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Fashion Challenge: Clogs


MK ClogsChanel 2010 spring rtw clogsWeardrobe Flat Clogs
Photo Credits 1, 2, and 3

As you guys all know by now, clogs are a huge trend for 2010. And if worn right, I think the look can be very appealing. Chanel’s Spring ready-to-wear collection featured clogs, and since then, it’s been a clog frenzy. Celebrities are all over them: Mary Kate was sporting hers months before the Chanel show, (I guess that’s one of the perks of being a famous fashionista), and, of course, bloggers are spreading the trend and styling the shoe in their own way.

That’s why clogs are this week’s fashion challenge. Though they might seem tough to wear at first, a clog is something that anyone can wear, no matter what your body shape or size, and still make a statement. (I hear you guys in the comments!) Can’t wait to slip into your own pair?

Tips and Tricks:

  • Heels, heels, heels! The most flattering way to pull off this look is to wear clogs with a bit of a heel: they are the most popular look for spring and are leg-lengthening when worn with dresses.
  • However, if you want to try flat clogs like the ones in picture #3 above, make sure the rest of your outfit is trendy and fresh. Flat clogs have a tendency to look outdated (I’m thinking American Eagle circa 1999), so pair them with something newer-looking, like the panama hat in the picture.
  • The 70’s are making their comeback in a big way, and what better way to ease into the trend than with a platform clog? Try pairing yours with some groovy wide-leg pants to get the full effect:

70's clog
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  • I prefer the look with bare legs or wide leg pants, but feel free to experiment with skinny jeans or tights as well. Oh, and even though Piperlime, for example, likes to place Crocs in the “clogs” category, please do not get confused: Crocs are not clogs, and are always a don’t!

Get The Look:

Classic clog look

Product Information: Clogs – Aldo, Floral scarf – Accessorize, Readers – Urban Outfitters, White dress – Arden B., Trench coat – Old Navy

70's clog look

Product Information: Clogs – Lori’s shoes, Bangles – Alloy, Floppy hat – Fossil for similar, Printed tank – ModCloth, Tribal necklace – Forever 21, Flared jeans – Kohls

As you can see from the example outfits, clogs work well with many different styles, from classic with a trench to retro with ripped denim.  Clogs are a great way to add something new to your wardrobe because they work for everyone, and they are a bit easier to style than a more substantial clothing item like pants or a dress.

So, what do you think?

Are you up to the fashion challenge? Will you be trying clogs out? How would you style them? And, as always, I’m open to suggestions for next week’s Fashion Challenge – what would you like to see? I’d love to hear from you!

Posted on on March 17, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , ,

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36 Responses to “Fashion Challenge: Clogs”

  1. 1
    March 17th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    clogs are not my cup of tea but i would love to see how you ladies handle this chanenge.

  2. 2
    March 17th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I’ll pass on this trend either. I see more and more flared leg jeans here and there, do you guys predict they will take over soon? Skiennies were there for so long that this is about to happen somewhere in the future, but I hope it won’t be like, this fall or so, since it requires reinventing the whole wardrobe. And flared jeans aren’t the best choice for rainy/snowy weather…

  3. 3
    March 17th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Hmmm… Not for me either, but you’ve done a good job making them look better than I could ever imagine by hearing ”clogs” and ”fashion”!

    Milana from FashionStyleAdvice

  4. 4
    March 17th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I’ll admit, the first outfit is sort of cute… but I’m sticking with Blair Waldorf on this one: Love has gone the way of the clog – silly and outdated.

  5. 5
    March 17th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! I thought this died a long time ago.
    I like the fits though.

  6. 6
    March 17th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Agreed. Just because it’s a trend doesn’t mean I am going to wear it. I like the outfits, but I think you can get the same look in the last one wearing boots or booties of a similar style rather than clogs.

  7. 7
    March 17th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Are you kidding me?! Clogs should be worn where nobody can see them. Or not! Why try hard to make clogs look sexy if you van wear sexy shoes?

  8. 8
    March 17th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    I actually think that this clogs are really pretty… compared to typical swedish clogs ….. and the outfits are awesome.

  9. 9
    March 17th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I think they’re cute, and most people can pull them off with flared pants for a retro vibe. They’re much more difficult to pull off with a dress, but I think just the right clog and a flattering hemline can do the trick.

    I don’t like the birkenstock-style flat suede clog unless hidden underneath wide leg jeans. And only if you’re having an un-fashion day. Personally I do love these shoes for pure comfort and earthy subdued vibe, but they kind of go in the same category as uggs.

  10. 10
    March 17th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I love love love love the outfits you choose , except for the clogs – to me they are really tacky, weird shoes, and this is a trend that will last less than a season and everyone will be sick of it. However, beautiful outfit choices!

  11. 11
    March 17th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    not for me!

  12. 12
    March 17th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    To me the clog is just moving backwards in footwear… the whole point is to have a long leg line and look tall and feminine, and the clog defeats all of these. It’s a strange look, and I just feel that it’s really not worth the money. Plus the name sounds gross.

  13. 13
    March 17th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I have to say I’m not really a fan of clogs, although I can see why some people would like them. Here in Bulgaria they aren’t as popular and maybe people wouldn’t appreciate them as much. I liked the outfits, though, had some boho thing going on :)

  14. 14
    March 17th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I think they are unflattering for the legs. Not for the average girl i dont think!

  15. 15
    March 17th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    The Aldo clogs you featured are not bad looking, since they look like wedge booties without a covered heel….but this trend is definitely not for me either.

  16. 16
    March 17th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Really? Clogs?

  17. 17
    March 17th, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Clogs remind me of when I was young, because I had a pair that I wore around my grandmothers house all the time.
    I don’t think I’d be able to (or want to) try and pull this look off.
    It’s sandal season, so I’ll just stick to sandals and hope this “trend” is gone by the time sandal season is over! lol

  18. 18
    March 17th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Of all of the lovely and wonderful things that one can put on their feet, major and otherwise brilliant designers came up with CLOGS? Clunky, chunky, clop-clop-clopping, clumsy, crazy cat lady CLOGS? This is a very helpful article for those who’ll be participating. However, I’ll be passing on this trend. It might seem harsh, but I’m disappointed as far as trends go. The good news: you can opt out of the ones you don’t like.

  19. 19
    March 17th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Nooo! I used to own clogs when I was younger and I would never think about wearing them again.

  20. 20
    March 18th, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Clogs? Yea, no lol. I agree w/ comment 6 (Melissa) exactly on the fact that you can get the under jeans look of clogs with current boots and booties out already without having to spend extra money on something as ridiculous as clogs. Also, in addition to the fact that there are way better substitutes for the last look (which in my opinion is the best if I had to choose 1, I think the outfit is very put together and cute…good job) clogs are ridiculously uncomfortable half the time and hard to find fashionable yet comfortable ones without paying so much money because a lot have wooden heals. I would rather spend the money on a good pair of english riding boots right now or tan boots w. lots of buckles on them since they are probably going on sale due to Spring arriving finally.

    And seriously, clogs with bare legs has got to be almost as bad as seeing crocs with bare legs. I totally agree with that one site putting the clogs with the crocs, exactly where they deserve to be! lol

  21. 21
    March 18th, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Clogs: Like wedges, only uglier.

  22. 22
    March 18th, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Clogs = Clunky.

  23. 23
    March 18th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    clogs (besides being unattractive) make your feet sweat. Gross and no thank you.

  24. 24
    March 18th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    looks good with the outfits u did but i dnt like clogs

  25. 25
    March 18th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    The only reason I can find to wear clogs instead of booties with the last outfit is when it’s hot. Still, I would choose wedges or any other kind of platform sandals, because clogs still cover too much feet for the very hot weather. Considering any pair of shoes, I wear them because they are comfy, pretty or do wonders for my legs and/or the outfit (preferably all four at a time). Clogs are none of those.

  26. 26
    March 21st, 2010 at 11:09 am

    haha! wow! I had no idea how passionate you guys were about clogs!

    If not Swedish/Dutch footwear, what would you like to see in a fashion challenge? I’d love your ideas.

  27. 27
    March 21st, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I don’t mind flat clogs (like the ones at AE). I wear them all the time with jeans in the winter…but as far as heeled clogs go, NO WAY! Not sexy at all.

  28. 28
    June 10th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    guys , do you have the habit to buy the clothes through the internet ?

    we are a team from China , and we sales the clothes on internet . if you want to buy the clothes cheap and beautiful . come to our website to have a look .

    I am sure you will find your style !

  29. 29
    August 24th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Clogs are for gardening. ‘Nuff said.

  30. 30
    August 28th, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Just bought some tan high heeled platform studded clogs and wear with skinny jeans etc had loads of complements………….

  31. 31
    September 10th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    i laugh reading all the comments cuz i actually like the clogs. love them especially the heels, not so much the flats or wedges, but love the heels. they do make legs look gr8 especially w flare jeans, it’s my fav look.

  32. 32
    October 13th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    i used to hate them, found them very ugly but now i realized how I was wrong..
    everyone is wearing them now (here in brazil) just bought some =) i dont really care what others think, as long as I like the way they look on me.

  33. 33
    December 21st, 2010 at 5:40 am

    At first I was hesitant (just like any other trend), now I’m in LOVE ! =))
    They are sooooooo comfortable and have become one of my clubbing shoes cause I can practically run around the city and dance all night in them (without doing the walk of shame and taking them off).
    Can’t wait for autumn/winter I want to try them with socks LOL ..yes the thought scares me but I wanna see if I can pull it off…
    I think they will look best with a pair of skinny jeans instead of the flares as chunky shoes on leggings or skinny jeans look more trendy (just my opinion). Also, with simple, short, summer dresses that are flowy…the clogs give it an edgy look..

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