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What to wear to FASHFEST 2016: HisCanberra edition

Calum Stenning

So, you’re going to Fashfest.

There are many things to consider when choosing your Fashfest outfit, but the first is style and effect. Here is some inspiration, and a couple of tips to help make your style work for you.



MJ Bale

Layering can be your closest ally when it comes to constructing an effective outfit. Using a combination of colours, shades, textures, angles, cuts and proportions can bring a “365 days a year” outfit up to the standard of an outfit that will stand out at Fashfest.

Make a statement



A statement piece can be anything from a tie, shoes or a blazer. If you’re going with a statement piece, you’ll most likely want to plan the rest of your outfit around it – a statement is about context. An outfit with a statement piece that also includes some feature-heavy pieces is very hard to pull off, and very easy to mess up: it’s a case of too many cooks in the kitchen. The louder your statement, the fewer other features you’ll want or need.

Find the right fit


Braddon Tailors

At the end of the day, the fit of your clothes is like the truth in an argument. It is a baseline that trumps everything. A statement piece is fine and dandy, but just as raising your voice doesn’t make a point any more valid, a statement piece doesn’t make an ill-fitting or ineffective baseline any more truthful. If you’ve got a well-tailored suit that you think will provide your favoured look for the media wall, you can always trade your quiet office tie for a brighter one, add a pocket square, a patterned or textured shirt, or a lapel pin to take your look from work to red carpet.



the essentials

What: FASHFEST 2016
Where: The National Convention Centre
When: Thursday 29 September, Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October


Calum Stenning

Calum Stenning is Her Canberra’s newest and most male (read: only) intern. Three years spent living overseas has given him a renewed appreciation for Canberra life. Every day starts with coffee and the Sydney Morning Herald crossword at a favourite coffee haunt, as he is wary of the perils of dementia, and thinks crosswords are a viable safeguard. If he lives to a dementia-appropriate age (evidence says he won’t), he’ll let us know. More about the Author

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