Last weekend was spent in the Balearics, where the temperature was a moderate 14 degrees, some 10 degrees warmer than the UK. I could shed a few layers and stick with a more “autumnal” incarnation of the Mediterranean ‘boho’ look. Back in London, I am sat in my office wearing a Toppers tracksuit, a parker, a cashmere scarf and a knee length pair off chocolate brown Uggs. Mmmmm…. not quite ON trend, you may proclaim.
But Uggs are officially back. Plus, Mossy and Rihanna have given their seal of approval to the cosiest (and occasionally costliest) of footwear.
Rhianna arrived at JFK airport in New York this week wearing a pair of “original” classic camel-coloured Uggs – which I have always loved.There is no denying that this sheepskin bootie is ready to take on the most frigid of 2019 winter environments.
First, it was Birkenstocks, then it was a Dior saddle bag and now it’s a pair of tan Uggs to make a return to high fashion.
Though aesthetically polarizing, no one can deny that the Ugg fits neatly in with the trend of resurfacing fashion from the early 2000s.
Uggs are the quintessential victim of their own success. First time around, they were so popular that they became ubiquitous, worn by everyone from mums on the school run to style icons. It was death by overexposure. But fashion delights in subversion, in championing the least trendy thing it can grab hold of, and with mass ‘casualisation’ sweeping through the industry (how else do you explain the rise of athleisure and the demise of ties and office dress codes?) this Australian shoe style has never felt more appropriate. Especially brutal weather fronts are threatening.
Yes, they’re unflattering but if you style them up with skinny jeans, blazer and skinny scarf, you’re not only on trend, but cosy and comfy too.