Fashion Trends That Just Scream "Granny Chic"
Granny chic fashion is sweeping the nation. What we used to make fun of grandmas for wearing decades ago, are now being embraced by our nation’s youth. Granny chic fashion can now be enjoyed by anyone, provided they know just how to pull the look off.
Anyone can go out and buy vintage looking clothes to get that look, but there’s much more to it than that. Granny chic fashion isn’t just a style, it’s a way of life. It’s not enough to wear that floral blouse that grandma wore, you have to own it and you have to wear it like granny would too.
Granny chic fashion is understated and emphasizes comfort. If there’s one thing you could always say about your grandmother’s clothes, even if you didn’t like them, it’s that she looked comfortable. But now that granny chic fashion is in, how exactly do you achieve the look? What exactly do you buy?
We’ve compiled a list of the must-have items for any granny chic outfit. From knit sweaters to leather flats, these are the top fashion trends of today that scream “granny chic.” Whether you love the look and want in on the action, or you hate the look and want to steer clear of it, may this list help guide you on the right path. Let’s take a look!
Woven Tote Bags
Woven tote bags are the perfect accessory for anyone going for the granny chic look. Older women like to carry a lot of stuff every time they go out but they also don’t want to carry something too heavy around, which is where these kinds of bags come in. A woven tote bag is practical and screams “granny chic.”
The coastal grandma look is especially in this year and these woven bags definitely give off that coastal grandma vibe. Your bag can be as simplistic or as embellished as you like. It all depends on just what kind of grandma you want to be. You only live once, but you have a chance to be a grandma as much as you want.
Crystal earrings are another essential granny chic fashion item. Grandmas don’t often spend a ton of money on expensive jewelry for themselves as they have to worry about making that retirement money last as long as possible. So instead of diamonds, they buy crystal jewelry.
Sometimes you’ll just see grandmas with plastic jewelry, but that’s not necessarily the best in terms of fashion or your skin. So, opt for crystal jewelry which at least looks more elegant. From earrings to brooches, there are a lot of accessories you can use to elevate your chic granny look.
Checkered Blazers is essential for a formal, sleek granny chic look. Whether for a day of shopping for fancy clothes or heading to the workplace, a checkered blazer should serve you well. This is for the sophisticated but understated granny who wants to look sharp but doesn’t want to make a fuss.
Checkered Blazers can be purchased in a variety of colors, but you want to go for understated, muted colors to be sure. Stay away from bright colors like pink as they will not scream granny chic. Instead opt for greys and browns. Those are your best bets and should best pull the look together.
This accessory has been popular for quite some time. Big glasses are in. The squarish designs are a little trendier, however, and not as granny chic as the round designs. So, if you truly want a chic granny look, go for big and round – as big as possible.
You can still pull off your granny vibes if you wear squarish frames, so don’t feel like you need to go out and buy all new glasses, but the round will definitely go a long way in achieving the look you are going for. And the same goes for sunglasses too. You want to keep your eyes as covered as possible. It’s important for old eyes…and young people to try to dress more maturely.
Oversized coats are important because the elderly don’t like feeling restricted, and really who does? Oversized coats allow you to layer clothing more easily underneath when you need to, because it’s getting cold out there! The winter granny chic look would not be complete without an oversized coat.
The coat will also give you a touch of class and ensure you are comfortable and ready for anything. With your coat, you can go as colorful as you would like but it's best to choose pale colors, because making a big scene is not what grandma is all about.
Turtlenecks haven’t been in style in quite a while, but they are quickly making a comeback with younger people because of the granny chic vibes. Turtlenecks are decidedly comfortable, and they keep your neck warm. For the elderly, they can be a way to cover up signs of aging as well.
Regardless, a turtleneck is an easy way to achieve the granny chic look and look good doing it. And when it comes to wearing turtlenecks, they aren’t just for winter, with the granny chic look, you can wear them year-round if you like, but for the summer, maybe you’d be better off wearing a light scarf.
If you want to wear any kind of hat with your granny chic look, it’s got to be a bucket hat. This is the quintessential granny chic hat, and you will just look like a poser wearing anything else. The bucket hat is light, doesn’t get too warm, and, more importantly, protects you from the sun.
Every granny knows by the time they’ve reached a certain age, just how dangerous the sun can be. That’s called wisdom. Bucket hats should have wider brims rather than the 1920s short-brim look because the hat needs to be as functional as much as it is fashionable.
Knit sweaters are another must. You can wear these under your blazer or overcoat, but you can also just wear them by yourself, at the home, at the office, or while out and about. Knit button-up cardigans are a more understated way to achieve the granny chic look, but you can also go the other way with it.
Growing up, my grandma always have a vibrant, colorful knit sweater wot wear at Christmas, often with very Christmas-y designs. With a knit sweater, you can really go as quirky as you want, and honestly, the quirkier the better when it comes to granny chic. So, don’t be afraid to let your granny flag fly!
Satin or Lace
Satin pants, blazers, shirts and the like are best for fancy grandma look. When granny hits the town and wants to be seen, nothing but the shiniest materials will do. Satin or even lace will really make a statement and give a pronounced granny chic vibe.
We’ve seen celebrities rocking a satin suit, and if they can, you can too. Just make sure whatever you are wearing, it has enough flow. You don’t want to wear anything too tight or uncomfortable because that’s not something grandma would wear. Like we said, grandma wants to be comfortable.
Button-up dresses are another must-have when it comes to granny chic fashion items. If you are going to wear a dress, you want to be as covered up as possible, just like grandma would do. Grandma’s not going to be wandering around flaunting her dinner buckets, so button that dress up to the top too!
The button-up dress can work especially well for the spring. But be sure to purchase a maxi-length dress, because if granny is going to wear a dress, she’s not likely to be exposing much leg. Pants are really the best way to go, but button-up maxi dresses will work just as well in screaming granny chic.
Button Down Shirts
Button-down shirts can be trendy for really any look but it's more about the kind of shirt you choose and how you wear it. Solid-colored flat shirts can give you a granny chic vibe but you can also pick something with plaid or a floral design. These kinds of designs will help you achieve a granny chic look, but the shirt alone will not be enough.
Tucking the button-down shirt in the pants is a sure-fire way to achieve the granny chic look, especially if you have some high-wasted pants. Again, the shirt should be someone loose, though, as comfort and mobility are essential with the look. If it looks too form fitting, it’s not granny enough.
White denim is a must for any coastal granny chic look. Sure, white pants aren’t that practical when it comes to eating but they are essential for granny chic fashion, so just be smart and super careful when wearing them. And if you do spill, just use bleach when you clean them.
White denim has never really gone out of fashion and that’s why grandma buys them. Denim can last for years and grandma can wear them for years. So, even when the granny chic trend goes out of style, you can still rock your white denim jeans for years after until you are an actual granny and need them for sure.
Grandma’s balance isn’t quite what it used to be, and she’s much too tired to be dealing with impractical shoe options like high heels. So instead of leather heels, swap those out for some leather flats. You can wear leather flats with pretty much anything when it comes to granny chic.
Wear them with slacks for a formal look, or wear them with jeans for a semi-formal look. Leather loafers are classy and durable. There’s no sense risking a fall being uncomfortable in heels when you can look just as nice in a pair of flats, even if you don’t look as tall.
Linen pants are a great option for granny chic fashion aficionados because they provide the perfect flowy look. They are exceedingly comfortable and lightweight. If you want the feeling of being in your bed all day, linen pants are the way to go. They might not be super stylish, but we can’t stress this enough, comfort is key.
Linen pants will give you that Diane Keaton vibe, a woman whose always been quite comfortable in her own skin. Linen pants might not work for the winter but for the summer or a day at the beach, they are just what the doctor ordered.
Colorful Floral Patterns
Whether on your shirt, your dress, or your pants, colorful floral patterns are always a go-to if you are looking to elevate your granny chic look. Nothing will scream granny chic quite like floral patterns. And that’s not to say that all floral patterns are granny chic, but a great many are.
It a floral pattern looks like something that might be on your grandma’s wallpaper, then you’ve definitely found something that is granny chic enough. When it comes to granny chic floral patterns, less is not more. More is more, and more is what you want. So, go granny or go home!