How To Style The Granny Clog For A Night Out, And 5 Pairs That Work For The Office And The Bar

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Shoes worn by a model at the 'Not' by Jenny Lai spring 2013 presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Highline Loft on September 6, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
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It's official: Vogue has called for the return of the clog, and it's pretty much summer and autumn's biggest trend, but it can be a tricky one to pull off, particularly in a more "dressed up" setting. So how exactly do you style the clog for a night out on the town? It's simple, it's all about balance.

While mules have been my long-time obsession (I seriously think I own six pairs, I may have a problem), I've recently turned to their senior: the trusty wooden clog. While I'm not exactly rocking the same one my grandmother wears while teaching her baking classes, they're pretty darn close. The best part about clogs? Their comfort level. Seriously, there's a reason nurses wear them all damn day. And while I've opted for a sleeker, higher pair, they're still more comfortable than any other shoe I own, wedges included.

With a shoe that's so often associated with grandmas, how do you pull off wearing them to the bar or a nice dinner out? First of all, confidence. You can pretty much pull anything off with the right attitude. Remember Gaga's meat suit? An example that I will never stop using well, because, she killed it. 

Aside from that, I find that they look rockin' with a pair of ripped denim, be that skinny jeans, mom jeans, boyfriend jeans, or even a flared pant. Complete the boho look with a simple black or white tank or tee, and top with a leather jacket, and you're basically the baddest b*tch in the room. Cause if you're not down with clogs, then I'm not really down with you. As always, to dress things up, accessories make all the difference. A long, delicate necklace can up any look, or a killer jeweled clutch. My favorite accessory at the moment is a bandana—tie one around your neck, put on a band tee, and your clogs, and you're practically concert ready.

Below, seven pairs of clogs that transition seamlessly from work to the bar, in both look and comfort. Get your clog on!

1. The Classic Wooden Clog

Swedish Hasbeens Plateau Mule, $248, Nordstrom.com

You can't get more classic than the Swedish Hasbeens. These look particularly cute with a pair of overalls and a striped tee underneath.

2. The Bejeweled Clog

Cordani Zorba Clog, $188, Nordstrom.com

These are the clogs in black and I have, and they are seriously amazing. If you're a fan of hardware and need a little extra oomph to your shoe, this clog is the one for you.

3. The Cut Out Clog

Belmont Leather Clog, $128, Freepeople.com

How cute are these clogs with a little cut out and a back strap? This gives it a bit of a more mule feel, if you're into that. Plus, the sock and mule make for a pretty perfect combination.

4. The All Black Everything Clog

Totokaelo Black Peeptoe Ankle Strap Platform Clog, $305, Totokaelo.com

This is the clog that pretty much goes with everything in your closet.

5. The Anti-Clog

Frye Jessie Clogs, $139.95, Anthropologie.com

If you want the comfort, but aren't exactly ready for the whole clog look yet, try these out. With a white t-shirt dress, this look would be golden.

Images: NordstromFree PeopleTotokaeloAnthropologie


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