The Coastal Living look is one that comes back every summer. It’s a free and fresh look that brings to mind breezy sunny days by the beach, or the coastline, as the term suggests. Though, it need not be aspirational nor dreamy just because you don’t live by the water!
Everyone can enjoy this look, anywhere you are in the summer. All it takes is hot weather and a feel for a more carefree attire that will get you through the day stylishly. And if you up the style with a change of footwear- you can take the look out to dinner as well.
The coastal look involves lots of light colours – but this need not be boring beiges only! 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.
Now let’s see what my fashionable blogger friends are styling up!
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!
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.
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!
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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You had me until “warm weather”, Lucy! It’s been a horridly cold and rainy spring, with temps barely reaching 15! I keep waiting for it to warm up so I can wear my fun summer things, but we’re still waiting for spring, much less summer! Thanks so much for the link-party!
Oh you’re kidding- awful! Here it’s finally warming up (as of this week). But then I always say, in Canada we have two seasons: winter and july lol!!
Lucy, yours is one of the best spins on a CG look that I’ve seen. It’s fresh and modern while tying into the aesthetic perfectly. Your choice of pale pink was a brilliant way to spin the trend to your tastes.
Thank you so much Rena- it means a lot. I hate the term but I do know what coastal can feel like when you’re styling up. And, that involves feeling free and fresh in your clothing; it’s all about the fabric (not sure why they insist it should all be beige all the time lol!!).
You look lovely in this dress, Lucy! It appears the coastal chic/coastal grandma look is basically about being comfortable in our clothing and appearing effortless at the same time. You definitely nailed it!
That’s totally my take on it as well! Thank you Marsha!
I do agree- the name isn’t the best, but the vibe and the aesthetic is really beautiful. And you all have nailed it here! Lovely!
Hope you’ll come by my new post where I’m trotting out a new pair of super high platforms!
Thank you Ashley! Coming over!
This pale pink is a sweet look on you, Lucy! I love an airy dress on a hot day. You’ve certainly captured the essence of coastal attire.
Thanks Michelle- I love wearing this cute little dress! xx
You look stunning in this dress! I love the color.
Thank you Amy!
Oh I love the dress you picked for this challenge! It definitely gives me all the beachy/ vacation vibes.
Thanks- it’s a fresh look that I enjoy as well:)