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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