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

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