Monday, 26 September 2016

Re-Cap: Canberra Centre's Style Liberation Workshop

Stylist Fiona Keary from Style Liberation
Know your style and stick with it. That’s the advice from stylist Fiona Keary when it comes to creating a wardrobe full of pieces you’ll actually wear.

Fiona calls it the capsule wardrobe where you start with the basics and build from there. 
She says you need to pick pieces appropriate to your lifestyle as well as what you feel comfortable in. “It’s about spending that money where you spend most of your time,” she says. 
According to Fiona, the biggest mistake people make is buying an outfit they’ve seen someone else look amazing in, then not feeling right when they put it on. 

“It’s about being aware of your style and being true to that,” she says.
Fiona has a four step process to create a capsule wardrobe and shared her years of experience at a workshop at the Canberra Centre, where she is now a stylist.
The place to start is to choose two base colours that go together. Fiona says if you have a cool skin undertone you should go for navy, black, grey or white. A warm undertone works best with navy, beige, blush, brown or tan. To figure out whether you’re cool or warm, talk to a stylist or some say if you look better in silver jewellery you’re cool and gold you’re warm.  Once you have your base colour you add to it with foundation pieces such as skirts, pants, denim, jackets – the items you love that fit well, can be investment pieces and are usually trans-seasonal. Once that step is complete, you go for the complementary pieces that are versatile and work with your foundation items.

During the workshop, Fiona had 24 complementary pieces, mixing up the foundation pieces with tops, jackets and other bottoms, to create around 100 work, casual and dressy looks.

The final step is accessorising with bags, shoes and jewellery.

Fiona says a pair of sparkly heels and a clutch can take an item from day to night, a bright tote adds a pop of colour to a work look and the right statement piece of jewellery can interchange between what you wear to the office and out with friends.
“Don’t just think about items for one purpose,” she says.“Think about how you can re-purpose and interchange them.” Fiona says while you invest in the staples that last years, accessories keep your wardrobe current and these are what should be updated every season.
As for those seasonal fashion items, Fiona has her favourites.
She says navy is going to be really big in Spring and Summer and is a perfect alternative to black – great considering it works for warm and cool undertones.
“Off the shoulder is also going to be huge this season and you’ll see it everywhere,” Fiona says. “Also big are blush tones and we’ll be seeing a lot of lace and crochet coming through.”

Debby xo

Fiona Keary with Sarah Kelly from My Fashion Empire
To attend Fiona's next workshop which will be held at 'Eden' in The Canberra Centre on Sunday 9 October email:


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