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Wise Women: Fiona Keary

Emma Macdonald

“I view getting dressed and how I present myself as a way of expressing who I am.”

In the lead-up to International Women’s Day, HerCanberra celebrates 10 outstanding local women who revealing their own wisdom based on the very different paths they have taken in life.

Fiona Keary is the founder of Style Liberation, an image consultancy service based in Canberra and Brisbane.

She works with clients to simplify their wardrobes, invest in great pieces and save them time. She is a mum of two—you can find out more about her story here.

On how your appearance can affect the way you feel

“I need the outside to match the inside. I view getting dressed and how I present myself as a way of expressing who I am. When it doesn’t match, I don’t feel like me or that I’m being authentic. It impacts my confidence. When I wear something that I love (I’m often overdressed for every occasion), I feel comfortable and don’t give it a second thought.

Let’s be honest, there are more important things to focus on in your day. If you prefer to wear something that is more feminine or dramatic and dress up – go for it. Likewise, if your style is more relaxed and casual, don’t apologise for it.”

I am happiest…

“When I’m giggling with my boys. You know those contagious chuckles that turn into deep belly laughs, rolling around on the floor almost crying (or peeing your pants). Laughter really is the best medicine. Luckily in our house that happens quite often as our children are hilarious (they get it from me).”


When life presents challenges

“I jump into action! I create a plan of attack and focus on a solution. However, I’ve learnt that it’s not always the best way to face a challenge, as sometimes there is no solution, just acceptance. Maybe that’s the challenge.”

Photography: Martin Ollman

This article originally appeared as part of our Wise Women article in Magazine for Autumn 2017, which hits stockists next week. Find out more about Magazine here


Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald has been writing about Canberra and its people for more than 20 years, winning numerous awards for her journalism - including a Walkley or two - along the way. Canberra born and bred, she’s fiercely loyal to the city, tribally inner-north, and relieved the rest of the country is finally recognising Canberra’s cool and creative credentials. More about the Author