Hi everyone and hello November! I think it’s safe to say we’re officially in knitwear season, my favourite time of year! I absolutely love these cooler months, purely so I can wrap myself up like a happy little onion in cosy knits, coats and scarves. This season forget about your rollnecks and off-shoulder jumpers, it’s all about the granny cardigan. Comfortable and reassuringly warm the cardigan is often overlooked for a sweater or blazer but the collegiate-approved knit is as practical as it is a statement piece.
The look we’re going for here is oversized and slightly nonchalant. Think boyfriend style rather than twin-set fine knit. My granny inspired cardigan is by J.CREW and I have to say it’s up there with macaroni cheese, new shoes and crime novels in the category of ‘things that bring me true happiness‘.
It arrived from Net-a-Porter just before we left for Malta, which turned out to be fortuitous because when we returned home Dublin had decided to move on to Winter, just for the craic. Ireland I can’t work you out, honestly… I fell for the plaid design and the colour. You know I love a blue tone. It goes with jeans, which is mandatory in my book, plus it’s a mohair blend so incredibly soft and warm. A quick note on sizing: I got the size Small but could have gone for the X-Small, so if you’re petite you might want to try the XX-Small.
Other pensioner friendly knits I’m craving include this retro knit by Alexa Chung, this M&S staple, this classic Mango cable knit, this Genevieve Sweeney luxury knit made in Scotland and this pricey but oh so dreamy By Malene Birger asymmetric beauty.
Scroll down for more street style inspo and a dollop of wisdom from my granny!
Thanks for dropping by! Have a lovely week, J ♥
Some of my favourite granny cardigan looks…
One More Thing
…because I’ve been talking so much about granny knits it got me thinking about my own Granny. She was a remarkable woman. A quiet lady, a thinker, resilient with a deep inner strength and beautiful to boot. There’s a photo of her when she was 18 hanging in my parents home. It’s like an old Hollywood photo of Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich. It’s funny how we often remember people as their older self but totally neglect the fact they were once young and fresh and beautiful. Here are some of the things I learned from her:
- Women are stronger than they can ever possibly know. As the matriarch of the family my Gran raised 4 boys on her own as my Granda died when my Dad and his younger brother were little. She was the linchpin of the family. She showed me that as women we have to be prepared to take charge, to carry everything on our shoulders and to do it with confidence and grace.
- Family comes first, always. No matter what the world throws at you family have your back. They’re the ones who will nurture you and raise you up so invest time and energy in your closest team.
- Everyone should have the patience to sit through a game of snooker, cricket or darts without whining.
- Dress up. Wear jewellery. Put heels on from time to time.
- It’s ok to suit yourself sometimes. Having time out, time on your own is critical for your own mental health. It’s ok to say no to doing things if you need solitude for a while.
- Stew, like tea, fixes everything.