On the second Monday of every month a group of style bloggers and I pick a theme, style an outfit based on that theme, and then do a link up together where you can join too! This month's theme is "Coastal Grandma".
"Coastal Grandma" is a new trend in fashion, interior design, and lifestyle that I am so excited to get behind. I think it's awesome that older women are finally getting noticed, that their style is being imitated and their lifestyles envied by the younger population. The trend began on Tik Tok in March with Lex Nicoleta who created the phrase "Coastal Grandma", although some say it really started with Diane Keaton in the 2003 movie "As Good as it Gets".
What is "Coastal Grandma"? "Think shingled beach homes, light and airy chambray button-downs, linen everything, bountiful backyard gardens filled with various lettuce varieties, and a meticulously maintained chicken coup with more square footage than a Manhattan apartment. That's coastal grandma." (Marie Caire)
Now I don't live anywhere near the coast, but I will say the look and lifestyle of "Coastal Grandma" completely describes me, minus the chicken coop (Although I'd love to have chickens. We just haven't gotten around to it yet). This coastal grandma Wisconsinite lives in a historic 100+ year old brick home complete with a massive cottage style perennial garden and vegetable garden. I go outside everyday to pick my lunch fresh from my garden. My fashion style has always been 100% about comfort. If something isn't comfortable, I just won't wear it.
Although you can wear color with the "Coastal Grandma" look (as the other ladies in the group have shown), I chose a neutral palate or a Diane Keaton inspiration copy. Many fashion bloggers seem to be either all about color or all about neutrals, I'm neither. I love to wear color, but I also don't mind wearing neutrals on occasion either.
Now while the "Coastal Grandma" look is all about linen, I am not a fan of linen. I just can't stand the wrinkles. Gauze is a much better alternative as it is still light weight and airy and doesn't look like I just rolled out of bed. So for my "Coastal Grandma" look I chose this cotton gauze top from Stitch Fix, thrifted polyester tan pants from Talbots, flat taupe shoes, a beachy-style handbag, and a beige sweater because it was a cool day.
Now let's see how the other ladies in the group have interpreted the "Coastal Grandma" trend and be sure to link up your fashion posts with us too!
Shelbee - Shelbee on the Edge-Coastal Chic: Want to try a new style trend on a budget? Check out my mostly thrifted outfit that brought this trend to life for me without breaking the bank!
Nancy - Nancy’s Fashion Style -Well I don't live near the coast, and if I'm near the coast it's in England. And I'll tell you I've never seen anyone walking there in the coastal grandmother style,more raincoats and Hunters style. I think you should picture more of the California coast then. And warm neutrals, trousers with elastic at the waist and especially comfortable.......you hear it, I'm really not a fan of it. Maybe my fashion friends can make me change my mind. But do take a look at what I made of it!
Nina - Sharing a Journey - While I am not keen on the “Grandma” in the title, I love coastal chic vibes in clothing, lifestyle and interiors. Coastal Chic is for everyone and can be created from our wardrobes –no need to go out and buy anything new!
Emma - The Style Splash - Coastal Chic is pretty much the antithesis of my style - neutrals, linen and minimalism are my kryptonite. But I love a challenge, so I adapted this trend of the moment to suit my style.
Suzanne - Ask Suzanne Bell - For me, "Coastal Grandma" is less of a style (look), and more of an aesthetic, one we’ve been embracing in our Coastal Communities, unaware that we were trending. Think Oprah, Ina Garten, Martha Stewart, or my personal favorite, Diane Keaton, who by the way, was 56 years YOUNG, when she filmed the movie Something's Gotta Give. The best part? You don't have to be a grandmother, or live in a coastal community to try out this look. Furthermore, there’s a good chance you can recreate a Coastal Chic look, with items you already own in your closet!
Andy - Pearls and Pantsuits - Coastal Chic, or “Coastal Grandmother” as the TikTok crowd calls it, is a whole vibe, and I’m so here for it! I’m a sucker for linen pants, so my take on the trend consists of a comfy pair of linen pants from Target, paired with a breezy chambray tunic from Chico’s. I added the straw bucket hat as an homage to the OG Coastal Grandmothers - Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton.
Nicole - High Latitude Style - Coastal Chic depends on so much more than just personal style. Consequently, there is no one-fits-most solution. Factors like ocean and air temperatures, color and type of the beach, weather, time of the year, culture, location, your activities, etc. play a role. When living in Europe, I loved long beach walks in The Netherlands in fall on a windy day with gray skies. My typical outfit was a yellow men’s rain jacket with hood, jeans, and rubber boots.
Julie - Fashion Trends and Friends and Instagram FashionTandF - If you follow me, you know that I love all the bright colors, more is better and unique pieces call my name! Therefore, when this theme was decided on, I was quick to bow out. Not sure why I tend to do that but I always rethink my decision and like pushing myself to try new styles, and new things I wouldn't normally wear or pick out without a little nudge! So here is my spin on this Tik Toc originated trend!
Ada - Elegance and Mommyhood - The Coastal Grandma trend has a silly name which is kind of offensive and ageist but what the trend means itself is indeed beautiful. To me - and I am nowhere close to being a grandma - it stands for effortless breezy summer looks that you would wear by the coast on a beach, especially in blues and whites (the color of sea and sand), floppy hats, sunglasses, sandals, flip flops & wedges. I chose this beachy look from my Florida vacation because it is perfect for the coast and the beautiful neutral crochet dress reminds me of grandmas.
Amy - Amy’s Creative Pursuits - There are so many different ways one can embrace the coastal trend, my favorite is the classic, neutral look where you mix different shades of whites, creams, and beiges in one outfit.
Have A Great Day! Amy
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Amy, I really like this outfit on you and those nude ballet flats are really cute! I bet they are super versatile. While I do like linen in the warm months, I struggle to accept its wrinkles as well! I usually go for gauzy cotton fabrics instead, too. When you mentioned chicken coops, I immediately thought you had chickens in your beautiful garden because it just makes sense that you might have them. We have a quite a few friends who have chickens and it cracks me up. I think it is an awesomely cool thing despite my weird terror of birds!ReplyDelete
Thank you. Yes, the nude flats are super versatile. I wear them more than any other shoe in my closet. I would love to have chickens, but we travel a lot and have no one to care for them when we are away. Although, with gas prices so high, our traveling days might be over. :(Delete
Picking my lunch from my ow garden sounds like heave to me! How much healthier can you go!ReplyDelete
It is heaven! I love it!Delete
I love the trend. I really like the mix of neutrals with chambray or just neutrals and I like gauze and linen even though linen wrinkles. I just picked up a pair of white linen pants from Target to replace an old pair and I plan to recreat a coastal grandma look.ReplyDelete
I love the trend too. I can't wait to see your "Coastal Grandma" look.Delete
I have never heard about "Coastal Grandma" before - this trend is so so cool- thank you for learning me something new - you all look so great and comfy in your outfits xxReplyDelete
It's very new, just gaining steam. Thanks so much!Delete
Nice post about this lifestyle/fashion trend. I love your neutral outfit and seeing all of the wonderfully varied interpretations of this look. Thanks for the inspiration and sharing!ReplyDelete
Your outfit looks wonderful, Amy, and comfortable too. So incredible that you live in a historic home. It's beautiful as well as your garden. Picking lunch from your garden sounds fabulous.ReplyDelete
Thank you! Yes, I love my home and garden. I'm very thankful.Delete
Your spin on CG is fabulous. It’s fresh and modern while tying into the aesthetic perfectly.ReplyDelete
Living in Maine, I guess I need to investigate the CG look!ReplyDelete
Oh yes, that's where it all began.Delete
You are rocking this fun vibe! I love your bag!ReplyDelete
I just love this style! I don't like the wrinkles of linen either... but I do love the feel of itReplyDelete
I love the style too!Delete
Hi Amy! I love your neutral palette! Your home and gardens sound wonderful! So great that you can pick you lunch from your yard! Julie xoReplyDelete
Love this monochromatic color scheme you styled here. It really gives me all kinds of coastal vibes and you accessorized the look so well too! I'm one who loves linen in the summer, I have a few linen tops and can manage to keep them in decent condition while wearing all day. I do have linen pants on my wish list but haven't purchased a pair yet. They may be harder to keep unwrinkled.ReplyDelete
Growing up we used to have chickens and I would love to have some now! But it would be too hard to travel when you own chickens so I just enjoy seeing them when visiting farms/barns.
Thanks Ellie. I have a couple of linen pants and the wrinkling is terrible. And if you wash them, they shrink. They never look the same as the day you buy them in the store. As far as chickens go, if gas keeps rising I won't be traveling anymore and then I can get chickens. :(Delete
I've been seeing this description all over. You hit the nail on the head Amy,ReplyDelete
i am a literal coastal grandma and i'm all about soft and stretchy, cozy and relaxed.ReplyDelete
Lucky you! And those are my adjectives for clothes too!Delete
Your neutral outfit looks wonderful on you! I'm a 72-year-old grandmother who lives in coastal Georgia (Savannah), and the "new" coastal grandma trend is just what seems normal to me. It gets so hot down here in the summer that linen, cotton, loose clothing (in white and light colors) is favored by everyone.ReplyDelete
Thank you for hosting the link-up.
Yes, it's been around a long time, someone just branded it "Coastal Grandma" so it's getting a lot of attention right now.Delete
You look lovely in neutrals! I'm definitely more of a colourful person than a neutrals person but they are great pieces to have in my wardrobe to pair with all the colour. And I agree comfort should always win for clothing!ReplyDelete
Thank you for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! Hope you had a great weekend :) We had a fun one!
Away From The Blue
This is fun to see! I love the neutral pieces you are wearing and the bag adds that bit of texture! This is an interesting trend! I agree, what you wear has to be comfortable!ReplyDelete
Thank you Jessica!Delete