Blog, Wardrobe

How not to pack: Excess baggage alert!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 /


Example of a Capsule Wardrobe



I must admit, in the past, I was ‘that person’. You know the one? Struggling to haul their suitcase off the baggage carousel, a smidge mortified by the bright orange “Very Heavy” tag swinging from the handle. I stared in awe and wonder at those people jetting off with just a small carry-on bag. “They either have a full wardrobe waiting for them at their destination or they’re nudists,” I would think to myself. How could they possibly have everything they need in such a small bag?

I was under the illusion that more garments meant more options. It wasn’t until I went through my ‘Style Liberation’ that I learnt I could have just as much choice in a small carry-on bag as I did in 20-something kilos of ill-thought out, mish-mashed jumble of items. And those choices are far less stressful!

Fast-forward 10 years and now it’s me, rather smugly I might add, walking straight into the airport and onto the plane, with just my wee wheelie bag. Why? Because I know my Style Personality, colour palette and body shape. This means, every thing I own and buy mixes and matches in terms of style, shape and colour – the cornerstone of the perfect capsule wardrobe.

What is a capsule wardrobe? It’s a combination of 12 or so versatile items that mix and match perfectly, giving you endless possibilities at home or away. The capsule wardrobe shown here, 20 items, including shoes and accessories, will provide the wearer with endless outfit options, taking the wearer from day to night, formal to casual.

Capsule Wardrobe Presentation November 2016 (3)

Style Liberation will be hosting Capsule Wardrobe Workshops in Brisbane and Canberra on Friday 3 March from 6pm. To book click here, or call Fiona at Style Liberation Canberra (0422 633 659) or Kristi in Brisbane (0420 989 500).

In the meantime download your free copy of 35+ Where to Shop. It’s a free guide, that classifies over 80 retailers by style personality, colour palette, body shape and dress code. We’ll find the perfect stores for you. Download it here.

Blog, Retail Therapy

Ms M’s Shopping Bag

Saturday, January 21, 2017 /

Ms M's Shopping Bag


I had the pleasure of shopping with Ms M a couple of weeks ago. The brief was to find some base pieces that could mix and match. Some for work and some for play. As she already had a number of tops that she loved, we focussed on those tricky items – pants!

The essentials:

Style Personality: Natural/Classic/Elegant

Colour palette: Warm & Muted

Body Shape: Rectangle

Size: 12-14

Our favourite purchase were the culottes from Saba. They were an unexpected win! They drape beautifully and are perfect with a semi fitted top (try cream or blush) and the block heels (also Saba). Next on the list would be the David Lawrence jacket. For those ladies who find it hard to find a jacket that is flattering for your bust – this one is for you. It’s streamlined and buttons beautifully under the bust and creates a gorgeous hourglass silhouette. Not many left, so get in quick.

Need some more shopping inspiration? Find shopping tricky? We’ve got the guide for you! 
Download your free copy of 35+ Where to Shop. It’s a free guide, that classifies over 80 retailers by style personality, colour palette, body shape and dress code. We’ll find the perfect stores for you. Download it here. 

Blog, Colour

Dark or light: Which depth of colour is right for you?

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 /


It’s one thing to know what colours suit us, but it’s equally important to know how light or dark these colours should be. The depth of the colours you wear could be the deciding factor in whether you wear the colours or the colours wear you!

In a Style Liberation Colour Analysis session, we’ll establish your ideal depth of colour and how to mix these for their best effect. The general rule is the deeper your hair, skin or eyes – deeper colours will be better for you. The lighter your hair, skin or eyes – lighter colours will be better for you. It’s not always as simple as that and the best depth for you will be based on a combination of factors and what contrast level is best for you (more on that later). Test it out. You may find some lighter colours wash you out. If so, you probably need to wear medium to deep colours. If you feel deep colours are too heavy for you, then you should wear light to medium colours.

If you’d like to know your ideal colour depth, book a spot at one of our upcoming group sessions in Canberra (27th November 2016) or Brisbane (13th November 2016). Don’t miss out, these are the last Group Sessions for the year. Or book an individual Style Liberation Colour Analysis session. Go on! It will be fun. We promise!

Blog, Image, Style

Size doesn’t matter

Sunday, October 30, 2016 /

That’s right – creating balance and proportion matters so much more than a number on a clothing label (they’re so infuriatingly inconsistent anyway!). Looking great doesn’t depend on your size, it’s what you do with it.

The first step to creating balance and proportion is to understand our body shape and our natural proportions. From there you can work out where you’d like to add width (yes you read that correctly) and where to keep things streamlined. It’s all about tricking the eye.

Here are the four most common body shapes for women. Which one best reflects your shape? Click on the pictures/links below to get more details on each body shape and suggestions on what to wear to create balance and proportion.

triangle-female rectangle-female inverted-triangle hourglass-female

Still unsure or would you like more detail on how to dress for your body shape, style personality and lifestyle? Then join us for one of our upcoming Group Style Sessions in Canberra or Brisbane. We also run individual sessions if you’d rather do it in the comfort of your own home and let us have a sneak peak in your wardrobe.