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Five minutes with Fiona Keary of Style Liberation

Beatrice Smith

Stylist Fiona Keary of Style Liberation has been on our radar for a long time now. 

From covering HerStory in 2014 to choosing her as one of our Wise Women for our HerCanberra Magazine last year, her effortless style, warm personality and willingness to teach others has made her an integral part of Canberra’s style scene.

Seeking a style guru as the leaves begin to fall and the layers come out? This weekend you’ll have the chance to get tips from the woman herself at Fiona’s Five-Step Style Masterclass at Canberra Centre. Designed to help transform your autumn/winter wardrobe, Fiona’s five-step transformation masterclass is all about creating a polished seasonal look. Ahead of the workshop, we chatted to Fiona about how we should approach transeasonal dressing.

Fiona Keary. Image: Martin Ollman.

What do you wish people knew about transeasonal dressing?

The aim is to wear most of our pieces year round and in order to achieve this, we need to add layers. I love adding opaques, boots and a cardigan to a dress to make it work harder or layering a summer tee or shirt under a blazer. Layers are also great as we’re often moving from one temperature environment to another and I hate to be cold.

What are three of your transeasonal staples for autumn/winter?

  • Jeans – as always
  • The Blazer – huge this season especially the double breasted
  • The Long Line Cardigan – wear it loose or belted

What are two of the must-have pieces for this winter?

I’m obsessed with the Karlie Cardigan at Saba. It’s one of their signature pieces and I take every client to try one on. It’s great for this time of year when you need an extra layer without having to wear a heavy coat or jacket. Plus it’s great for cooler office environments. It’s one of those pieces that easily transition from casual to work so extremely versatile.

I also love the Ponte Pants at Sportscraft. Again a staple piece that comes in black, navy and charcoal. They are super comfortable and look sharp. Wear them with ankle boots and an oversized knit for the weekend or a blouse and heels for work.

What trends do you think we’ll see this autumn/winter?

AW18 is all about texture – velvet, suede, faux fur, leather, ponte and luxurious knits combine with three distinct colour palettes:

  • Warm autumnal tones (rust, olive, orange, burgundy)
  • Pastels (grey, dusty pink, light blue and mint green)
  • Deep rich tones (includes black, charcoal, forest green, navy, burgundy)

There will be a nod to the 70’s and 90’s seeing a return of wide leg pants, jeans and culottes as well as statement sleeves – bell, flared, ruffle detail or embellishment.

the essentials 

What: Canberra Centre Five-Step Style Masterclass with Fiona Keary of Style Liberation
When: Sunday 20 May from 11 am – 12 pm
Where: Canberra Centre
Booking: Click here

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Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author

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