How to Style – Five Ways with Coloured Stockings


I have recently been re-watching one of my favourite sitcoms of all time The Nanny.  Although I have seen it a zillion times I am just as in awe of Fran Fine’s style today as I was as a child. While my love for Fran and her clothes could take up a whole article of its own (don’t worry I’m working on it), our How-to Style segment this week is inspired by one particular aspect of her style: her ability to nail wearing coloured stockings.     Despite owning many pairs of coloured stockings myself, I have always still gravitated… Continue Reading

How to Style – A Statement Coat


At Leiden we don’t believe in buying something to wear once before leaving it to languish in your wardrobe, donating it to charity or (the horror) throwing it in the bin. We believe in being mindful about what you buy and making sure that your hard earned dollars are invested in pieces that you will wear again and again and again. Spend you money on good quality pieces that can last the distance; it’s better for your wallet and the environment. One item that I like to invest is outerwear. I spend a lot of money on good quality coats… Continue Reading

How to Style – Colour in Winter


Wearing black is all well and good but when the weather is cold and grey outside, sometimes you just need to wear some colour. Investing in cheery outerwear is the easiest way to inject some vibrancy into your winter wardrobe. Let a colourful coat make a statement when paired with neutrals, or how about dressing head to toe in colour? Or what about a mix of the two? Dressing in colour is fun and we have three suggestions for you.   Baby Blue   Coat: Asos Shirt: Miu Miu Trousers: Trenery Shoes: Kenzo Bag: Vintage Dior Why it works: Take… Continue Reading

How to Style – Clothes Swap Finds


So this article is not our usual how-to. It’s more a straight up celebration of styling second hand and vintage fashion. A few weeks ago we attended a Clothes Swap event. For the uninitiated, a clothes swap is all about combating textile waste. In Australia, we generate 6000 kilograms of clothing waste every 10 minutes (ABC TV). Only a comparatively small percentage of what we donate to charity shops gets sold, with the rest ending up in landfill. The idea behind a clothes swap event is to encourage people to bring pieces they no longer wear to swap for something… Continue Reading

How to Find Your Style Personality


  Last weekend I popped along to another workshop at the Canberra Centre, this time to uncover that elusive entity: my style personality. The workshop was lead by the very lovely and knowledgeable Fiona Keary from Style Liberation who, it turns out, is an expert in helping her clients discover their style personality. ‘The number one mistake people make is losing their style personality,’ she explained. ‘What you wear should give you confidence and set you up for the day and if you get your style personality right, you will feel amazing.’ So what is a style personality? It’s a way… Continue Reading

How to Style – A Dress Over Pants


You will have seen this trend doing the rounds on Instagram. Net-a-Porter has even devoted an entire edit to it.  It is of course wearing a dress over your jeans. Now you know what we say about trends, they aren’t for everyone, but if you are into interesting combo’s and artful layering you might like to give this a go. Flower Power Dress: H&M Pants: Sportsgirl Shoes: MR by an Repeller Bag: Gucci Why it Works: The magic of this look is that you don’t have to restrict yourself to just jeans; a dress can work well with any type… Continue Reading

How to Style – Gingham


Here at Leiden we don’t normally advocate for trends; we believe everyone should dress however they damn well please. Sometimes, however, a trend comes along that makes us want to jump on its bandwagon. This week we take a good hard look at gingham and monochrome dressing.   Fun and Flirty   Gingham Hero: Skirt from Country Road Top: H&M Shoes: Miu Miu Why it works: By keeping the colour palette simple, the gingham print takes centre stage. we balanced the flirty skirt length with a long sleeve shirt, but kept things fun with flouncy frill on the sleeve. Sexy… Continue Reading

How to Style – Three Ways with Statement Socks


The change of season can be a tricky time for getting dressed. If you aren’t yet ready to commit to stockings, a good way to get more wear out of your summer faves is working a sock and shoe combo. Bare legs, a statement sock to keep your feet that little bit warmer (although not that much warmer, we’ll admit it), and a matching shoe, can earn you bonus style cred. Be careful when choosing your sock length compared to the hemline of your dress, skirt or pants, as you don’t want to make your legs appear shorter than they… Continue Reading