You never know who is next in line to become the fashion icon of the hour. Last summer it was Nancy Meyers heroines, aka the “coastal grandmothers” who live in gorgeous sun-bathed beach houses and dress exclusively in pale linen and cable knit sweaters (with giant hats for sun protection). But for winter 2024 we predict a different type of grandma will be covering your Pinterest boards and inspiring your ‘fits. Move over Blaire Waldorf, we’re all about copying Upper East Side grandmothers now.
What exactly does an UES grandmother dress like? This trend is a combination of “quiet luxury”, “stealth wealth” and “old money” with just a hint of kook. Think impeccably tailored separates, tweed jackets, black cigarette pants and pearls aplenty. These women are rich, fabulous and dressed to the nines, often with a long fur coat to see them through winter’s coldest days in style. And while there are a number of staples we can pinpoint for recreating the UES grandmother aesthetic, one important detail is the addition of something unique to broadcast the wearers personality. Even better if it’s a vintage handbag, museum-purchased scarf or piece of heirloom jewelry.
Here, seven staples you’ll need to dress like a posh UES grandmother this winter, no matter where you live.