5 Style Tips I Learnt From My Grandparents

Elinor Block
·4-min read

Oh boy has 2020 been the year we've all done a lot of thinking. There's nothing quite like a pandemic to really make you reassess a few things. Some of us embraced a simpler way of life, curtailed our shopping habits, and left our fancy dresses to languish in the back of our wardrobes, and decided that therapy came in the form of baking banana bread while watching the latest most-talked-about show on Netflix. There's also nothing like a pandemic to make you feel a little nostalgic. Fashion has a tendency to look backwards and draw from previous decades' styles and this year has drawn me towards various older trends from the '60s to the '70s and up to the '90s. Data from places such as Vestiaire Collective and Depop proved that older trends have flourished with customers looking for vintage styles in clothing and accessories. For example, Depop reported they now have over 25 million users on the app, the increase they've seen this year, and Vestiaire has seen a 144% year-on-year increase in sales on the site.

Evidently, I'm not the only one looking at past trends. That is hard data proving that we're all looking behind us for style inspiration (and who can blame us with 2020 being, well, 2020). My nostalgia has also led me to look at my own family's sense of style, in particular my grandma and grandpa. They worked in the fashion industry with a fur coat shop on the iconic South Molten street, and while I didn't recognise how exciting that was when I was little, looking at old photos of them it's clear that style and fashion played a big role in their lives. So, with that in mind, I've put together a list of the best style tips I ever learnt from them. Keep scrolling for more...

1. You Can Never Be Overdressed

I'm guilty of wanting to wear a pair of joggers all day. But I've stopped myself, especially when I'm working. I might have appeared a little overdressed at times but no one is looking at me and I get the added benefit of feeling good and being more productive.

Rixo Gemma Lace-Trimmed Floral-Print Crepe Midi Dress (£265)

H&M A-Line Dress (£30)

Prada Narcissus Floral-Print Satin Midi Dress (£1810)

& Other Stories Belted Pleated Asymmetric Midi Dress (£120)

2. Look After Your Clothes

My grandma loved her clothes and she looked after them well. How do I know this? I own several pieces from her but my favourite item is a Gucci scarf. It's in the fashion house's signature floral print and I still wear it today. It really pays to look after your wardrobe.

Gucci Silk Carré With Gg Flora Print (£330)

Arket Steamery Pilo Fabric Shaver (£35)

Steamery Cirrus No.2 Travel Steamer (£110)

The Laundress Silk and Delicate Care Set (£22)

3. Always Buy the Bigger Size

My grandma would always buy us clothes in sizes far too big so that we'd grow into them. Great for when you're a kid who goes through clothes quickly. It might seem that when you're a fully grown adult, that piece of doesn't quite work, but it does. If there's one thing I know about shopping it's finding pieces that fit your body properly. While you might not want to get the bigger dress size because you want to stick to a particular number, it really will make you feel better if you buy the clothes in the size up.

Zara Shirt Dress With Knot (£30)

& Other Stories Oversized Wool Blend Tailored Blazer (£135)

Isabel Marant Zap Leather Belt (£120)

Whistles Ultimate Utility Jumpsuit (£159)

4. Take Your Slippers Everywhere

My grandparents always brought their slippers everywhere with them if they were going to other people's houses. And now I do too (when it's allowed, of course). Life-changing.

Birkenstock Arizona Suede Leather (£115)

Carlotha Ray Floral-Embroidered Backless Satin Slippers (£220)

Porte & Paire Shearling-Lined Felt Slippers (£180)

Sleeper The Puff Satin Slippers (£220)

5. Find Your Own Style and Stick to It

Ultimately, it's a good idea to find out what looks good on you. My grandparents both knew what worked for them.

Isabel Marant Étoile Neasr Acid-Wash High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans (£190)

Adidas Originals + Wales Bonner Crochet-Trimmed Striped Satin-Piqué Polo Shirt (£100)

& Other Stories Embroidered Collar Puff Sleeve Cotton Blouse (£65)

Teva Velcro Sandals (£65)

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2021 fashion trends to know.

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