Fashion envy: when a grandchild fancies your sweater

cartoon of young girl asking old woman if she can borrow her multicoloured sweater

Fashionista moi! The ultimate accolade from a 17-year-old is fashion-envy

It’s always a high spot in my year when a young woman accepts a hand-me-down as wearable, even desirable fashion.

Fashion-envy is even more delicious. Last week one of my cool granddaughters asked if she could borrow my new, gaudy, sloppy sweater.

In a flash as she spoke I was honoured! I was flattered! I got ideas above my station. Bow down, all you frumps—I am a New York fashionista! Well, it’s not exactly New York here but hey.

But I also love my sweater from Frutti here in Wellington. Their clothes are eccentric street fashion, all unique, all New Zealand designers (I think), and a crash of strange colours blasts out from Frutti into Cuba Street.

So… should I worry? If she follows through and borrows my sweater, will she ever give it back?

It’s a problem, fashion envy, even when it comes from a grandchild you adore.

Photo of sweater in black, lime green and turquoise diamond shapes

My gaudy new sweater from Frutti in Cuba Street, Wellington

22 thoughts on “Fashion envy: when a grandchild fancies your sweater

  1. Cathy Cade says:

    Many of my clothes are officially vintage and so acceptable, if on the large side.
    My daughter took a fancy to my husband’s “old man” peaked tweed cap and wore it everywhere for months.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      What a special bond this creates.

  2. I hope you won’t lose that sweater. It would look so good on you.

  3. cedar51 says:

    now that is a compliment…

    I seem to be able to like and post more now…whatever needed tweaking in blog world has been tweaked!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Glad to hear it!

  4. Rhona says:

    I can think of no better hand me downs for anything than to a child or grandchild. It’s a true complement especially as we reach the age of not necessarily with it in style. Kudos to you for being hip, young and with it!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Well, I’m kidding but it is really nice, as you know.

  5. Sadje says:

    A very smart sweater.

  6. bone&silver says:

    One of my greatest joys is when my 20yr old son compliments one of my outfits; I think I would explode if a (as yet non existent) grandchild thought I was cool & wanted my jumper!! Congrats 🎉

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Delicious. Times like this remind me what little things can bring us joy, if we let them.

  7. rummuser says:

    I got rid of my entire wardrobe recently and the most coveted items were my suspender belts and ties both the long ones and the four in hand bow ties. I have not worn any in decades and now my wardrobe looks clean. Surprisingly enough, my jackets and trousers went to young people still working and they too seemed to like them.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      That was a dramatic gesture by a chic chap! I bet

    2. Rachel McAlpine says:

      I bet it felt good. Or did you have mixed feelings?

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I recently lent my granddaughter my copies of Mademoiselle Magazine from the late 1960’s. She was thrilled and told me how much she loved the clothes. So while my contemporary clothing doesn’t appeal to her, apparently she would have borrowed my high school clothes if I had kept them.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      What we’ve got now is comfort! Can you remember when there was no such thing as a t-shirt? But how cute we looked…

      1. Elizabeth says:

        I mainly remember very very short skirts and riding my bicycle to college classes where we had to wear skirts. Agh!

      2. Rachel McAlpine says:

        Ouch. It’s the same old story after all.

      3. Elizabeth says:


  9. Kathy says:

    This is the coolest! Who would have thought? Did you draw the cartoon? It is great!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Thanks Kathy. Yes, I draw all the wonky cartoons on my blog 🙂

  10. calmkate says:

    love the colours and the design … if she doesn’t return it, it gives you reason to buy another 🙂

    Nice to meet you!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Hi Calm Kate! She does love it and I love mine too 🙂

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