Over the weekend, a House Beautiful article and quiz went a bit viral with accounts I follow on Instagram. It outlined what it calls "Grandmillenial" style and I couldn't identify with it more. I'm a 20 something who loves florals, caftans, chintz sofas, and needlepoint. This Wednesday's post is inspired by that article, with tips on how to nail the look. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Clockwise from top left: dress | hairbrush | earrings | loafers | pink bag | mirror | backgammon board | bamboo flatware | lampshade | cocktail napkins | rattan lamp | embroidered towels | floral pillow | green pillow | pink dress | tortoise headband | woven loafers | green purse | flats | turban headband | earrings | turtleneck sweater
Making this collage was so enjoyable for me because it gave me an excuse to combine everything I love together into one post. The House Beautiful article highlighted things like an appreciation of beautiful fabrics, floral dresses, and an overall well collected life. I've highlighted some pieces in the text below but if you want to jump straight to my picks, scroll down to the slides at the bottom. This post does contain affliate links so I may earn a small commission on some things.
Essential #1: Floral, Midi, Maxi & Caftan Dresses
These summer styles are carrying over for fall and I couldn't be happier. I'd love this orange one with brown knee high boots. And if you ask me, a hot pink dress is something you can easily wear year round. This Free People dress is another fun option that easily transitions into fall.
As far as caftans go, this $30 Amazon find is amazing. I have multiple and have been living in it this summer. If you're bigger chested, you might want to wear a camisole with it but otherwise it's fantastic and runs pretty true to size.
Essential #2: A Clasically Collected Interior
This is by far my favorite essential but also the one that takes the longest to get down. Plus, if you're anything like me, your house and decor is constantly evolving. Pillows are an easy and relatively inexpensive way to update your living room or bedroom. Etsy is a great place to find pillows in high end fabrics like this timeless Lee Jofa chintz and Quadrille green print. Patterned lampshades are another great way to add interest to a room and I love this block print one. If you're in the market for furniture, this cane setee is timeless. And this blue and red sofa would be perfect for mixing patterns with.
Other great home finds are these embroidered towels from Matouk, incredible monogrammed linen coasters, and this rattan lamp (if anyone knows a dupe for this, please let me know). If you're looking for sources, Furbish Studio is hard to beat, One Kings Lane has everything under the sun, and Zara Home is a hidden gem for embroidered sheets.
Essential #3: Cozy Knits
Sweater weather is fast approaching and a grandmillenial isn't afraid of cozy sweaters. Classics like this LL Bean Fisherman sweater are closet staples. This cashmere poncho is a fantastic layering piece (I have one that I wear constantly. It's great for travel and folds into nothing). And what's warmer than a cozy turtleneck? I love this beige version and this light blue one. They're great with straight leg jeans and statement loafers (love that you can fold down the backs of these to make them slides).
Essential #4: Unique Accessories
As a jewelry designer, I'm obviously big on accessories. I specialize in statement earrings but am drawn to any sort of bold and unique accessory.
The headband trend is something I'm really into these days. I think I wore a tortoiseshell one for years in middle school and I'm definitely jumping back on that trend. You can also find multi packs of statement pearl headbands on Amazon.
Essential #5: Classic (and semi-practical) Footwear
There's very little more timeless than a cap toe ballet flat and this pair is super high-quality and will last a lifetime. Loafers are another staple. These woven ones are great to transition into fall with (they remind me of my favorite Carrie Forbes sandals). Heads up, that brand runs narrow. And these bit loafers are timeless and can be worn as slides! As for slightly less practical options... these pink pumps make me smile so much. They'd be such a fun pop of color for fall/winter.