HOW TO WEAR GRANDADCORE
By Steven Potter, 17 February 2019
First there was normcore, then came and now, like a final boss version of this ever-evolving low-key dressing hype, let us introduce: g. Turns out your *insert adorable nickname for your grandad here* has been ’ on you this entire time, doing the whole breaking trends thing without even trying. Don’t worry, we’re shook, too – but now’s the time to flex back with looks steeped in retro feels and considered cuts.
In knit to win it
Statement knits are the cornerstone of the G-core movement, and they were also spotted in Iceberg's and Off-White's SS19 collections. Combining tropical fruits with a classic Argyle pattern definitely shouldn’t work but this short-sleeved knit proves it does, and we’re here for it. Team with a navy check jacket and trousers combo, because, well, does anyone’s grandad not have a check item in their wardrobe? Exactly. Finish the look with sensible white trainers to make the most of the eye-popping design up top.
Take the trend out for a battle against the elements with this layered look. Pleasingly tonal for tapping into the muted palette movement, with the exception of that green tee, think of this as transitional grandadcore. Start with a lightweight mac for the (hopefully) warmer weather on the way, and team it with an old-school cardigan – possibly the most grandadcore of grandadcore separates – for those chillier temps. To finish off, ditch the denim in favour of classic check trews (see reason above) and even-more-classic high-top Converse.
We’re sticking with the knit life for this next look but peep that mixed patterning – it’s got nan-approved written all over it. It’s not just about jumpers, though, those retro-style specs might not help with crossword puzzles, but they’ll certainly help you nail this look. Sensible stripes? It wouldn't be G-core without them, just make sure you give the shirt that half-tuck treatment and top it off with relaxed denim and sturdy loafers. Keep them polished up real nice to take the smart-casual levels up a notch and to receive pinched-cheeks of approval from senior citizens everywhere.