Dressing for Australian Winter 2014

17 Jul , 2014  

As the weather gets colder, the layers get thicker but that does not mean you need to sacrifice being fashionable to accommodate for seasonal changes. In fact, there is no better time than these cooler months to unleash the fashion goddess within.

What to wear underneath?

Winter is all about layering!  -Do not make the mistake of wearing a single thick item. Depending on the temperatures you may only need two… or you may need up to four layers! When constantly moving from out-door cold chills and indoor heated environments you need to be prepared for both warm, cold and in-between.

Layer 1: A simple Tee , singlet or light-weight long sleeved top  -breathable, thin cotton fabrics in white, black or grey are ideal.

Layer 2: Light-weight, tight fitted jumper

Layer 3: Loose-fitted sweater or vest

Patterned knit-wear, crochet pull-overs, and turtlenecks are great winter items that work well as either layer 2 or 3.


Over- sized Jackets: The chic oversized jacket can be grunge or high fashion and is bound to turn heads. Combine with a long frayed edge scarf, or flattering felt hat and heels of any kind to add height.

coatsBlazers: This versatile must-have item can act as both formal and casual and never goes out of season. – Ideal for warmer winters and office wear.

Coats:  Dress-coats, short-coats or trench-coats, the timeless combination of buttons and collars is another winter must-have.


winter beaniesWinter is a time for snug berets, scarves, gloves, boots, woolly knits and oversized jackets. If you like to use your hands and feel constricted by gloves, try fingerless gloves or fitted leather gloves which allow for more freedom and movement than their knitted counterparts.  If you aren’t one for stockings, leggings or tights, play with knee-high or thigh-high socks which always work well with some doc’s or ankle boots. Scarves come in light cotton, thick knitted and cool silk, and a variety of shapes, colours and patterns and are often an ideal way to finish off your winter look whilst keeping your neck protected from cold winds!  Remember those knee-high boots that have been sitting in your wardrobe all year long? Now is the time to flaunt them.

Makeup and Jewellery

winter makeup 2Create a winter wonderland looks with pearly nude lips, gentle silvery-grey or gold shimmery eye shadow with beige or white eyeliner, soft brows and fresh and dewy foundation.  This look can be casual or formal and goes with anything, particularly well with pearls, silver jewellery, and light coloured gem stones. For hair, gentle waves and messy buns or high pony tails won’t go wrong.winter makeup

For a more colourful look, try bold lips in shades of bright pink, red or purple paired with a simple cat eye, full lashes and articulated brows.  Complement this look with gold, chunky or statement jewellery, oxford heels and a classic button-up collared dress coat. Vintage up-dos, Betty fringes, bouncy curls or straight short bob-cuts are flattering hair do’s to further enhance this look.


For a sophisticated look pair sheer or opaque stockings with a classic tailored blazer to complement a snug turtleneck knitwear piece and pencil skirt or a simple neutral-toned dress that will never go out of season. Simple pumps and elegant jewellery with minimal makeup work well to enhance the air of sophistication.

For a more casual look incorporate a frayed denim jacket or vest over a high-neck long sleeved top, lace up shoes, fingerless bikie gloves, a low beanie and messy side braid with neutral lips and gentle brown smoky eyes.

Work a pop-art look with bright coloured tights, bold patterns and prints such as Andy Warhol and comic strip designs on geometric shaped garments. Complete the look with quirky shoes in the form of cute heels or classic converse sneakers with funky accessories, colourful makeup and nails and block coloured coats for an enigmatic fun vibe.

colourful leggings


Bohemian Fashion: The Expression of a Free Spirit.

15 Jul , 2014  

Bohemian fashion: the expression of a free spirit. With gypsy roots, a hippy feel and an alternative avant-garde, almost rebel style. The non-conformists of society, the dreamers and lovers of art, the free spirited individuals who immerse themselves in music, poetry, words, paint, song, nature, life…Liberal, creative and exceeding the boundaries of mundane existence. Boho fashion allows you to explore your art-curious side, express your carefree nature and whimsical thoughts rather than being bound by the ever-changing demands of fashion.

boho kimono

Make your energy felt through a magical collection featuring flowing, caressing materials that resemble gentle, sensual, amorphous waves and crochet garments -a timeless style of intertwining material symbolising connectivity between elements.. Complete the look and go further with embellishments: light and dainty flowers and feathers, wild wrap-arounds, cool and sleek metals, both rough and smooth stones, musically murky yet clear crystals, string, wood, bone, denim, cotton, leather and quirky trinkets…Close to earth, yet out of this world.

The Freedom State is just this, a metaphorical space that breathes life into the materials you adorn your physical self with and attend to your free nature with, by capturing the smell of grass, fallen leaves and sunshine; the touch of a gentle breeze, the flow of trickling water, the lightness of a feather and the magic of the earth in your clothes and accessories. Don’t hide behind your closet. Be with it. Express yourself. Comfort and fashion actually can go hand in hand, just as the mind and body are connected by your free spirit.

Boho Clothing Style

Boho is not about fitting the ephemeral current trends or being a slave to fashion; it is more than viewing clothes and accessories as mere materials, as items you simply ‘wear.’  It is about discovering your free nature and transforming your closet into a place of art, consisting of unique pieces to express your creativity and individuality by taking snippets of history, living in the moment and evolving with time through an amaranthine style that answers the call of your soul. If this is you, a girl with sensitivities to the world around her, a passion for being, living, transcending and creating…A girl who wants to express herself through a fashion that allows her to be unique, expressive and look amazing whilst feeling like you’re walking on a cloud…then The Freedom State is the place to be.  Whether you want to go urban-grunge, gothic-fairy or country-pixie, The Freedom State has boho clothing that will cater for your unique free spirit needs.

If boho is new to you, and you don’t know how to ‘get the look,’then do not fear, there is no right or wrong. Stepping into the unknown can ignite both excitement and trepidation simultaneously. Play, create and explore with colours -be bold, be adventurous, do not be afraid. If you want pale lips like pearls, go with a gentle creamy nude colour paired with a shimmery dust, or if you want the opposite…try dark cherry lips, maybe even a bubble gum blue! Face the world bare-faced, or with shimmery eyes, or smokey eyes, or eyes the colour of peacock feathers. The boho look is not just one style or one look, it is everything you want it to be…Go barefoot, wear wrap-around leather sandals, or steal-capped boots if you prefer! Cover your fingers in chunky rings with cuts of crystals and stones; wrap daisy chains, feathers and leaves in your hair -be it aperch a fluffy nest of unbrushed hair, or plaited into messy braids. Don crotched dresses, soft cottony shawls, ripped denim overalls, felt hats and all …explore patterns and textures -explore your free spirit. The Freedom State is not just an online shop, it’s a place of inspiration, DIY tips, gorgeous photos, people, music, art, happenings and events. Check out their blog for the latest bohemian clothing trends.