Personal Style File – Nikki Hogan

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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, Ann Taylor, Sportsgirl, Perri Cutten (all thrifted)


What are your favourite labels, who are your favourite designers?

Labels I like because they are well constructed and/or fit my 153cm bod:

  • Sportscraft
  • Events
  • Witchery
  • Seduce
  • Cue (vintage)
  • Riders by Lee and AG Denim
  • Sass & Bide for their prints (although some pieces I’ve thrifted the cut hasn’t been quite right).


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Labels I admire because of their values and ethics (and beautiful clothes):

  • Boy & Girl Co.
  • Everlane
  • Etiko
  • KowTow
  • PurePod
  • Bangarra Designs
  • PeopleTree
  • Hunter
  • Veja
  • Mighty Good Undies


Favourite designers:

Love the classics…Coco Chanel, Dior, Vivienne Westwood..etc and ethical, sustainable and local designers including:

  • Stella McCartney
  • Kelli Donovan
  • Nessie Croft
  • Kuwaii


How do you approach dressing?

I love styling outfits and to promote slow and sustainable fashion I incorporate thrifted pieces into every outfit. Most days this works. Some days my whole outfit is thrifted, other days it might just be a scarf or a belt. I plan the day or night before taking the weather and any meetings into consideration. For special occasions I’ll plan for weeks!

I dress seasonally – I try to keep it simple in summer and love layering in winter. And I dress for comfort. If I am comfortable then I’m usually also feeling confident. I love textiles and am drawn to natural fibres. I love wearing silks and fabrics with a good drape.


What pieces do you never wear but hold onto “just in case”?

  • A Leona Edmiston loungewear sheer kimono
  • A John Rocha floor-length strapless black wool gown (have worn it but not for years).
  • A Studibaker pale pink sequined flapper dress (not yet worn)
  • An Atelier15 vintage black leather skirt (will wear it as soon as it fits!)



How do you approach shopping for clothes and accessories?

I’ve been an avid (aka obsessive) op-shopper for more than 25 years. I have also spent time and $ in ‘mainstream’ stores – particularly for office wear. However, since starting my fashion course in 2017 and comprehending the damage the fast fashion industry has and is having on our planet and the people who make our clothes, I’ve become much more conscious about what I buy and where it’s from.


Where are your favourite places to shop?

Any opshop. Friend’s wardrobes. Buy Nothing group on Facebook.


What is on your current shopping list?

  • GYPSY – Sea-Shepherd Swimwear one-piece (All fabric is made from recycled ♲ post-consumer material by Econyl. 15% of sales goes directly to Sea Shepherd to help them continue their valuable work saving our oceans around the world).
  • VEJA sneakers – French brand of ecological and fair-trade footwear and accessories.
  • Capri pants (making these myself)
  • Mighty Good Undies


What item do you dream of owning?

  • I wish I could own my mum’s wedding dress (a lace coat and train with bell sleeves worn over a floor length slip) but she gave it to my sister and I when we were kids for dress-ups and it wasn’t kept! Gah!
  • An ethically sourced diamond.



Who’s personal style do you most admire?

  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Livia Firth (founder of EcoAge)
  • Emma Watson
  • My grandmother – in her day one didn’t leave the house without a hat, gloves and matching bag and shoes.


Emma Batchelor

Emma Batchelor

As well as a near obsessive interest in fashion, Emma is a former scientist, occasional contemporary dancer, avid reader and self-confessed cat lady (she has three). Emma lived in Leiden in the Netherlands as a baby and Leiden ought to have been her middle name had her mother thought of it at the time and not chosen Louise instead.


  1. Just been in London and the recent show at the VandA fashioned from nature highlights everything covered in this edition of Leiden. We should all mend more buy less and buy quality not quantity. And yes upcycle!!!

    • I am just about to go and see this exhibition too! I am very excited to see it. And completely agree! Buy less and care more!

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