Week (but that’s fun too). The electric atmosphere that descends on Melbourne during this month is all thanks to the AFL Grand Final.
If you love footy, the AFL Grand Final is Christmas, your birthday and a European holiday all rolled in one. That’s how exciting it is. If you don’t care for footy, the AFL Grand Final is an opportunity to score a long weekend, catch up with friends and get amongst the hundreds of events happening in Melbourne.
If you’re currently making plans for Grand Final day, you’re probably trying to figure out what on earth to wear. Casual? Dressed up?? Smart casual??? Team colours???? Nothing at all because it’s too hard????? Don’t stress, because we went shopping to find which current trends would work perfectly for a day of footy celebrations, whether you’re planning to hit a bar or a BBQ.
Double denim for a city adventure
Braving the streets of Melbourne CBD to watch the game and soak up the action? Denim is a comfy, foolproof option - make it fashion by doubling up and pairing back with a casual tank. A statement bag and chic (comfy!) shoes will take your look to the next level. And if you aren’t interested in sticking around for the whole game, you can always go shopping? 🤷🏼♀️
Pictured: Casual Denim Jacket, Denim Mini Skirt, Linen Jersey Tank, Nadine Mid Heel, Beaded Bag, all from Country Road. Bryce Sunglasses from Oscar Wylee.
Safari for a day by the bar
Bars are overrun on Grand Final day, with Melbournites meeting for lunch and taking advantage of drink packages. Safari is a huge trend in stores at the moment; we love it because it suits practically any venue or occasion. Plus, it’s comfy, which is exactly what you need for a day out with friends. Elevate the look by adding fun accessories.
Pictured: Safari Playsuit, White out Ankle Boot, Slim Line Cat Sunglasses, all from Bardot.
Printed dresses for a BBQ
Heading to a friend’s house to watch the game, or hosting a celebration of your own? Take it low-key with a printed summer dress, and style it up using your accessories. We noticed these printed dresses were everywhere - they’re the perfect base for your look in spring, and you can wear them solo in summer, too. Make the look your own with a masculine oversized shirt, fresh white sneakers and a few fun accessories!
Pictured: Pippa Oversized Shirt, Woven Kendall Mini Dress, Willow Platform Sneaker, Summer Love Woven Circle Bag, Soho Cotton Scarf, Cat Eye Sunglasses, all from Cotton On.
Take your team loyalty to the next level
Who said you have to wear a scarf?! Look for fashion pieces that tell everyone who you support, or rep wardrobe items in your team colours. Don’t forget your hot chips, pie and jam donut. 😝