Fashion's Growing Up

The Grandma Trend Everyone Will Be Wearing This Fall

Tapestry takes center stage, from runway to retail.

Fall fashion is all about layers and textures. After months of wearing airy silhouettes and lightweight fabrics, you’re finally ready to pile on chunky knits and maximalist accessories. One way to channel this more-is-more approach is to take a cue from your grandma’s closet and break out the tapestry.

Sure, in certain circles, tapestry might evoke a not-so-positive reaction. It's easy to understand why: Nobody wants to look like they pulled down the window drapes, threw them on, and called it an outfit.

But while tapestry can indeed be — dare you say it — a bit unsightly at times, it has an important role to play in shaping your fall wardrobe this season. Ornate patterns and patchwork finishes were all over the runways at Celine, Loewe, Acne Studios, and more — so you can guarantee your favorite style stars will step out in a look that could double as a quilt in the very near future.

The key to tapestry-inspired dressing is to ease into it. Since these pieces tend to skew a little extra, you don’t want to wear them all at once. Think of each as a hero item that can help elevate an otherwise classic look — like a white button-up and jeans or an understated black dress.

Ahead, shop 13 finds that'll help you add a modern spin to the old-school tapestry look.

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Crop tops can be worn well into the fall so long as they offer long sleeves and a thick fabric. This top checks both boxes and looks amazing with black trousers and neutral heels.


We love a multi-purpose piece. Style this as a chic wrap dress, or layer it over an all-white look to create a sophisticated, vibrant ensemble.


These are either the most glamorous house slippers ever, or the perfect shoe for when you just need a pop of something bold and vibrant. They pair beautifully with slim-fit black pants and a crisp white button-up.


Go for a jacquard tux dress that looks like your grandmother's couch but chicer. Style this number either with printed pumps or knee-high boots.


Tired of wearing the same plain boots every. Single. Day? These beauties will instantly cure your footwear boredom. We envision them styled with a black wrap dress or black leggings and an oversize denim tunic.


Tassels! Faux fur! Playful patterns! This coat truly offers it all. Throw it over your favorite pair of sweats to feel at least a little put together, or wear it with distressed denim and a plain white T-shirt.


Doesn't this sweater just scream "pumpkin spice latte"? Olive green pants, small gold hoops, and an oversize cognac tote complete the look.


A quintessential everyday tote that's big enough for all the essentials, but small enough not to overwhelm your outfit. We like that it's casual and on-trend and adds a splash of color to an otherwise monochromatic look.


Again, florals are perfectly acceptable in the fall — they've just got to be the right florals. These moody red tones are a little more ~serious~ than their bright spring counterparts. Toughen this up with a black leather jacket and sneakers.


Silk is a go-to fabric when transitioning between the seasons. It's airy enough so you won't get too hot if the temps suddenly rise, but the long sleeves still provide warmth for those cooler autumn nights.


These boots were definitely made for walking... and stomping... and head-turning. Pair them with fitted denim and your favorite knitwear and voilà! You're ready to go apple picking, pumpkin carving, and the list goes on.


Dress up this patchwork dress with a pair of knee-high boots, or go casual with buckled boots and a leather jacket.


Slip these brocade platform sandals under a pair of gray socks to wear them well into the fall season.