When did dressing like grandma become so cool?


Fashion always repeats itself, and the crochet, cardigan and scarf trend is proof of that.

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

Mamie is definitely the star of the year 2021. Not content with inspiring consumers looking for a more natural beauty routine with her sugar waxing recipes, Mamie is now also influencing them when it comes to fashion. Who would have thought? While we tend to dismiss anything remotely related to previous generations, the most iconic pieces from our grandparents’ wardrobes are becoming the stars of the new season. All that remains is to make them yours.

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crochet madness

If the origins of crochet go back to the 19th century, our grandparents are undoubtedly the ones who popularized it before seeing it fall into oblivion. But the return of DIY, especially in full confinement, has revived the image of this technique, giving life to recognizable fashion pieces. The craze is such that there is even talk of a boom in crocheted pieces for the fall-winter season, when they are most often reserved for the summer season.

Note that crochet is not just a question of DIY, because those who do not feel up to it can now turn to the hundreds – even thousands – of tutorials that abound on the web, or even more simply to the shops of major brands and fashion chains that offer a multitude of crocheted 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 find followers all over the world.

It’s not even back-to-school time yet, but the crochet numbers are already dizzying. Instagram has over 36 million posts on crochet, including fashion and home textiles, while the hashtag #crochet has 3.7 billion views on TikTok, while its cousin #crochettutorial has 159 million. This is a strong trend which should intensify in the coming weeks.

The sweater goes retro

Generally speaking, knits are a must in men’s and women’s wardrobes every fall, but a piece worn by our ancestors is making a comeback – and we didn’t see it coming: the sleeveless sweater. This classic preppy style was honored on the catwalks of many major houses during the physical and digital shows of Fall-Winter 2021, with several key variations. While it is generally offered in sober colors, the sleeveless sweater is a sensation in a plain or printed version (note: the houndstooth is also back), in classic or cable knit, and even in a crop-top version. You will be spoiled for choice.

The question is, how are you going to wear it? Here again, the possibilities are endless: alone, with a T-shirt or a button-up shirt, in combination with trousers or a skirt, even in a mini-dress, with heels, sneakers or ankle boots. The choice is yours! In the same vein, you will have to count on the cardigan – thank you Mamie! – next season. Never really disappeared, but not very trendy, the timeless wool jacket with buttons will be considered one of the key pieces of next season.

Intoxicating scarves

If the silk square has never disappeared from circulation, the way of wearing it seems very different according to the generations. It is all the same a return to the time of Granny that we will observe from next fall, because said accessory will be worn on the head. Please note, this is not the scarf tied in an ‘adventurous modern day’ style, like a bandana. No, we’re talking about a scarf that hides almost all the hair – except the bangs – and that ties under the chin. The pinnacle of elegance, in short, worn by Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve or Audrey Hepburn in the 1960s.

Dior is one of the houses that brought it up to date for the fall-winter 2021 fashion shows, particularly in the leopard version, but it is also found in a plain version, with abstract prints, or even stripes.

This article is published via AFP Relaxnews.


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