At The Glam Pad, we typically approach trends with caution. Nevertheless, when an intriguing “trend” emerges, we feel compelled to delve into it, exploring its rise and intricacies. Occasionally, a trend surfaces that embodies a revival or reinterpretation of a timeless aesthetic rather than a transient style. Enter Grandpa Chic: the carefully curated aesthetic that strikes an impeccable balance between elegance and comfort. In recent years, there has been a significant resurgence of heritage-inspired style. The Grandmillennial movement that began in 2019 has inspired other nostalgic “trends” such as Coastal Grandmother, Quiet Luxury, and Grandpa Chic being the latest iteration.
Comparatively, Grandpa Chic represents a more masculine and relaxed interpretation of these classically driven trends. Think deep, rich tones, leather, heirlooms that well loved and worn, tartan, and Ivy League motifs, all with a lingering scent of your grandfather’s cigar. This comfortable yet highly refined style evokes told-school social clubs, inviting you to step inside and linger without the stuffiness.
As advocates for heirlooms, cherishing timeless elegance, and embracing old-fashioned charm, The Glam Pad wholeheartedly embraces this trend. It achieves an ideal balance between sophistication and informality, granting the freedom to incorporate inherited pieces in a relaxed manner, seamlessly blended with the comforting elements we all adore. Grandpa Chic embodies the essence of the country club while leaving pretension at the door.
10 Tips to Incorporating Grandpa Chic Decor
Below are some tips on how to achieve Grandpa Chic in your Christmas – or year-round – decor..
- Bring on the plaids! A tartan pillow here and throw there is all you need for that bit of heritage and warmth. But if you are feeling daring, go for it with tartan wall coverings and fabrics.
- Embrace rich tones: Think forest green, burgundy, navy blue, chocolate brown.
- Nautical and equestrian, or even rustic elements are always welcome.
- Focus on classic red and green and all things traditional for Christmas decorating.
- Wood paneling and deep red brick is your friend!
- Use your china and silverware. There is no need to wait for a special occasion. And a little tarnish never hurt anyone.
- Keep your grandfather’s big leather chair.
- Cozy is key… Layer blankets, pillows, rugs, and candles with plenty of heirlooms and antiques.
- Family pictures in silver frames and traditional oil paintings add generational depth and lend an air of nostalgia.
- Adhere to a “collected” and maximalist approach. Needlepoint, tortoise, malachite, velvets, and leather make excellent accents!
The Glam Pad adores this timeless “trend”! What are your thoughts on Grandpa Chic? To learn more about what trends are hot this holiday season, check out Etsy’s 2023 Holiday Trend Report.