How To Dress Like A Grown With Shane Watson: Let Clogs Put The Fun Back Into Your Fashion
The thing about fashion that people sometimes forget (by “people” I mean women with daughters old enough to pay their own rent) is that it’s supposed to be fun.
That’s how it all started when we saved up our pocket money to buy that first wonder – look at your leggings and know you’re a brilliant woman in a world of possibilities! – and then, over time, it got more serious.
Slowly you turn away from fun things on the grounds that sensible things are infinitely more practical. You learn that the orange velvet coat, striped lurex top, and star-embroidered pants might do you good, but those aren’t the kinds of clothes that GWE (Go With Everything), gives you VPW (Value Per Wear) and are EDU (Easily Dress Up).
By the time you hit 45, your wardrobe is 80% useful. By the time you hit 55, it’s 90% wearable in most situations – suitable for going through life looking reasonably well and pulled together, but delicious? Not really.
Marion Cotillard pictured at the Cannes Film Festival wearing white clogs paired with a floral dress and statement sunglasses
I understand that we all end up going the safe route more often because we have a limited budget, we have jobs, and we have to dress sensibly.
But… what if we were to go for the fun factor, spark of joy, whatever you want to call it with 20% of our look? What if we admit we don’t want a lot of seldom-wearable clothes, but we want the rush of something we wear that you get when you hear the first few bars of a favorite dance tune?
Which brings me neatly to clogs. The smileiest, youngest and happiest shoes on the planet. (Platforms are good too, but you can’t wear them in almost every situation, unlike the new clogs).
Because, as you may have guessed, clogs got a makeover in 2022 and became the shoes you can wear around the house or to a party, depending on where they are on the scale. chic clogs. Best of all, they’re chic in a fun way, which is exactly what we’re after.
Clogs seen on the catwalk for Salvatore Ferragamo – a pair of beige clogs with a gold buckle worn with a black dress
Lady Amelia Windsor wears baby pink clogs in London, paired with a white maxi dress and olive green handbag
You may already own a pair of clogs. If not, can I point you towards Lotta’s classic in brown oiled nubuck (£44.50, lottafromstockholm.co.uk) and don’t worry if they feel stiff on first wear – they’ll soften. But the pair that will make the difference for your mood and your look will have more punch.
The clogs I covet are black with a horsebit buckle and shiny silver studs, by Penelope Chilvers (£159, irisfashion.co.uk). These have the uplifting power of a great pair of designer sunglasses – they look stylish, cool, current and at the same time eccentric – and will go well with ankle-length jeans, a midi dress with dark print or custom printed cropped pants.
Polished buckles and studs are what give clogs their new status as the smartest, smartest casual shoes. For something in the same vein, try Russell & Bromley’s chunky horsebit style (£225, russellandbromley.co.uk).
CLOGS: THE NEW RULES
- To wear barefoot
- Try black with a loop
- With heels go for white
- Dress in patent
Alternatively there’s Scholl’s Pescura lower key in black with silver hardware (£140, gb.scholl-shoes.com) or the taupe style with brass detailing (£127, gb.scholl-shoes.com) .
I’m also tempted by Penelope Chilvers’ shiny patent clogs in dark green (£159, penelopechilvers.com). The great thing with clogs is that you can put them in the bottom of almost anything and get away with it; I would wear them with smart jeans or a solid color pantsuit.
White or off-white leather clogs are also twice as glamorous and easier to wear than white shoes and there’s plenty for summer: Zara does some great style (£45.99, zara.com) all like Jones (£89, jonesbootmaker.com) or pick up a classic Swedish pair (£36.50, lottafromstockholm.co.uk).
For me, the point of all clogs, no matter how sophisticated, is their comfort and down-to-earth vibe, so I’ll stick with the standard 50mm heel. But if you like a bit more height, the taller shoe is an option. French actress Marion Cotillard (above) wore white leather high clogs with a floral dress the other day and looked fresh and younger than she would have with regular heels; for something similar, try a Swedish Stone Kitty Clog (£129, londonworks.com).
The happiness of hooves is that they feel good. Remember to always wear them barefoot. You can not be wrong.