Seahorse Shopping Guide -
Fashion: 11 entries

The first time that you go out and buy women's clothes can be harrowing. It is reassuring to know than there are CD-friendly shops where staff are welcoming and helpful.

I have not included the big chains stores, such as Big-W, Target, K-Mart, David Jones and Myers. I find that these large stores are the easiest to shop in if you are nervous about interacting with sales staff.

I also like the middle-sized shops, like Millers, Autograph and similar stores. I have never had problems shopping in any of them, and, in fact, they are my preferred options for clothes shopping.

Want more advice about shopping for women's clothes? Read this article

Vision In White Bridal Boutique

44 Macquarie Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
(02) 9687 2443
Contact: Jenny Punch


"We offer an exquisite range of bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, formal dresses and bridal accessories for all styles and budgets. Whether your wedding is vintage or country inspired; modern, or traditional, we have a fantastic range to suit."

"Our wedding gowns are guaranteed to delight and inspire the most selective of brides. At Vision In White we have a team of experienced and friendly staff willing to guide you through the sometimes daunting task of choosing your perfect wedding gown." - From the website.

Image by Design

Shop 19, 3-9, Spring Street, Chatswood NSW 2067
(02) 9419 6741
Contact: Vivienne Cable

"I first visited Image by Design for a fashion assessment and makeover mid 2006. A few of the Seahorse girls had mentioned Vivienne Cable, the owner. It was a wonderful experience. Makeover, selection of outfits and then Vivienne's direction, 'Jan, go shopping!' I have seen Vivienne quite a few times since, she is very supportive and will actively help you dress like a woman with all that entails. She carries the main fashion ranges and from my point of view the outfits are good value for money. The clothes I buy get very regular wear, they fit and look good." - Jan.

Gallery Serpentine

123 Enmore Road, Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9557 5821
Contact: Annette

"Gallery Serpentine manufactures a wide range of Corsetry, Gothic wear, Victoriana and period clothing. Based in Australia, they ship our high quality garments all over the world, offer a large sizes and custom fittings." - Quote from their website.

"I have purchased two corsets there. Their quality is excellent and the corsets are made locally and are not cheap imports. The service from Annette was very friendly and helpful." - Christine.

DinkyDi Fashions

Shop5a/204 Pacific Highway, Swansea 2281
02 4971 6532
0401 942 467
Contact: Sue

A dress shop recommended by Tanya from the Breastform Store.

Christine's Place

Unit 1/2, Grattan Court, Erindale Centre, Wanniassa, ACT 2903
0416 379 251
Contact: Christine Pawlicki

"I have a fabulous shop in Canberra. I am a dressmaker with over 35 years experience in all manner of sewing. From wedding dresses, to suits, to dancing costumes, to Mardi Gras costumes, to day and evening wear and anything else that falls in between. I dress male and females bodies for all manner of functions. I have off the rack dresses, headpieces, wigs, all manner of bling and dressmaking." - Email from Christine Pawlicki.

Colin McKay - Optician

Shop 44, Lemon Grove, Victoria Avenue Mall, Chatswood NSW 2067
(02) 9904 6586
Contact: Colin or Penny

"Part of Vivienne Cable's contacts, for the optical accessories so necessary to complete the feminine image. Best to go dressed to get the full picture! Penny does the most comprehensive eye examination ever and Colin handles the frames and optical stuff. A really comfortable and professional experience!" - Jan.

Swish Fashion (Sizes 14 to 26)

561 Military Road, Spit Junction (Mosman)
Contact: Anita Carmody

"Your members can view some of the outfits from our latest collection. It is just a small representation of the range that we produce, to give you an indication of our styling. Our prices range from $50.00 to about $180.00, depending on the fabrication and styling. I am happy to offer a 10% discount to your members.

As mentioned previously Swish designs and manufactures and would be interested in any feedback from your members. I would be most happy to attend one of your social meetings if that would help your members to be more comfortable about dealing with me and attending the shop at 561 Military Road, Spit Junction (Mosman) either individually or as a group experience after hours.

We look forward to hearing from you.
Kind regards
Anita Carmody" (An email to Seahorse)


204-218 Botany Rd, Alexandria, 2015
(02) 9319 6466

"Just wanted to tell everyone about the Events factory shop in Botany Road Waterloo in Sydney and how helpful the staff were recently. I think we should support them by spending a few dollars there now and again. I am going to write to their manager explaining that we are a customer group worthy of their interest and thanking them for their service level. Perhaps some of you have been there before and thus may have helped in the attitude their staff had towards me that day. I bought myself a nice evening dress and skirt and blouse which would have cost in total over $200.00 at retail level but only cost $90.00 at their shop and items were perfect as far as I was concerned. Only problem was that the changing room is a communal one for real girls only but they will exchange items if you find unsuitable after you try them on at home." Quote from TrannyRadio.

House of Priscilla

Level 1, 47 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
(02) 9286 3023

"Here they've seen everything! Fun, fun, fun!! Drag, dressing, show girl, glitter, camp. You name it they'll have it and look after you. If it ain't in stock, they'll make it! Hey, Mardi Gras!" - Jan.

The Costume Shop

19/198-222 Young St, Waterloo, NSW, 2017
Phone:(02) 9318 2511
Fax: 9318 2052

"Over 10,000 costumes for hire and sale. Period pieces, fantasy, whatever you can imagine, it's there. Wonderful outfits from the fifties, sixties, seventies, my nostalgic period. Well worth a visit if only for the thrill!" - Jan.

Dream Diva

134 Bridge Road (near the corner of Lennox St), Richmond Vic 3121.
1300 557 391

"Plus Size Women's Clothing - The Latest Looks in Larger Sizes, Fashion, Australia" - the website.

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