Grandma dressing is a trend we spotted earlier this year as fashion girls chose outerwear and accessories that looked as if they had been stolen straight from their grannies’ closets. It was cute at the time, but we didn’t expect it to gain quite as much steam as it currently has. Now, as we enter into summer 2019, the grandma dressing has only increased in popularity and the trends within the overall aesthetic have become more and more enticing. Before we dive into the seven retro trends that are everywhere right now, we want to chat about a couple that are on the outs, not because they aren’t cool but because they aren’t seasonal.
Grandma trends that are out:
Furry Coats and Tights
The first grandma trend that’s out is furry coats. This past winter, vintage-inspired fur or faux-fur coats were all we saw on the street style and Instagram scene, but as we enter into warmer months, people will be shedding their outer layers for something a bit cooler. In that same vein, tights—colored, lace, printed—were also a winter retro trend that was not only popular last year but that will trend once again next fall. Due to the shift of the season, however, we can put the full-length stockings away. Don’t worry, we have replacements for the trends that are out and a few more styles that are bubbling. After sifting through the below, you’ll be begging your grandmother for a tour of her most prized possessions, we can guarantee.
Grandma trends that are in:
No, you aren’t being punk’d—tweed is officially cool again as proven by the plethora of looks influencers have been donning all over Instagram. While the material certainly is timeless, right now, it’s feeling fresher than ever before.
Knee-high socks remind me of elementary school uniforms and, of course, my grandmother. Grandmas tend to wear this sock style as a replacement for full pantyhose, but in 2019, fashion girls are styling them with shorter hemlines and sleek heels.
According to Merriam Webster, by definition, “babushka” means both a scarf worn over the head and a Russian grandmother. The new accessories trend has recently taken the street style scene by storm and according to the below, that trend will only increase in popularity come summer.
We’ve covered this shoe trend quite a bit this season, but it’s also one that closely ties into the grandma aesthetic. The focus here, however, is that vintage feel in the form of either a loafer, kitten heel pump, or mule.
One of the biggest jewelry trends of the season is also one that your grandmother has heaps of sitting in her closet. If really want to dive into the trend, opt for a classic string of pearls layered over any of your tweed separates, but if you’re a bit wary, choose a modern pair of earrings instead.
Yet another trend that might come as the shock of the century is the return of the sweater vest. After attending F/W 19 fashion week and endless market appointments, I can guarantee this trend is here to stay for the coming season. Pairing it with midi skirts and button-downs with exaggerated bibs really helps to highlight the grandma effect.
Vintage-inspired structured bags are on the arm of every cool girl in existence right now, and it’s clear why. Your grandmother probably used to carry around these little frame bags, we’ve searched for them tirelessly in vintage stores, and now they are back in full swing on the retail front with new designers popping up all over the place coming out with new and exciting versions.