Growing up, I never would have dreamed that I would love wearing grandma sweaters today. They just never seemed youthful to me. But when I first became really interested in vintage fashion, I started to see them in a new light, though it took me a while to gain the confidence to finally wear them.
In fact, I felt really self-conscious trying out a bunch of vintage fashion trends that I’m now able to wear confidently such as old hats, gloves, and longer skirts. I was so afraid that people would look at me and think I was super weird or something for wanting to dress the way that I did (and being in high school back then, a few people did think I was weird, but high school kids can be really cruel sometimes, so who cares), and when I did muster up enough courage to wear something different, I felt like everyone was staring at me and judging me when I left the house.
I’m so glad that those days are far behind me. I’ve reached the point where I just don’t care if someone doesn’t like what I’m wearing. I’ve decided that wearing what I love is far more fun than worrying about whether people like it or not.
And wearing what I love includes grandma sweaters. Lots of grandma sweaters in the winter for me. Oh, and turtlenecks, too.
I found this beautiful cream colored Christmas grandma sweater with holly and berries on it at a thrift store last year. Some people think it’s vintage or I made it (I wish) but it’s actually a Liz Claiborne sweater. I don’t know exactly when it was made, but I would imagine the earliest it could have possibly been made is the ’70s.
If I had seen this sweater 10 years ago, I probably would have cringed at it and written it off as just an ugly grandma sweater. My middle school self probably could have only seen wearing this sweater with a basic pair of jeans or a mini skirt.. and even then, the only place I probably would have worn it (if anyone would have been able to convince me to wear it at all) would have been to an ugly Christmas sweater party.
Today, I’m able to see the potential that this sweater has, and there are a few different ways that I would choose to style it, but for this particular time, I choose to style it with my black Doris skirt from Pinup Girl Clothing. To really give this outfit a pinup feel, I styled my hair in victory rolls, wore a red rose, did full pinup makeup, and wore my favorite pair of black ankle strap pumps.
For me to really feel my best when I wear grandma sweaters (or just about any other type of vintage or vintage inspired clothing for that matter) I do my classic makeup look that includes lots of black cat eyeliner, defined brows, colored cheeks, and all of the red lipstick in the world. I also always feel more confident when I take the time to set my hair, or at least put it in some kind of pinup updo.
Everyone is different, and how I feel most confident might not be the way that you feel most confident. You do you, and pay attention to what makes you feel best. No one else has to like it but you.
I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while, because as someone who relies on thrift stores for many of the basic pieces in her wardrobe, I feel that there are so many clothes that go overlooked when thrifting, whether it be for the fear of trying something new, or simply just not seeing the potential that a piece of clothing can have.
I think that if we had more patience and more of a creative styling ability, we could see beyond pieces that seemed ordinary and turn them into something extraordinary. I knew that my final trip to Disney this year with my friend Paola would be the perfect opportunity to take a few photos of these Christmas outfits that I’ve had in my head for a few weeks now.
This past Saturday, Paola and I went to Hollywood Studios and Epcot to spread Christmas cheer and see how beautiful the parks look during the holidays. Our first stop of the day was Hollywood Studios where we met Santa and took lots of outfit photos.
Paola channeled the iconic Jackie O by wearing a gorgeous cream colored vintage wiggle dress with a brown fur-trimmed collar and gold heels. She even wore authentic vintage earrings and a vintage cream colored hat! And by the way, she has totally inspired me to get more real vintage clothing into my wardrobe this year.
The Santa in Hollywood Studios was so jolly and Santa-like, and I had to resist my urges to make Elf references and say “You smell like beef and cheese, you don’t smell like Santa”, and “You sit on a thrown of lies”. I promise I was nice to this Santa.
We were in the parks around 5pm, currently one of the best times to take photos here in Orlando. By now, I was getting pretty tired of wearing my beautiful but hot holiday sweater in the Florida heat. 85 degrees in December anyone?
I switched to my much more temperature appropriate red Christmas turtleneck with black Scottish terriers on it, and Paola and I had enough time to get a few more good pictures before the sun set. We had a marvelous time sporting some of our favorite vintage Christmas looks, and we can’t wait to have more adventures in the park in the new year.
I hope you all have the merriest of Christmases, and may your new year be filled with the confidence and creativity to wear what makes you feel most beautiful. You might even be brave enough to try a few grandma sweaters. 🙂
Thank you for reading!