Our Style Goals for 2018


  The start of a new year presents the perfect opportunity to reflect upon personal style. We asked a few members of team Leiden to share their wardrobe goals for the New Year.   Emma My goals for the year ahead are 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… 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

Personal Style File – Simone Devine


  Name: Simone Devine Age: 28 What I Do: Jewellery and homewares designer (@simonedevinejewelry) and online content creator.   Describe your Personal Style I’ve always seen it as a playful interpretation of classic. Subtly has never really been my thing. I’m drawn to pieces that are a delicate combination of fun, eclectic and elegant. My style is very emotionally driven. Ultimately I want to feel really excited to wear my chosen outfit.   What pieces are on high rotation in your wardrobe? This year I bought a bright orange Vivetta coat which is so oversized you could practically live in… Continue Reading

What Everyone Was Wearing to FASHFEST Show 1


  As previously discussed in our guide to event dressing ie. not giving a fuck what anybody else thinks, part of the fun of attending a fashion event is appreciating what everyone else is wearing. Unfortunately the mood lighting was a little dark to do too much appreciating but we did manage to see some fabulous people wearing some fabulous things.     To see what happened on the runway catch up on our runway reports for Show 1 and Show 2.   Team Leiden on the night consisted of Emma Batchelor, Jenna Maurer, Hannah Wallace, Jesse Petrie and Johanna… Continue Reading

Personal Style File – Nina Gbor


  Name: Nina Gbor What I do: Eco Stylist (Personal stylist with a focus on sustainability)   Describe your Personal Style My personal style is an eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary pieces that I style in dramatic, feminine, edgy and creative looks. I like bright, bold colours and unusual pieces that are not on-trend. I wear a lot of full circle vintage dresses from the 40s and 50s for instance. Everything I wear is a reflection of how I’m feeling or something to make me happy.   What pieces are on high rotation in your wardrobe? Usually dresses that… Continue Reading

Personal Style File – Bree Winchester


  Name: Bree Winchester Age: 39 What I do: I head up the Canberra Life team at The Canberra Times   Describe your Personal Style Fun, quirky, vintage meets pop culture. Also – YOLO!   What pieces are on high rotation in your wardrobe? My black tutu, leopard print tights, gold shimmer Converse high-tops, denim jacket and pink doughnut earrings.   What are you favourite labels, who are your favourite designers? 17 Sundays, Society Plus, Asos Plus and City Chic are my go-to labels. Vicky Kidd-Gallichan from Rockstars and Royalty is inspirational (she’s making my big fat gypsy dress for… Continue Reading