Ever spotted a dapper grandpa sporting a tweed jacket and thought, “My cat would rock that look!”? Well, you’re in luck. The Eclectic Grandpa fashion aesthetic is the newest style trend of 2024. But what is it?
Coined by Pinterest in their yearly prediction list, it's described as a delightful mix of vintage charm and modern flair. "Think retro streetwear, chic cardigans, and customized clothing." says Pinterest, "Because the coastal grandma aesthetic is so last year."
Popularized by artists like Tyler the Creator and influencers like Emma Chamberlin, the trend prioritizes comfort, with oversized knit vests, traditional loafers, and more modern touches like baseball caps.
It seems like some iteration of "Grandpa-core" style is here to stay, and aesthetic trends aren't just for humans anymore. Fashion-forward felines and dapper dogs are stepping into these fits.
Since we're all about bringing back the classics in a fun, unconventional way, let's explore some brands that can help you get in on the fun.
Pet forward fashion
The world of pet fashion has evolved beyond cutesy dress-up. Today's pet parents view their pets as family – in many cases like kids. This shift means matching their outfits isn’t just about Instagram likes; it's about sharing a lifestyle and incorporating them into our routines.
And what's more endearing than a Pug or Persian decked out in a knitted vest that your Pop might rock?
Comfort first, style second
Let's not forget, while we're draping Mr. Whiskers in a miniature herringbone coat, comfort and safety take the front seat. The Eclectic Grandpa trend for pets, much like its human counterpart, is big on cozy textures and practical wearability.
It’s fashion, yes, but works uniquely well for ensuring that our cats and dogs are enjoying the fits they wear. We're not fans of forcing clothes on our companions just for the Instagram likes.
Every bowtie and stylish sweater must pass the "happy pet" test – ensuring our pets feel as good as they look. It's about extending and enhancing their comfort, not exploiting them for entertainment.
Brands that will have your pet looking fresh
Here's where we tip our vintage caps to some fantastic brands that are hitting the mark with this trend.
The Foggy Dog
Functional knits and mini cardigans galore. The Foggy Dog is basically an Eclectic Grandpa one-stop shop. We're head over heels for their Draper James x TFD Mariner Stripe Dog Sweater.
Nothing says dapper quite like a stunning, well-crafted grooming set like the one your Grandpa used to use. Pagerie is all about quiet luxury - elevating the lives of our pets one understated (but pricey) accessory at a time. But hey, if you've got the extra funds, why not treat your pup to something premium?
No stranger to Figo lists, Little Beast is back at it with striped and argyle sweaters that even the most stylish Grandpa would envy. And great news, if you want to match your pup, you can grab sweaters or socks of your own!
Beloved pet brand Harry Barker offers the most charming fits and finds for felines and canines alike. Whether they're looking to eat, sleep, or walk in style - HB has it all. For the distinguished gentle-pups among us, splurge on the Leopard Slipper Toy - a must-have for any eclectic Grandpa's drawing room.
When it comes to pet style, Target really hits the bullseye. For one, their reasonable prices and widespread availability make it easy to outfit your cat or dog. And they make a point to always stay on trend. Case in point, this fuzzy stripe sweater that pets of either species can sport.
Bundle x Joy
When it comes to the aging aesthetic, arguably nothing fits more perfectly than a good old hip and joint supplement. But for our pets, just any old pill won't do. We're loving Bundle x Joy's fun, colorful branding. So when your Beagle with bad hips takes a bite, they feel stylish, too.
True to the bold hues of the trend, pet brand VETRESKA is throwing it back with some retro vibes that only the coolest Pop-Pops would love. We love these chroma cat scratchers that infuse personality into a pretty well-established product. But that's what this trend is all about. A little pop of funk in form and a whole lotta function.
Bye-bye puffers, hello curly knits. This winter, we're swapping smooth for a little more texture. The chunky yarn on Maxbone's popular curly knit sweater is something your pet can wear while curled up on Grandpa's favorite leather chair.
Etsy is full of funky finds that would look fabulous on a furry Grandad. Since the Eclectic Grandpa style leans heavily on materials like corduroy and wool, we can't help but freak over these mini dog hats. They'd fit right in whether on the subway or swapping stories with the kiddos.
So, there you have it – the Eclectic Grandpa trend is not just a human affair. Our pets are joining in, and they’re doing it with unparalleled cuteness and class.
As we button up their tiny cardigans and adjust their little hats, let's remember that it’s all about celebrating the love they bring into our lives – in style, of course.
Whether you’re out for a walk or snapping a pic, as long as your pet is happy, they'll always be en vogue. And honestly, have you ever seen anything cuter than a cat in a cardigan? We think not.
Lizz Caputo is the Manager of Content Strategy at Figo, animal enthusiast, and owner of a rescued senior American Bully. Her hobbies include checking out new restaurants in her area, boxing, and petting dogs of all shapes and sizes.