Styling the Coastal Grandma Trend | Stylish Monday Link Up Party

What is the Coastal Grandma trend? Depends on who you ask, and how you even phrase the question. To some of us, the phrase reeks of ageism, to some in the younger Tiktok generation, it’s a genuine homage to a generation of ladies who make dressing the coastal look effortlessly chic and classic. The Stylish Monday ladies are here to break it all down, and show you our different takes on this hot summer trend.

This trend started when Lex Nicoleta delivered a TikTok post that went viral. Her take on the aesthetic included looks immortalized by Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, and Diane Lane in various Nancy Meyers movies. Buzz Feed’s article explains how it all started. The phrase itself generated a great deal of conversation in our Stylish Monday private group, with some feeling that the term reeks of ageism, and even fails to adequately define what coastal style actually is. Here are our own individual takes on the trend.

Styling the Coastal Grandma Trend | Coastal Chic

My version of the trend is all about comfort. I absolutely adore linen pants and have been wearing them every single summer, long before I even thought of becoming a grandmother. My favorites are from Target or Old Navy, and I grab a new color or style whenever they’re available. I like a longer length linen pant; however, the crop styles look super cute with sandals. You know what I say, wear what makes you happy!

Coastal Grandma Style Tunic and linen pants

The little straw bucket hat was an impulse buy from Amazon. It’s packable and lightweight, perfect for a summer getaway!

Coastal Grandma Style - Bucket Hat
I’m styling my outfit with the cutest little pair of rattan earrings. I’m so into the rattan and raffia rend this summer!

The lightweight denim pullover from Chico’s has all the coastal vibes. It could even be dressed up with white bootcut jeans and heels for a night on the town. I kept it simple here – remembering that comfort is key when it comes to coastal trends.

Coastal Grandma Style - blue top

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And now it’s my Stylish Monday friends’ turn to show you their take on the Coastal trend. These fabulous ladies are from all around the globe, so it’s interesting to see how they feel about coastal style! Please follow their links and pop on over to their blogs to see how they interpret the trend.

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!

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! 

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

Lucy – Lucy  The coastal look involves lots of light colours.  Light pastels look great at this time of the year, as do bright colours (take yellow for instance!). The important thing is to keep the fabric light- preferably cottons, linens, silks, muslins…you get the picture.  The whole essence of this vibe is based on the lightness of the fabric so that the draping is airy and moves with your flow. For today’s collaboration, I chose this light pink striped dress with ruffled collar/sleeves.

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.

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. 

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8 thoughts on “Styling the Coastal Grandma Trend | Stylish Monday Link Up Party

  1. Andy, this is such a great outfit! I am getting all the coastal easy breezy vibes from it. I love this style of pants, too. Your shirt is adorable and so it your hat. And the rattan earrings are fabulous! I am going to keep an eye for a similar pair. This was a really great idea for this month’s theme!


    1. Thanks Suzanne. I think I’ll get tons of wear from the top. And I’m obsessed with the hat!

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