by Ellen Blake
You may not think grandfathers are fashion icons, but we expect “grandpa style” to be all the rage for 2024 according to the Pinterest Predicts 2024 report. You might find your grandchildren raiding your closet (or your parent’s closet) shortly if they haven’t already started, thanks to Instagram accounts like @Gramparents. Considered a chic, gender-neutral fashion choice among millennials and Gen Z, we see both young men and women embracing it. Personally, I like the idea of young people wearing these old familiar styles. What about you? They combine their outfits differently than our generation did, making them their own.
What is Grandpa Style?
Grandpa style, also called Grandpa Core, typically refers to a particular aesthetic reminiscent of older generations, specifically the style associated with one’s grandfather or elderly individuals. For example, someone might describe a certain type of clothing or a fashion sense as “grandpa style” if it resembles the classic and timeless fashion choices that older generations favored. It’s often used affectionately to describe a vintage aesthetic with a certain charm and nostalgia. Think retro streetwear, chic cardigans, sweater vests, vintage loafers, slouchy sweaters, tweed blazers, chunky sneakers, denim and customized clothing. In a nutshell, if you can picture a grandpa wearing an item, it’s a perfect addition to the “grandpa core” wardrobe.
Why Would Young People Want to Dress Like a Grandpa?
Why do young people want to dress like a grandpa? That’s a very good question. Here’s what I heard from millennials and Gen Z individuals. They say they have a nostalgia for vintage fashion and that these clothing items have an enduring appeal, making them versatile choices. They also tell me they appreciate the comfort and practicality of many of these pieces, especially the loose-fitting white button-down shirts and shorts that allow for ease of movement and a relaxed fit. This fashion trend seamlessly combines comfort, sophistication, and timelessness in a way that exudes effortless elegance.
How to Dress Like a Grandpa
“Grandpa style” in clothing involves pieces that are classic and timeless. Eclectic pieces are put together by young people to bring some eccentric and expressive elements to their wardrobes. Young people may mix and match these elements to create a look that feels both classic and personal. While “grandpa core” dressing is more about capturing a nostalgic, timeless aesthetic than adhering to specific items of clothing, here are some pieces you may start seeing more of:
Cardigans: Grandpas are often associated with cozy cardigans, especially those made of wool or other warm materials.
Vests: Sweater vests or classic vests can be part of the grandpa style, adding a touch of sophistication to an outfit.
Plaid Shirts: Classic plaid or checkered button-up shirts, perhaps paired with suspenders, can contribute to a grandpa-inspired look.
High-Waisted Trousers: Pants that sit higher on the waist, often with pleats, are reminiscent of styles worn by older generations.
Bow Ties and Neckties: Grandpa style may include the use of traditional bow ties or neckties, adding a formal touch to an outfit.
Flat Caps or Newsboy Caps: Hats such as flat caps or newsboy caps are sometimes associated with grandpa style and can complete a vintage-inspired look.
Sensible Shoes: Comfortable and practical shoes, like loafers or oxfords, are often part of the grandpa aesthetic.
Earth Tones and Neutrals: Grandpa style may favor earthy tones and neutral colors, contributing to a classic and understated look.
Examples of Grandpa Core Fashion Items
We found many examples of Grandpa’s core fashion pieces on Amazon in response to the demand! Check out these sweaters, jackets, and hats below.
The Grandpa Style Sweater
Looking for a grandpa sweater? Here are some great examples of the type of sweaters young people are buying. Do you have some in your closet?
Vintage Soft Knit Autumn Oversized Casual Pullover Sweater
The vintage-inspired design brings undeniable allure, while the oversized fit ensures comfort and confidence. Elevate your fashion effortlessly with this Luxurious knit sweater that keeps you cozy during brisk days and chilly nights. Embrace the perfect blend of fashion and function. Effortlessly pairs with jeans, skirts, leggings, or scarves for a modern retro fusion. Show off your unique style effortlessly.
Pullover Argyle Vintage Casual Loose Long Sleeve Knitted Sweater Top
This classic sweater with long sleeves, boat neck, and drop shoulder in a great geometric print makes a definite statement! Looks great with casual pants on a cool fall day.
Vintage Fall Grandpa Oversized Striped Sweater with Long Sleeves
This grandpa aesthetic pullover long-sleeve sweater is chic, retro, and practical! Match it with a coat or jacket or wear it alone in autumn and winter. This high-quality piece is comfortable, breathable, and refreshing.
The Grandpa Style Jacket
Who didn’t love those stylish, warm, and comfortable blazers?
Men’s Vintage Casual Work Wear Corduroy Suit Blazer
Made of vintage soft corduroy, this great jacket looks perfect both with a work outfit or with jeans. With its front two button-down closures, long sleeves with button cuffs, single-breasted placket, and two flap hand pockets, this blazer is a classic!
Casual Plaid Button Down Long Sleeve Flannel Jacket
This high-quality plaid flannel shirt jacket is stylish, lightweight, and comfortable. Its loose style and boxy shape pair well with jeans and a tank for a casual look that’s easy to love all season long.
The Grandpa Style Hat
These hats will surely bring back memories for you. You may not have all of them in your closet, but you probably remember your parents and grandparents wearing them.
Wool Newsboy Cap – Classic Vintage Gatsby Beret Cap
This 8-panel newsboy hat is made of 50% wool and 50% viscose, with a 100% cotton liner. The interior is adjustable to fit heads of all sizes!
Dockers Men’s Ivy Newsboy Hat
Ivy hats will never go out of style, so here’s a classic reinvented with maximum warmth for the winter. This mixed media ivy with drop-down ear flaps keeps you warm without compromising the classic,
Vintage Canvas Mesh-Back Cap
This awesome structured cap in a vintage wash features a pre-curved visor and mesh back. The fit is adjustable with a plastic closure. Available in a variety of stonewashed colors.
The Bottom Line
If you think grandpa-style clothing seems to be an unlikely trend, I’m with you. It challenges traditional notions of what is considered trendy or fashionable. However, fashion is dynamic and ever-evolving, so what might seem unconventional or unexpected can become widely embraced over time.
Now that I’m used to the idea, I like it. I believe it has as much to do with sentiment as it does with adopting the latest trends. My boys were very close to their grandfather, and I love that they enjoy wearing his clothes. They provide comfort and bring back wonderful memories from all the times they spent together. What are your thoughts? Please share in the comment section below!
Here are some commonly asked questions we hear about grandpa-style fashion.
What are some key elements of grandpa style?
Common elements include cardigans, suspenders, high-waisted pants, loafers, bowties, and other classic or retro-inspired pieces.
How did the grandpa core trend start?
The trend likely emerged as a reaction to mainstream fashion, with young people seeking unique and personalized styles that blend vintage and modern aesthetics.
Who popularized this fashion style?
Fashion influencers, bloggers, and designers played a role in popularizing this trend. Individuals who creatively embrace and reinterpret Grandpa style are very popular on social media platforms these days.
Is Grandpa style only for men?
No, Grandpa style is not limited to a specific gender. Both men and women embrace this trend and interpret it in their unique ways.
Where can I find this style of clothing?
Vintage shops, thrift stores, and online retailers often carry clothing items that fit the grandpa-style aesthetic. Additionally, many mainstream fashion brands incorporate grandpa-style elements into their collections.
Can Grandpa style be modernized?
Yes, part of the appeal of grandpa style is its adaptability. Young people modernize the trend by incorporating contemporary accessories, mixing patterns, or experimenting with colors.
What are some styling tips for grandpa style?
Experiment with layering, mix patterns, incorporate classic accessories and don’t be afraid to blend vintage pieces with contemporary items. The key to making this style work is for each person to express their individuality.