How to pull off the granny chic look

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By Wei Yeen Loh

How to pull off the granny chic look

Ever since Alessandro Michele gave a new spin to the geek-chic aesthetic in Gucci, we’re seeing similar silhouettes on the runway harkening back to trends from the 1950s-1970s. From librarian-like cardigans and heavy brocade skirts at Miu Miu to luxe oversized fur coats at Coach, it’s not difficult to adopt this trend on your own. But here are some ground rules for you to always channel fabulous and never frumpy:

1) Old-school sweaters with contemporary bottoms

Unless you’re going for a Mad Men-themed party, remember to keep your proportions modern, such as wearing your sweater/cardigan with chic culottes or wide-legged trousers. Otherwise you’d risk looking like a rather strict librarian in her Sunday’s best.


2) Oversized coats

It’s not hard to love wearing oversized coats, especially when they’re perfect for hiding your lunch from showing. We always love a masculine, tailored coat i.e. structured with strong lapels, but if you’re feeling adventurous, go with a loud fur coat with long sleeves. 


3) Floral fest

This is an obvious one. Nothing screams vintage/retro as much as a plethora of floral prints. The general rule to abide by? Mixing motifs with panache, such as florals with plaid (yes, it can be done) or even two different types of floral prints. No one will accuse you of looking bland.


4) Reading glasses that are too large for your face

Obviously, as demonstrated by Gucci, it is possible to wear a pair of oversized glasses without looking like you’re sporting microscopic lens instead. You can always go for a pair of cat-eye shades if you feel like oversized frames constantly fall off your face.


5) Socks with everything

One last detail to get your granny-chic on? Sock it. The best part about this trend is that it’s extra comfy and you can save yourself from sweaty feet situations (eek!) You can play with colours and textures with your socks and shoes—whether cotton blue shin-high socks with green platform sandals or frilly girly ones with a preppy loafers.


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