Advice in Style: How To Rock Grandpa Chic

Your grandma and grandpa are like, totally on point right now.  I have a friend who consistently points out that the robe/pants/shoes I’m wearing are exactly what her grandfather wears.  Yes, old people are trés CHIC right now!  I see it everywhere whether it’s on the runways or on Instagram…everyone is rocking the grandpa chic look.  And I love it.

One of the things that makes this easy for me is that I don’t have much of a relationship with my grandparents.  Trust me, this makes me sad.  I wish I could participate in a program where grandparents adopt me and tell me stories and talk to me…this sounds like a dream to me!  None of my grandparents have been very present in my life and while they have a granddaughter who would absolutely ADORE to listen to all their stories, they sure aren’t telling them to me. The lack of relationship with them however has caused me to not have clothing associations with them…know what I mean?  Like, if your grandpa ACTUALLY used to wear something, you may have a difficult time seeing it as stylish and instead only be able to picture your grandparent puttering around in it.  Sure, some of us have super stylish grandparents, but most of us don’t really try to mimic how they dressed or currently dress at any point in time.

My association with my grandparents’ style are….whiskey (my grandpa’s cologne),  bad polyester (the thick stiff scratchy kind), and 80’s sweaters that have a lot of random colors and “things” sewn on them.  That’s about all I can come up with when it comes to my associations.  Lucky for me (besides the obvious “missing out on the relationship” downside), I get to experience grandparent couture in my own brand new way!

If this is a style you’re scared of, or just need inspiration to try, I’m going to show you two ways to wear a pair of grandpa chic pants.

Full-On Grandpa Chic


This whole outfit for the most part is thrifted.  Grandpa pants, sweater vest and shoes, and grandma hat and blouse.  One of the best parts about grandparent chic is that it’s EASILY found at thrift stores CHEAP.  This is a great way to fully wear a runway style for under $20.  Loafers are a MUST.

Grandpa Chic “Light”

Okay, so you love the style, but you want/need to dress a little less like you fought in Vietnam.  I get it, that’s okay, you can still pull this off.  Take those grandpa chic pants you got, add a pair of booties or lace up biker boots and a graphic tee.  Maybe some jewelry…and you’ve got “bad grandpa” chic.  You know what I mean not bad, BAD.  I haven’t seen Bad Grandpa, but that’s what I think of when I say this.

So go grab yourselves some plaid pants, and get complaining about how things were better in “the good old days”.  Grandparents are cool, and that’s okay with me :)
Katy

Real World Style: Goth Feels

I’ve never been much down for the whole “goth thing”.  However, I have friends and relatives who fully embraced the trend a long time ago…the whole dark and moody thing just never really worked for me.  I mean, I didn’t even start wearing black until about five years ago!  I am the least dark and twisty person you could find…and a lot of time my style reflects that.  That’s not to say that I don’t appreciate the style in certain ways though!

Goth seems like it was a total late 80s and early 90s style kind of sub sect, especially amongst angsty teens.  I remember one of my good friends talking endlessly about Marilyn Manson (although we were a bit on the young side to really be listening to him) and wearing almost black lipstick.  She definitely embraced the moodier side of fashion while I was still wearing pink and listening to uber pop music in all it’s happy glory.

Isn’t it funny how the style cycle is moving quicker these days it seems?  I think because of social media and iPhones and all that jazz, photos get disseminated much quicker and almost immediately after a trend begins, we are oversaturated with it.  Fast fashion pumps out a style quicker than you can blink, and before you know it, you have an email in your inbox from Forever 21 with a complete collection of clothing based on that trend.  The fast fashion fairy godmothers plus the magic of Instagram equals a trend reaching the masses and then being “so over” much MUCH quicker than in any other time in history.  So we are now seeing trends cycle through, like some of the 90s punk goth stuff we are starting to see, when it wasn’t all that long ago we just saw black velvet chokers and dark lips walk down the runway THE LAST TIME they did.

The great thing however about all this lightning speed communication of trends is that there is so much more creativity happening amongst them!  The “goth” we are seeing now is definitely a throw back to the early 90s, but this time, it’s gotten a little fancier.  And this time, I’m gonna test it out because I’m a little bolder in my style choices than I was when I was a kid.  Clearly.

I found this photo in Marie Claire that I liked because it’s kind of an edwardian romantic take on goth.

I love the idea of mixing white and black lace together.  It takes the sweetness and delicacy of the lace and adds an edge.  I love testing out a trend or a style that doesn’t necessarily feel like “me”, because it often gives me new ideas and new courage to think (and dress) outside my usual box!

This look is like the fancier older sister of the moody goth younger brother.  Know what I’m saying?  I have a vintage Gunne Sax lace dress over a vintage black slip dress and some ruffly combat boots…because the ruffle is just plain fun.  I feel both moody and fancy at the same time.  I weirdly used to wear dark lipstick ALL THE TIME, but now it feels fun and yet strange.  It’s not my usual go-to style, but I’m gonna try and sneak some pieces of it into my weekly wardrobe!  Still listening to pop music though.  That’s not gonna change :)
Happy Monday!
Katy

 

 

Trending: Friday Five Roundup

It’s Fri-YAY!  Oh my gosh did I actually say that out loud?  I guess I could delete it, but that would take too much work…I’m too far in, I’m committed, so there you have it.  Anywhoo… (who AM I today???) it’s time for a recap of all the super fun crazy silly amazing random things that happened this week!  Have some coffee, read on, and enjoy!

Lady Gaga is doing the halftime show at the Super Bowl!

Now, I could seriously NOT care any less than I do about sports.  Sorry all you sports fans, but I just can’t get myself to get into stuff I am really really really bad at.  However, two years ago when Katy Perry dominated the halftime show, it reminded me that it’s worth waiting for all that silly football stuff to be over so I can watch a concert!  And Lady Gaga?  YES PLEASE.

Scream Queens is back in all it’s pink glory, and really finding it’s bloody bubblegum-hued groove.

This show makes me want to wear more pink.  More capes, more fur, and more…earmuffs.  Yeah, the style is off the hook and this week, well this week really felt like we were back in the zany swing of things where we left off last year!  When I find just the right pieces, I will be doing a Scream Queens inspired style post because, anyone who can pull off this level of pink in an outfit has my respect.

Is there anything better than watching two guys try on spanx?  Yes.  Watching two BRITISH guys try on spanx.  

The Daily Mail asked two guys to try on the Kardashian’s favorite slimming under garments, and well, as you can see, it’s just the most awesome thing ever.  If this doesn’t brighten your day, I can’t help you.

I think Kate Hudson is reading my mind.

Among being, like, the perfect human, I think she can see my thoughts.  Because I LITERALLY JUST dreamed up a pant suit very similar to this for my clothing line, Velvet California.  Of course, mine will have something awesome printed on the back of the jacket and all that, but COME ON.  Is she spying on me?  I’ve reached a new level of narcissism.  Haven’t I.

Pumpkin obsession level: MIDNIGHT.  Because, fall.  

I found this new home blog that I’m completely head over heels for called Style Mutt Home and there’s this pumpkin/succulent tutorial that will have you racing to your local craft store.  Because, OH MY GOSH SO PERFECT.

And now, for some more pumpkin spice coffee.  Must find something pumpkin spice colored to wear and then maybe bake a pumpkin, just to switch it up a little.  And Kate Hudson if you’re reading this, GET OUT OF MY BRAIN.

Katy

 

Trending: Friday Five Roundup

Once again, it’s that glorious of all days, the one that signals that THE WEEKEND IS NIGH!  I’ve decided that no matter what everyone’s been talking about this past week (Brangelina) that I’m going to pick the things that I find most fun, interesting, and hopefully uplifting!  Because, it’s Friday.  Ain’t no one wanna talk about political debates and celeb splits!

Who What Wear is once again, reading my mind and ripping off my ideas by tweeting out what the next big style trend is.

Can you guess what they’re saying it is?  (It starts with a K and ends in an O). ;)

Miley Cyrus wore this on the premiere of The Voice, leaving us with a lot of questions.  Predominantly, what? and why?

Maybe she was channeling this 90’s baby?

Either way, it’s weird, but happy, so I’m cool with it.

I just learned the hottest chip in the world comes one to a package, and it’s taunting me.  I feel like its very existence is daring me to try it.

It’s also non GMO.  So it’s…good for you?

Kim Kardashian wore a Juicy Tracksuit in a photo shoot for Wonderland magazine.  You guys, I’ve been waiting for the return of the Juicy velour tracksuit for a long time now.  There’s a box of those gems just sitting in my closet, waiting for their re-debut into society.

I’m not what you’d call a “Kim Kardashian fan”, so this simultaneously excites me and leaves me screaming noooooooooooo!  I had hoped it would be someone ELSE bringing them back, but let’s get real here.  It was most likely gonna be her to do it anyway, so I may as well just get used to the feeling of actually liking what she’s wearing!

Turmeric is finally popular.  We go through tons of this superfood in our house (we are curry people and we love our superfoods!) and after dying all of our dishes neon yellow, now there are new and exciting ways to consume it!

This turmeric milkshake looks delicious and I’ll be testing it out in a jiffy!

Happy weekend all!  Drink some turmeric and put on a Kimono!  (Who What Wear says to!)
Katy

 

 

Switch It Up: Velvet

This fall 2016 trend was made for me.  I mean, let’s get real.  When velvet is not a trend, I will still be happily wearing it in every piece of clothing possible.  I love velvet.  I want everything in my house to be velvet.  It’s my favorite fabric!  So when I started seeing this luxurious fabric pop up everywhere in magazines and on the runway, I let out a resounding cheer and began buying even more of it.  Naturally.

Now not everyone feels this way about it, I understand.  While I love velvet pants and wear them like most people would wear jeans…like a basic…this is not something that everyone would do.  Why not explore some options on how to wear this (amazing) trend, in ways that are economical and approachable?  I have a few options for you in this department!  And none of them are pants, because y’all already know how I feel about them velvet bells. ;)

Committed Relationship

This look is basically a runway hack for the velvet trend.  While you could spend a lot on a velvet dress (which is perfectly acceptable), you could also go to the pajama section of the thrift store (my all time favorite section after the costume section) and keep your eyes out for a nightgown/robe like this one!  The velvet dress is not for the faint of heart, but it is very fall and winter appropriate and very chic.  Keep accessories simple, as this is a statement piece all on it’s own, and boots really make the look wearable.  This dress is a gorgeous option for fall if you’re looking for a very wearable piece!

Just a Tad

If you’re feeling like wearing velvet may be too much for you but you really like this trend and want to mix it in, try a pair of velvet booties!  This makes the trend a little more of an accessory and you can easily wear them with a tee and jeans like I did here.  This pair is very unassuming and not as loud as mine are!

With Some Velvet On Top

Adding a velvet blazer to your look is a great halfway point between completely committed and wearing it as an accessory…and it’s so rock and roll!  Throw one on over a graphic or a band tee with some jeans and you’re an instant cool girl.  You can also put one over a button down with a pencil skirt if you’d like to keep your look more structured and office appropriate!  Either way, it kind of adds that little je ne sais quoi to your look that takes it to the next level.  This blazer is on sale for an insane price and…I want it!!!

No matter how you wear it, it’s a fun trend to try and I hope you’re giving it a test run!
Katy