When did it get so cool to dress like grandma?


Fashion repeats itself over and over again, and the crochet, cardigans and scarves trend is clear evidence of this.

Why buy new clothes when you can borrow them from your beloved grandmother? Ready-to-wear brands are giving us a masterful fall comeback, focusing on pieces that haven’t seen the light of day in decades. Crochet, cardigans, scarves, sleeveless sweaters: here are the vintage items to buy (or rent) to be the most stylish in the fall.

Grandma is definitely the star of 2021. Not satisfied with inspiring consumers looking for a more natural beauty routine with her sugar hair removal recipes, Grandma is now influencing her when it comes to fashion too. Who would have thought? While we tend to discard anything related to previous generations, the most emblematic pieces from our grandparents’ closets are becoming the stars of the new season. All that’s left is to make them your own.

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Crochet madness

If the origins of crocheting date back to the 19th century, it is undoubtedly our grandparents who popularized it before it was forgotten. But the do-it-yourself comeback, especially in the middle of imprisonment, has revived the image of this technique and brought recognizable fashion pieces to life. The enthusiasm is so great that we are even talking about a boom in crochet pieces for the autumn-winter season, while they are mostly reserved for the summer season.

Note that crocheting is not just a do-it-yourself matter, as those who feel beyond their control can now turn to the hundreds or even thousands of tutorials that abound on the internet, or even easier the ones Big brand stores and fashion chains selling a variety of crochet pieces. Swimsuits, dresses, handbags, hats, pants, tops … everything is available, to the delight of vintage fans. The biggest fashion icons, from Gigi Hadid to Kylie Jenner, have already adopted it and some pieces from big brands like Mango and Zara are finding fans all over the world.

It’s not even back to school yet, but the numbers for crocheting are staggering. Instagram has more than 36 million posts on crochet, including fashion and home textiles, while the hashtag #crochet garnered 3.7 billion views on TikTok, while its cousin #crochettutorial has 159 million. It’s a strong trend that should intensify over the coming weeks.

The sweater is going retro

In general, knitwear makes its way into the changing rooms of men and women every autumn, but a piece of our ancestors is celebrating a comeback – and we didn’t see it coming: the sleeveless sweater. This classic preppy style has been honored with several key variations on the catwalks of many major houses during the physical and digital fashion shows for Fall-Winter 2021. While it is usually offered in sober colors, the sleeveless sweater in plain or printed (note: houndstooth is also back), in classic knit or thread and even as a crop-top version is a sensation. You will be spoiled for choice.

The question is how are you going to wear it? Here, too, the possibilities are limitless: alone, with a T-shirt or button-down, in combination with trousers or a skirt, even as a mini dress, with heels, sneakers or combat boots. It’s your decision! You can also rely on the cardigan – thank you Grandma! – next season. Never really gone, but usually not trendy, the timeless wool jacket with buttons will be one of the star pieces of the next season.

Intoxicating scarves

Even if the silk scarf has never been withdrawn from the market, the way it is worn seems to differ greatly between generations. It is still a return to grandma’s era that we will see from next fall, because the said accessory is worn on the head. Warning, we are not talking about the scarf tied like a bandana in the “modern adventure” style. No, we are talking about a scarf that hides almost all hair – except for the bangs – and is tied under the chin. The ultimate in elegance, in short, worn by Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve or Audrey Hepburn in the 1960s.

Dior is one of the houses that updated it for the Fall-Winter 2021 shows, especially in a leopard version, but also in a plain version, with abstract prints or even stripes.

This article is published via AFP Relaxnews.


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