Drop everything you are doing right now (unless it’s boiling), and head for grandfather’s house. Why? Because, mothballs or not, his half dapper, half curmudgeonly attire is actually quite chic. Take a lesson from the favorite man in your life with these grandpa-approved essentials that every woman should own.
Hanes T-shirt Pack: There’s a reason why Gramps has an odd million or so of these (most of them stained with chocolate ice cream). They are cheap, comfortable, can go under anything, and are perfectly capable of looking chic on their own. After all, it doesn’t get more classic than your pop’s (and now your) white Hanes V-neck, does it (45’s collection aside)?
The “Grandpa” Sweater: You know the one; it’s that sweater he wears for every occasion (from watching The O’Reilly Factor to playing cards with the “boys”)—which is probably why it has such a wonderfully lived-in look to it. Keep it casual in a neutral taupe or slate gray (bonus points for suede elbow patches, they all love those), and consider buying a size larger than normal for the “grandpa” effect.
The Flatcap: If it’s good enough for Gramps to still wear after all these years, then the flatcap is definitely worth purchasing for yourself. His herringbone one will do, but a light gray cap can be that extra pizazz your standard leather-jacket-and-jeans uniform needs to stand out.
Wingtips: Being that every grandpa has—at one point—attempted to imitate legendary style king Cary Grant (note: everyone loves Cary Grant), no look could be considered complete without the proper footwear. The ever-classic flare of the wingtip (especially in fancy spectator versions) exudes the kind of sophisticated glamour associated with the Grant era—and will make you feel like a vintage movie star.
So the next time you head out on a sartorial mission, stakeout your gramps’ closet first—you never know what you may uncover.