Going Dutch: Clogs
(Source unknown, via smashboxstudios)
So, apparently clogs are back in style. When Karl Lagerfeld incorporates them into his Spring 2010 collection for Chanel, you know clogs have come a long way. They certainly have come a long way from this:
(Source: Siebrand via Wikipedia)
Contrary to stereotype, clogs are not actually worn much in The Netherlands anymore. When I was about 10, I actually did wear a pair of clogs everywhere for a little while. I’d like to say I was ahead of the times, but, truthfully, it was a traditionally Dutch pair along the lines of the pair above although more colorful. It really should be filed under ‘what was I thinking?’ and probably never be mentioned again. However, it is interesting to me how there have been times in my life where I did something completely unusual and just did not care about strange looks from others.
Anyway, although clogs are generally associated with the Dutch, I think the current clog trend is based more on Swedish clogs (I think – despite my ancestry, I’m not an expert on clog history). However, I couldn’t resist thinking of this fashion trend as the idea that the world is now embracing Dutch style.
I think this is definitely one of those trends that a lot of people either love or hate. And to be honest, I think that even on Chanel models and covered in beautiful Chanel fabric, they look awkwardly chunky. I like chunky shoes, but awkward not so much. So, the only pair that I could find that I LOVE are a pair that look rather un-clog like and much like regular heels. They’re more like distant cousins of clogs showing their ancestry in the way they’re built.
I also sort of like these, I think they could be nice to give a bit of edge to a girly ensemble and I like it that they don’t seem so clunky as some other pairs I’ve seen.
And here’s the pair I really love with some of the things I’d pair it with in a fantasy life, where I could afford to spend $ 700 on a pair of shorts (not that this is one of my life dreams, but it’s how much the pair I picked out on Polyvore will set you back) and ride off into the sunset on a Liberty bike:
Alexander Wang Striped Tank with Side Panels, 70 GBP
Pleat Front Judo Shorts, $675
Pink Floral Tie Clog, 45 GBP
Alice In Wonderland Cheshire Cat Necklace – Multiview
Chic Vintage Ted Lapidus Paris Cream Gold Sunglasses, 98 GBP
This was my first time using Polyvore and I had fun with it! Playing around with summer clothes definitely put me in the mood for summer. I’m still wearing a light sweater today, but hopefully we can all put our sweaters away soon.