If conversations overheard in the office, on the tube or on social media over the last week are anything to go by, you and everyone you know is having a wardrobe clear out. We are, after all, in the season of fresh starts. If there’s one thing that naturally follows a wardrobe purge, it’s the temptation to treat yourself to something new to fill the gaping void left by moth eaten jumpers and skirts you bought a size too small thinking they’d fit one day.
Granny dresses are my crack.
Along with really good sourdough and musical theatre.
Ladies, let that something new be a dress. More specifically, let that something new be a granny dress. Granny dresses are my crack. Along with really good sourdough and musical theatre. To really be considered worthy of the ‘granny’ moniker a dress should meet three criteria; loose (or elasticated) enough to still be comfy after a roast dinner with all the trimmings and a bowl of rhubarb crumble (mmmmm, crumble), patterned (preferably floral, but leopard print or harlequin will do nicely) and lastly, hit somewhere below the knee. All of which adds up to something confusingly situated between man repeller and bohemian goddess.
Old before it’s time, but completely up to date, the granny dress can be worn with block heels, tights and boots, flat sandals, 70s platforms, with a chunky knit, a denim jacket, a leather jacket, layered over a polo neck, the list goes on…
I have a favourite one from Toast, which is equally as at home at a music festival as it is visiting the grandparents at Christmas. I wore one on New Years Eve, happy in the knowledge that I could eat all the pavlova I wanted without feeling the strain, and when Annabel and I last met in London to discuss this very blog, we both turned up in granny dresses, she with fabulous suede 70s platforms, me with old beaten up tan wooden sandals. We laughed, we swapped dress shopping notes and then we got down to business.
It’s a trend that’s already outlasted multiple seasons, and has many more to run. I’ve rounded up my pick of the current offerings, some of which already grace my wardrobe, others that are currently hanging out in my virtual shopping baskets, and some which I’ll most likely be dreaming about tonight. Like I said, granny dresses are my crack.