The Biggest Fashion Icon of 2019 Is...Your Grandma?

It’s not often that the senior citizen set is heralded for their fashion choices, but as Grandma always told us, there’s a first time for everything. A crop of elderly-approved styles (including the trusty eyeglass chain) has infiltrated our Instagram feeds, and it’s only a matter of time before they take over our closets, too. Here, six trends that originated with our grammies and that we truly, truly love.

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The Head Scarf/blow-out Protector

Queen Elizabeth is the OG style inspo for this hair accessory that prevents even royal coifs from errant raindrops. Want to recreate the look? Fold a square scarf in half, on the diagonal, and tie it in a loose knot right underneath your chin. Opt for a silk scarf that combines a few prints—like polka dots and stripes—or go for an eclectic tableau, since this is one instance where it’s OK to embrace some kitsch. Convertible ride encouraged.  

Get the look: Fanciful Florets ($58), Echo ($99), Loewe ($260), Burberry ($400)

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Glasses Chain

Yes, eyeglass chains make us want to break out the AARP card, but they’re also so cute and functional that we’re definitely not mad about it. (Hello, this is the perfect beach/pool/boat accessory that will keep your pricey sunnies from drowning.) 

Get the look: itsWellDunn ($31), BaubleBar ($32), Tuleste ($50), Roxanne Assoulin ($135)

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Cushy Orthopedic Sneakers

These ultra-comfortable shoes might have been designed to help with bunions and corns, but even non-geriatric folks can benefit from their trendy takeover. Whether you call them dad sneakers or ugly sneakers, expect these big, clunky kicks to stick around for another season or two. Embrace the comfort and you might be delightfully surprised to find that that they actually pair quite nicely with your go-to floral sundress.

Get the look: Adidas ($85), Everlane ($98), Stella McCartney ($274), Valentino ($845)

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Pleated Denim For *movement*

Who knew that a simple pleat could turn a regular pair of jeans into a roomy, comfy style that really lets you move? Your grammy, that’s who. But she’s not the only one: A slew of trusted denim designers have added a pleat into wide-leg and slim-cut styles, giving us all a little more (literal) wiggle room. Even Chrissy Teigen is a fan of the super-roomy look.

Get the look: Madewell ($110), We The Free ($128), Agolde ($168), Colovos ($395)

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Sensible Knit Cardigans

Listen, we don’t want to remind you to bring a sweater in case it gets chilly. But you should probably bring one. These cute cardis can be the final addition to your beach bag, if you plan on watching the sunset from the sand. Or you could leave one at your desk, because it’s an easy layer for those days when the office AC is on full blast.

Get the look: Lou & Grey ($42), Aritzia ($138), Anthropologie ($140), L’Agence ($365)


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Prim Pearl Necklace

A strand of pearls is something every woman should own, right? Uh, sure. But unlike the preppy necklace your mee-maw wears with her favorite sweater set, today’s versions are decidedly playful. From rainbow accents to irregularly shaped pearls, these little guys bring joy and polish.

Get the look: Wolf Circus ($150), Donni ($158), Anita Berisha ($300), Fry Powers ($345)

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Fashion Editor

From 2019-2021 Dena Silver held the role of Fashion Editor covering product recommendations, trends, and what you should be shopping this season.