While we love a good eighties reference as much as the next person, for today's Accessory Report: Clogs we looked to an earlier decade for our footwear inspiration. Thanks to the season's revival of seventies signatures¬--think maxi dresses, fringe bags, and ethnic prints¬--it was only a matter of time before our favorite fashion houses produced their own take on the iconic wooden shoe. Now we know you might be hesitant about this surprising shoe comeback, but we promise it's the perfect way to give height to your warm-weather ensembles. Just look to ladies like Rachel Bilson and Sarah Jessica Parker for inspiration on what summer staples to wear with these must-try shoes!
By now you've no doubt seen the bevy of eye-catching designer clogs like Chanel's fanciful collection adorned with floral appliqu√©s and lace details, Louis Vuitton's suede, peg-heeled version with tassels, and Miu Miu's youthful cat-and-bird print iterations. Daily readers also know we discussed Alexa Chung's go-to iteration and some of the best in-stock options in our Go Buy Now: Clogs story earlier this spring. But while we've shared our favorite styles and have discussed the ways the high-fashion versions were worn (primarily with fancier, feminine ensembles), now we have some real-world examples for your viewing pleasure. Even better, as our celebrity quartet shows, the best way to translate this trend is also the easiest: simply mix them with your everyday staples and you're set!
Overall, the styling note to take is pretty straightforward: when wearing clogs, opt for abbreviated jeans and chinos worn with a slight cuff, as this will allow your shoes to shine. In terms of the combo you create, why not look to Rachel Bilson for sartorial advice and pick up a candy apple red pair? The actress was spotted strolling in Hollywood a couple of months ago wearing her vintage clogs with AG Adriano Goldschmied's Ex Boyfriend Crop Jeans ($225) in 17 Years Damaged and a rouge 3.1 Phillip Lim Page Handbag ($695). Back on the East Coast, Chloe Sevigny also opted for rolled jeans¬--albeit a skinnier style¬--but she accessorized her black Chanel Clogs ($895, 800.550.0005) with a pair of white socks.
Spring's many chino options also look darling with our footwear du jour, as Ginnifer Goodwin and Sarah Jessica Parker so amply demonstrate. At a Sex and the City 2 press junket earlier this month, recent Style Spotlight-star SJP mixed her Current/Elliott The Captain Trousers ($162) with a pair of nude Gerard Darel Leather Studded Clogs ($280) and Halston Heritage's Tie Dye Sac Bag ($195). (FYI: her exact bag is sold out, so check out the Canvas Sac Bag ($175) in green or black for a similar solid style.) Of course, you don't have to limit yourself to leather-only options, which Ginnifer Goodwin stylishly demonstrated recently while shooting her new movie, Something Borrowed. You can always try to wrangle a custom-made pair of vegan No. 6 clogs like hers, while carnivores can also get the look via their nubuck Open Toe Weave Clogs ($230). Just be sure to wear them with some relaxed cotton pieces, like Boy by Band of Outsiders Pleated Flood Pants ($380) and Helmut Lang's Flecked Linen Jacket ($380), to mimic Goodwin's on-set style.
According to our assembly of style stars, there is a clog for everyone. If you're after a chunkier Chanel-inspired iteration, definitely check out Jeffrey Campbell's Charli Platform Clogs ($148) in black or natural. It's such a cute style and looks very similar to Karl Lagerfeld's pricier footwear! (To further channel the runway, try either color with a charming pair of sheer tights, like the Large Scale Floral Tights ($14) by Urban Outfitters.) For a splash of color √† la Bilson, we suggest Swedish Hasbeens' Clogs ($250) in red, but be sure to pair them with your favorite broken-in boyfriend jeans to achieve a similarly darling off-duty outfit. To emulate Goodwin's peek-a-boo shoe moment, try Steven by Steve Madden's Barc Clogs ($111) in black or camel suede. The Barc has a more ladylike heel, but it still shares some of the earthiness of Goodwin's No. 6 pick and is a savvy alternative overall. Finally, for those of you who need the most sure-footed styles, we'd like to direct your attention to two last options. The first is a slingback platform shoe¬--specifically, Topshop's Prima Sling Clogs ($160)¬--that is just as enviable as the backless styles and can be perfectly matched with super-short shorts or a whimsical floral dress. The second is a sturdy option from style guru, DVF; von Furstenberg's Octavia Wooden Wedges ($295) are high, for sure, but they're also oh-so cool. ¬--Jessica Baker
Photos of Rachel Bilson and Ginnifer Goodwin, courtesy of PNC; Photos of Sarah Jessica Parker and Chloe Sevigny, courtesy of Splash