Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Granny Chic

accidental granny

accidental granny

accidental granny
works cited: vintage thrifted dress and watch; madewell sweater; UO flats; bag from NPR

I inadvertently dressed like a granny yesterday--this dress probably belonged to an 80 year-old before I picked it up at Goodwill and this sweater has elbow patches. [It's so cold in the Library of Congress reading room, I need a wool sweater even when it's 80 degrees outside. The last few times I've gone, I've just sat there shivering.] Despite these pragmatic justifications of granny apparel, I also must admit that looking like a member of the AARP feels fitting, as it reflects my other young-granny tendencies--my habits of crooning "early to bed, early to rise!" to anyone who will listen; shaking my fist at young people in the street (mostly when they are about to run me over on my bicycle); my love for clunky shoes with arch support; an appreciation for old movies, actual books, and reading the paper on a paper rather than a screen; and a fear of things with wires, plugs or the word "gigabyte" anywhere near them. Grannies have got it going on, if you ask me :)

57 comments:

dot said...

Adore. This. Dress. Also, we should hang out soon. I like tea and going to bed at 10:00.

Courtney Erin said...

I love this - I happen to think most grannies are usually pretty damn stylish so this is perfect I think.


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Annika said...

I'm an old at heart girl too, and proud! I love that dress though! It looks so cozy but still not frumpy.

Annika
A Sweet Release

Jenn said...

I love the dress and cardi! I always think that my grandma would be proud of my hemlines!

Elegantly Academic said...

I'm a big fan of embracing my inner nanna, including cardigans, tea in fine china cups & matching my shoes & my handbag :)
P.S. I love this dress ...
Kelly xo

mai said...

Love that dress! And not because I have a very similar one. . .:)

Jenn said...

I love this outfit!! It's just so cute :) Haha, I have a few of those old lady tendencies too. Specifically the early to bed, early to rise mantra. I also get cold super easily,so I'm always carting sweaters around.

Tia said...

Oh man. The cuffs are just killing me. This is so perfectly coordinated. I'm digging your inner young grannie. :)

scruggers said...

Love your outfit! People tell me i look like a granny all the time too for my old lady hobbies like knitting and sewing, and my lack of eyesight and hearing :) But, I love it. It helps dissolve the usual social age boundaries and older people are a blast to talk to.

Manding. said...

i feel like this outfit is very you. just looks right.

also, i'm very proud you supported whyy. lolz.

Bettina said...

I love this outfit! If it's granny-like (which I actually don't think it is, you can totally pull this off), then at least it's a very sophisticated granny.

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

Love this outfit!! The colors go so well together and th glasses are so chic!

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Celynne said...

You don't look like a granny, you look snuggly and comfortable and scholarly!

I think it's some sort of torture tactic against librarians, every library I've ever worked in has been absolutely frigid.

Loren said...

As long as your granny is chic I don't think there's anything wrong with dressing like her. If you start buying velvet track suits to wear all the time we might have a problem.
this sweater is adorable. Looks great with your dress.

rebecca said...

What a fabulous find. That dress is amazing and paired with your maroon cardigan it's just perfect for the beginning of fall.

RebeccawithanR

Stephanie said...

I love this dress! You look great!

jessie said...

wow, this is probably one of your best outfits. i love it so much! that dress was such a great find, and it looks amazing with that cardigan. what a granny chic babe!

Meghan said...

I say next time, you should advertently dress like a granny. I would love to see this same dress and sweater with your brogues and some cute socks!

kristin said...

I've never commented before, but I love your blog, and I love this outfit. I would definitely put it in the list of my favorite outfits that you've worn. It's so cute! If you wear this sweater again, I'd love to see a photo of the elbow patches. I live in NYC, and just the other day, I saw a girl who was wearing a sweater with elbow patches getting on the train. It was adorable. I bet you rock the elbow patches also.

SoFashionistica said...

I think by far, THIS has been my favorite outfit you have put together! I like the dress and paired with that burgundy sweater it looks really nice! However, I wish I could see the print on the dress a little better. What is the print?

Gray Skies said...

I too love granny clothes, and I too complain about reckless youth zipping past me at breakneck speeds on things like skateboards :)

Trista Beard said...

You are preaching to the choir! Yes. Yes. Yes. I agree with all your craziness. Great outfit too.

BiblioMOMia said...

LOVE IT. And I'm pretty sure that grad school turns you into a granny. We're all in this together.

Eclectic Flair said...

Hehe, this Granny chic look is so adorkable and cute on you!

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Alison said...

I'm almost done with my 30/30 challenge, and when I am, I forsee a big ole stop at the goodwill with your granny chic style in mind! How cute are you?!

PS, Love the glasses, wear them more often!

Hannah said...

You are the most adorable granny ever!! I love your glasses. Glasses and a top knot are my weekend staples.

I love that you study at the Library of Congress - I didn't know you could do that. Actually, I've never even been there! Yet another thing to add to my "things to do in DC" list.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

aw, thank you all for your incredibly kind comments today!
so fashionistica--it's not exactly polka dots...they are more like tiny little half-circles. i'll get a close up shot next time!

Brittany said...

i actually love this outfit! i think the dress is so cute and the sweater goes just perfectly with it!

Courtney said...

Such a cute outfit! Love the ballet flats!!!

Liz said...

If it's Granny Chic then there must be A LOT of stylish Grannies out there. I really love the color combo, especially that wool sweater. Rust is quickly becoming my go-to color for fall.

Terri said...

I, too, am early to bed and early to rise. My high school teacher job has turned me into a grandma. You are one hip granny today! Enjoy it!

Elaine said...

Granny or not, I LOVE this! That dress is perfect for you! As is that sweater.

LyddieGal said...

Your hemline and color combo is decidedly un-granny, and since you aren't wearing clunky beige shoes, you can still pass for young'un.

Chic on the Cheap

smalltownbigwardrobe said...

Grannies are where it's at. My idea of fun on a Friday night is knitting and drinking wine. I'm obsessed with candles and cats. and I love that outfit! I swear I got a sweater almost identical to that at Gap over the weekend. I love the dress - it looks like it was made to go together!

Rin said...

At least you are a very fashionable granny!!

sartoriography said...

I may have written a post that was the twin of this one, complete with the ending in which I say that grannies are hot. Sometimes our similarities make me smile. :)

Love you in the glasses, as always, and happy to see the best ever wearer of cardigans doing what she does best.

Louise, Raspberries In Winter said...

This outfit is seriously gorgeous! Those glasses are just the icing on the cake of your "granny outfit".

Maggie said...

I love the outfit! I wish I could see the elbow patches :(

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Raena said...

Love the whole look. Also, be careful on your bike in DC. As bike friendly as it seems with the bike share program and all it can get dangerous.

danica said...

I love this outfit! I think it's more retro chic than granny, but hey I'm a big fan of vintage and cardigans. :)

Ashley said...

Granny, or not, this is a wonderful outfit! If an 80-year-old woman certainly did own that dress, she was one stylish lady, even in her elderly years! Great post. :]

Dana said...

Granny chic is adorable! I too have elderly tendencies,one of my best friends even threatened to buy me a cane for my 21st birthday. Personally I see nothing wrong with this as my grandmother is my hero and I find most older people to be wise sweet and adorable. Why not embrace our inner grannies every once in a while?

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

I ADORE this look! This dress is so amazing! xo

S. said...

Okay, it's possible I dress like a grandma a lot, but I love this look on you! The dress and cardigan are a great color combination, and it seem so delightfully "fall" to me.

PS: hope you're still enjoying DC, despite the freezing cold in the LOC. I swear, the AC in this city is totally out of control...

Between Laundry Days said...

Yeah! Granny chic is da bomb. You look fantastic! :)

M. (formerly known as Shakespeare's Feminine Ending) said...

Your granny wear is hot!! I'm not quite a granny in my habits but my husband is. However, I have a list of awesome things I will do when I am an old lady: walk louder in high heels on wooden floors, chunky plastic jewelry, kerchiefs in the rain, perhaps some talk about the devil and the evil eye, and amaretto in warm milk before I go to bed. Perhaps, I should mention that I have aspirations to become an old Italian lady.

kori said...

Oh, this had me laughing! I've also noticed that I now say, "Kids these days..." Ha! Love the outfit. Cardigans are great. I think grannies can appreciate how they pull together an outfit and give it an extra "oomph", yet are also always practical. :)

Anonymous said...

why would such a pretty girl wear such horrible glasses? They are truly hideous... ditch them

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

anonymous--hee hee, i deserve to be ribbed for them! they're ugly as sin but i luurrrve them anyway :)

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you are not upset by my comment. I love your blog and your sense of style--but since I have to wear glasses to see and hate them, I have never understood why anyone would wear them for the heck of it.

Granny tendencies only get worse with age. When I hit 35 and then 40 I found myself saying things like "when I was your age..." and
"when you get older you'll see..." and then cringeing that I'd become my parents!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

anon--not at all; it's unrealistic to assume that everyone would dress the way i wanted to on a particular day. on the same token, it does sometimes feel strange to have people tell me not to wear things. sometimes i like wearing stuff even if i know other people won't necessarily like it, you know?
in any case, the glasses are totally silly and i know that! and i deserve to be ribbed for wearing fake ones. understandable that those who wear glasses regularly would HATE people who wear them for fun. it probably doesn't help, but i love glasses on everyone. i bet you look singularly smashing in yours, even if they're a pain, as well.
i look forward to the next 10 or 15 years, seeing how my granny tendencies amplify!

wildchild said...

haha i love it. embrace your inner granny cause it's really cute :)

eliza said...

i have sweater envy right now... that outfit is excellent!

Healthy and Homemade said...

Ohhhhh you are totally rocking granny chic. LOVE that sweater!!

Michelle P said...

Cute!

Chaucee said...

If this is granny chic then I must be 80 years old because I think it's adorable!

MerelyMarie said...

Gosh...I love this outfit!!!

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