23 November, 2010

Granny Chic.

Lots of people are raving about 'Granny chic' at the moment. With floral dresses still continuing to be as popular as ever, and embroidered bags, knitted cardigans and big brooches pretty much everywear it is inevitable that we will all start to look like our Grans a bit. I, for one, couldn't be happier.
I'm not sure if you have noticed but I do tend to wear a lot of pieces that I got from my Nanna. My Nanna was one of the most wonderful women you would ever have met and not only was she just my Nanna, she was also one of my best friends. She had impeccable style and without fail would always drink her cup of tea with a china cup (no matter where she was) and she never left the house without her lippy on. She was pure class and really was absolutely beautiful. Inside and out. From a young age I remember talking to her about clothes and what she was wearing. Some of the outfits I remember talking to her about I even have hanging in my wardrobe at the moment. Me and my cousins used to dress up in her clothes and she even made us a dressing up box out of all the pieces she didn't wear anymore. I wish I had some photos of us to show you because I can tell you now we did not look stylish. I'm not sure even now you could team a shell suit with pearls and heels and get away with it but we gave it a good go. I used to have a running joke with her where I would always say " That's a nice dress Nanna, is it new?" and she'd always laugh and say "This old thing? I've had it for years!" This is what I loved about her. The frocks that she wore were always so timeless and classic and she had no idea. Whenever I look back at old photos of her I can't help but notice that whatever the weather or wherever she was she was always in a dress. In fact I rarely remember seeing her in trousers. She had the most amazing sense of humour and was the kindest lady you'll ever come across. Unfortunately she passed away a few years ago now but there isn't a day that goes by when I dont think of her and I'm lucky enough to have quite a few of her dresses which are a constant reminder of this lovely lady. I have a photo on my wall of the last photo that was taken of us together and it's one of my favourite photos in the world....

I hope that I have even a smidgen of the style that she had and quite frankly if I can look as nice as she does then I'm totally up for this 'Granny Chic' lark. The one I've worn today is one of hers and is a real Gran number with a nice floral print and a drop waist. I couldn't resist wearing it with a big cardi and cable knit tights. After all if you're gonna do it, you need to do it right. I draw the line at a waterproof headscarf though...

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