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A modern take on Grandma's sweater

Taliah is the founder of the blog Fashion Was Here, where she shares her personal style and love for food and interior decorating.

When we think of vintage sweaters, most of us cast a nostalgic thought back to Bill Cosby's character on The Cosby Show. We laughed and called it Grandma's sweater.

Grandma sweater trendI'm here to confess my love for vintage — but specifically the vintage sweater, or depending on where you're at, an old-looking yet retro-fly jumper. I actually own a fair share of them that I wear all year round and excessively more in the colder months. My vintage-sweater rotation has been pretty heavy lately, and that has compelled me to write about how to style and perfect your vintage pullover.

Now, if you don't own one yet (hopefully, you will after this article), then there are a few options for you to peruse below. I would like to start off by saying that all sizes go. I have seen fits from snug to oversize to cropped, and I can easily say that I love them all.

A modern take on Grandma's sweater

Celebrities like Alexa Chung, Miroslava Duma and Kate Bosworth have all been spotted wearing vintage or vintage-inspired sweaters, and each has owned the style in her very own way. It's important to keep it aesthetically pleasing by maintaining a structural balance in your silhouette. By that, I mean that you need to throw on your oversize, chunky knit sweater with a pair of leather leggings or form-fitting bottoms. (You don't want to give off a grandma look, now do you?) It makes your style feel approachable but still chic and edgy. I also love to see it paired with a flirty, flouncy miniskirt to give it a playful look.

If you're like me and you change your outfits more than once a day (of course, not every day), then a vintage jumper is the perfect base. You can wear your boyfriend or skinny jeans by day and do an instant change to something sexier by night. As you can see, the options are endless, and I'll have you know that the styles they come in are as well. Great, right?

So with the holidays coming around, don't be afraid to wear that cute reindeer sweater with a leather pleated skirt or that cable-knit sweater with an adorable tulle midi skirt, like Natalie Joos is wearing above. 'Tis the season to get festive, and what better way than to jump on the old-fashioned sweaters and add your own modern twist.

Take a look at the cute options below.

  1. Fringe Benefits Knit (Nasty Gal, $148)
  2. Yellow Long Sleeve Cable Knit Pullover (Sheinside, $33)
  3. After Party Vintage Seattle Sound Crop Sweater (Nasty Gal, $88)
  4. Vintage Cable Knit Dolman Sweater (Etsy, $44)
  5. Vintage Perry Ellis Colorblock Mohair Long Cardigan (American Apparel, $120)
  6. ASOS Sweater in Vintage Fairisle (ASOS, $73)
Photo credits: Elle.com via Pinterest, It's My Darlin', Wayne Tippetts
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