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

An Ode to Dressing Gowns


  For someone who loves getting dressed so much the one item of clothing I actually spend the most amount of time in is a dressing gown. I have six different gowns: two fluffy ones for winter, three silk ones for summer and one light wool one for in between weather. As soon as I get out of bed I slip into one of my robes, which one depends on the weather of course, and go about the business of getting ready for the day, having breakfast, doing my makeup, selecting an outfit. Then the moment I get home I… Continue Reading

Personal Style File – Nikki Hogan


  Name: Nikki Hogan Age: 44 What I do: Eco-clothing advocate, fashion student and op-shopper. Also Fundraising Coordinator for a national health charity.   Describe your Personal Style Classic, elegant with a rebellious, romantic streak.   What pieces are on high rotation in your wardrobe? Riders by Lee – denim jeans Sportscraft – cream trousers (thrifted) Luca & Marc – lyocell pants (thrifted) SportEight – vintage blazer (thrifted) Voltan 1898 – cream ballet flats with black edging Diana Ferrari – platinum laceup plimsoles Sandler – tan leather peep toe wedges (thrifted) Variety of tank tops by Caroline Morgan, Marcs, SheThing,… Continue Reading

Personal Style File – Ethically Kate


  Name: Kate Hall Age: 21 What I do: Ethical fashion writer, brand advocate, and entrepreneur   Describe your Personal Style My style is quirky and eclectic, with a side of class and simplicity. I know that describes pretty much every style, but it’s true that I dress differently depending on the day and mood. I’m excited by colour, and love being the only one in the room in a skirt with unicorns and elephants. Some days I go for classic looks, as I adore all things vintage. I think everyone must have quite different first impressions of me.  … Continue Reading

Leiden Podcast – Episode 8: Couture Week, Miroslava Duma & Personal Style


  This is Leiden Podcast a fortnightly podcast discussing all our favourite things: fashion, beauty, health and fitness. But we don’t stop there, we also interview amazing people, talk about relationships, books, pop culture, money and sex. In our eighth episode, and second back for 2018, Leiden editor Emma Batchelor chats with contributor Jenna Maurer about all things fashion including couture week, the fall of Miroslava Dumas and personal style. Leiden Podcast and it’s catchy jingle are produced by the greatest guy around Roshan Fernandez. Our artwork features an illustration of the ‘Leiden girl’ by Johanna Dziadkiewicz.   Links Miroslava… 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

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