How to pull off "granny chic," a fashion trend for all ages

Because who doesn't love the vintage look?

If the recent documentary Advanced Style and the runways of Prada and Gucci are to be believed, it seems the latest it-girls aren’t girls at all. With pussybow blouses and cat-eye glasses dotting the windows of Holt Renfrew and Forever 21 alike, there is no denying the “granny chic” trend — a mix of youthful risk-taking and mature sophistication — is here to stay.

See for yourself:

At first glance, this trend can seem impossible to pull off for day-to-day wear, right? Not so! The Chatelaine style team decided to test out the distinguished look on our very own Associate Food Editor Heather MacMullin. Looking good, Heather!


Photo, Roberto Caruso; Hair and makeup, Claudine Baltazar; Styling, Kaylana Griffin.

Now that you’ve got (fabulous) proof that this look can work with your nine-to-five wardrobe, here are six pieces you can use to dress “granny chic” from head to toe:

Textured outerwear

Just when you think you have enough feels to your look — wool, silk, tweed — add a brooch for a little sparkle.
Coat, $1195, Brooks Brothers; Brooch, $55, Banana Republic.

Bowed blouse

A tie-neck top adds a feminine feeling. Choose a soft fabric so the bow isn’t too fussy or pronounced.
Top, $24, Forever 21.

Patterned skirt

An essential ingredient in this trend is plenty of patterns. Keep your look from becoming costume-like by tucking a solid blouse into an animal-print skirt.
Skirt, $70, Loft

Top-handled bag

We love a bag with a vintage shape that’s modernized by a shade of shocking pink.
Bag, $215, Banana Republic.

Socks (with pumps)

We know, we know. If it feels like too much, skip the socks and just rock some ladylike pointy-toed pumps.
hoes, $128, Ann Taylor; Topshop socks, $6, Hudson’s Bay.

All the accessories!
A few charming details go a long way.