Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I used to say, “Never say never” when it comes to fashion, but I’m taking it to the next level and declaring, “Never is the next new thing.” I’m convinced that the styles that are most hated at first — the ones that make people say, “Never!” — are the ones that are most loved once our eyes adjust, with past examples including leggings and various kinds of jeans: skinny, acid-washed, high-waisted, distressed and boyfriend.
The two big “never is the next new thing” looks are double denim, which I’ve already posted about, and clogs. I’ve loved clogs since middle school, especially ones that make loud, echoing, clopping noises in school hallways. I’ve had a pair of Michael Kors clogs that I believe are pre-2005. They might be the most comfortable shoes I have. My absurdly energetic friend Al once took me for a three-hour walk along the Thames in London while I was wearing those clogs … and I didn’t complain.
Still, the Kors clogs don’t have the classic wooden clog heel that clip-clop through my memories. They’re also pretty beat up. Not only have they been on a three-hour stroll in London, but they’ve suffered a broken heel in Stockholm. So I took a Bergdorf Goodman gift card (thank you, Abby and J-Cat!) that I’ve been saving for an important purchase and got myself these daisy-printed Miu Mius.
The clogs’ uppers are fabric, so I had a fleeting worry about whether they were practical. That confirmed it was a good purchase, because in 2008, after putting a pair of black shoes back on the shelf in order to try on beige, patent, peep-toe booties, I decided that gift cards should never be used on something I would have bought anyway. No “I urgently need a new pair of black pumps for work” purchases. Gift cards should be spent on items that would normally be too expensive, or not a good match with my wardrobe, or at risk for water damage on rainy days. WendyB has spoken.
I wore the new clogs to a party for Linda Derector vintage sunglasses at my friend Evan’s store Frock last week. As you can see, I really dressed up for the event. Hey, I warned you last week that my everyday outfits aren’t exciting. Are you sure you want to see this stuff?
That t-shirt might be four years old. I was sick of the style in 2008, but I’m too lazy to find something else.A I was also wearing a Moschino jacket that I got on eBay last year, but we didn’t take a picture of it because I was preoccupied with my new sunglasses. I had already gone a little crazy with the sunglasses at Frock in March, but Linda brought this pair especially for the party and I fell in love.
I’ve always been content to have one pair of sunglasses and wear them for a long time, so the fact that I’ve acquired an entire wardrobe of sunglasses in the past couple of weeks speaks volumes about Linda’s collection. If you’re in New York, you need to get to Frock before I buy it all before it’s all gone. Like I said in my previous post on Frock, a MAY-JAH designer has been buying for inspiration. This is your chance to beat him to next season’s trend.
Getting back to the double-denim trend I mentioned above, gorgeous bloggers Sher and Fashion Theorist are among the latest converts. Ashley added clogs to the mix. If you’ve done double denim, or head-to-toe denim, or whatever you want to call it, holla at me in the comments, so I can mention you in a post. And if you really want to blow my mind, combine two trends at once by getting this pair of denim clogs.
UPDATED TO ADD: More bloggers are sending their double-denim links my way: