What I Learned From Taking Up Knitting


  When I was a child I had all the promising traits of possessing a gift for creativity: I was constantly churning out drawings of creatures of my own creation and stories about pixies, rabbits and talking cows. At some point, as I got older, my creative brain turned into a scientific one and by the age of eighteen any ounce of creativity had well and truly disappeared. Then, last winter when I was deeply ensconced in studying for my master’s degree and feeling particularly uncreative, I got the idea into my head that I wanted to learn how to… 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

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