In the virtual realm of Gen Z, where attention spans are notoriously low, the only way to grab eyeballs is by standing out. For TikTok’s young residents, this usually translates into digging up nostalgic trends. From their fixation on Y2K fashion, crochet knits, and even film cameras, Gen Z has repeatedly found itself leaning towards the styles once popularized by what they refer to as the “old” and “boring” generations that came before them—the irony.
Lately, Gen Z has been scavenging their grandpa’s closet for some style inspiration. Yes, it’s actually happening. A few scrolls through Tiktok, and we were bombarded by what has been dubbed the “Eclectic Grandpa” trend. What is it, you ask?
Well, think about what your grandfather would wear. Old people, for instance, always prioritize comfort. They are also always layered up and cozy. Think baggy sweaters, crew necks, cardigans, and sweater vests teamed with relaxed jeans and trousers.
As for your shoes? Go for loafers and sneakers with socks pulled up to your calves—bonus points for throwing in a quirky print or hat. To sum it up, the ‘Eclectic Grandpa’ trend is basically cozy layered looks with a funky twist.
While Gen Z stars like Emma Chamberlain have been slaying the look for years, the fashion crowd is slowly but surely picking up on the snug style.
Brave enough to cop the look? Scroll down for some ‘Eclectic Grandpa’ style inspiration.