Almost Everything I Wore This Month


All the way back in January I started taking a mirror selfie every day to document my outfits. I wanted to hold myself accountable to my new years style resolutions and to also chart the way I was making use of my wardrobe. For the most part I have kept this up throughout the year, missing a day here and there. Largely due to laziness I haven’t shared the images here until today when, as I yet again reached for an orange funnel necked top, I felt an urge to go back and look at how many times I had… Continue Reading

How to Style – 3 Ways with Ankle Straps


  As it’s name suggests, the ankle strap is just like a bracelet but for your feet. Attico, an Italian label founded by street style stars and designers Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio is responsible for making them popular. While fun in theory, ankle straps are unsurprisingly difficult to style largely due to their knack for making your legs appear much shorter than they in fact are. So unless you are blessed with lovely lean legs, you, like me, need to work a little bit harder to make the ankle strap work. I have found that the straps work best with a… Continue Reading

Style Diary: 30 Days of Mirror Selfies


At the beginning of the year I set a number of style goals for myself. These were to: Buy less and make better use of what I already have. Buy better quality, investment pieces and avoid fast fashion. Shop as ethically as possible. Be bolder in my styling and to have as much fun with my clothes as possible. Actually make use of all my accessories and jewellery. Experiment more with my makeup. Go to the hairdresser more often. Make more effort to style my hair. Paint my nails every week.   In order to keep myself accountable to my… Continue Reading

How to Style – New Years Eve


I have always felt that New Years Eve is over-hyped and over-rated. When I was younger there was always so much anticipation surrounding this ‘mythical’ evening. What would we wear? Where would we go? What would we drink? Who might we kiss? No matter how rigorously we planned each and every year our evening of debauchery never lived up to our exceptions. Even when left to chance, we still ended up having had a mediocre evening and a hangover to boot. As I got older I realised I didn’t need to go out to have what is generally deemed an… Continue Reading

How to Style – 5 Festive Outfits


At Leiden we love dressing to theme and there is nothing that floats our boat quite like festive dressing. Rather than reaching for your tried and trusted Christmas t-shirt or jumper (although these are both very good options), we suggest you rifle through your closet and see what else you can find in a Christmas colour palette and have a play. After such a rifle in my own wardrobe, I present to you a few festive options. My modus operendi was to make use of anything red, green and metallic.   A Subtle Nod to The Season Top: Vintage Chanel… Continue Reading

How To Style – 5 Ways with a Bum Bag


I have recently become enamoured with the bumbag, much to my de-facto husband’s disgust. I should say re-enamoured because as a child of the 90s, I’m almost certain I had, and loved, one back in the day. I can pinpoint the key moments that put the bag most commonly associated with sock and sandle wearing tourists back on my sartorial radar; the Gucci AW17 collection, the associated Gucci campaign, and a re-watch of one of my all-time favourite TV shows The Nanny. Grandma Yetta, whose fanny pack is permanently strapped to her waist, is one of my style icons. After… Continue Reading

How to Style – Your Coat in a Weird and Wonderful Way


You know we believe in experimentation, particularity when it regards getting dressed, so this week we decided to get playful with that old winter staple: the trench coat. Naturally it was an Instagram post that sparked our desire to experiment (is there any other form of inspiration these days?), but as life isn’t Instagram, we wanted to see if we could pull this look off #irl. The image that piqued our interest was a campaign shot for the upcoming Melbourne Fashion Week where a bul clothing trench coat and a P.A.M jacket were styled with only one sleeve on, á… Continue Reading

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