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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.

Kors clogs are in the lower left. This picture is from a post I did on wardrobe basics in 2008.

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.

Photo by gorgeous blogger Tina. Click my giant foot to see her blog.

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?

On Elizabeth Street. Photo by Tina.

T-shirt: American Apparel
Jeans: Acne Jeans Generic Girl (2008 or 2009)
Shoes: Miu Miu (2010)
Wendy Brandes Queen of Scots necklace

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.

You might be able to make out Tina's reflection in the lens.

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.

Stuart Weitzman clogs at Neiman Marcus. Click to shop.

UPDATED TO ADD: More bloggers are sending their double-denim links my way:

Anyone else?

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66 Responses to “Outfit Post: All Clogged Up”

  1. ThatGirl39 says:

    OK.. so that’s another pair of shoes I’m officially in love with! I adore those daisy print clogs!

  2. Margaret says:

    I possibly died when I saw those clogs on your feet :O :O
    loving the blog – great posts
    stop by some time!

  3. Lexie says:

    I love your new shoes! And I am totes subscribing to your gift card theory.

  4. Ashley says:

    Thank you so much for the shoutout! I really appreciate it 🙂 And I *love* your Miu Miu clogs, they are absolutely gorgeous!! Those denim ones, I’m not too sure about… lol!

  5. Iron Chic says:

    Did I mention I am warming up to rompers? Something I said I would NEVER wear.
    I’m going to try one this summer…just dipping my toes in.

  6. savvy gal says:

    I adore clogs now too.

  7. Sally says:

    My heart skipped a beat when I saw that flower print. DAMN those are cute!

  8. drollgirl says:

    girlie, you are fearless!

    and you are so right. many, many MANY times i hate things in life (fashion, tv shows, music), and eventually i come to love it. i am usually late to the party, but i get there….LATE! 🙂

    hope you have a fab weekend!

    p.s. i LOVE those sunglasses!

  9. enc says:

    I love those daisy shoes. 🙂 They’re just the right dose of whimsy with all that black.

  10. Sister Wolf says:

    I would LOVE to blow your mind. IS there another way to do it??

  11. indigo says:

    i know. I was all, clogs? no way?. I wear my mom’s highly practical highly heinous clogs to take out the trash.But in these past monthes I’ve been converted to the pro clog stance. (though onl the wooden high heeled variety, my mothers are still take-out-the-trash clogs.

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  13. Jessica says:

    Those hot, hot clogs (never thought I’d use “hot” and “clog” together!) make all outfits exciting! Lovely choice – enjoy them!

  14. Well with those clogs you don’t need to worry about the rest of the outfit – they say it all! 🙂 I LOVE THEM. Kudos to you for recognizing a good thing and not compromising with your gift card!

  15. Aggie says:

    Yay for Miu Miu’s daisy print!

    I totally agree about using gift cards for out-of-the-ordinary purchases. It’s like a discount for you to try new things!